Sunnyside, the home of 19th-century author Washington Irving, features stepped gables, ancient weathervanes and gardens. A National Historic Site, Lyndhurst covers 67 acres and boasts beautiful gardens, a greenhouse and carriage house.Kykuit was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, and features antiques and art, fine ceramics, and extensive gardens.
Head west on I-87 across the Tappan Zee Bridge to Sterling Forest State Park in Tuxedo, a 19,000-acre park with hiking trails, fishing, 125 species of birds, 810 species of plants, visitors' center and guided hikes.
Take I-87 north to Exit 16 and Rte 17 West to Exit 127 to Sugar Loaf Art & Craft Village in Sugar Loaf, an original arts and crafts hamlet with dozens of shops and galleries. Overnight in Goshen or Middletown.
Take Rte 94 north to the town of Washingtonville and visit America's oldest winery, Brotherhood Winery. In operation since 1839, Brotherhood offers tours and tastings, as well as many weekend events and festivals.
Head east on Rte 94, take Orrs Mills Rd east to Rte 32 south and visit Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, a 500-acre sculpture park with 120 masterworks of contemporary sculpture including the new installation, the Three Legged Buddha. Guided tours are available. Go east on Quaker Ave to Rte 9W north, then to Rte 218 south. Travel through the town of Cornwall-on-Hudson, continuing high above the Hudson River on the scenic Storm King Highway. Follow the route into West Point and see the United States Military Academy at West Point. (Check their schedule before traveling)
APPROXIMATE MILEAGE: 73 miles