Garrison, NY: Where design and nature are good neighbors
In Algonquin, Manitoga means Place of the Great Spirit, and it's also the name of Russel Wright's estate in Garrison, NY.
Wright first moved to Garrison in 1942, when the 75 acres that comprise Manitoga had been devastated by lumbering and quarrying. He spent the rest of his life restoring the land and living in the house and studio he built there, known as Dragon Rock. It is a model of forward-looking ecological design. And the ways in which Wright integrated the interiors and nature create a harmony of genuinely great spirit.
It's his design work, of course, that earned Wright legions of fans in his lifetime and ever since. He (with wife Mary) fused cool style, functionality, and modest prices to lines of dinnerware and furniture. Wright's designs looked good then and they look good now.
You can visit the house, studio, and garden—tours are given selected weekdays at 11am and on weekends at 11am and 1:30pm, from May 1 through October. Reserve here.
While you're in the neighborhood, check out Stone Crop, one town further north in Cold Spring. Originally the home of Anne and Frank Cabot, the big-ticket item here is the 12 acres of gorgeous gardens. Note that it's open weekdays and the first and third Saturdays of the month only.