Culture and the Outdoors from Our Backyard? Indeed!

Today I’m sharing a not-so-well-kept secret. Everyone here at Mount Merino Manor loves the outdoors at Olana, the Persian style Victorian home of Hudson River School founder Frederick Edwin Church.

The house sits on 250 acres, of the most beautiful hiking trails in the Hudson Valley, a real gem: there’s a lake, stately trees and open meadows, gardens, summer programs and the beautiful “as far as the eye can see” views.

That’s why we’re very excited about Olana’s new Landscape Project that includes sprucing up at their North entrance. The North entrance is right across from Mount Merino Manor B&B.

Many of our guests just walk across the road and hike, picnic, take a house tour and relax while taking in the glorious views.

We’re so lucky to be right next to one of the most important artist designed landscapes in the US. And that our guests can see and walk to right from our front porch. It really makes the experience of staying at Mount Merino Manor a very special one.

Although we’re just 5 minutes from Hudson, NY, sometimes spending the day at Olana is a great way to enjoy nature and culture at once. Start with a lip smacking Breakfast here at the Manor and head over to Olana. We’ll give you a trail map so you can work up an appetite for dinner.

Olana is referred to as Hudson’s Central Park because after a day in the outdoors, everything Hudson has to offer is just 10 minutes away.  You can even take a taxi over. Hudson has loads of shops, restaurants, galleries, pubs and historic sites.

Here’s to Spring and the great outdoors!

– Rita

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