While in New York for my daughter's wedding, we were able to visit the nearby Olana State Historic Site in Hudson. Olana was the home and studio of the Hudson River School artist, Frederic Edwin Church. He lived from 1826-1900. The home and 250-acre grounds passed to his son and was eventually purchased by the State of NY and the Olana Preservation group.
Church built a beautiful home (above), a Persian-inspired mansion filled with original sketches, studies and paintings by Church, which he built after first living in a small cottage on property. Furniture and artifacts, heavily Persian, decorate the insides, which you can see if you take a tour. (No photos allowed inside.) Landscape gardening was considered fine art at that time and Church spent effort to make the grounds beautiful.
There is a nice pond, but the flowers appealed to me the most.
You could drive an RV up to Olana and have room to park. There is a $5 per vehicle charge on weekends/holidays during April – October. Free all other times. Tours are $12, $10 for seniors and students. The tour is well worth doing. The views from the hill are stupendous and far-reaching. Plan for a few hours visit so you can walk one or more of the paths, see the cottage and pond at the bottom or the galleries, and take a tour. Plus you might like to relax under a tree. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak