A little off the beaten track for most Hudson Valley visitors, this surprising mansion and performing arts center is well worth a visit for a summer concert or a view of the unusual Mediterranean villa constructed by a wealthy New York couple. Walter and Lucie Rosen purchased entire rooms from European palaces, churches, and country homes, then brought them to the U.S. to incorporate into their sprawling mansion. It's hard to believe that the mansion and its bewildering array of Eastern, medieval, and Renaissance art and antiques were assembled on-site in the late 1930s. Caramoor is best known as a center of music and arts, and in particular for its summer outdoor Music Festival, which grew out of the Rosens' love for hosting concerts for their large circle of friends. The heart of the house is the extraordinary Music Room, a small palace unto itself, where chamber concerts are held throughout the year. Formal afternoon tea (house tour included) is served on the family's original china in the Summer Dining Room, Thursday and Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 4pm. Tours of the house last one hour.