Hudson Valley's New Hotness, Thanks to the Film 'Hyde Park On Hudson'
This weekend, Bill Murray returns to the big screen as FDR in Hyde Park on Hudson. The film shines a light on the relationship Roosevelt had with a distant cousin, Daisy, who lived near his Hudson Valley, NY estate, and the historical visit made by the British monarchs George VI and Queen Elizabeth to the estate before the dawn of World War II.
Producers weren't granted approval to film at Springwood, so the film was shot at similar location in the U.K., but Hyde Park is hoping is that all of the references to Hudson Valley attractions in the film, like Beacon and the Wilderstein House, are enough to attract visitors.
"They can go to the Vanderbilts, [tourists] can go out to some of our wineries," said Mary Kay Vrba, executive director of Dutchess County Tourism. "They can stay in our great bed and breakfasts, and just have a real experience, like the king and queen did when they came to Dutchess County."
In addition to the hype surrounding the the film's release, the Roosevelt Estate is also celebrating the holidays this month. On December 15 they will welcome visitors for a Holiday Open House from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The home is decorated all month and can be toured daily. For more information, visit nps.gov.
For more information about Hyde Park, NY, check out hydeparkchamber.org.