Culinary Rivertowns: Walk, Cycle, Shop, Then Savor the Cuisine

  • River City Grille
  • Hastings-on-Hudson Riverview Library
  • Hastings-on-Hudson - Dobbs Ferry South County Trailway
  • Old Putnam Railroad Bikeway
  • Irvington
  • Aqeduct Trail
  • Dobbs Ferry Riverfront Park
  • Irvington
  • Hastings-on-Hudson
  • Dobbs Ferry Waterfront
  • Dobbs Ferry Riverfront
  • Hastings-on-Hudson and a barge passing in front of the Palisades
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Phillipsburg Manor

Just under 20 miles from Times Square, on the east bank of the Hudson River, lie the Rivertowns of Ardsley, Hastings on Hudson, Dobbs Ferry, Irvington, Tarrytown, and Sleepy Hollow. Dominated by the Palisades cliffs across the Hudson River, the 19th century villages are clustered at the base of a ridge of heavily wooded hills rising up over 400 feet above the river. It’s a land once inhabited by Native Americans and early American settlers, the home of the legendary Washington Irving and some of America’s best-known industrialists and celebrities. The villages are connected by the Old Croton Aqueduct, which provides a unique opportunity for walkers and bicyclists to explore multiple villages, scenic areas and historic sites, while selecting from unique shopping and entertainment options.

The Rivertowns have also emerged as a regional haven for food lovers drawn to their wide variety of cuisines in all price ranges, including some locations with beautiful views and others run by recognized chefs creating unique offerings, in some cases right before your eyes. Whether you just need to pick up the makings for a great picnic at a farmer’s market along with a bottle of wine from a local shop, pick up some unique low-cost eats in a casual setting, enjoy a higher-end experience in neighborhood restaurants offering cuisine from multiple countries, or even go beyond that to explore cutting edge gastronomy at the highest levels, you’ll find it all in the Culinary Rivertowns.

Click here for the area’s dining options with independent ratings.

What to Do 

Attractions and Shopping: From 19th century concert halls to unique museums and historic homes highlighting our Hudson River Valley heritage, the Rivertowns offer a unique opportunity for exploration just a short train ride or drive from Manhattan. Enjoy unique food, clothing, jewelry, antique and craft shops created by local owners.

Events: Internationally known performers, film festivals, farmers markets, craft fairs, street festivals, community performances, special exhibits, house and artist studio tours, historical societies, museums, all provide a unique opportunity to experience not only history but the area’s unique local culture that combines Hudson Valley history with what a New York Times writer recently called “Hipsturbia.”

Lodging: The Rivertowns have a surprising variety of hotels and inns for every type of occasion, including a genuine castle, a conference center retreat, as well as the best of nearly hotel chain, all offering shuttles to the train stations and towns.   

Walks and Bike Rides

Historic Rivertowns Trailway
This itinerary provides a unique combination of the Old Croton Aqueduct packed dirt trail and the paved Old Putnam Rail Trail that connect the villages of Ardsley, Hastings on Hudson, Dobbs Ferry and Irvington.  Together, there are almost 16 miles of trails, not including the need to retrace your route, as well as the opportunity to take advantage of great dining opportunities in the villages. To complete the entire circuit requires a connection on local roads through Hastings on Hudson with some moderate hills.

Hastings-on-Hudson & Dobbs Ferry, NY – A Walk Along the Aqueduct 
A relaxing, historic walk or bike ride along a centuries-old aqueduct that once supplied water to New York City: 2.2 to 4.5 miles. Can be connected with Irvington walk and bike ride; bike rental available in Dobbs Ferry at Endless Trail Bikeworx.

Irvington-on-Hudson, NY – Washington Irving's Sunnyside Home 
The home of legendary Washington Irving, a castellated mansion along the Hudson River, a unique riverside village with several dining choices: 2.5 to 5 miles. Can be connected to the Hastings on Hudson and Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. portion; bike rental available in Dobbs Ferry at Endless Trail Bikeworx.

Old Putnam Bike Ride 
A leisurely bike ride along the path of a 19th century railroad: up to 14 miles or even more round trip if you wish to ride south toward New York City. You can park at Life: The Place to Be on Lawrence Street or on Elm Street in Ardsley, or off of the northbound Farragut Avenue exit from the Saw Mill Parkway.

Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, NY – In the Land of Ichabod Crane 
Stunning Hudson River views, colonial footpaths in legend-filled forests, and the remains of a large riverside estate: 2 to 5 miles. 

Important Links Historical Societies
Metro North Railroad Schedules

Dobbs Ferry

Westchester Tourism Hastings on Hudson
Hastings on Hudson Chamber of Commerce Irvington
Irvington Chamber of Commerce Historical Society of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown
Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce

Supported by the Villages of:

Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct

Ardsley

Croton Aqueduct State Park

Dobbs Ferry

Hastings on Hudson Farmers Market

Hastings on Hudson

Irvington Farmers Market

Irvington

Rivertowns Guide

 
Historic Hudson River Towns  
Hastings Flea Market  

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Getting Here

By Train
The four villages are connected by Metro North railroad’s Hudson Line. You can get off at one station and return from another. Train times average 40 to 50 minutes from Grand Central, depending on the station and schedule, and generally run every hour.

By Car
The villages are linked by Rte. 9, which is the northern continuation of Manhattan’s famed Broadway. Visitors from the city or points north will take the Saw Mill Parkway to access Hastings (Farragut Parkway exit), Dobbs Ferry and Irvington (Ashford Ave. exit). Tarrytown and Irvington are accessible from the Rte. 119 exit off I-287. The villages are under one hour from Manhattan.