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Tarrytown [1] is a village in New York's Hudson Valley.

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Understand[edit]

Tarrytown shares a zip code and a school system with adjacent Sleepy Hollow, but the two villages are separate municipalities.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

  • Westchester County Airport, 240 Airport Rd, White Plains, +1 914 995-4860 (airlines), [2]. The closest airport, about 20 minutes drive. Rental cars are available. You can also take the BL-12 bus to White Plains for the BL-13 bus.
  • Stewart International Airport, 1180 First St, New Windsor, +1 845 564-2100, [3]. Another alternative to the congestion of the 3 major airports, but at present offers few direct flights.
  • Newark Liberty International Airport, Newark, New Jersey, [4], John F. Kennedy International Airport [5], and LaGuardia Airport [6]: The three major international airports in the New York City area offer service to just about anywhere. Westchester-based taxi and livery cars offer regular service to and from the three internationals from most areas of the county. New York City yellow cabs will take to you Westchester in a pinch, but the fares can be exorbitant. Ask if your hotel offers shuttle service.

By car[edit]

  • Tarrytown is easily accessible from the northeastern United States of America via interstate highways such as the New England and New Jersey Turnpikes (I-95) and the New York State Thruway [7] system. The I-87 portion of the Thruway connecting Albany and New York City crosses the Hudson River at Tarrytown on the Tappan Zee bridge as does I287, which connects with I-95 to the east. The Saw Mill River Parkway, which runs along the village's eastern flank, connects with the Taconic State Parkway to the north (to Albany and the I-90 east-west portion of the Thruway system) and the Henry Hudson Parkway into New York City.

By train[edit]

  • Metro-North Railroad - Hudson line, [8]. Express service between Tarrytown station and New York City's Grand Central Terminal is about 35 minutes. Local service is available between other Metro-North commuter stations. Local taxis swarm the station at the approach of a train (if you are accustomed to New York City yellow cabs with their single fare restriction and meters, be aware that taxis in Tarrytown can take multiple passengers and charge flat rates by zone). On-board train fares are subject to a stiff surcharge, so buy your tickets at the station or at the vending machines located on the southbound (to New York) platform. Zipcar [9] has a rental car at Tarrytown station through Spring 2008, after which Enterprise [10] will have the franchise for Metro-North stations.
  • Amtrak, [11]. Long distance connections are available in New York City's Penn Station and at Metro-North's Croton-Harmon station. Amtrak connections available to VIA Rail Canada [12].

By boat[edit]

NY Waterway no longer serves Tarrytown.

If arriving by private boat the following provide transient docking, and both have fuel docks. Though the street names differ, the two boat clubs are on the same road west of the railroad tracks.

  • Tarrytown Marina, 236 W Main St, +1 914 631-1300, [13].
  • Washington Irving Boat Club, 238 Green St, +1 914 332-0517, [14].

By bus[edit]

  • Bee Line System, [15]. Westchester County's bus service provides access to White Plains and other locations in the county. Schedules and route maps are available on-line and at the Tarrytown train station.

Get around[edit]

Getting around Tarrytown depends on whether or not you are staying in local lodging and what you want to see. If arriving by train from New York City and planning on only a day trip within the central business district, you can easily get about on foot or by local taxi. NY Waterway tours have their own bus transportation between destinations. If you stay in local hotels or motels, your own vehicle or taxi service are something of a necessity. Broadway (aka Route 9) is the main north to south route through the village. It is divided into North Broadway and South Broadway by Main Street.

Taxi rides within the village of Tarrytown are a flat $4 per destination, with an additional $1 per person going to the same destination. For journeys into the neighboring village of Sleepy Hollow the base rate is $6. Rates to other destinations vary, ask for a quote from your driver before setting off. A tip of $1 per ride (i.e. around 20%) is usual. You may be expected to share your taxi with other passengers going in the same direction. This is most usual when joining a cab at the rank at Tarrytown station but sometimes happens with cabs called by phone as well.

There are also several Bee Line bus routes that may come in handy. The 1T & 13 both serve the downtown Tarrytown area.

See[edit][add listing]

Lyndhurst sits on 67 acres overlooking the Hudson River.
  • Lyndhurst, 635 S Broadway, +1 914 631-4481, [16]. A Gothic-styled mansion, formerly home of railroad baron Jay Gould. Lyndhurst is now a property of the National Historic Trust. Mansion: adults $10, seniors $9, students 12-17 with adult $4, children under 12 with adult free. Grounds only: $4. Mid-April through October, T-Su and holiday Mondays, 10AM-5PM. November through mid-April, Sa and Su only, 10AM-4PM. Lyndhurst is often decked out for holidays with themed events like a Victorian Halloween and Fairytale Christmas. The grounds are also host to special events: antique, garden, craft (usually spring and fall), kennel club, and automobile shows.
  • Visit the home of Washington Irving, author of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip van Winkle. Sunnyside, West Sunnyside Lane, +1 914 591-8763, [17].
  • Andre Captor’s Monument, N Broadway. Revolutionary War site. A monument marks the spot where 3 Americans captured British spy John André, exposing Benedict Arnold's treasonous plot to turn over West Point to the British. Also the spot in "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" where Ichabod Crane first encounters the Headless Horseman.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Discover activities and seasonal events in the Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow area by checking at the Sleepy Hollow Chamber of Commerce [18] visitor center, 1 Neperan Rd, Tarrytown, where they display posters of events in its storefront window, or by calling +1 914 631-1705.
  • Follow Ichabod Crane's flight from the Headless Horseman, [19]. Fans of Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" can follow the route of Ichabod Crane from the center of Tarrytown into the adjacent village of Sleepy Hollow. But don't expect to find the "Western Woods" or anything else from the 1999 movie Sleepy Hollow. Tim Burton's production is only loosely based on Irving's story, and was filmed largely in Hertfordshire, England.
  • Go walking or bicycling on the Old Croton Aqueduct [20] trailway. The original water supply to New York City is now a walking trail that runs from Croton-on-Hudson in the north to Yonkers in the south. Notably, the trail passes through the Lyndhurst estate in the south end of Tarrytown, and very near Washington Irving's Sunnyside. Over the 180 years since it was built, portions have disappeared from the downtown areas of several river towns, including Tarrytown.
Tarrytown Music Hall.
  • Take in a show at the Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St, +1 914 631-3390, [21]. Nonprofit venue regularly hosts jazz concerts, classic movies, and cultural events. Show dates are posted outside the music hall's main entrance and on its web site.
  • Indulge in Art Walking along Main Street a few fantastic galleries have their doors open waiting for you to be inspired. Galleries like Tappan Z Gallery[22] and Studio A Gallery are sure to catch your eye.
  • Waterfront concert at the village's Pierson Park. Events are usually posted in the window of the Chamber of Commerce, 1 Neperan Rd.
  • Third Friday [23] happens on the third Friday of the month, 5PM-9PM. On that evening there are special events in the village, some restaurants offer bargains, there's usually music in the streets, and galleries and other businesses are open late. Participating businesses are on Main Street and the adjacent sections of Broadway.
  • Visit the farmers market [24]. Fresh Hudson Valley produce, meats, and bread. Sometimes live music or demonstrations of traditional crafts. Saturdays, 8:30AM-2PM, rain or shine, beginning of June to the middle of November. Patriots Park, next to the Warner Library on Route 9 (Broadway).

Annual events[edit]

The weekends prior to Halloween are filled with events that tie in to Washington Irving's short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow". Round out the weekend with related festivities in adjacent Sleepy Hollow. To avoid disappointment, call in advance to confirm dates and times. Some events require reservations or advance tickets.

  • Legend Weekend, at Sunnyside, West Sunnyside Lane, +1 914 631-8200, [25]. Family fun at the home of Washington Irving, author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" and "Rip van Winkle". Puppet shows, games for children, 19th century magic shows, reading of stories by Irving. Daytime programs (10AM-4PM, last admission 3PM): adults $10, children 5-17 $6, children under 5 free.
  • Boo Fest, at Lyndhurst, 635 S Broadway, +1 914 631-4481, [26]. The gothic mansion hosts a family-oriented Victorian Halloween. On the grounds, find activities based on 19th century Halloween parties. The tour of the mansion itself is sprinkled with interactive characters from the past.
  • Scarecrow Making, Pumpkin Hunt and Rag-a-Muffin Parade. Patriots Park, N Broadway, [27]. Fun for younger children.
  • Annual Halloween Parade, Route 9 (North Broadway) from Patriots Park to Main Street.
  • Christmas Tree Lighting Patriots Park, N. Broadway. Fun for families with younger children.

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are no "big box" stores within the village. In fact, except for Subway, CVS, 7-11 and Walgreens pharmacies, chain stores don't have a presence in the village. Instead, the central business district, encompassing Main Street and the adjacent portions of Broadway, offers numerous antique stores and boutiques, gift shops, delicatessens, and restaurants. If you max out the memory on your digital camera, the Walgreens near the train station sells flash memory and blank CDs.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Bellas Restaurant, 5 S Broadway, +1 914 332-0444. American diner, serving breakfast, and lunch. The staff is very hospitible. Prices are also very nice.
  • Taste of China, 17 Main St, +1 914 332-1625. Eat-in (limited seating) or take-out. Lunch specials start around $5, dinners start around $10. Su-Th 11AM-11PM, F and Sa 11AM-12AM (midnight). Offers vegetarian fare.
  • Eldorado West Diner, 460 S Broadway, +1 914 332-5838. Located at the exit from the Tappan Zee bridge, across from the Doubletree Hotel.
  • Main Street Pizza, 47 Main St, +1 914 631-3300.
  • Subway, 13 S Broadway.
  • Lefteris Gyro, 1 N Broadway, +1 914 524-9687, [28]. Inexpensive sandwiches and soups, Greek specialties. Small indoor seating area is supplemented by sidewalk seating in good weather. Open 7 days a week, 11AM-10PM.
  • Tarrytown Delicatessen, 350 S Broadway (Bridge Plaza, near Stop and Shop), +1 914 631-9622. Hot food, sandwiches. Excellent German potato salad.
  • Bagel Emporium, 350 S Broadway (Bridge Plaza, next to Stop and Shop), +1 914 333-0033. Sandwiches to go, fresh baked bagels.
  • Lubins-N-Links 38 Main St +1 914 909-4198 Hot dogs and homemade beef dogs topped with specialty items. Mostly take out. Open Tuesday-Sunday.

Mid-range[edit]

  • Horsefeathers, 94 N Broadway, +1 914 631-6606, [29]. Local gathering spot serves pub food as well as formal entrees. Sandwiches from $8, entrées from $22. Sidewalk dining in season. Lunch and dinner seven days. M-W 11:30AM-10PM, Th-Sa 11:30AM-11PM, Su 11:30AM-9PM; weekend brunch 11:30AM-4PM.
  • Isabella Italian Bistro, 61 Main St, +1 914 332-1992, [30]. The emphasis is on the entrées, but the pizzas are superb. Wine list.
  • Santa Fe, 5 Main St, +1 914 332-4452, [31]. Busy Mexican restaurant has tasty salsa. If you like yours hot, just ask. Lunch $7-$15, dinner $15-$23. Su 1PM-9:30PM, M-Th 11:30AM-100PM, F 11:30-11PM, Sa 12PM-11PM.
  • TGI Friday's, 240 White Plains Rd, +1 914 332-0360, [32]. Chain restaurant/bar located in an office park in the mostly residential south side of the village.
  • Chiboust Bistro + Bakery, 14 Main St, +1 914 703-6550, [33]. Bakery features pastries, cakes, and tarts, bistro French-Mediterranean cuisine (and wine bar). Owner/chef is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. Lunch $12-$26, dinner $25-$30, brunch $14. Bakery 10AM-7PM. Bistro: lunch 11:30AM-3PM; dinner M, Tu, W, Th, Su 5:30PM-9:30PM, F-Sa 5:30PM-10PM. Brunch Su 11:30AM-3PM.
  • Swagat,, 19 N Broadway, +1 914 332-5544. Indian eatery in the central business district ranges from vegeterian to chicken, lamb, and goat. Entrées $12 to $25. Bring your own wine or beer.
  • Tarry Tavern, 27 Main St, +1 914 631-7227, [34]. The restaurant offers market and tavern menu items, with a bit of a twist. Lunch and dinner offered. Reservations suggested.

Splurge[edit]

  • Equus, 400 Benedict Ave, +1 914 631-3646, [35]. The restaurant at The Castle at Tarrytown will put a serious dent in your wallet, but its hilltop location offers stunning views of the Hudson Valley and the food is outstanding. Breakfast 7AM-10:30AM, lunch 12PM-2PM, dinner 6PM-9PM (Sa 5:30PM-10PM), Su champagne brunch 11:30AM-2:30PM. High tea daily 2:30PM-5PM. Prix fixe four-course dinner $74, six-course dinner $100. Prix fixe lunch $38. Prix fixe three-course champagne brunch $54.

Sweets[edit]

  • Main Street Sweets, 35 Main St, +1 914 332-5757. Dessert shop serves homemade ice cream, pies, cakes, cookies, plus a variety of coffees. Su-Th 11:30AM-10PM, F-Sa 11:30AM-11PM.
  • Yogurt Le'Crepe, 61 North Broadway, +1 914 372-7037. Offers different flavors of frozen yogurt with an assortment of toppings, as well as homemade crepes.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Alcohol[edit]

  • Horsefeathers, 94 N Broadway, +1 914 631-6606, [36]. Local gathering spot with a long list of (bottled) beer.
  • Santa Fe, 5 Main St, +1 914 332-4452, [37]. This busy Mexican restaurant features the customary margaritas and tequilas.
  • TGI Friday's, 240 White Plains Rd, +1 914 332-0960, [38]. Chain restaurant/bar located in an office park in the mostly residential south side of the village. Easily accessible from the trio of Marriott hotels on White Plains Rd..
  • Sunset Cove, 238 Green St at the Washington Irving Boat Club, +1 914 366-7889, [39]. Waterfront restaurant and bar with superb views of the Tappan Zee bridge. Indoor restaurant serves lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch. Outdoor tiki bar (seasonal) is very popular with a usually young crowd. Lunch M-Sa, 11:30AM-3PM, $8-$13. Dinner daily, 5PM-11 PM, $15-$32. Brunch Su 11:30AM-3PM.
  • Demeter's Tavern & Sportsbar, 51 Old White Plains Rd, +1 914 631-9679. Off the beaten path, but very near the trio of Marriott hotels on White Plains Rd. Pub food and sports channels — 12 big-screen TVs. Roast beef sandwiches are made with with beef roasted on premise.

Coffee & Tea[edit]

  • Coffee Labs Roasters, 7 Main St, +1 914 332-1479. Canine-themed (and dog friendly) coffee house roasts its own beans.
  • Silver Tips Tea Room, 3 N Broadway, +1 914 332-8515, [40]. M-Sa 11:30AM-6PM, Su 11:30AM-4:30PM. Local tea room has family ties to a tea estate in Darjeeling. Sandwiches, soups, wraps, and salads.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

Budget[edit]

  • Ardsley Acres Hotel Court, 560 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley, +1 914 693-2700, [41].

Mid-range[edit]

  • Courtyard Tarrytown Greenburgh, 475 White Plains Rd, +1 914 631-1122, [42]. Close to historic sites in Tarrytown (Sunnyside and Lyndhurst) and Sleepy Hollow (Rockefeller estate). Easy access to New York City from the Tarrytown rail station.
  • Doubletree Hotel Tarrytown, 455 S Broadway, +1 914 631-5700, [43].
  • Hampton Inn White Plains/Tarrytown, 200 Tarrytown Road, +1 914 592-5680, [44]. Located on 119 (near routes 87 and 287). Meeting space available to accommodate your corporate meetings. Group rates offered.
  • SpringHill Suites by Marriott, 480 White Plains Rd, +1 914 366-4600, [45].
  • Sheraton Tarrytown, 600 White Plains Rd., +1 914 332-7900, [46].

Splurge[edit]

  • Castle on the Hudson, 400 Benedict Ave, +1 800-616-4487, [47]. If you have an ample wallet or a generous expense account the views are spectacular and the food at Equus, the restaurant on premises, is magnificent. Almost a destination in itself.
  • Westchester Marriott Tarrytown, 670 White Plains Rd, +1 914 631-2200, [48]. The Westchester Marriott Tarrytown is a modern hotel with premium guest amenities including two on-site restaurants, pool and high-tech meeting facilities. $160-$310.
  • Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center, 49 E Sunnyside Lane, +1 800-553-8118, [49]. Centerpieces are two 19th Century mansions. Conference center rooms start at $249, rooms in King House mansion start at $319.

Stay safe[edit]

Dial 911 from any telephone for emergency police, medical, and fire services.

Get out[edit]

Once you exhaust the supply of antique stores in Tarrytown, there are plenty more in the village of Cold Spring, New York, about 40 miles north. The Palisades Mall is only a short drive across the Tappan Zee Bridge in Nyack, and offers a wide variety of stores, restaurants, ice rink and movie theater.


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