A visit to Hyde Park, NY
We spent three days in Hyde Park and could not see all the things that are around there.
I created a seaparte page for Hyde Park. We saw the two main things that are there: The FDR Home and The Vanderbilt Mansion. We didn't hurry and really enjoyed the tours and the gardens.
Food made by the CIA. No, not THAT CIA!
The Culinary Institute of America, in Hyde Park, NY, is the alma mater of a large number of chefs both in the New York area and across the country. For those who aren't attending the full-time coursework here, the CIA offers tours of their campus, hands-on enthusiast programs, and of course, gourmet offerings in their five student-run restaurants: American Bounty Restaurant, Apple Pie Bakery Café, Escoffier Restaurant, Ristorante Caterina de' Medici and St. Andrews Café. We had lunch on a Tuesday at Caterina de' Medici for a birthday celebration a few years ago. We thought to have dinner there the weekend before, but the Caterina restaurant at least is only open Monday through Friday. Reservations at all the CIA restaurants are strongly recommended.
The Caterina de' Medici is located in the Colavita Center for Italian food and Wine. The atmosphere is that of a Tuscan piazza. I had the gnocchi, which was excellently prepared. I also remember sampling a blueberry dessert wine, which I absolutely loved.
Keep in mind that the restaurants are staffed by CIA students, which includes not only the chefs, but the wait staff - the service was excellent, as they are actually being graded on their performance!
Three good places to see in Hyde Park, NY
"Very interesting tour"
A guided tour of the house is given for $8. The gardens and grounds are free for viewing.
"Visit FDR's Home and Library"
There is a guided tour of the house for $14. This will also include a visit to the Presidential Library and Val-Kill Mrs. Roosevelt's home.
There is no charge for visiting the burial site.
"Visit Eleanor Roosevelt's Home"
There is a very good movie to see before tour Val-Kill. This is where Mrs. Roosevelt lived after several years of marriage and this is where she was the happiest.
View of the Hudson from Hyde Park, NY