Guests "Hear The History" Of Tarrytown House Estate With Online Audio Tour
Tarrytown, NY - November 6, 2007 -- Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center, located in New York's exclusive Westchester County, blends modern conveniences with historical charm, to create an unforgettable Lower Hudson Valley experience. Now, with a new online audio tour, visitors to the website can step back in time and experience the estate's 167-year history prior to setting foot on the property.
"With our historical audio tour, future guests can learn about the property prior to their stay or they can download the MP3 file right to an iPod and use it as a guided walking tour of the estate during their visit," says Steve Sackman, regional director of sales and marketing for Destination Hotels and Resorts, which manages the property.
The tour leads visitors through Tarrytown House Estate's beautiful gardens and impressive 19th Century architecture, including the King and Biddle Mansions, the carriage house and cottage, and the contemporary atrium-style building that houses the estate's conference facilities and guest rooms.
Originally called "Uplands," a Georgian mansion with a giant white portico, the King Mansion was built around 1840 by J.S. Cronise. Although details are sketchy, the luxurious home had a number of unidentified owners before Thomas M. King, vice president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, purchased it at the beginning of the 20th Century.
William R. Harris, a director of the American Tobacco Company, acquired Biddle House in 1895, spending a small fortune by taking granite from the surrounding area to create the mansion as it is seen today. Years later, Thomas King's son Frederick married Harris' daughter Sybil, who went on to reign as "queen" of both estates until 1922.
That same year, Mary Duke Biddle, of the Duke tobacco family of North Carolina, purchased the large granite mansion from the Harris family. She renamed the estate Linden Court in honor of the sumptuous linden trees adorning the property. Renamed in her honor, it remains The Biddle Mansion today.
Residing on 26 acres overlooking the Hudson River Valley, Tarrytown House Estate is located in an area rich with history and folklore. The property is perfect for business or leisure, offering luxurious lodging and amenities, as well as providing guests with the opportunity to explore many of Westchester County's famous historic sites that include Kykuit, the Rockefeller family estate in Pocantico Hills; Lyndhurst, once the home of financier Jay Gould; the Philipsburg Manor; a colonial farm; and Washington Irving's Sunnyside.
For more information about Tarrytown House Estate, visit www.tarrytownhouseestate.com. To listen to the audio tour, visit www.tarrytownhouseestate.com/about-property-history.php.
Destination Hotels & Resorts is a privately held lodging management company headquartered in suburban Denver, Colo. With more than 30 independent, luxury and upscale hotels, resorts and golf clubs, Destination is the fifth largest independent hospitality management company in the country. The company's portfolio features more than 7,000 guest rooms, nine golf courses and 10 full-service spas. Destination Hotels & Resorts properties are located in key metropolitan and resort markets including Washington, D.C., Houston, Chicago, Denver, Dallas, San Diego, Aspen, Austin, Phoenix, Portland, Palm Springs, Jackson Hole, Maui and Lake Tahoe. For more information on the properties in the Destination Hotels & Resorts collection, please visit www.destinationhotels.com.
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