Leaf Peeper Hands-on Art Tour - October 14-16

The Fall foliage along the Kaaterskill Creek in the Catskill Mountain region of New York State.

The Fall foliage along the Kaaterskill Creek in the Catskill Mountain region of New York State.

Join us this Autumn for a beautiful Fall foliage drive into Rip Van Winkle and James Fenimore Cooper country as we explore – and make – art in the Catskills and beyond. 

Alix Hallman Travis at her "Kitchen Paintings" opening at Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, NY, 2011.

Alix Hallman Travis at her "Kitchen Paintings" opening at Longyear Gallery in Margaretville, NY, 2011.

In the Catskills, we’ll visit a few of the dozens of artists and galleries and we’ll get a chance to make our own, easy art: a slab pottery vessel (if you can roll out a pie crust, you can do this), a watercolor collage (you just need to tear and glue), and a print of delicate plants – just gather the plants and arrange them on paper and help the artist run them through a printing press as large as Rembrandt’s! This is a custom offering which is not available otherwise. We’ll chat and have tea with the artists and their works will be available for sale in case you would like a lovely souvenir.

Peekamoose Restaurant private dining room, Shandaken, NY. 

Peekamoose Restaurant private dining room, Shandaken, NY. 

After a scrumptious dinner at the famed Peekamoose Restaurant, we’ll stay at a lovely local Bed & Breakfast.

One of our bed and breakfasts in Margaretville, NY.

One of our bed and breakfasts in Margaretville, NY.

The next morning, we’ll admire the Autumn foliage as we wend our way through the scenic Schoharie Valley – it’s like going back in time – and on to Cooperstown. We’ll visit the Fenimore Art Museum, the Farmer’s Museum, and the Hyde House Museum, have a leisurely lunch at the Otesaga Hotel, and stay at the beautiful old Victorian Inn, The Inn at Cooperstown. We’ll take a stroll down the street to our restaurant for dinner, with an after-dinner stroll by the lakefront.

The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York.

After a leisurely full breakfast at The Inn, we’ll make our way back to Westchester County, stopping at the historic Rondout Landing in Kingston for lunch.

The Inn at Cooperstown where we'll be staying. 

The Inn at Cooperstown where we'll be staying. 

This is a unique experience that you would not be able to arrange on your own. The tour is limited to 12 people – reserve now to ensure your spot! Solo guests are particularly welcome on all our tours!  

Itinerary and Pricing

Saturday, Oct. 14

  • Pick up in White Plains 9:00 am
  • Boiceville - Lunch at Bread Alone
  • Margaretville - Longview Gallery & Catskills Mountains Artisans Guild
  • Halcottsville - Choice of 2 art workshops: slab pottery or collage, refreshments
  • Roxbury - Art workshop: printmaking, refreshments
  • Shandaken - Dinner at Peekamoose
  • Margaretville - check in to B&Bs, parlor games

Sunday, Oct. 15

  • Farmhouse breakfast
  • To Cooperstown through beautiful Schoharie Valley
  • Hyde Hall House Museum, refreshments
  • Lunch at Otesaga Hotel
  • Choice of Fenimore Art Museum or Farmer's Museum or both
  • Check in at The Inn at Cooperstown, free time or photo op stroll
  • Dinner at Mel's @ 22
  • The Inn at Cooperstown, parlor games

Monday, Oct. 16

  • Elegant breakfast
  • Drive to Kingston
  • Lunch at scenic Rondout Creek in Kingston
  • Return to White Plains at about 3:00 PM

Included are: 2 custom art workshops, 3 museums, 2 galleries, 2 nights’ accommodation, 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners, 3 lunches, 4 coffee breaks, and all transportation. A glass of wine or beer is included at lunch (when available) and dinner. You won’t need any cash except for souvenirs!

On the banks of the historic Rondout Creek in Kingston, New York, just off the Hudson River.

On the banks of the historic Rondout Creek in Kingston, New York, just off the Hudson River.

The price is $997 plus tax, pickup is in White Plains on Saturday morning, October 14, returning to White Plains early afternoon, Monday, October 16. The price is $997 plus tax. There is an optional 3-hour beginner acrylic painting workshop on autumn landscapes at the Fenimore Art Museum for an additional $100. Pickup is in White Plains on Saturday morning, October 14, returning to White Plains early afternoon, Monday, October 16.

Reserve

Call Liz at 914-909-5079 or email her at liz@travellati.com to reserve.

The new Tappan Zee Bridge, which we'll be crossing twice. Photo Elizabeth Kemble.

The new Tappan Zee Bridge, which we'll be crossing twice. Photo Elizabeth Kemble.