Home of Frederick Philipse III and his family. Historical highlights include its 18th-century Georgian architecture and a rare 1750s papier-mâché Rococo ceiling.
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.
Formerly the convent of the Episcopal Sisters of Saint Mary’s, The Abbey Inn emerges, wholly renovated and re-imagined, as the premier retreat for today’s modern traveler.
Located in Northern Westchester, just one hour from Grand Central Terminal, perched high, overlooking the Hudson River, The Abbey Inn features luxurious guest rooms and suites, exquisite indoor and outdoor private event spaces, a full-service spa and Apropos, farm to table restaurant and bar.
The lovingly and painstakingly restored convent and chapel atop Fort Hill in Peekskill is the ideal venue for celebrating all of life’s meaningful moments.
Harvest’s waterfront setting affords spectacular views of the Hudson River and the Palisade Cliffs. It takes a few twists and turns through Hastings to arrive at this remarkable site, but sophisticated Mediterranean cuisine and a fine wine list combine for a superb high-end dining experience.
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.
Contemporary Greek food in a beautiful setting. By the river, but no river views.
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.
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.