Rockefeller also had an incredible sculpture collection, which includes Picassos, David Smith and so many others. In his art galleries, you can see the tapestries and all the other things he collected, like cars and horse-drawn carriages.
Yes, there is a boat tour called Pride of the Hudson, and it is so much fun. You catch the cruise just north of West Point. It is so beautiful to be out on the water and see the [Hudson] Valley from that vantage point.
Where do you like to dine up there?
Because the Culinary Institute is based in the Hudson Valley, it's really a culinary mecca. We ate at the Castle on the Hudson at Equus, their five-star, somewhat formal dining experience. It is really special.
What other destination ranks high on your must-see travel list?
Sicily and Corsica. We've been to Italy several times, but David and I haven't seen that part of the country.
Do you have a favorite travel bag or suitcase?
My lucky suitcase is a Tumi. My baggage must be able to fit overhead; I never, ever check it. I'd rather avoid that tense moment of "did it make it?"
What is the one item you will not travel without?
Family photos. I have this little travel album that is always in my suitcase.
Do you have any favorite travel reads?
Well, I just spent six hours on a plane returning from Lisbon reading "The Hare with Amber Eyes" by Edmund de Waal. You've got to read this book!
It's the story of his family's collection of netsuke, tiny ornamental Japanese carvings. De Waal's research about the netsukes led him back to discover that his family was once one of the most important Jewish families from Russia — similar to the Rothschilds — and how this collection was the only thing of the family's vast art collections that managed to survive the Nazi takeover. Its perfect for a long trip!
You travel so often — do you use travel guides?
I like books that talk about how travel should be. Do you remember Alice Steinbach's "Without Reservations"? I love the way she travels, allowing serendipity to come into the trip and not always be booked.
That's really important to us. I don't overprogram us, so that we can do a little discovery.