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Alexander Hamilton House
49 Van Wyck St.
Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520
(914) 271.6737



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Apple Picking in the Hudson Valley

Wilken's Fruit & Fir Farm Yorktown Heights
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Thompson's Cider Mill Croton-on-Hudson
Open weekends only from mid-September through Thanksgiving, this decades old cider mill grows over 10 varieties of apples. They make cider on Saturdays, and they also sell apples, apple wine, apple cider donuts, pie mixes and all kinds of lovely autumnal goodies. Say hi to Geoff for us if you go!
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Historic Homes
Van Cortlandt Manor

Van Cortlandt Manor Croton-on-Hudson
A manor house granted to the Van Cortlandt family by King George. A National Historical Landmark, the 18th c. stone manor house is the centerpiece of the property. It features a fine collection of Georgian and Federal period furnishings, many original to the Manor. Of particular note is an extraordinary kitchen on the ground floor, with original hearth, beehive oven, and extensive collection of cooking equipment and utensils. The grounds are beautiful and a small tavern is also on view. It was a favorite stopping place for those on the way to Albany, since Croton was a day's buggy ride from NYC. Adjacent to the tavern is a reconstructed tenant house where cooking, spinning and weaving demonstrations occur frequently. During the summer months, bricks are manufactured by hand and a blacksmith practices his trade. Visitors to the site learn about the people who lived and worked here during the New Nation era: Van Cortlandt family members, enslaved Africans, tenant farmers and ferry keepers. A grounds-only ticket is also available. Lush ornamental herb and heirloom vegetable gardens, along with orchards, are a featured attraction.

In October, the Great Jack-O-Lantern Blaze takes place on the weekends preceding Halloween. This event features thousands of hand-carved pumpkins, lit and arranged in artistic themes, even hanging from the trees to view as you walk around the eery grounds. Be sure to purchase tickets for all special events well in advance!
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Phillipsburg Manor

Phillipsburg Manor Sleepy Hollow
A Dutch farm house still operated today as it was in the late 17th c., part of Historic Hudson Valley. Good for kids.
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Kykuit

Kykuit (Pronounced "Ky-kut") Pocantico Hills
If you visit only one historic house while in the area, the Rockefeller Estate, now a historic site of the National Trust, is the Hudson Valley's most exceptional house and gardens. Home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, Kykuit commands an amazing view of the Hudson River and occupies a landscape of extensive stone terraces, formal gardens, and glorious fountains. The gardens include Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller's collection of 20th c. sculpture. The house itself contains fascinating collections of art, fine furniture, and Chinese ceramics. Horse-drawn vehicles and classic automobiles from the family's collection fill the coach barn.

While every effort is made to accommodate individuals in a timely manner, there may be waiting time for a tour. Please note that weekends are the busiest days of the week for touring, and tours may sell out by midday. Please also note that Kykuit tours are not appropriate for children under 10. Kykuit is open from early May to early November.
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Union Church of Pocantico Hills

Union Church of Pocantico Hills Pocantico Hills
Features stained glass windows created by two celebrated modern masters, Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. Commissioned as memorials by members of the Rockefeller family whose estate, Kykuit, is nearby, the windows include the final work of Matisse, completed just two days before his death, and the only cycle of church windows created by Chagall in the United States.

The church is open to the public daily, except Tuesdays, April through December. Church activities can preempt visiting hours so call ahead!
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Sunnyside

Washington Irving's Sunnyside Irvington
Another National Historic Landmark, Sunnyside is the meticulously restored and charmingly picturesque home of renowned author Washington Irving. America’s first successful, internationally known author, Irving's writings include numerous works of fiction, history and biography. He is best remembered for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, stories that are enduring hallmarks in American literature, culture, and folklore. Washington Irving also held diplomatic posts in Great Britain and Spain.

In 1835, Irving purchased a simple 18th c. cottage and enlarged and remodeled it to its present appearance. The wisteria-covered, stepped-gable entrance and the Spanish-style tower are instantly recognizable images of America's literary and architectural history. Guides dressed in the costume of the mid-Victorian period take you on tour. You may take a guided tour of the house and grounds, or purchase a grounds-only ticket for a self-guided experience. Picnic grounds are available, and picnickers are encouraged to select a spot among plantings and walkways laid out by Irving himself. There is a Visitor Center, museum shop and seasonal café. Sunnyside is available for social catering, weddings, commercial photography, and corporate entertaining.
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Boscobel

Boscobel Cold Spring
An elegant, neoclassical mansion, high above the Hudson River in the Hudson Highlands about twenty minutes north of our inn, on 9D. This is where the Hudson cuts through the Appalachian mountain range, creating a rocky gorge of unparalleled beauty at what is the narrowest, deepest and most treacherous stretch of the river. Below is the Constitution Marsh Sanctuary and across the river is the United States Military Academy at West Point.

Boscobel was originally located in Montrose, NY, about fifteen miles south of the present site, with views overlooking the Hudson River at Haverstraw Bay. Although no architect has been identified for the building, it has long been recognized as an outstanding example of Federal domestic architecture in America. The house was almost destroyed during the 1950s when it was declared "excess" by the federal government and sold at auction to a demolition contractor for the sum of $35. The preservation of Boscobel is a tribute to the vision and persistence of Benjamin West Frazier and other individuals who were able to acquire the structure, dismantle it, and have it moved piece by piece to its new home in Garrison, NY. With the strong personal interest and financial backing of Lila Acheson Wallace, co-founder of the Reader's Digest, Boscobel was finally restored and opened to the public.

Throughout the year, Boscobel provides guided tours, lectures, special events, workshops and other unique programs. Boscobel's annual Candlelight Tours held in December are considered one of the Hudson Valley's loveliest traditions. During the summer, the property is proud to be the site of the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, which presents two plays each year under a large tent on the front lawn.
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Caramoor Katonah
Lawyer, businessman, and philanthropist Walter Tower Rosen purchased the Caramoor estate in 1928 in order to build a summer home. In 1945, Walter, and his wife Lucie Bigelow Rosen, bequeathed the Caramoor estate as a center for music and art. The estate was previously owned by Caroline Moore Hoyt, and named Caramoor after her. Visit Caramoor and enjoy some of the world's greatest Classical and Jazz performances. Caramoor has excellent picnicking grounds, and you can enjoy a picnic before concerts as well. Parking is free, and there is ample parking for all events on Caramoor's grounds. At Caramoor you have access to museum tours, or Afternoon Tea in the Spanish Courtyard. Take a self-guided tour of their beautiful gardens, or join Caramoor's Horticultural Director for a guided tour.
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John Jay Homestead

John Jay Homestead Katonah
Discover the farm John Jay retired to in 1801, after a lifetime of public service. The Homestead contains furnishings and paintings of the 17th, 18th & 19th centuries. Sixty acres with farm buildings, gardens, lawns and meadows, along with an active events calendar offer varied cultural, historic and recreational opportunities. Of all the Founding Fathers, no other filled so many high offices, John Jay served the nation as President of the Continental Congress, was Minister to Spain during the Revolution and Secretary of Foreign Affairs under the Articles of Confederation. He was author and key negotiator, with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams, of the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolution, and was appointed first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court by President George Washington.
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Muscoot Farm Somers
A 777 acre active farm that depicts life as it would have been lived on a country gentleman's farm in Westchester County from 1880 to 1950. An operating farm, not a petting zoo, Muscoot Farm provides a unique opportunity for families to observe farm life in Westchester County. Great for kids. Visitors can view a variety of farm animals, tour historic farm buildings, see a collection of historic agriculture equipment and tools, walk to the ice pond, and hike over 7 miles of woodland trails. Educational programs and workshops are offered on weekends. Refreshment stand and Sunday farmer's market open in season.
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Hiking & Parks in the Hudson Valley

Bear Mountain State Park Bear Mountain
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The New Croton Dam Croton-on-Hudson
An Easy local hike. This is the second largest, hand-hewn stone structure in the world, second only to the Pyramids in Egypt. The dam was finished at the turn of the last century and took about ten years to build. It is an amazing sight, but note that the visible part is only one third of it, the rest is underground. Don't miss it! Bring a picnic or find a dog to play with, it's well worth it! The Dam is also where the Aqueduct Walking Trail starts. It is a path that follows the Old Croton Aqueduct all the way to NYC. You can follow it as long as you like, but you must remember to turn around! Biking down the trail is appropriate and a great's ride. The trail crosses some roads though, so please take care with children.
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Croton Point Park Croton-on-Hudson
A huge county park! Special events, like the Clearwater Revival, take place at this park, but it's also a generally beautiful place to hang out by the water of the Hudson River, or take a picnic. Beware though, this park is usually pretty cold in the winter because of the winds coming off the river. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash. There is also camping and if you bring your model airplane, or you like watching them, 's here too.
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Senasqua Park Croton-on-Hudson
A smaller riverfront park than Croton Point, and also closer to the inn. The park is only open to village residents and guests with passes. We have passes you may borrow to access this park. During the summer, the village runs free Children's Movie Nights on Wednesdays and Concerts on Friday nights in Summer.
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Turkey Mountain Yorktown Heights
Easy to Moderately Difficult hiking. A steep climb for the first half, but worth it for the view, considering it is the highest point in Westchester County. The loop of a hike shouldn't take the average hiker more than 1.5 hours.
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Teatown Lake Reservation Ossining
12 miles of Easy walking trails, wonderful for hiking, picnicking, nature and bird study or cross country skiing. Our favorite path is the Hidden Valley Trail. Springtime is when the Wildflower Island tours begin and you can see many varieties of endangered species. Protect yourself with tick guard and long socks before going. No charge for use of the preserve. Not recommended in winter unless you are cross country skiing or snowshoeing.
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Ward Pound Ridge Reservation Cross River
Easy to Moderate trails cross Westchester's largest county park, made up of over 4,000 acres! There is a $8 fee on weekends for parking. Get a trail map at the gatehouse. Open 8 am - dusk.
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The Cornish Estate Cold Spring
An abandoned dairy farm originally built by Edward Cornish, a super rich dude with great ideas about how to collect water and landscaping that were far ahead of his time. Unfortunately, the property was burned at some point, and now it's park of the Hudson Highlands State Park. A 3-4 mile loop that is uphill for the first half, and is not difficult except for the incline. Watch out for ticks as always!
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Breakneck Ridge Breakneck Ridge
A considerably difficult short hike that lives up to its name; the view is absolutely worth the climb!
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Sailing, Kayaking & Kayaking in the Hudson Valley

Croton Sailing School Croton-on-Hudson
At Senasqua Park. The sailing school offers sailing lessons and chartered cruises with a captain. You don't have to do anything but relax and have a good time. For reservations call: 914.271.6868.
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Atlantic Kayak Tours Cortlandt Manor
Beginner and intermediate kayaking tours available. The Paddlesport Center is part of the New York State Parks Dept.
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Hudson Valley Outfitters Cold Spring
Beginner and intermediate kayaking tours available here as well.
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Golfing in the Hudson Valley

Hudson Hills Golf Club (914) 864.3000 * Ossining
No. of Holes: 18
Slope: B 129, W 131
Rating B 73.3, W 76.2
Cost: Weekdays: $35-$85, weekends $45-$115
Carts: Included
Driving Range: No
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Hudson National Golf Club (914) 271.7600 * Croton-on-Hudson
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The Doral Golf Club at Dirak Arrowwood (914) 939.5500 * Rye Brook
No. of Holes: 9
Slope: B118, W 117
Rating: B68.2, W 66.8
Yardage: B 6200, W 6000
Cost: Mon-Thurs.: $50 (9 holes), $80 (18 holes), $40 (9 holes twilight rate), $65 (18 holes twilight rate), Fri-Sun, & holidays: $60 (9 holes), $95 (18 holes)
Carts: Yes (included in price)
Driving Range: Yes
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Mohansic Golf Course (914) 862.5283 * Yorktown Heights
No. of Holes: 18
Slope: W 124, R 117
Rating: W 69.9, R 70.8
Yardage: W 6285, R 5456
Cost: Varies
Carts: $32
Driving Range: Yes
Days/Hours: 7 days, weekdays 7 am – 7 pm, weekends 6 am – 7 pm
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Sprain Lake Golf Club (914) 231.3481 * Yonkers
No. of Holes: 18
Slope: 120
Rating: 67.2
Yardage: 6008
Cost: Weekdays/residents: $23, weekdays/non residents: $50, weekends/residents: $27, weekends/non residents: $50
Carts: $32
Driving Range: No
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Beekman Country Club (845) 229.7700 * Hopewell Junction
No. of Holes: 27
Slope: 126
Rating: 68.8
Yardage: 6072
Cost: Weekdays $28-$38, weekends $70
Carts: $10 weekdays (included on weekends)
Driving Range: Yes
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Branton Woods Golf Club (845) 223.1600 * Hopewell Junction
No. of Holes: 18
Slope: 131
Rating: 73.7
Yardage: 7100
Cost: Weekdays $90, weekends $125
Carts: Included
Driving Range: Yes
Days/Hours: Mon-Sun 6 am – 8 pm
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Garrison Golf Club (845) 424.3604 * Garrison
No. of Holes: 18
Slope: 132
Rating: 72.1
Yardage: 6497
Cost: Mon-Thurs.: $65, Fri-Sun.: $85
Carts: Included
Driving Range: Yes
Days/Hours: 7 days dawn to dusk
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Highlands Golf Club (845) 424.3727 * Garrison
No. of Holes: 9
Slope: Men 106, Women 114
Rating: Men 63.1, Women 65.1
Yardage: Men 4595, Women 4356
Costs: $25 for 18 holes, $20 for 9 holes, $12 for juniors, $15 for seniors
Carts: $10 per rider
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Putnam National Golf Club (845) 628.3451 * Mahopac
No. of Holes: 18
Slope: B 129, W 127, R 128
Rating: B 73, W 71.1, R 73.7
Yardage: B 6779, W 6365, R 5789
Cost: Weekdays: $35-$85, weekends $35-$70
Carts: Included
Driving Range: No
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Biking in the Hudson Valley

Bicycle rentals are not available in Croton-on-Hudson but there is a great rental store in Yorktown Heights called Yorktown Cycles. They are located right on a bike path so you can ride right away. Call in advance for best availability and mention us while making arrangements: (914) 245.5504.

Blue Mountain Reservation Peekskill
Off Welcher Ave in Peekskill, about 10 minutes north. 7 miles of trails, various skill levels. Open 7 days a week, dawn til dusk.
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Bald Mountain Yorktown
112 acres of trails for both hikers and bikers, more remote than many other parks. Nice views east and west. Very steep!

Graham Hills Pleasantville
Five miles of mostly single track trails in Pleasantville, about 15 minutes south. This is a trail best used by highly experienced riders.
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North County Trailway
22 miles long, you can catch this great path for families due to its flat nature.
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Bronx River Parkway
Another paved bikepath perfect for people who like flat, easy bicycling. Starts at the Kensico Dam and ride 5 miles south to Hartsdale.
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Wine Tasting in the Hudson Valley

Brotherhood Winery Washingtonville
One of the oldest wineries in the country. Open April-December.
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Millbrook Vineyards Millbrook
Millbrook Winery is open seven days a week for guided tours and wine tastings, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
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Concerts & Theaters in the Hudson Valley

Paramount Center for the Arts Peekskill
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Tarrytown Music Hall Tarrytown
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Westchester Broadway Dinner Theater Elmsford
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Hudson Stage Company Croton-on-Hudson
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White Plains Performing Arts Center White Plains
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Jacob Burns Film Center Pleasantville
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Museums & Modern Art in the Hudson Valley

Donald M Kendall Sculpture Gardens at Pepsico Purchase
A classic, corporate headquarters with a garden by Russell Page and a collection of modern sculpture, 120 acres.
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Hudson River Museum Yonkers
Westchester's oldest museum. Good for kids, complete with planetarium.
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Dia:Beacon Beacon
A museum for Dia Art Foundation's renowned collection of art from the 1960s to the present.
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Storm King Art Center Mountainville
A marvelous, outdoor sculpture garden with breathtaking views of the Hudson and beautiful grounds for picnicking. No food is available there, so make sure to bring your own.
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Katonah Museum of Art Katonah
Almost always a truly interesting and eclectic collection of art and traveling exhibitions, shown in a smaller museum. You can tell how much work goes into landing and planning a show and how much it means to museum curators. A grass roots type museum.
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Hammond Museum & Japanese Strolling Garden North Salem
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Neuberger Museum of Art Purchase
Purchase College's modern art museum with collections focusing on modern, contemporary & African art. 1st Saturday of every month is free for all!
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Manitoga - Russel Wright Design Center Garrison
Manitoga, the only 20th Century house open to the public in New York State, is the home and studio of the most famous designer of dinnerware and furniture during the 30s, 40s and 50s. 4 miles of walking paths surround the estate. Appointments mandatory! Buy tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.
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Colleges & Universities in the Hudson Valley

United States Military Academy - West Point West Point
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Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park
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Vassar College Poughkeepsie
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Marist College Poughkeepsie
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Sarah Lawrence College Bronxville
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Pace University Pleasantville
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SUNY Purchase Purchase
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Manhattanville College Purchase
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Shopping in the Hudson Valley

Antiquing
The towns of Tarrytown, Nyack and Cold Spring are known for their antiquing and cute cafes.

Woodbury Commons Central Valley
Over 200 outlet stores. Great shopping for designer labels at discount prices at one of the largest outlet centers in the country.
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Jefferson Valley Mall Jefferson Valley
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White Plains Galleria White Plains
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The Westchester White Plains
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