Easily the most charming of the river towns, Tarrytown meanders upward from the waterfront to a downtown dotted with architectural treasures like the 1885 Tarrytown Music Hall. Michelin-starred eateries make it a foodie hangout.
The Most Charming of the River Towns
In the 19th century, Tarrytown was a favorite getaway for New York City’s robber barons. The most eye-popping of their “country houses” was probably Lyndhurst, a Gothic Revival mansion that resembles Hogwarts. Today you can take a tour of the interior or just stroll the manicured grounds.
Since those days, Tarrytown has become what The New York Times has called the “most charming” of the villages along the Hudson River. Main Street, along a gentle slope up front the waterfront, has a bit of hustle and bustle to it, thanks to a cluster of mom-and-pop shops and restaurants and the grand Tarrytown Music Hall, a venue for live music since 1885. Many of the village’s historic homes are set along the nearby streets, but the most expensive real estate tends to be at the higher elevations.
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You won’t have trouble finding a place to fortify yourself before you explore Tarrytown. Our favorite is Muddy Water, a short stroll from Tarrytown Station. The menu is divided into savory and sweet, and the cappuccino is so good it’s won awards. The seating includes some umbrella-shaded tables in the grassy backyard.
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Bring your bike, because one of the best ways to see this stretch of the Hudson River is by exploring the bike path across the breathtaking Governor Mario C. Cuomo Bridge. The roundtrip journey across this bridge — a relative newcomer on the scene — is about 6 miles.
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1. A picture-perfect village. People often comment about how Tarrytown’s bustling main drag looks like a movie set. So do the nearby streets, where most of the houses are more than a century old. 2. A foodie’s dream destination. With one Michelin-starred restaurant (the renowned Blue Hill at Stone Barns), along with two others that have gotten special commendations, Tarrytown draws food lovers from far and wide. 3. Views for day. Most newer homes sit in the surrounding hills, treating their owners to views of the Hudson. But many of the more modest older houses at lower elevations also have glimpses of the water.
A century ago, Tarrytown was known as the “Millionaires’ Colony” because so many wealthy industrialists built massive mansions here. There are still plenty of wealthy people here, but flaunting it is frowned upon. Most people stroll down to Main Street to do some shopping, take their kids to a local park, or follow the bike path to Governor Mario C. Cuomo Bridge.
Most people think of it as a restaurant, but Tarrytown’s Mint Premium Foods is a gourmet grocery up front. It’s the ideal place to pick up what you need for a charcuterie board. If you’re looking for a great selection of fruits and vegetables, try Harvest Field Market. It’s also the place when you need haloumi cheese from Cyprus or mole sauce from Mexico. When it’s time for home renovations, head to Goldberg’s Hardware, family owned and operated since 1903. It’s located right on Main Street, so the location couldn’t be better. A 15- or 20-minute drive east is the 415-bed Westchester Medical Center.