Lyndhurst, a historic site of the National Trust, is one of the great domestic landmarks of America. A visit to the house and its 67-acre park is a must for all who are interested in 19th-century architecture, decorative arts, and landscape design.
Lyndhurst is adjacent to Washington Irving’s Sunnyside. There are historic and aesthetic connections of interest between the sites, but it is the ability to walk from site to site that has the most special appeal. Visitors may walk the publicly maintained Croton Aqueduct Trail from Lyndhurst to West Sunnyside Lane.
Lyndhurst was designed by Alexander Jackson Davis (1803-1892) in the gothic revival style. Davis completed this first phase in 1842, and designed much of the furniture. In 1864, Lyndhurst’s owner hired Davis to more than double its size.
In 1880 Jay Gould (1836-1892), the railroad magnate, Wall Street tycoon, and prototypical robber baron, purchased the estate and renamed it Lyndhurst. He added a colossal greenhouse in the gothic style by the firm of Lord and Burnham; its cast-iron structure still stands. Gould hired Herter Brothers to redecorate and added paintings by Corot, Courbet, Bouguereau, and others, many still extant.
The important “gardenesque” landscape is by Ferdinand Mangold (1828-1905). Many of the landscape features created by Mangold, his predecessors, and his successors, are preserved, including spectacular specimen trees.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown boasts all the comforts of home—if only your home had fireplaces warming a grand stone lobby, the award-winning Bistro Z restaurant (2013 – 2016 Diners’ Choice awardee from Open Table), an indoor heated pool and spa, and 247 rooms and suites. Guests enjoy easy access to Historic Hudson Valley’s Westchester sites from this prime location at the foot of the Tappan Zee Bridge, and they relish returning at day’s end to lounge in the grassy courtyard, have a cocktail on the patio, and bask in the hotel’s signature hospitality. When you reserve, ask for special packages that include visits to Historic Hudson Valley sites and special events including The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.
While Tarrytown House Estate made its name as a conference center, this popular destination offers rooms for individual visitors. The “campus” contains a collection of historic and modern buildings and features river views, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, tennis courts, and an exercise facility. Cellar 49, with its wine vault in what used to be the private bowling alley of the Biddle Mansion, serves up a modern twist on classic American cuisine in a moody setting of stone, brick, and rich wood. Both Sunnyside and Lyndhurst can be reached on foot from Tarrytown House. Inquire when booking about heritage tour packages that include visits to area historic sites such as Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate, and special Historic Hudson Valley events, including The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze.
This luxury hotel is a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World network and a destination in itself. The 120-year-old landmark, also a member of the National Trust Historic Hotels of America, offers extraordinary views of the Hudson River. Most of the Luxury Suites feature antiques, fireplaces, and four-poster beds. An additional wing includes 24 Junior Suites, Deluxe King, and Deluxe Queen rooms at more moderate prices. The facility boasts an outdoor heated swimming pool (open seasonally) with a mile-long trail wrapping around the breathtaking property .The award-winning New American restaurant Equus offers three distinctly elegant rooms. The newly opened THANN Sanctuary Spa, the first of its kind in the US, offers a wide variety of natural therapy treatments in an incomparable, peaceful setting with stunning design, full facilities, and a 24-hour gym. When you reserve, please ask for special heritage tour packages that include visits to area historic sites such as Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate, seasonal festivals, and activities on offer from Historic Hudson Valley.
A visit to Sunnyside is an enchanted adventure in a romantic landscape designed by Irving himself.
Located in the cellar of historic Biddle House Mansion on the grounds of Tarrytown House Estate, this small tavern and wine cellar features modern twists on American fare.
Contemporary Greek food in a beautiful setting. By the river, but no river views.
Set at the intersection of Route 9 and Main Street in Irvington, this restaurant looks like a brightly painted diner from the outside. Inside, however, it’s clear that diner days are long past. The décor is cheerful and the food good.
Equus offers fine dining set in the luxurious surroundings of the Castle-on-the-Hudson. The restaurant is perfect for special occasions, business meetings or romantic outings. The greenhouse features views of the Hudson River, while an interior room boasts a roaring fireplace in fall and winter.
Features 145 “studio suites,” larger rooms (not the traditional multi-room suite) with separate areas for eating, sleeping, and sitting. Complimentary continental breakfast, free local shuttle van service, indoor pool, whirlpool, exercise room, facilities for business communication, snack shop, meeting room, covered parking, and other amenities.
In the heart of the village, right on Main Street. Features an ever-changing menu that incorporates ingredients from more than a dozen local farms. Lots of vegetarian options. Full bar. Bright and comfortable.