Travel

Farms Afield offers unique travel opportunities designed especially for Stickley fans and Arts & Crafts aficionados. Travel is a benefit of membership Friend level ($200) and above. Join or renew today to participate and be notified of future travel opportunities.

Farms Afield: New York City is currently full. To be added to the waitlist please contact the administrative office (973) 540-0311.

Monday to Thursday, June 3-6, 2024

Meet us in the Big Apple! In the late spring, the museum will host a special Farms Afield close to home, in New York City.

With planning overseen by Executive Director Vonda Givens and Director of Collections and Preservation Jonathan Clancy, Stickley Museum Members (at our Friend level and above) can expect an unforgettable, one-of-a-kind experience among friends, old and new, in the city that never sleeps.

Just 45 minutes from Craftsman Farms, New York City has always held a special place in Craftsman Farms history. While living at Craftsman Farms, Gustav Stickley opened The Craftsman Building, off of 5th Avenue, in 1913. Under one roof, The Craftsman Building housed Stickley's retail operations and the offices of The Craftsman Architects and The Craftsman Homebuilding Company. The building's upper floors included The Craftsman Club-Rooms, Library and Lecture Hall, and the top floor was home to The Craftsman Restaurant, which sourced ingredients from Craftsman Farms, and featured the farm in its menu.

Farms Afield: New York City will include a stop at The Craftsman Building where trip attendees will be able to toast Gustav Stickley during a cocktail reception in the restaurant now on the historic building’s ground level.

Our itinerary will also feature:

The Morgan Library and Museum

  • Enjoy a custom tour, planned especially for our group, exploring the architecture and preservation of The Morgan Library and Museum. A complex of buildings today, the Morgan Library was built between 1902 and 1906 and designed by Charles Follen McKim as the private library of financier Pierpont Morgan.
  • Our tour will be led by Jon Maass, a key member of the design team overseeing the exterior conservation of the Library and the full-campus landscape plan (and the Stickley Museum’s Education Center, completed in 2020). Jon will take our group on a private, behind-the-scenes tour that will include The Morgan Garden, which was developed by award-winning landscape designer Todd Longstaffe-Gowan and is one of New York City's most elegant greenspaces.

Photo above, center: The Morgan Library; courtesy of The Morgan Library & Museum.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

  • Visit the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art for private tours, including a Curator’s Tour of the newly-installed period rooms with Alyce Perry Englund, Associate Curator of American Decorative Arts, plus selections from the Robert A. Ellison Jr. Collection of Art Pottery (see above), highlights from the permanent collection in the The Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art, and the Living Room from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Francis W. Little House.

Photo above: A selection of pottery from The Robert A. Ellison collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art; courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  

The New York Historical Society

  • Experience a private tour of the New York Historical Society’s Tiffany Gallery with Debra Schmidt Bach, Ph.D., Curator of Decorative Arts. The Gallery features 100 illuminated Tiffany lamps from the Society’s spectacular collection, which is regarded as one of the world’s largest and most encyclopedic.

Photo above: The Tiffany Gallery at the New York Historical Society; courtesy of the New York Historical Society.

Cathedral of St. John the Divine

  • Visit the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine for a private tour of this glorious New York City landmark. More than 120 years old, the Cathedral remains unfinished. Despite incomplete construction, it is the largest cathedral in the world.
  • The Cathedral’s Great Rose Window, at forty feet in diameter, it is the third largest rose window in the world. Our tour of the Cathedral, which opened in 1892, will focus on its Romanesque Revival and Gothic Revival architecture.

Photo above: Cathedral of St. John the Divine; courtesy of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine.

A Special-Invitation Reception and Sotheby's Preview

  • Enjoy a special-invitation cocktail reception at a private home on the Upper West Side. Long-time supporters of the Stickley Museum, our hosts’ elegantly furnished home reflects their world travels and their famous hospitality.
  • Explore the preview of the Important Design Auction at Sotheby’s New York City.

Photo above: The Warwick Hotel; courtesy of the Warwick Hotels and Resorts.

Planning for Farms Afield: New York City will continue in the coming weeks. Watch for news as more trip activities are added!

The trip will be led by staff members Vonda Givens and Jonathan Clancy. Note: Farms Afield is a Members-Only experience, for Members at our Friend level ($200) and above.

$2500/per person for double occupancy*
$3000/per person for single occupancy*

Early Bird Rate! SAVE $100 when you book by 3/15/24.
*Beginning March 15, 2024, rates increase to $2600 for double occupancy and $3100 for single occupancy. 

Travel dates:

Participants should plan to arrive on Monday, June 3 and depart on Thursday, June 6. Farms Afield activities begin at breakfast Tues., June 4 and end with a closing reception on Wed., June 5.

Travel to and from New York City is not included. Trip attendees will meet up at the Warwick Hotel in New York. Once Farms Afield: NYC begins, attendees will travel by motorcoach to all activities.

Fees Include:

  • A 3-night stay at the Warwick Hotel, beginning Mon., June 3 (check in is at 3:00 p.m.) and ending on the morning of Thurs., June 6 (check out is at 11:00 am).
  • All trip activities on June 4 and June 5, plus transportation to and from all activities via motorcoach.
  • Two breakfasts and two evening receptions. **

**Dinner will be on your own. An itinerary will be provided in advance. Trip activities require moderate walking each day, rain or shine. Please plan accordingly.

FAQs:

Farms Afield is a Members-Only experience, for Members at our Friend level ($200) and above. Not a Member? You can join or renew your Membership when you register for Farms Afield. Need to update your membership to Friend level or above? Call the administrative office at 973-540-0311 to set up your upgraded membership.

Planning to come early or stay later? Let us help. Call the administrative office at 973-540-0311, and we will put you in touch with our contact at the hotel.

By prior arrangement, attendees are welcome to pay trip fees in installments. Complete the registration (check "payment plan") and contact the museum’s administrative office at 973-540-0311 to set up installment payments. Cancellation policy: Full refunds are available through Friday, May 3, 2024; after this date 50% refunds will be provided. No refunds are available after the trip begins.

Wednesday to Saturday, November 1-4, 2023

Discover Delaware’s beautiful Brandywine Valley on our fall Farms Afield! Meet us in Wilmington for a two-day, three-night trip exploring the beauty and history of this picturesque region.

Farms Afield: Delaware's Brandywine Valley will be hosted by Executive Director Vonda Givens and Director of Collections and Preservation, Jonathan Clancy.

Experience Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library (pictured above): Nestled in the rolling hills of the Brandywine Valley, Winterthur estate, with its 60-acre naturalistic garden, is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America since 1640. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, much as it was when the family of founder Henry Francis du Pont called it home. Winterthur Library’s extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts includes Gustav Stickley’s business records. Our full-day experience at the Winterthur estate, planned especially for the Stickley Museum’s group, includes a visit to the garden, guided tours of the home and its collections, and a tour of the library. Our library tour will be led by a Winterthur librarian, who will share fascinating materials from their Stickley and Arts and Crafts archives. Our experience will include time for self-guided exploration at the end of the day.

Tour The Delaware Art Museum with Dr. Sophie Lynford (pictured below): The Delaware Art Museum boasts the most comprehensive collection of British Pre-Raphaelite art in the United States. This fall, the museum will present "The Rosettis," a major international loan exhibition organized in partnership with the Tate Britain. It will be the only museum in the United States to host this exhibition after it closes in London. The exhibition features the art of the Rossettis, the family that includes Dante Gabriel Rossetti, a founder of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (a detail of a Dante Gabriel Rosetti painting is pictured above), his wife, Elizabeth Siddal, and siblings, Christina, Maria, and William Michael Rossetti. The Pre-Raphaelites inspired generations of artists to blend realism with medieval revivalism, and the poets, writers, and painters of this prodigiously artistic family blended their passion for social justice with their commitment to reforming outdated academic artistic traditions. Our group will be treated to two Curator’s Tours with Dr. Sophie Lynford, the Annette Woolard-Provine Curator of the Bancroft Collection. Lynford will guide our group through the museum's Pre-Raphaelite collection and the special Rossettis exhibition.

Photo above: The Pre-Raphaelite Art Galleries at the Delaware Art Museum; courtesy of the Delaware Art Museum Photo at top: La Ghirlandata, 1873, Dante Gabriel Rosetti, Oil on canvas, Guildhall Art Gallery; Photo courtesy of The Delaware Art Museum; Photo Credit: City of London Corporation.

Stay at the elegant Hotel Du Pont (pictured above)

We’ll stay at the 5-star Hotel Du Pont. This historic boutique hotel, a member of Historic Hotels Worldwide, overlooks Rodney Square in the historic district of Wilmington. Once the headquarters for the DuPont Company, it remains a landmark example of Italian Renaissance architecture.

And More! Planning for Farms Afield in the Brandywine Valley is still underway. More details will be shared as they are finalized. 

$2100/per person for double occupancy

$2600/per person for single occupancy

Travel Dates:

Farms Afield activities begin in the morning on Thursday, November 2 and end in the evening on Friday, November 3. Participants should plan to arrive on Wednesday, November 1 and depart on Saturday, November 4.

Fees include:

  • A 3-night stay at the Hotel Dupont, beginning Wed., Nov. 1 (check in is at 3:00 p.m.) and ending on the morning of Sat., Nov. 4 (check out is at noon).
  • All trip activities on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3, plus transportation to and from all activities via motorcoach.
  • Two lunches and one dinner.

*Travel to and from Wilmington, DE is not included. 

Not a Member? You can join or renew your Membership when you register for Farms Afield.

Planning to come early or stay later? Let us help. Call the administrative office at 973-540-0311, and we will put you in touch with our contact at the hotel.

By prior arrangement, attendees are welcome to pay trip fees in installments. Complete the registration (check "payment plan") and contact the museum’s administrative office at 973-540-0311 to set up installment payments. Cancellation policy: Full refunds are available through Saturday, September 30, 2023; after this date 50% refunds will be provided. No refunds are available after the trip begins.