Itinerary: Subject to change due to local conditions, unforeseen events, or more interesting as yet unplanned awesome experiences that become available
You may be familiar with Industrial Designer, Russell Wright who introduced modernism to millions during the mid-20th century through his elegant and affordable designs for the home. Well today we are privileged to step inside his amazing former home, studio and 75-acre woodland garden, Manitoga: Dragon Rock House & Studio.
Once a ravaged industrial site, Wright transformed the land using a masterful interplay of design and nature into a place of extraordinary beauty that is now Manitoga. The house and studio, complete with green roofs are integrated into the ledge of an abandoned quarry in a style where his creation does not dominate the land but blends with it, allowing the enchantment of the land, woods, stones, sky, river, and animals to flow through the space.
There will be a short, wooded walk along the Quarry path past a lovely waterfall before reaching the home with its expanses of glass with a seamless connection to the outside.
*Please note this walk involves uneven ground, several bridge crossings and stone stairs*
After our tour and time to browse the gallery, we’ll make our way to the delightful village of Cold Spring to find a tasty lunch on your own.
A walk down Main Street will take you past many antique shops, boutiques, art galleries and cafés, leading to Dockside Park where you can enjoy the Hudson River atmosphere.
West Point Foundry Preserve:
Join us for a nature stroll in the West Point Foundry Preserve as we follow the trails that weave around old foundry buildings and notable historic points.
Little Stony Point:
If you’re up for more wandering or prefer pure nature, follow our lead on the quick, easy walk along the river’s edge to Little Stony Point, a small, wooded peninsula perched along the Hudson for some serene, picturesque views.
Pricing & Departures:
Wednesday, September 20:
Departs Morris Plains Community Center, 51 Jim Fear Dr. at 8:15 AM and returns at approximately 5:45 PM
Departs Ridgewood Graydon Pool South Lot, across Linwood Ave on the field side at 9:00 AM and returns approximately 5:00 PM
Thursday, September 21:
Departs South Plainfield High School, end of Lane Ave at 8:00 AM and returns at approximately 5:45 PM
Departs The Morris Plains Community Center at 8:45 AM and returns approximately 5:00 PM
Friday, September 22:
Departs Ridgewood Graydon Pool, corner of Linwood Ave & Northern Parkway at 9:00 AM and returns approximately 5:00 PM
Cars may be parked at all above locations at your own risk.
No reservations accepted without a payment of $170 per person. Make checks payable to “Group Tours & Travel” and mail to the above address. A full refund will be granted if canceled prior August 20, 2023. No refund will be granted on a cancellation that occurs after August 20, 2023. Group Tours is not responsible for any delays, cancellations, injuries or circumstances beyond its control and reserves the right to change this itinerary. All trip components are subject to change in accordance with Government, State, and Local guidelines and/or mandates. This tour will run rain or shine.
The Educated Wanderer
Group Tours & Travel
PO Box 632 Berwyn, PA 19312