June 11 - A morning departure has you heading into Long Island, NY towards the famous Gold Coast. This region of Long Island was given its name for the lavish country estates built here during the early 1900's and immortalized in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, based upon his experiences while residing here. Your first stop is Oyster Bay for a visit to Planting Fields, the former estate of insurance magnate William Robertson Coe and his wife, Standard Oil heiress Mai Rogers Coe. It is one of the few remaining Gold Coast estates on Long Island's North Shore that retains its original 409 acres as well as its historic buildings including the mansion, Coe Hall. It contains many original pieces and furnishings of the Coe family, including the restored Louis XVI Reception Room and is a showcase of artistry and craftsmanship in its wood and stone carvings, ironwork and 13th - 19th century stained glass. Your last stop today is at nearby Mill Neck Manor. Located on the prestigious North Shore, this majestic Tudor Revival mansion is set on an 86-acre scenic estate overlooking Long Island Sound. The mansion, once called Sefton Manor, was owned by Robert Leftwich Dodge and his wife, the cosmetics heiress Lillian Sefton Dodge. Afterwards, check into your lodging and freshen up before departing for dinner at one of the popular restaurants in the area.
June 12 - Following breakfast this morning, board your motorcoach for Huntington and Oheka Castle. Once the second largest private home in the country at 127 rooms located on 443 acres, this was the summer home of financier and philanthropist, Otto Hermann Kahn. It was the site of lavish parties where he regularly entertained royalty, heads of state and Hollywood stars. From here, continue north to Centerport and the Vanderbilt Museum. Modest compared to many of the other Gold Coast homes, Eagle's Nest is a Spanish Revieal Mansion with 24 rooms built in three stages from 1910 until 1936. Rooms in the istoric house exemplify the eclectic taste and collecting interests of William K. Vanderbilt II. Dinner will once again be arranged at a local restaurant this evening.
June 13 - Enjoy breakfast once again this morning before checking out and departing for Old Westbury Gradens & the Phipps Estate, former home of John S. Phipps. Completed in 1906, the magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family's residence. Following your tour, depart for home with fond memories of The Great Gatsby's Gold Coast.
This itinerary is approximate. The exact times, days and destinations may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.