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Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center

584 Route 9d, Garrison, NY 10524-3042
+1 845-424-3812
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Worth going more than once a year just to see the variations in vegetation

Though the phrase "hidden gem" is overused, this place really is hidden. And it really is a gem... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
CWnut
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Bethesda, MD
Mid century iconic designers home and landscape

Fascinating tour of iconic mid century modern designers home and landscape. Beautiful serene... read more

Reviewed 28 September 2017
Marymorninglory
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New York City, New York
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MANITOGA / The Russel Wright Design Center preserves, protects and shares Russel Wright's modernist House, Studio and Woodland Garden as a masterful integration of design and nature, a powerful example of land reclamation, and a resource for inspired design in daily living through public tours, programs and events. MANITOGA is a National Historic Landmark, an Affiliate Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a World Monuments Watch Site. It is one of the few 20th century modern homes open to the public in New York State.
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“hiking trails” (4 reviews)
“stone steps” (3 reviews)
“house tour” (3 reviews)
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584 Route 9d, Garrison, NY 10524-3042
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+1 845-424-3812
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Though the phrase "hidden gem" is overused, this place really is hidden. And it really is a gem. Feelings of tranquility, amazement and fun are experienced on this tour.

1  Thank CWnut
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Fascinating tour of iconic mid century modern designers home and landscape. Beautiful serene setting with hiking trails. The tour does involve a bit of hiking.

Thank Marymorninglory
Reviewed 13 September 2017

I must admit I'd never heard of Russell Wright, Although I was familiar with some of his designs. I went to Manitoga on someone's suggestion, And it was a great recommendation! It's hard to believe that Russell Wright found a former quarry and envisioned what...More

1  Thank I'mcomingback
Reviewed 5 September 2017 via mobile

Mid-century modern dinnerware designer, Russel Wright, bought a quarry and after ten years of research, built a home that blends into the natural surroundings. The tour includes a short hike with a docent, then a tour of Wright's studio and home. Tours of ten people,...More

Thank Karen P
Dan_Rigney, Public Relations Manager at Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2017

Thank you Karen for your very kind words and for sharing your Manitoga experience on TripAdvisor. We hope you will return soon. No matter the season, Manitoga always surprises.

Reviewed 18 August 2017 via mobile

Definitely off the beaten path, but well worth the effort to find it. Home designer Russell Wright and his wife wanted to build a home . . . but more than that they wanted to create a environment for his family and friends to enjoy...More

1  Thank TeamMan
Reviewed 21 November 2016

The tour of this house was very good. It starts inside a small building where they show a short video. You hike a bit to the house seeing it from a distance. Depending on the season you are visiting, the house could be totally surrounded...More

4  Thank OldBridgeTraveler
Dan_Rigney, Public Relations Manager at Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

Thank you for submitting this review of Manitoga to TripAdvisor. We are thrilled your enjoyed your tour and hope you will return again to hike the trails, experience a performance or to take another tour at a different time of year. Every visit holds new...More

Reviewed 12 November 2016

I have been living in the Hudson Valley for over 30 years but had not known about this place. Even more astonishing is that I have known about about Russel Wright and his famous American Modern designs for a long time. So what pleasure when...More

2  Thank Gypsgris
Dan_Rigney, Public Relations Manager at Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

Thank you for your very enthusiastic review of Manitoga. We are thrilled you have discovered this "place of great spirit" here in the Hudson Valley. We hope you will return again for more tours, to hike our trails or experience a performance in this extraordinary...More

Reviewed 5 November 2016

I made my reservations on the web page and arrived early to ensure I got a parking spot. The gravel lot holds about 20-25 cars, and there were only a couple of cars there on a Saturday morning. There is a very small visitor’s center/gift...More

4  Thank jjctraveler
Dan_Rigney, Public Relations Manager at Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, responded to this reviewResponded 23 November 2016

Thank you for submitting this excellent review to TripAdvisor. We appreciate you describing the tour experience from the point of view of a guest, so people will have a better idea of what to expect. Please return soon to hike the trails, experience a performance...More

Reviewed 31 October 2016

Manitoga was the home of Russel Wright, a mid-century American designer. The tour includes a hike of some of the grounds and a tour of the house and studio. There are some steep rock steps, a wood bridge with no handrail and rock steps across...More

Thank Babs1newyork
Dan_Rigney, Public Relations Manager at Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2016

Thank you very much for your lovely review. We often get questions about the difficulty of the walk for guests with balance issues. Your statement perfectly captures the challenge and the rewards in a way that will help others make the right decision for themselves....More

Reviewed 22 October 2016

This place is a total work of art (a gesamtkunstwerk) from the mid-century modern structure sited on the edge of a quarry, to the idiosyncratic interiors, to the surrounding art directed grounds and trails. If you like architecture or are simply curious about this brilliant...More

Thank AuggieDaddy
Dan_Rigney, Public Relations Manager at Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2016

Thank you so much for your enthusiastic review of your visit to Manitoga. We so appreciate you taking the time to share your experience with others. We hope you will return again and again. Every season offers new delights. All the best, Dan

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