Designed by William Welles Bosworth at the request of John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1906, Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate Gardens was built on traditional Beaux-Arts principles. The garden features a brook garden, Temple of Aphrodite, semicircular rose garden, long vistas and paths.
Live like a Rockefeller out in Pocantico Hills, a teeny hamlet that holds the recipe for a perfect day in the country. Begin with one big helping of Kykuit, the former Rockefeller home (home, in this case, is a 300-acre estate with a mansion, carriage house, golf course, and sculpture garden), where you can linger in the garden as you ooh and aah your way through a 120-plus sculpture garden. Add a dash of Union Church, and marvel over its sensational stained-glass windows by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall (let's just say, the windows are a true religious experience). Finish off with a real down-on-the-farm country experience at the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture, where docent-led tours will take you to the Berkshire pigs rooting in the woods, the greenhouse growing that night's dinner, and the chickens and sheep lazing about the farm. And while it may be difficult to snag a table at esteemed restaurant Blue Hill, you can always grab a bite at the cafe. Make sure to try the duck panini, and leave room for a gooey, chocolaty cookie (or two). Mix well and serve.