Hyde Park, New York, United States

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Hyde Park, New York, United States

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Give your vacation rental the presidential treatment

If it was good enough for Franklin D Roosevelt, chances are a Hyde Park vacation rental might be right up your street too. Cute as a button, little old Hyde Park's got a lot going for it. History buff? Check out the great estates and monuments like the Roosevelt homes or the Vanderbilt mansion. Foodie? The Culinary Institute of America is one of the world's most prestigious cooking schools, and its main campus is right on your doorstep. Outdoorsy? Smother yourself in goose fat (or perhaps just a wetsuit) and get down to the iconic Hudson River.

Treat your tastebuds to sugar, spice, and all things nice

Know your syllabub from your souffl_? Your beurre blanc from your beurre mani_? Well in this town you won't be the only one who does. The good news is that Hyde Park is home to the vast Culinary Institute of America, where the next generation of Michelin star winners cut their teeth. The even better news? You can get your own teeth round some of their work. The campus boasts four public restaurants, serving everything from homey American classics to Italian specialties and French haute cuisine. Time it right and you might even come across some extra-special pop-up restaurants.

Dabbling in the decadence of the Gilded Age

A Hyde Park vacation rental is all about the history. Once home to the Roosevelts, you can visit FDR's home, the library he created, and the attached museum. And don't forget Eleanor, too - her own little bolthole at Val-Kill is worth a look-see during its summer opening season. When you're done being all statesmanlike, make a beeline for the decadence of the massive Vanderbilt estate, with its swanky Gilded Age architecture, formal gardens, and enough roses to seduce half the state. If all that isn't grand enough, the nearby Mills mansion is even bigger, set in its own state park.

Get those scarves and furry hats at the ready

When it comes to a Hyde Park vacation rental, winter means winter, so be sure to pack the furry parka. Temperatures in the early months of the year regularly take a dive below freezing, and there's liable to be plenty of the white stuff coming down. All of which can make it a pretty magical winter vacation destination. Summer, on the other hand, is an altogether more balmy affair, with the highest temperatures making an appearance in July and August. That's the time to break out the shorts and get down to the riverside.

A breath of fresh air down by the river

Most of the action in Hyde Park is clustered up against the wide old Hudson River (around half a mile across in these here parts), including the Roosevelt home, the Vanderbilt mansion, and the Culinary Institute of America. When you're done gorging yourself on the delights of the latter, how about working off some of those calories by taking to the Hudson itself on a kayaking tour? Nature lovers will also want to lace up the hiking boots for a trip to Mills-Norrie State Park. At more than 1000 acres, there's more than enough space for you to wear holes in your soles.