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Lavish Gold Coast Mansions & Castles 2017

Lavish Gold Coast Mansions & Castles 2017

Step inside a world of extravagance and distinctive architectural style that was created by the socially and financially elite of the Gilded Age through the Roaring Twenties that inspired the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel "The Great Gatsby". Walk in the footsteps of dignitaries, socialites, and Hollywood celebrities both past and present that graced these lavish estates of the Historic Gold Coast of Long Island.

Package Includes:

2 Nights Hotel Accommodations at the Fox Hollow Inn, 2 Breakfasts, 1 Boxed Lunch, 2 Dinners, Tours of the Guggenheim Mansions Falaise and Hempstead House, Admission to Coe Hall Historic House Museum at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, Admission to Mill Neck Manor Mansion, Sightseeing Cruise aboard the Lauren Kristy, Admission to Oheka Castle, Baggage Handling and Transportation. 






Following meal stops en route, prepare to be awe-struck when we make our first stop at the Sands Point Preserve, formerly known as the Guggenheim Estate, to tour our first of two magnificent mansions on the property, Falaise. From the French word meaning "cliff," Falaise was built on a 90-acre piece of waterfront property given to Harry Guggenheim by his father Daniel after he married Caroline Morton. The 13th century French-Norman-style chateau features an enclosed cobblestone courtyard, steeply pitched roofs of heavy tile, a round tower, and a swimming pool that was once a rose garden used by Harry after he became ill and doctors told him he needed exercise. Harry had a lifelong interest in aviation, and Charles Lindberg was a close friend and frequent visitor to Falaise. The Guggenheim properties have been utilized in many movies, and perhaps the most famous scene of all was from "The Godfather." Our second tour at the Preserve will be that of the Hempstead House, a Tudor-style castle that served as a summer residence for the family and where they hosted grand parties, performances and gatherings of the powerful elite of the time. With the first and second floors alone measuring over 1.5 acres, this 50,000 square foot three-story mansion has 40 rooms and a 60-foot tall entry foyer with a magnificent, fully restored Wurlitzer Opus 445 Theatre Organ with massive pipes on the walls. The billiard room originally featured a gold leaf ceiling, hand-tooled leather wall coverings, and a carved oak woodwork from a 17th century Spanish palace. Hempstead House was also the subject of many movie shoots and television shows including "The Wolf of Wall Street," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," HBO's "Boardwalk Empire," "Royal Pains," and "Law and Order." At the conclusion of our tours, we will depart for Woodbury, NY, where we will check into the exquisite, boutique all-suite hotel Inn at Fox Hollow (516-921-1415) for a two-night stay. Tucked away on an 8-acre estate, the Inn at Fox Hollow has many modern comforts including an outdoor heated pool and hot tub (seasonal), fitness center, lobby computer station, the Volpe Restaurant & Lounge, and relaxing common areas with fireplaces. Guest suites are modern elegance redefined with kitchens featuring a Keurig coffee maker, microwave, dishwasher, under-the-counter microwave, invigorating spa showers, deep soaking tub, European bath products, hairdryer, iron and ironing board, HD LCD televisions, and custom work stations with complimentary high speed internet. Dinner this evening will be included at the hotel with the remainder of the evening available to enjoy the hotel amenities.



Awaken to a breakfast buffet included at the Inn before we meet our local guide who will lead us to another glorious estate once the home of insurance magnate William Robertson Coe and Standard Oil heiress Mai Rogers Coe, Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum. One of the few remaining Gold Coast estates on Long Island's North Shore, it retains the original 409 acres featuring formal gardens, rolling lawns, specimen gardens, Italian Garden, and Main Greenhouse. The original historic estate buildings remain including the 65-room Tudor Revival mansion, Coe Hall. The mostly Elizabethan-style interior of the Tudor Revival mansion is a showcase of artistry and craftsmanship in its wood and stone carvings, ironwork, 13th to 19th century stained glass windows and many original pieces and furnishings that once belonged to the Coe family. Next, we will travel to Mill Neck Manor, a majestic Tudor Revival mansion set on an 86-acre estate overlooking the Long Island Sound. Once called Sefton Manor, the mansion was owned by Robert Leftwich Dodge and his wife Lillian Sefton Dodge, the cosmetics heiress. Built in 1923, Mill Neck Manor is a two-story residence with 34 family rooms, 16 bathrooms, and many guest and service rooms. One memorable feature of the mansion is the leaded stained-glass windows, a series of five Shakespearean plays overlooking the main stair landing. In 1949, the estate was purchased by the Lutheran Friends of the Deaf and became the Mill Neck Manor School for the Deaf. At first a residential school for the Deaf, it later housed a day elementary school program. It has been empty since the completion of the Deaf Education Center in 2001. After our tour, we will board the paddle wheeler, Lauren Kristy, a 65-foot turn-of-the-century river boat that will be sailing on the Great South Bay. Enjoy a peaceful cruise along the shores of Fire Island. While on board, we will have a boxed lunch included. We will return to the Inn after the cruise to freshen up for dinner. We will travel to Jericho, NY, where dinner will be included at the historic Milleridge Inn. One of Long Island's hidden treasures, step back in time and experience a truly unique ambience of old-world charm, featuring classic American cuisine and specialty items offered seasonally. Afterwards, we will return to the Inn at Fox Hollow to retire for the evening.

B, L, D


Breakfast will once again be included at our glorious hotel before we check out and depart for our final Gold Coast mansion tour. Resting majestically on the highest point of Long Island is the Oheka Castle. The mansion embodies the elegant refinement of French chateaus coupled with world-class service and a rich history that is distinctly Oheka. Almost a century ago, financier and philanthropist Otto Hermann Kahn built Oheka in the middle of 443 acres for an estimated $11 million (approximately $110 million in today's currency). At the time of its construction, the French-style chateau was, and still is today, the second largest private residence ever built in America. During the Gilded Age of the 1920's, Kahn used his 127-room estate as a summer home to host lavish parties and regularly entertain royalty, heads of state, and Hollywood stars. We have come to the end of our tour, and it is time to bid a fond farewell to the extravagant estates and mansions of the upper class elite on Long Island's Historic Gold Coast.




B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Pick up locations can vary by date. Please visit detailed overview tab for tours with multiple dates.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour. Pick up locations can vary by date. Please visit detailed overview tab for tours with multiple dates.

Name Address Contact Details
Camp Hill Camp Hill Radisson, 1150 Camp Hill Bypass
Park near Radisson sign across from McDonalds
Carlisle Carlisle Point Mall, 800 East High Street
Park in mall lot across from Pizza Hut
Hanover Hanover - Staples Shopping Ctr, 440 Eisenhower Dr
Park along grass island in center of lot
Harrisburg Mall Harrisburg Mall -3501 Paxton St.
Park near Pole 32
York York Four Points Sheraton, 1650 Toronita St.
Go to the right and park in the far corner of lot
York Springs York Springs - Wolf's Terminal
200 Old US Rt. 15 - Park near large sign
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