Women of Culture is a social networking group
designed to connect like-minded women who have
an appreciation for beauty, creativity and community.

Each WOC event is carefully curated, and the group size is kept small so that
attendees are able to meet, share and bond over a carefully curated cultural experience.

At each event you will:
Discover new art forms, broaden your horizons and awaken your curiosity. 
Experience the power of art to transform, inspire and enlighten. 
Connect with other amazing women who share your interests & passions.

Hudson River Valley Art & Nature Immersion, October 6-9th 2017


This Columbus Day weekend, we will venture just a few hours north of the city to an idyllic area chock-full of arts & culture known as the Hudson River Valley. Named one of the top 20 must-see destinations in the world by National Geographic Traveler and heralded as “a real city break, with leafy drives, wineries and plenty of farm-to-table foodie options” by Lonely Planet, this 7,000 mile stretch along the Hudson River is steeped in history, natural beauty, culture and a burgeoning food and farmer’s market scene.

During our 3.5-day get-away, we will be experiencing the very best of it all, including the Olana National Historic Site, Omi Arts Center & Sculpture Fields, Dia: Beacon, the Hudson Valley Dance Festival, beautiful vineyards, amazing restaurants — and of course the priceless opportunity to bond with other smart, interesting and culturally-minded women!

Full Weekend Itinerary:*

Friday Oct 6th
12:45pm: Meet at National Car Rental in Jersey City (110 1st St) for 1pm departure
3-5pm: Wine Tasting/Apple Picking at Warwick Valley Vineyards
7pm: arrive Mid-Century Modern Air Bnb** in Germantown
8pm: dinner at Gaskins in Germantown

Saturday October 7th
Morning: brunch/relax at the house, optional guided meditation & yoga 12:15pm: departure
1-2pm: Guided tour of Olana National Historic Site
2:45-3:15pm: Carriage tour*** of Olana grounds (optional)
3:15-4pm: self-guided visit of grounds & the Overlook exhibit
4:15pm: departure
5pm: Hudson Valley Dance Festival in Catskill****
8pm: Dinner in Hudson

Sunday October 8th
11am: departure
11:30am: Brunch at Rivertown Lodge in Hudson
1-2pm: walk/shop/browse in Hudson
2:30-4pm: Tour of Arts Omi Sculpture Fields in Ghent
4:30pm: Stop at Love Apple Orchards in Ghent
Evening: Dinner/relaxation at the house

Monday October 9th
11am: departure
12:30pm: Brunch in Beacon
2-4pm: Visit Dia: Beacon
4pm: departure
6pm: Approximate arrival in Jersey City

TOTAL COST, including transportation (rental mini van leaving from Jersey City), 3 nights in the Air bnb**, all activities and morning breakfasts (lunches & dinners to be paid separately on-site):

  • $600 per person for twin bed in a room shared with 1 other person OR for king bed in room shared with 2 other people
  • $650 per person for a queen bed in private room
  • $550 for pull-out couch in room shared with 2 other people

Trip is strictly limited to 7 attendees (including myself). In order to apply for the trip, please complete the short survey found here to make sure the trip is a good fit for you, and vice versa: https://goo.gl/forms/Mb7v33ZgHZ9AFHcg1

Once accepted, you will be sent a link to complete your payment by credit card or paypal. I can't wait to share this amazing experience with you!

*Please note that all payments are FINAL and non-refundable. If you must transfer your spot to someone else, the request must be pre-approved by the trip leader. The itinerary may change at the Leader's discretion and any personal needs or desired adjustments to the schedule must be addressed directly with the leader and may or may not be accommodated, at her discretion. All participants are expected to be on-time for planned activities and able to leave Jersey City promptly at 1pm on Friday. Every effort will be made to return to Jersey City by 6pm on Monday, but participants shouldn't expect to be home before 8pm in order to allow for adjustments in the schedule and holiday weekend traffic.

**More info on the Air bnb can be found here: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/8902668. It is a huge 4-bedroom house located in Germantown, about 7 miles south of Hudson, NY. On one side of the house, there is a huge master loft with a king bed and a queen pull-out sofa. On the other side of the house, there is a second loft with a queen bed and two separate bedrooms (one with a queen, and one with two twin beds) and a 2nd bathroom below it. Big, open kitchen, dining room and living room, plus a 2nd building with a summer kitchen, large deck with table, chairs and backyard complete with a fire pit. It sits on 53 wooded acres, touching the Roeliff Jansen creek which flows into the Hudson River.

***In honor of Olana’s 50th Anniversary, they are offering carriage rides on the 19th century carriage roads. A stunning carriage and draft team saunter Frederic Church’s gravel roads bringing travelers to majestic views and stellar landscapes while viewing the sky, the Hudson River, and the Catskill Mountains. Please let me know at sign-up whether or not you will participate (time & cost has already been accounted for in our schedule).


****Full Program for the Hudson Valley Dance Festival:

  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Strange Humors by Robert Battle
  • Cirio Collective, The Mind: The Other Room by Jeffrey Cirio
  • M/motions, Black and White by Manuel Vignoulle
  • MOMIX, Daddy Long Leg by Moses Pendleton
  • MOVETHECOMPANY, Concerto & Saudade by Joshua Beamish
  • New York Theatre Ballet, Cross Currents by Merce Cunningham
  • Abigail Simon and Marty Lawson share an excerpt from Carousel, by Rob Ashford
  • Tayeh Dance, you’ll still call me by name, by Sonya Tayeh

All performed in a 120-year-old wooden warehouse at Historic Catskill Point.