Reminder: Yaddo tours this weekend

Yaddo exterior.jpgA quick reminder that Yaddo that will open for tours this Sunday, September 21 (as mentioned). Two of the four time slots are already sold out -- the remaining tours are at 8:30 am and 4 pm (and they will also probably sell out). Tickets are $50 each.

This will be just the sixth time that Yaddo, an artist retreat in Saratoga Springs, will be open for tours of this type. We took the tour in 2011 and it's really interesting. You get to see the dining rooms, a studio, the elegant staircase down which John Cheever is rumored to have ridden an antique sled, and the artists' studios. Even the pencil sharpener under the stairs made us wonder what was written with the No. 2s sharpened there.

The rose garden and rock garden at Yaddo are open to the public anytime between dawn and dusk.


I have been waiting for them to invite me to be an artist in residence, but maybe that's not going to happen. Still, $50 seems pretty steep for a tour. What makes it worth it, if anything?

Hi Otis. We were a little surprised by the price this time. The first time I went in 1993 tickets were around $12. Last time they were around $35. They're selling out now at $50. I guess the answer to your question depends on how much you want to wander the rooms where Capote, Bernstein and other luminaries lived, worked, drank and otherwise cavorted. Previous tours included the first and second floor of the house and, last time we saw a separate house on the private part of the grounds and a studio where the artists work. The first time we were able to visit Katrina's grave. That wasn't an option the second time. The guides are knowledgable and the house is unique, but I think it really does depend on how much you want to wander through the history.

I would not want to "wander through" for $50, Mary. I would want an expert tour guide, herself/himself a literary also-ran, to narrate the details of who diddled whom when, where and with what accoutrements.

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