Wunderground® Travel Planner: Central Park, NY
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New York, NY
Facing the East River, this park, named for a German immigrant who was a prominent newspaper editor in the 19th century, is so tranquil you'd never guess you're directly above FDR Drive. Walk along the promenade, where you can take in views of the river and the Roosevelt Island Lighthouse across the way. To the north are Randall's and Wards islands and newly renamed RFK Bridge (aka the Triborough Bridge)—as well as the more immediate sight of locals pushing strollers, riding bikes, or exercising their dogs. If you're visiting with kids, there's a very worthwhile playground at the 84th Street end with climbing equipment, swings, and other diversions for toddlers and older children. If you enter the park at its 86th Street entrance or you're exiting there, you'll find yourself approaching the grounds of a Federal-style wood-frame house that belies the grandeur of its name—Gracie Mansion.
If you exit the park at 86th Street, cross East End Avenue for a stroll through Henderson Place, a miniature historic district of 24 connected Queen Anne-style houses in a dead end. The small redbrick houses, built in 1881 "for persons of moderate means," have turrets marking the corner of each block and symmetrical roof gables, pediments, parapets, chimneys, and dormer windows. www.carlschurzparknyc.org. Subway: 4, 5, 6 to 86th St.
New York, NY 10027
Wealthy, private, and Ivy League, New York's first college has a pedigree that has always attracted students. But for a visitor, the why-go resides within its campus, bucolic and quietly energetic at once. The main entrance is at 116th Street and Broadway, site of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. To your left is the Miller Theater (www.millertheater.com), which brings an impressive roster of classical and early-music performers to the school. After walking past the "J-School" on your right, follow the herringbone-pattern brick pathway of College Walk to the main quadrangle, the focal point for campus life. (When you eventually leave, exit through the quad's south gate to West 114th Street's Frat Row, where brownstones housing Columbia's frats display quirky signs of collegiate pride.) Dominating the quad's south side is Butler Library
(1934), modeled after the Roman Pantheon, which holds the bulk of the university's 8 million books. Looking north, you'll seeLow Memorial Library,
its steps presided over by Daniel Chester French's statueAlma Mater.
Low is one of the few buildings you can enter (on weekdays), to check out the former Reading Room and marble rotunda, to pick up a map, or to take a campus tour at thevisitor center
. (Alternatively, you can visit Columbia's Web site ahead of time for a podcast and map covering architectural highlights.) North of the quad (near a cast bronze of August Rodin'sThinker
) is the interdenominationalSt. Paul's Chapel,
an exquisite little Byzantine-style dome church with salmon-color Guastavino tile vaulting inside. This same design can be seen in Grand Central Terminal and many other buildings throughout the city. Right across Broadway from Columbia's main gate lies the brick-and-limestone campus of women-onlyBarnard College
), which also gives tours. www.columbia.edu. Hours: Visitor center weekdays 9-5. Tours begin at 1 weekdays from Room 213, Low Library. Subway: 1 to 116th St./Columbia University.
New York, NY
Those who never venture beyond 96th Street miss out on two of the park's loveliest attractions: the Conservatory Garden and Harlem Meer, an 11-acre sheet of water where, in warmer months, as many as 100 people a day fish for stocked largemouth bass, catfish, golden shiners, and bluegills (catch-and-release only). At the meer's north end is the Victorian-style Charles A. Dana Discovery Center,
where you can learn about geography, orienteering, ecology, and the history of the upper park. Within walking distance of the center are fortifications from the American Revolution and other historic sites, as well as woodlands, meadows, rocky bluffs, lakes, and streams. Fishing poles are available with identification from mid-April through October. Hours: Discovery Center Tues.-Sun. 10-5. Subway: 2, 3 to Central Park North/110th St.
New York, NY 10011
Once a 1.5-mi elevated railroad track carrying freight trains, this space is now being transformed into Manhattan's newest green retreat in the spirit of Paris's Promenade Plantée. A long "walking park" with benches, public art installations, and views of the Hudson River and the Manhattan skyline, the High Line is set above the streets in West Chelsea and the West Village. Reclining chaise longues that roll along the track give it a playful air. The first section between Gansevoort and West 20th streets opened in 2009, and at this writing the second section was slated for a spring 2011 opening; doubling the length of the park by extending it up to West 30th Street, with scattered access points. The final section of the High Line, between West 30th and West 34th streets at the West Side Rail Yards, is privately owned and has not yet been secured for park use. Future plans include water features, children's attractions, viewing platforms, sundecks, and performance areas. Check the Web site for announcements and openings. www.thehighline.org. Subway: L to 8th Ave.; 1, 2, 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.; A, C, E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
108 Orchard St.
New York, NY 10002
Step back in time and into the partially restored 1863 tenement building at 97 Orchard St., where you can squeeze through the preserved apartments of immigrants on one of four one-hour tours. This is America's first urban living-history museum dedicated to the life of immigrants—and one of the city's most underrated and overlooked. Getting By
visits the homes of Natalie Gumpertz, a German-Jewish dressmaker (dating from 1878) and Adolph and Rosaria Baldizzi, Catholic immigrants from Sicily (1935).Piecing It Together
visits the Levines' garment shop/apartment and the Rogarshevsky family from Eastern Europe (1918). The tour through the Confino family apartment is designed for children, who are greeted by a costumed interpreter playing Victoria Confino. Her family of Sephardic Jews came from Kastoria, Turkey, which is now part of Greece (1916). Another tour explores the life of the Moores, an Irish American family living in the building in 1869, and shows a re-created tenement rear yard. Building tours are limited to 15 people, so consider buying tickets in advance. A two-hour extended experience tour with a chance for in-depth discussion is offered every day. Walking tours of the neighborhood are also held daily. The visitor information center and excellent gift shop displays a video with interviews of Lower East Side residents past and present. www.tenement.org. Admission: Tenement and walking tours $35; Confino apartment tour $20. Hours: Tours July and Aug., Fri.-Wed., 10-5, Thurs. 10-7:15; Sept.-June, daily 11:15-5; check Web site for full details. Visitor center and gift shop daily 10-6. Subway: B, D to Grand St.; F to Delancey St.; J, M, Z to Essex St.
215 Centre St.
New York, NY 10013
Founded in 1980, this museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the history of the Chinese people and their descendants in the United States. MOCA moved in early 2009 to its new home on Centre Street, where the 14,000-square-foot gallery space increased the size of the museum by more than five times. Designed by Maya Lin, architect of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., MOCA features a permanent exhibit on Chinese-American history, With a Single Step: Stories in the Making of America, which includes artworks, personal and domestic artifacts, historical documentation, and films. Chinese laundry tools, a traditional general store, and antique business signs are some of the unique objects on display. Rotating shows such as Here & Now, a contemporary art exhibit, are on display in the second gallery. MOCA sponsors workshops, walking tours, lectures, and family events. www.mocanyc.org. Admission: $7. Hours: Thurs. 11-9, Mon. and Fri. 11-5, weekends 10-5. Subway: 6, J, M, N, Q, R, Z to Canal St.
1220 5th Ave.
New York, NY 10029
Within a Colonial Revival building designed for the museum in the 1930s, the city's history and many quirks are revealed through engaging exhibits. Beginning in early 2010 and through 2012, the museum's permanent galleries will undergo a major renovation. The museum will still have a series of rotating exhibitions on subjects such as architecture, fashion, history, and politics. Don't miss Timescapes,
a 25-minute media projection that innovatively illustrates New York's physical expansion and population changes. The museum hosts New York-centric lectures, films, and walking tours. When you're finished touring the museum, cross the street and stroll through the Vanderbilt Gates to enter the Conservatory Garden, one of Central Park's hidden gems. www.mcny.org. Admission: $10 suggested donation. Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10-5. Subway: 6 to 103rd St.
New York, NY 10018
The "Library with the Lions" in 2011 celebrated its centennial as a masterpiece of Beaux-Arts design and one of the great research institutions in the world, with more than 6 million books, 12 million manuscripts, and 3 million pictures. But you don't have to crack a book to make it worth visiting: an hour or so at this National Historic Landmark is a peaceful (and free!) alternative to Midtown's bustle, along with some pretty incredible architecture, especially when combined with a stroll through adjacent Bryant Park.
Buy a drink at a park kiosk, and then head to the library's grand 5th Avenue entrance to people-watch from the block-long marble staircase and check out the opulent interior.
The library's bronze front doors open into Astor Hall,
which leads to several special exhibit galleries and, to the left, a stunning periodicals room with wall paintings of New York publishing houses. Walk up the sweeping double staircase to a second-floor balconied corridor overlooking the hall, with panels highlighting the library's development. Make sure to continue up to the magisterialRose Main Reading Room
—297 feet long (almost two full north-south city blocks), 78 feet wide, and just over 51 feet high; walk through to best appreciate the rows of oak tables and the extraordinary ceiling of this space. Several additional third-floor galleries show rotating exhibits on print and photography (past exhibits have included old New York restaurant menus and a 1455 Gutenberg Bible). Free one-hour tours leave Monday-Saturday at 11 and 2, and Sunday at 2 from Astor Hall. Women's bathrooms are on the ground floor and third floor, and there's a men's bathroom on the third floor. www.nypl.org. Hours: Mon. and Thurs.-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 1-5, Tues. and Wed. 10-8; exhibitions until 6. Subway: B, D, F, M to 42nd St.; 7 to 5th Ave.
New York, NY
Designed to resemble upstate New York's Adirondack Mountain region, the Ramble is a heavily wooded, 37-acre area laced with twisting, climbing paths. This is prime bird-watching territory since it's a rest stop along a major migratory route and shelters many of the more than 270 species of birds that have been sighted in the park. The Central Park Conservancy leads walking tours here. Because the Ramble is so dense and isolated, however, it's not a good place to wander alone or at night.
New York, NY 10024
Walking around concrete and skyscrapers all day, you can easily miss the expansive waterfront park just blocks away. Riverside Park—which along with the Riverside Park South extension runs along the Hudson from 58th to 156th streets—dishes out a dose of tranquility. Its original sections, designed by Frederick Law Olmsted Law and Calvert Vaux of Central Park fame and laid out between 1873 and 1888, are outshone by Olmsted's "other" park. But with its waterfront bike and walking paths and lighter crowds, Riverside Park holds its own.
One of the park's loveliest attributes is a half-mile path along the waterfront, a rare spot in Manhattan where you can walk right along the river's edge. Reach it entering the park at West 72nd Street and Riverside Drive (look for the statue of Eleanor Roosevelt)
and then heading through an underpass beneath the West Side Highway. Head north along the Hudson River, past the79th Street Boat Basin,
where you can watch a flotilla of houseboats bobbing in the water. Above it, a ramp leads to theRotunda,
home in summer to the Boat Basin Café, an open-air, dog-friendly spot for a burger, a beer, and river views. Leave the riverside path near 92nd Street by taking another underpass and then heading up the path on the right. The91st Street Garden, planted by community gardeners, explodes with flowers in most seasons. To the south,
cresting a hill along Riverside Drive at West 89th Street, stands the Civil WarSoldiers' and Sailors' Monument
(1902), an imposing 96-foot-high circle of white-marble columns designed by Paul M. Duboy, who also designed the Ansonia Hotel. www.nycgovparks.org. Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St.
1000 Richmond Terr.
Staten Island, NY 10301
Once part of a sprawling farm, this 83-acre community is now a popular spot to see maritime art, frolic in the Children's Museum
, or take a stroll through lush gardens.
Made up of 26 mostly restored historic buildings, Snug Harbor's center is a row of mid-19th-century Greek Revival temples. Main Hall—the oldest building on the property—is home to the Eleanor Proske Visitors Center
($3, including Newhouse Center
), which has exhibits on art and Snug Harbor's history. The adjacentNewhouse Center for Contemporary Art
(718/425-3524$3, including visitor center
) shows multidisciplinary videos, mixed media, and performances. Next door at theNoble Maritime Collection
) an old seamen's dormitory is now a museum of ocean-inspired artwork.
From the Staten Island Ferry terminal, take the S40 bus 2 mi (about seven minutes) to the Snug Harbor Road stop. Or grab a car service at the ferry terminal. (The ride should cost you about $5.)
The Staten Island Children's Museum
(Tel. 718/273-2060. www.statenislandkids.org. Admission: $6. Hours: School year, Tues.-Fri. noon-5, weekends 10-5; in summer until 8 on Thurs.) has five galleries with hands-on exhibits introducing such topics as insects, great explorations, and storytelling. Portia's Playhouse, an interactive children's theater, invites youngsters to step up to the stage and try on costumes. Ladder 11 is a thrill for firefighter fans.
Spread over the cultural center grounds is the Staten Island Botanical Garden
(Tel. 718/448-2500. www.snug-harbor.org. Admission: Free; $5 for Chinese Garden and Secret Garden. Hours: Daily dawn-dusk; Chinese Garden and Secret Garden Apr.-Sept., Tues.-Sun. 10-5; Oct.-Mar., Tues.-Sun. noon-4), which includes an orchid collection, 9/11 memorial, 20-acre wetland, Chinese Scholar's Garden, and a sensory garden with fragrant, touchable flowers and a tinkling waterfall. Children love the Connie Gretz Secret Garden with its castle and maze among the flowers. www.snug-harbor.org. Admission: $3; gardens and galleries combined $6; Cultural Center grounds free. Hours: Tues.-Sun. 10-5; Noble Maritime Thurs.-Sun. 10-5; grounds dawn-dusk every day except major holidays.
New York, NY 10038
Had this charming cobblestone corner of the city not been declared a historic district in 1977, the city's largest concentration of early-19th-century commercial buildings would have been destroyed. But take note that this area is mobbed with tourists, and if you've been to Boston's Quincy Market or Baltimore's Harborplace, you may feel a flash of déjà vu—the same company leased, restored, and adapted the existing buildings, preserving the commercial feel of centuries past. The result blends a quasi-authentic historic district with a homogenous shopping mall.
The Fulton Fish Market first opened in South Manhattan in 1807. Starting in 1939 it was housed in the New Market Building, just north of the Seaport. But that closed in 2005 when operations were moved to a new 400,000-square-foot facility in Hunt's Point in the Bronx.
At the intersection of Fulton and Water streets, the gateway to the seaport, is the TitanicMemorial,
a small white lighthouse that commemorates the sinking of the RMSTitanic
in 1912. Beyond the lighthouse, Fulton Street turns into a busy pedestrian mall. On the south side of Fulton is the seaport's architectural centerpiece,Schermerhorn Row,
a redbrick terrace of Georgian- and Federal-style warehouses and countinghouses built from 1811 to 1812. Some upper floors house gallery space, and the ground floors are occupied by upscale shops, bars, and restaurants. Cross South Street, once known as the Street of Ships, under an elevated stretch of FDR Drive toPier 16,
where historic ships are docked, including thePioneer,
a 102-foot schooner built in 1885; thePeking,
the second-largest sailing bark in existence; the iron-hulledWavertree
; and the lightshipAmbrose.
The Pier 16 ticket booth provides information and sells tickets to the museum, ships, tours, and exhibits. Pier 16 is the departure point for various seasonal cruises.
To the north is Pier 17,
a multilevel dockside shopping mall filled mostly with national chain retailers. The weathered-wood decks at the rear of the pier are a choice spot from which to catch sight of the river, with views as far north as Midtown Manhattan and as far south as the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Also at 12 Fulton Street is the main lobby of the South Street Seaport Museum
(Tel. 212/748-8600. www.seany.org. Hours: Apr.-Dec., Tues.-Sun. 10-6; Jan.-Mar., Fri.-Mon. 10-5 [all galleries open; ships open noon-4, weather permitting]), which hosts walking tours, hands-on exhibits, and fantastic creative programs for children, all with a nautical theme. You can purchase tickets at either 12 Fulton Street or Pier 16 Visitors Center ($10 students; $8 children 5-12; children under 5 free). www.southstreetseaport.com. Admission: Free; $8 to ships, galleries, walking tours, Maritime Crafts Center, films, and other seaport events. Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, J, Z to Fulton St./Broadway-Nassau.
268 Main St.
Goshen, NY 10924
Built in 1747 as a farmhouse, this quiet Georgian B&B sits peacefully on 3 wooded acres near the foothills of the Catskills. Rooms are colonial in style, filled with family antiques and liberal doses of floral fabrics; some rooms have a fireplace. The suite is really a semidetached house with three small bedrooms, a kitchen, a living room, two bathrooms, and a back porch. Pros:
historic and charming; easy walking distance to shops and restaurants; suite is perfect for families.Cons:
some may find floral decor a bit much. www.dobbinsinn.com. 4 rooms, 2 with bath; 1 suite. In-room: kitchen (some), Wi-Fi. Credit cards accepted.
228 Churchill Rd.
New Lebanon, NY 12125
You can fish for trout in Wyomanock Creek, or loll on a wooden swing a few steps away from the wraparound porch of this rambling Greek Revival house. The rooms overlook perennial gardens and have luxurious featherbeds. Pros:
hiking and skiing nearby; pretty garden.Cons:
little within walking distance; some rooms lack phones. www.churchillhousebb.com. 5 rooms. In-room: no TV (some), Wi-Fi. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
14 Southside Ave.
New Paltz, NY 12561
Contemporary European art, much of it for sale, fill this 1870 pink-and-white gingerbread Victorian. The name of each room—Red Hot, Am I Blue, Purple Rain, and Green with Envy—corresponds to its color scheme. Although bold, the palettes tend toward rich jewel tones rather than more headache-inducing shades. Beds, some king-size four-posters, have Frette sheets and Versace comforters and shams. Breakfast is served in the formal dining room, on the outdoor terrace, or on the wraparound porch, which has a perfectly framed view of Sky Top Tower. Dinner with a private chef is available if requested in advance. Pros:
within walking distance of university; luxurious rooms.Cons:
gourmet breakfast may be a bit rich for some. www.lefevrehouse.com. 7 rooms, 1 suite. In-room: kitchen (some), Wi-Fi. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
196 E. Duncan Rd.
Dover Plains, NY 12522
Cattle herders (the "drovers" of the name) often made a stopover at this inn, on 12 acres 15 mi southeast of Millbrook. Rooms are Victorian in style; three have fireplaces. Weekend rates include full breakfast; weekday rates are considerably lower and include only Continental breakfast. In the low-ceilinged Tap Room, old favorites such as rack of lamb and turkey hash blend with more-contemporary dishes such as sesame-crusted tuna and marsala-braised Muscovy duck. Pros:
comfortable rooms; free Wi-Fi.Cons:
not within walking distance of sites; not for young kids. www.olddroversinn.com. 7 suites. In-room: no TV, Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, some pets allowed, some age restrictions. Credit cards accepted. Closed first 2 wks in Jan.
40 Civic Center Plaza
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
The Bardavon Opera House and the train station are within walking distance of this modern downtown hotel. Rooms have either one king or two double beds, two telephones (one in the bathroom), and wireless Internet. Pros:
some rooms have hot tubs; free Wi-Fi.Cons:
difficult to reach without a car; not a tranquil setting. www.pokgrand.com. 175 rooms, 9 suites. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar, gym. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
4360 Albany Post Rd.
Hyde Park, NY 12538
The family-owned motel, painted presidential white, has two stories and exterior corridors. Rooms have a queen or king bed, one or two doubles, or a pair of twin beds. The smaller rooms have knotty-pine paneling, whereas the others are more contemporary in style. The property is in the heart of Hyde Park, within walking distance of antiques shops, restaurants, and museums. Pros:
within walking distance of historic sites; free wireless.Cons:
basic decor; rooms can feel dated. www.rooseveltinnofhydepark.com. 24 rooms, 1 suite. In-hotel: some pets allowed. Credit cards accepted. Closed Jan. and Feb. Rate includes: Breakfast.
158 Montgomery St.
Newburgh, NY 12550
Every bedroom in this rambling 1870 Queen Anne Victorian commands sweeping views of the Hudson River, with some windows framing scenes of Bannerman's Island and the Beacon-Newburgh Bridge. Among the spacious rooms, Beau Rivage has a high canopy bed and private enclosed porch, and Ferry Crossing has an outdoor deck with top-of-the-world vistas. The multicourse breakfast fuels a day's worth of sightseeing. Wander the block to see the 19th-century mansions, but if you stray too far west you'll come to rough-around-the-edges inner Newburgh. Pros:
river views; walking distance to restaurants.Cons:
few amenities; rooms could be updated. www.stockbridgeramsdell.com. 5 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
52 Main St.
Hurley, NY 12443
The house, built between 1783 and 1790, contains the Hurley Heritage Society Museum.
It includes a good collection of Revolutionary War materials, and has changing exhibits about local history. Walking- and driving-tour brochures are available in its front lobby. www.hurleyheritagesociety.org. Admission: Free. Hours: May-Oct., Sat. 10-4, Sun. 1-4.
44 Park Pl.
Goshen, NY 10924
The oldest harness track in the United States is also a National Historic Landmark. You can watch daily training or take a self-guided walking tour of the premises, but these days races are run only in June and July. www.goshenhistorictrack.com. Admission: Free. Hours: Daily; call for times.
400 Jay St.
Katonah, NY 10536
The estate of John Jay (1745-1849), the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, has many American classical furnishings from the period and traces Jay's life and career. The house, built in 1801, was, until the early 1950s, home to five generations of Jay's family. You can stroll the property, which includes formal gardens. www.johnjayhomestead.org. Admission: $7. Hours: House Apr.-Oct., Wed.-Sat. 10-4, Sun. 11-4.
635 S. Broadway
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Noted architect Alexander Davis Jackson designed this magnificent marble mansion overlooking the Hudson River. Built in 1838, Lyndhurst is widely considered the premier Gothic Revival home in the United States. You may tour the mansion's elaborate interior and stroll the 67 landscaped acres, which include a conservatory and a rose garden. The estate also includes a turn-of-the-20th-century bowling alley and an original child's playhouse, open for children to play in today. www.lyndhurst.org. Admission: $12. Hours: Mid-Apr.-Oct., Tues.-Sun. 10-5; Nov.-mid-Apr., weekends 10-4.
140 N. Highland Ave.
Nyack, NY 10960
The graves of many of Nyack's artists and writers, including Edward Hopper, Carson McCullers, and Helen Hayes, are in this cemetery. Occasional walking tours of Oak Hill Cemetery are led by Friends of the Nyacks
(Tel. 845/358-4973. www.friendsofthenyacks.org); call or check online for dates and times.
897 S. Columbus Ave.
Mount Vernon, NY 10550
The parish that built St. Paul's church was established in 1665. The present fieldstone-and-brick Georgian church begun in 1763 was used by British and Hessian soldiers as a military hospital during the Revolutionary War. The historic cemetery, one of the oldest in New York, contains footstones, or gravemarkers, dating back to 1704, a mass grave for Hessian soldiers, and the graves of former slaves. Guided walking tours are available. The church is in Mount Vernon, about 2 mi east of Yonkers. www.nps.gov/sapa. Admission: Free. Hours: Weekdays 9-5.
2 Post Rd. W
Westport, CT 06880
Each whimsically exotic room at this towering Italianate redbrick inn in the heart of downtown Westport is a study in innovative restoration, wall stenciling, and decorative painting—including magnificent trompe l'oeil designs. The furniture collection is exceptional. Some rooms and suites have sleeping lofts and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Saugatuck River. The Turkistan Suite—with its two-story-high bookcase, striped swag drapes, curving balcony, and king-size bed with Egyptian print canopy and painted valance—is one glorious example. Pros:
fabulously artful and cushy rooms, enchanted setting overlooking Saugatuck River, walking distance from downtown shopping and dining.Cons:
ultrapricey, service can be a little stiff. www.innatnationalhall.com. 8 rooms, 8 suites. In-room: Internet. In-hotel: some age restrictions. Credit cards accepted. Rate includes: Breakfast.
10 W. Ferry St.
New Hope, PA 18938
Established in 1727 as an extension of the Ferry Tavern, this inn once accommodated passengers riding the ferry to Lambertville. George Washington is said to have stayed here at least five times—and one can only imagine what he would think of the crowds of shoppers who stroll past the inn, which is now smack dab in the busiest part of town. Rooms have original and reproduction Colonial and Victorian furnishings and canopy beds; some have river views. The friendly restaurant ($$$$) serves breakfast on weekends, lunch, dinner, and a popular all-day tavern menu featuring such favorites as burgers and buffalo wings. The Magnolia Terrace is a seasonal outdoor bar. Pros:
tidy rooms—and free parking!—in the thick of New Hope.Cons:
if you're looking for a good-size breakfast, the coffee, juice, and muffins available Saturday and Sunday may not do the trick, and it's only coffee and juice on weekdays. www.loganinn.com. 16 rooms. In-room: Wi-Fi. In-hotel: restaurant, bar. Credit cards accepted.
1001 Cathedral Rd.
Bryn Athyn, PA 19009
Built after the cathedral between 1928 and 1939, this neo-Romanesque 90-room former home of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn, now houses the family's collection of antiques that were gathered by John and his son Raymond. The house has some fantastic details, but the best part is walking into old bedrooms that now serve as galleries for ancient Greek, Roman, Egyptian, African, Native American, and Sumerian artworks as well as a fantastic basement gallery full of 13th-century European stained glass and sculpture. Part of the New Church teaching is that god has always been present in all ancient religions. Try to come during the week when you can customize your tour to your interest—the general weekend tour doesn't really allow you the opportunity to enjoy one gallery in particularly and the family story is told sounds more like hagiography than history. The view from the observation deck, 149 feet up, is worth the tight elevator ride up there. www.glencairnmuseum.org. Admission: $7. Hours: Weekdays 9-5; Sat. 75-min highlights tour at 11, 11:30, 12:30, and 1.
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