This is the land of Rip van Winkle, the historic Hudson River, and the majestic Scenic Catskill Mountains. This area has been the inspiration for famous authors, artists, historians, ecologists and such.
Today, you will still find these inspirations. In the 1600’s the Dutch settled here and established a settlement that is called the Bronck Farm and Museum. The name Bronck is the same name that became the Bronx, a major county that makes up New York City.
At the Bronck Historic site you will see Dutch architecture in the homestead museum and the out buildings such as a barn structure know as the Freedom Barn it is a thirteen sided building that is so unique.
A visit to New York State’s Volunteer Firemen’s Home and Museum is another special one of a kind places that is situated on a magnificent site that has a fabulous panorama of the Catskill Mountains as a background. The collection of historic firefighting memorabilia is so education and awesome to see and learn about.
Another choice to visit is a magnificent Persian architectural style home…museum that is a NYS Historic Site designation known as Olana Castle. It was built for the famous 19th century artist, Frederic Church in 1871. His paintings decorate the walls of this
magnificent structure that is situated on hundreds of landscaped acres that overlook the Hudson River and the Catskill Mountains.
Imagine a Buddhist Temple in a small country village in New York. The Ying family arrived in the USA in 1955. By 1971, they decided that this rural setting was perfect as a Buddhist retreat. The calmness of the wooded location displays Chinese architecture that has vibrant colors and unique Chinese rooftops of note is a seven tiered Jade Pagoda. In the Temple is a golden display of over 500 Buddhist statues. In all this special place is sure to amaze you. It is the Mahayana Temple.
Your trip base is located at a long established family vacation resort know as: Pollaces. Three generations have continued the operation of this resort. It is primarily a summer resort catering to families in July and August. www.pollaces.com. It is well-known as a catering facility during the rest of the year and so your choice of trip for a day or more will certainly more than meet your expectations. We are easily reached by car or bus to Catskill, NY. Contact us for more information.