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.
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.
Onto Stonecrop Gardens, perched in a dramatic setting at a windswept elevation of 1,100 feet in the nearby Hudson Highlands.
Take your time to wander through the diverse collection of plants and flowers among the garden spaces including water gardens, cliff gardens and raised alpine stone beds.
Pricing & Departures:
Departs South Plainfield High School at the end of Lane Ave at 7:30 AM and returns at approximately 6:30 PM
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
Cars may be parked at all 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 May 9, 2023. No refund will be granted on a cancellation that occurs after May 9, 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