Day Trip to FDR Home & Bellefield Garden with lunch at the Culinary Institute of America - SOLD OUT! Waiting list only


Thursday September 27, 2018

$152pp for Rutgers Garden Members // $168pp for non members

8:30am-6:45pm Return time is an estimate and varies based on traffic and weather conditions

Departs from: The Holly House in the Rutgers Gardens, 130 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Join Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens for a day in the Hudson Valley.  Your day starts with a pick up from Rutgers Gardens with morning coffee & pastries on the bus. Your first stop is the Culinary Institute of America's Hyde Park Campus for a three-course lunch at the French restaurant Bocuse. After lunch you head to Springwood, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home for a private tour of the home. Next is a visit to the Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield where you meet the garden director and tour the garden. There is the option to visit the Presidential Library. 

"All that is within me cries out to go back to my home on the Hudson River" - FDR. Springwood is the birthplace, lifelong home and burial place of Franklin D. Roosevelt, America's 32nd President. Springwood functioned as the 'Summer White House' where FDR hosted political associates, national and international figures including King George VI & Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill.  Springwood was donated to the American public in 1943 and became a part of the National Park Service two years later. Exploring the house where FDR was born gives you a fascinating insight into the life one of America’s greatest presidents. Inside the mansion are many of Roosevelt's personal items: his wheelchair, 14,000 volume library, 2,000 naval paintings, prints and lithographs and more. The graves of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt are in the Rose Garden. You will take a guided tour through the home with a Park Ranger. Your ticket also gives you entry to the Presidential Museum.

Just steps from FDR's home is the Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield, the earliest existing private garden created by one of America's most celebrated landscape designers. Beatrix Farrand was a landscape gardener whose work defined the American taste in gardens throughout the first half of the 20th century. She joined the likes of England's Gertrude Jekyll and William Robinson in championing the use of perennial plants in combinations based upon color harmony, bloom sequence and texture. This was the birth of the mixed border that is standard in gardens today.  In 1912, Farrand created an enclosed garden at Bellefield, an elegant 18th century house. The garden fell into disrepair for many years until it was restored in the 1990's by the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association. Today, the Bellefield garden is noted for its lush perennial borders composed of Farrand's signature plants in a sophisticated colors. The house now serves as the regional headquarters for the National Park Service. Bellefield is a hidden gem of a garden & must see for all garden lovers! 

Lunch! The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college offering associate and bachelor’s degree programs in culinary arts, baking and pastry arts and culinary science. Paul Bocuse, the Michelin-starred French chef and celebrated master of haute cuisine who passed away in January called the CIA the "best culinary school in the world". At the Hyde Park Campus with it's stunning views across the Hudson River, you'll have time to explore and see some of the classrooms beofre lunch. The campus has four restaurants where students hone their cooking and serving skills under the watchful eye of expert chef-instructors. You'll be lunching at Bocuse, where you can expect creative new interpretations of French classics. The original teaching restaurant on campus, the restaurant was named 'Bocuse' in 2012 to honor Paul Bocuse and given a $3million makeover the same year. This is a very beautiful restaurant - be assured you will be lunching in style! 

Lunch is a set menu du jour. Your three courses are:

First Course - Asparagus, Figs, Ham (Asperges, Figues et Jambon) with mascarpone cream

Main Course - Pan Roasted Chicken Breast (Poitrine de Poulet Rôtie) with seasonal vegetables blanquette

Dessert - Crème Brûlée with fruit compote.

Plus Coffee, Tea, Iced Tea.

Alcohol is not included and may be paid for individually.

Accommodations are made for dietary restrictions and intolerances. You will be served a special dish.  Please indicate these on the form below. 

Your ticket includes: Bruce Crawford as your host for the day; transportation on luxury Academy bus with dvd & restroom; wifi & power outlets on the bus; driver tip; 3-course lunch at the CIA’s Bocuse restaurant; lunch taxes & gratuity; entry & tour of Springwood, the home of FDR; private tour of Bellefield Garden; access to the Presidential Museum; destination talk on the ride there; coffee & cookies; bottled water; Kirsty Dougherty as your Noble Garden Tour Guide.Excludes: alcoholic drinks at lunch




Kirsty Noble Dougherty from Noble Garden Tours is handling all bookings/inquiries.

**TICKET PRICES: Individual level Rutgers Garden members may purchase one discounted ticket. All other levels may purchase 2 discounted tickets.

**PLEASE FILL OUT THIS FORM BEFORE SENDING PAYMENT. Kirsty will confirm your booking, how to pay and answer any questions.

**Payment is by check or by credit card via paypal (please note paypal incurs a fee). Checks are made out to 'Noble Garden Tours' and sent to PO Box 73, Highlands NJ 07732.

**Bookings are confirmed by email.

**Tickets are refundable up to one month prior to the tour. After this date, there is no refund on tickets if we cannot fill the spot.

All inquiries contact Kirsty on 908.512.0600 or <>

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Your lunch at Bocuse is a set 3-course meal. Accomodations are made for dietary intolerances. Please indicate if you/anyone in your group is vegetarian/gluten free/dairy intolerant etc. For eg. Kirsty - vegetarian