Travel Like The Great Gatsby
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Start your Gatsby tour at N.Y.C.’s Plaza hotel, the setting for one of the book’s most climatic scenes. Today, the Plaza gives a hat tip to its role in the American classic. Designed with Art Deco touches, the hotel's Fitzgerald Suite will have you waking up feeling like you’re Daisy Buchanan.
This Gold Coast mansion was one of the inspirations for Fitzgerald’s depiction of Gatsby’s mansion. Today, the French-style chateau is the second-largest private residence still standing in America. In the 1920s, philanthropist Otto Kahn threw Gatsby-esque parties on this lavish 443-acre estate, entertaining royalty and Hollywood stars. Oheka was also featured in the 1941 classic, "Citizen Kane."
Channel Daisy Buchanan as you stroll through the splendid gardens at this historic Gold Coast estate’s Planting Fields Arboretum. After you take in the estate’s restored Italian garden, tour the 65-room Tudor Revival-style house museum, whose original pieces and furnishings offer a look into the opulence of the Jazz Age.
Transport yourself back in time to Long Island’s lavish past with a guided tour of this Normandy-style Guggenheim mansion built in 1923. The waterfront estate, overlooking Long Island Sound, is one of three mansions on Sands Point Preserve -- you’re sure to get lost in the splendor of this surrounding, 216-acre nature preserve.
See how the Vanderbilts lived in the Gilded Age at this the 43-acre museum complex. Tour the 24-room Spanish Revival mansion for a look inside the decadence and promise of the era. With one of the most impressive views of the Long Island Sound, this mansion will leave you feeling like Gatsby looking for the green light across the water.
Old Westbury Gardens
Step back in time to the Gilded Age and Roaring Twenties at one of the grandest Gold Coast mansions. Stroll through the 100 acres of immaculately kept English gardens. Then tour the mansion's jaw-dropping grand halls.
Nassau County Museum of Art
You don’t have to travel to N.Y.C. to see amazing art. In the heart of Long Island’s famed Gold Coast lies the former Frick Estate, once home to the co-founder of U.S. Steel. Today the Georgian mansion houses an intimate museum filled with art from the 19th and 20th centuries. An impressive sculpture park is also located on the 145-acre estate, with more than 40 sculptures.
Talk about drama. With a Gatsby-like motivation, real estate baron Robert Goelet built this Italian villa in the Hudson Valley in 1911 to woo back a woman -- his wife, who was having an affair with an Italian man. Thus the impetus to design this 150-acre estate reminiscent of a Tuscan villa with marbled staircases and gardens that rival Italy's Boboli Gardens. Today the mansion is reborn as a luxury hotel that would impress the likes of Gatsby’s houseguests.
America’s elite in the 1920s summered in East Egg-esque majestic mansions in Newport, R.I. One of the grandest, The Breakers, was built by the Vanderbilts on Newport’s famous Cliff Walk. A stunning 138,000 square feet of awe-inspiring grandeur made it a perfect setting for parts of the 1974 film version of "The Great Gatsby."
This Newport mansion on spectacular Bellevue Avenue was used for Gatsby’s home in the 1974 film version of "The Great Gatsby." Modeled after the Grand Trianon, the garden retreat of French kings at Versailles, this magnificent estate is now used for weddings and other lavish events.
You’ll feel like you’re a guest at Gatsby’s mansion at this luxurious 33-room hotel. Reveling in the Gilded Age, the hotel is offering a Gatsby package that includes a champagne breakfast, tickets to the iconic Newport mansions and a five-course dinner at in-house restaurant Muse. The restaurant even includes an updated version of a meal served at The Breakers back in the 1920s.