It was somewhat disappointing to read that the Montgomery Place in the Hudson Valley in upstate New York may be in peril according to the Times. This is one of the most beautiful places I've visited here in New York. I wrote about it earlier in a post here.
If you haven't been -- I highly recommend that you do. It is an awesome day trip and a great place to try out photography and who knows -- if you delay you may never be able to go there anymore :(
I took a ton of photos when I went there last year. Some of them are on Flickr here.