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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 also of 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, historic sites, while selecting from unique dining, shopping, and entertainment options.
Dining: Whether you’re seeking a romantic setting with beautiful Hudson River views, a gourmet dining experience prized by locals and regional foodies, or a restaurant that will make you feel like you’re in Rome, Paris, or Williamsburg, or you fancy unique hot dogs, delicious Middle Eastern sandwiches, artistic burritos, the Rivertowns have it all….
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.
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|
|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:
|Croton Aqueduct State Park|
|Hastings on Hudson|
|Historic Hudson River Towns|
|Beautifully simple clothing designed to move with real life.||A casual American Restaurant known for its delicious specials and breathtaking views.||Fine Italian dining in a Tuscan setting with spectacular Hudson River views.|
|Offering 90 graduate and undergraduate programs in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.||Convenient to historic estates, fine dining, shopping & Manhattan.|
|Complete Construction Services (plumbing, masonry, general contracting).||Special events, every day fun and bike rentals for the Old Putnam Rail Trail, Tue.-Sun. 10-7.||One of the area’s most popular Japanese restaurants, featuring sushi, sashimi & cooked foods.|
|Eclectic American cuisine presented in a delightfully comfortable and eclectic décor, located around the corner from the Sunnyside walk.||The Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber offers travel info on Neperan across from Main St. near Broadway (Rt. 9).||Rock and Roots Radio At 90.7 FM and WFUV.org|
|Old fashioned soda shop and smoothies along with vitamins, homeopathic remedies, and a full pharmacy.||Irvington Town Hall Theater and “Best of Film Series”. Great performances in an intimate, historic theater; great films, great prices..||It’s All on the Trail Aquefest: An annual celebration of the Old Croton Aqueduct.|
|Dobbs Ferry Festa: Annual street fair and music festival.||Featuring Mexican cuisine incorporating locally grown ingredients.|
|Representing the village’s leading merchants||Endless Trail Bikeworx: Rentals and sales near the Old Croton Aqueduct||Massage therapy and healing arts center.|
|A popular restaurant and pub adjacent to Hastings on Hudson train station.||Helping buyers make more informed real estate decisions||Come in and browse our collection of eyewear, sunglasses and accessories.|
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.
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.
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