A friend and I wanted to get out of the City for a day, and upstate New York offers a lot of options. It wasn’t quite Halloween yet, so the many events around Sleepy Hallow hadn’t started, but neither of us had explored the Rockefeller estate, Kykuit. There are various tour options through the  Historic Hudson Valley website and the scenery all around you is just beautiful!

Not only are you surrounded by nature the architecture of the home and surrounding buildings is beautiful, and the main building is full of the Rockefeller art collection. Unfortunately you are not allowed to take photos inside the main home.

The surrounding grounds and gardens are immaculately curated and maintained, which makes for a relaxing stroll, especially if you get lucky with nice weather like we did.

Before heading down to the old horse stables and car garage you get this amazing view from the balcony of the home. The lush trees and view of the Hudson River is always a nice sight, especially since it is so different, calm and quite, from New York City. Kykuit is just one of the many things in the Sleepy Hallow area that you can explore, and there is even more in upstate New York that easy to get to from New York City if you’re looking to get away for the day.