Where to stay and what to do while you're in the Hudson Valley for TOUGHMAN NY
Westchester County Tourism & Film
Address: 148 Martine Avenue, Suite 104
White Plains, NY 10601
Address: W. Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown
The picturesque "Snuggery" home of author Washington Irving, famous for "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow", sits on the banks of the Hudson River amid a wonderfully romantic landscape. Guides in mid-Victorian costumes offer tours of the meticulously restored house. Web: www.hudsonvalley.org
Address: 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown
This 1838 Gothic Revival mansion was occupied by three prominent New York City families, including financier Jay Gould. Now the fully furnished property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation offers one of the finest examples of nineteenth-century estate landscapes, with splendid grounds and gardens. Web: www.lyndhurst.org
Old Dutch Church and Burying Ground
Address: 42 N. Broadway, Tarrytown
Built in 1685 by wealthy Dutch Loyalist Frederick Philipse, this sacred edifice and adjoining burying ground is considered the oldest functioning church and cemetery in New York State. Simple interior features include a distinctive wooden pulpit and sounding-board canopy. Web: www.odcfriends.org
Address: Route 9, Sleepy Hollow
A late 17th/early 18th century working farm and grist-mill established by Frederick Philipse. Reenactments of everyday chores from the era are conducted on-site. The stone manor boasts a rich collection of early New York and European furniture, as well as Dutch Delft ceramics and continental brass. Tours to Kykuit depart from here.
Kykuit – the Rockefeller Estate
Sleepy Hollow Tel: 914.631.9491 The expansive estate home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Commanding a breathtaking view of the Hudson River, it features extensive stone terraces, formal gardens, glorious fountains, and Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller's collections of 20th century sculpture, art, automobiles and horse-drawn carriages.
Sleepy Hollow Lighthouse
Address: Kingsland Point Park, Sleepy Hollow Tel: 914.366.5109 1883 lighthouse with near-perfect performance record during its 78 years of operation. The only Caisson-style lighthouse on the Hudson.
The Union Church of Pocantico Hills
Address: 555 Bedford Rd., Sleepy Hollow Tel: 914.631.8200 The Union Church was organized as a non-denominational, Protestant church in 1915. Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller were among the founding members. The Rockefellers commissioned the work of two masters, Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse, for ten stained glass windows throughout the church. Matisse completed the design for the rose window over the chancel just two days before his death in 1954.
Grand Prix New York
Address: 333 N. Bedford, Rd., Mt. Kisco Tel: 914.241.3131 Website: www.gpny.com Exciting 120,000 sq ft. indoor open-wheel racing with video arcade, dining and lounge. Racing enthusiasts gear up in suits, helmets and protective collars before starting their Italian Sodi RX7 engines!
Katonah Museum of Art
Address: 134 Jay St., Katonah Tel: 914.232.9555 Website: www.katonahmuseum.org Non-collecting institution dedicated to the visual arts, offering changing exhibits and acclaimed Children's Learning Center, sculpture garden amidst 100-year-old Norwegian spruces, family programming, lectures, live jazz.
John Jay Homestead
Address: 400 Route 22, Katonah Tel: 914.232.5651 Website: www.johnjayhomestead.org Residence of America's first Chief Justice and four generations of his descendents. This State Historic Site offers guided tours of the furnished Federal-style farmhouse, museum, two formal gardens and a new herb garden.
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts
Address: 149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah Tel: 914.232.5035 Website: www.caramoor.org Home to one of the largest outdoor summer music festivals in the USA, as well as year-round musical performances in many genres. The Mediterranean-style Rosen House Museum contains period rooms filled with fine and decorative arts from Europe and China, and the grounds feature several themed gardens.
Croton Point Nature Center
Address: Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson Tel: 914.862.5297 Website: www.parks.westchestergov.com/croton-point-nature-center Located in the 504 acre Croton Point Park, the largest peninsula on the Hudson. House exhibits local flora, fauna, local and Native American history.
Van Cortlandt Manor
Address: Croton South Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson Tel: 914.271.8981 Website: www.hudsonvalley.org/historic-sites/van-cortlandt-manor Once the home of New York's prominent Van Cortlandt family, the Manor contains an outstanding collection of American decorative arts, beautiful gardens, a tenant farmer's house and a tavern. Museum gift shop and picnic area. Tours led by costumed guides.
Teatown Lake Reservation
Address: 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining Tel: 914.762.2912 Website: www.teatown.org 834-acre environmental education center ad nature preserve offers birds of prey and animal displays, seasonal and ongoing programs and events.
Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art
Address: 1701 Main St., Peekskill Tel: 914.788.0100 Website: www.hvcca.org Long-term installations, rotating exhibits, educational, public and family programs showcase cutting-edge contemporary art from the global art community.
Paramount Center for the Arts
Address: 1008 Brown St., Peekskill Tel: 914.739.2333 Website: paramounthudsonvalley.com Restored 1,000 seat palace of the 1930's offering arts and entertainment including classical, pop, comedy, drama, art exhibits, independent films, programs for youth. Original 2,000-bulb marquee with running chase lights.