A trip to Tarrytown offers visitors the perfect complement of history, dining, shopping and nature -- not to mention entertainment and first class lodging. From the majestic Hudson River views, including the Tappan Zee Bridge, to its Historic Districts showcasing 19th and 20th century architecture to its many unique shops and fine restaurants and hotels, Tarrytown offers something for everyone.
It was in Tarrytown that America's first recognized author,Washington Irving, made his home, Sunnyside, which is open to the public for tours and special events. One of the country's oldest operating theaters, Tarrytown's historic Music Hall offers a wide variety of entertainment.
The Captors' Monument in Patriots' Park, on the border between Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, commemorates the capture of the British spy Major John André during the Revolutionary War. Many fine restaurants, some with river views, offer nearly every type of food imaginable. Easily accessible by car, train and boat, Tarrytown is a must-see stop on a trip to the Historic Hudson River Towns. For more information, see www.tarrytowngov.com or www.sleepyhollowtarrytownchamber.com
Sunnyside: Author Washington Irving once occupied this 1835 Romantic/Dutch Colonial Revival style estate, featuring a fully furnished and restored house, icehouse, gardens and wooded footpaths. Special events are often held in this picturesque location, so watch the Calendar of Events for Historic River Towns. Sunnyside is open daily April through November (except Tuesdays) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and on weekends and for holiday events in December. West Sunnyside Lane. (914) 591-8763. www.hudsonvalley.org.
Lyndhurst: The 1838 Gothic Revival mansion, considered the best example of the style in the country, was designed by Andrew Jackson Davis and owned, after 1880, by railroad magnate Jay Gould. The mansion, located just off Route 9, features 19th and 20th century decorative arts, furnishings and toys. It is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Tours, educational programs and many special events are offered throughout the year. Lyndhurst is open daily from mid-April through October (except Mondays) from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and on weekends only from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. for the remainder of the year. The Carriage House Cafe is open 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. from April through October. 635 South Broadway. (914) 631-4481. www.lyndhurst.org
Historical Society Serving Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown: A local museum that features: Native American artifacts; items from the area's early Dutch settlers; Revolutionary War memorabilia, including a display on the capture of André; references to Washington Irving; firearms; jewelry; clothing; items from World War I and II; and a fine collection of ephemera. Special exhibitions and events, lectures and guided tours are offered. The museum is free and open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, 2 - 4 p.m. One Grove Street. (914) 631-8374. www.thehistoricalsociety.net.
Tarrytown Music Hall: This National Historic Landmark theater was built in 1885 for concerts, town meetings and cotillions. Many consider the distinctive building to be Westchester County's finest example of the non-residential style of Queen Anne architecture. The 840-seat Music Hall, with its excellent acoustics, has been host to some of the region's most prestigious performances. It continues to keep that tradition alive, with many music and performing arts events. No tours. 13 Main Street. 914-631-3390. www.tarrytownmusichall.org
Warner Library: This beaux arts building was funded by Mr. and Mrs. Worcester Warner, built in 1928, and has served the villages of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow ever since. The dramatic bronze door, imported from Venice, leads to a pleasant period reading room. An art exhibit, that is changed monthly, a concert series, and lectures and demonstrations make the library popular with residents and visitors. 121 N. Broadway. 914-631-2189.
Foster Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church: The church, founded by freed slave Amanda Foster in 1860, is the oldest black church in continuous use in Westchester County. It is said to have been one of the stops on the Underground Railroad. 90 Wildey Street. 914-631-2002.
Christ Episcopal Church (the 'Washington Irving' Church): The famous author pledged money for the construction of the Gothic Tudor style church -- and it was the scene of his large funeral in 1859. A slip of ivy given to Irving by his mentor, Sir Walter Scott, still flourishes on the exterior of the church and the rectory. Broadway & Elizabeth Streets. 914-631-2074. www.christchurchtny.com
Patriot's Park: Exactly on the border between Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow and next door to the Warner Library on Route 9, the park features a statue of John Paulding, commemorating the capture by Paulding and his fellow patriots, Isaac Van Wart and David Williams, of the British spy John André. André was seized while attempting to return to New York City with the plans for West Point, given to him by General Benedict Arnold. 914-631-8389.
Pierson Park: Pierson Park is a popular riverfront spot on West Main Street, with expansive views of the Tappan Zee. Good place for a picnic while watching the boat traffic on the river.
Old Croton Trailway State Historic Park: The trailway runs on the top of the Old Croton Aqueduct through Tarrytown, from the Old Dutch Church Burial Ground in Sleepy Hollow to Sleepy Hollow High School. Through the business section of Tarrytown, the trail continues south across Route 87 to cross the grounds of Lyndhurst and Sunnyside before reaching Irvington. It is owned and managed by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and offers a scenic walk from northern Westchester County to New York City. The Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct have published an award-winning map detailing the route of the trail and attractions along the way available, for $5.75 by calling 914-693-4117. For general trailway information, call 914-693-0529, www.aqueduct.org
The Castle on the Hudson, 400 Benedict Avenue (914) 632-2200. This luxury inn, a replica of an early Norman style castle, was built in 1897 on one of the highest points in the county by General Howard Carroll. Designated a Relais and Chateaux official site, guests feel they are treated as royalty. Most of the luxury suites have fireplaces and four poster canopy beds. All possible conveniences are provided including a seasonal outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi. Equus Restaurant is open seven days a week and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and brunch on Sundays. The Castle on the Hudson is conveniently located near Interstates 287 and 87, Routes 9 and 9A, and the Saw Mill River Parkway. www.castleattarrytown.com
Doubletree Hotel, 455 South Broadway, (914) 631-5700. A newly-renovated hotel, the Doubletree combines the charm of a country inn with all of the modern conveniences, including indoor swimming pools, fitness center, Jacuzzi and saunas. The Doubletree is located just off Interstate 87 at the Tappan Zee Bridge. www.doubletree.com
Tarrytown Courtyard at Marriott, 475 White Plains Road (Route 119), (914) 631-1122. The Courtyard features 139 spacious rooms offering in-room coffee and tea service, large work tables with lamps, voice mail, cable television, in-room movies, and telephones with data ports. It boasts an indoor pool/whirlpool as well as a mini-gym. Breakfast is served daily in the Courtyard Cafe. The Courtyard by Marriott is located off Exit 1 of Interstate 287 and Exit 9 of Interstate 87, one mile from the Tappan Zee Bridge. www.courtyard.com/HPNGR/
Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center, 49 East Sunnyside Lane, (914) 591-8200. A 26-acre estate is the setting for two historic mansions overlooking the Hudson River that welcome business conferees. Just 24 miles north of New York City, this exquisite property includes 209 guest rooms and 30 meeting rooms, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a health club and charming gardens. Tarrytown House Estate is located off Interstate 287 and Route 9. www.tarrytownhouseestate.com
Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Road. (914) 631-2200. Located in the heart of the Historic Hudson River Towns, the 12-story Westchester Marriott offers 444 deluxe rooms, many with balconies. Services include two telephone lines in all guest rooms - equipped with data ports and voice mail, indoor and outdoor pools, a full service health club, saunas, beauty salon, massage and express check-in and check-out. Allie's American Grille serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and Ruth Chris' Steak House is open for dinner seven nights a week. The Westchester Marriott is located off Exit 1 of Interstate 287 and Exit 9 of Interstate 87, just 20 miles from New York City. http://www.marriotthotels.com/marriott/NYCWE/
Springhill Suites, 480 White Plains Road, (914) 366-4600. Each suite includes a mini fridge, microwave and barsink. Complimentary deluxe continental breakfast is included in reasonable rates. Local shuttle available to historic sites. www.marriott.com
Sheraton Tarrytown Hotel, 600 White Plains Road, (914) 332-7900. Within 25 miles of New York City, the Sheraton Tarrytown is a full-service Starwood hotel with a cutting edge design and concept. Situated in the heart of the Historic Hudson Valley, in Tarrytown, NY on Route 119, it is convenient to Route I-287 and accessible to many highways. The hotel features 150 deluxe guest rooms, a full service restaurant, a concierge level and lounge, an executive boardroom and 3 flexible meeting rooms. www.sheratontarrytown.com.