Yesterday we took a drive to the Hudson Valley in New York to have brunch at the Glenmere Mansion. Wow, was it incredible! It’s been on our list to do for a while and I can’t imagine a more perfect day.  It took a less than an hour to get there (it’s about 1 1/2 hours outside of New York City) and the drive on the New York State thruway is always beautiful this time of year with all the trees changing colors.

Glenmere was built in 1911 by Robert Goelet who was from one of America’s wealthiest families. He commissioned architects Carrere & Hastings to build a Renaissance Revival villa on a hilltop overlooking Glenmere Lake in Chester NY. The architects who were responsible for designing the New York City Public Library, planned a 35 room, 31,000 sq. ft. mansion on 3,000 acres.

When you pull onto the property, you know you’ve arrived at someplace special.  You’re greeted by a guard who anounces your arrival to the doorsmen waiting at the front entrance.

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The front foyer was so grand.  We were greeted there by the hostess who escorted us to the dining area.

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Here’s a peek into the dining area as we walked through.  I didn’t feel comfortable taking photos once we were seated.

 

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We enjoyed an incredibly delicious brunch which included champagne, and afterwards we explored a bit outside onto the terrace.

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Looking out from Glenmere, there isn’t another home in sight.

 

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Although we only came for the day, here’s a peek at one of the guest rooms. Here’s to hoping I get the chance to stay another time!  What an incredibly romantic place.

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You can imagine you are in Italy with the Italiante exteriors, terraces and gardens.

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Just spectacular!!