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Trip Report Trip Notes - Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow

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My mom and I traveled to NY (through La Guardia) this past weekend for a wedding at the Bronx Zoo. We went up two days early to play tourist in the Tarrytown area. Rather than doing my normal journal style trip report, here are a few notes.

Hotels:
Two nights at the Tarrytown Courtyard Marriott. Very attractive grounds, friendly staff and clean, comfortable accommodations.
One night at the Yonkers Residence Inn Marriott. Clean and comfortable. Breakfast included and good selection of food.

Transportation:
We rented a car from Budget. Horribly managed location, skip this company at this location.

Tolls: $7.50 toll charge for Whitestone Bridge heading out and same charge for Triboro bridge heading back. I think the toll was $5.00 on the Tappan Zee bridge, just one way thankfully.

Traffic:
We didn't leave the airport until 3:30ish on a Thursday, so we did run into some traffic, but it wasn't anything horrendous. I'm from Houston, so it didn't faze me.
Saturday at 5 pm heading from Yonkers hotel to Bronx Zoo, the traffic was really bad for a good stretch of the freeway and on Fordham Road. It took about an hour.
Traffic to the airport on Sunday leaving from Yonkers at 11 am was a breeze, no problem.

Dining:
Dinner Thursday night at Harper's in Dobbs Ferry. Nice atmosphere, good service and quality food.
Lunch Friday at Horsefeathers in Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow. I enjoyed the dark wood atmosphere and my burger and steak fries were really good. My mom just ordered some kind of pot pie and really liked it too.
Dinner Friday night was in a party room at Sam's in White Plains (rehearsal dinner). We were served numerous appetizers, and dinner was comprised of filet mignon medallions, grilled chicken and salmon plus side dishes. Everything I tried was tasty and service was good.
Lunch Saturday was just paninis from the Natural Market on N. Broadway in Tarrytown. They were adequate.
Dinner Saturday was at the wedding at the Bronx Zoo. I don't know who the catering company was, but the filet mignon and mashed potatoes were good. Rolls were stale though :(

Attractions:
Old Dutch Church and cemetery: I enjoyed wandering the cemetery and a church volunteer happened along while we were there and opened up the church for us and gave an impromptu "tour." He did a nice job and we were appreciative that we were able to go inside.
Sleepy Hollow cemetery: We drove through a bit of it and were impressed with some of the graves and the atmosphere as a whole. The roads are very narrow and as we progressed further onto the property, my mom became uncomfortable and feared that we were going to get stuck in the cemetery forever. I found a place to turn around (not very many options) and luckily we did not encounter any other cars along the way. If I ever find myself in the area again, I would like to do the night time lantern tour.
Lyndhurst: The property was closed for a special event the day we had allotted to go there. I was mad because I had looked at the website many times in the weeks leading up to my trip and there had been no mention of it being closed that date. They only posted a notice a day or two before. Luckily, they had not blocked the gate, so I was at least able to drive onto the property and take a couple of pictures of the exterior.
Nyack: We drove over the Tappan Zee bridge to check out the little town of Nyack. We lost some money in two different malfunctioning parking meters before we found free parking at a park. We just walked up and down the main drag with all the shops. It was very busy and I was disappointed. It lacked the charm I had been expecting.
Kykuit Estate: We took the "Classic Tour" which runs 2 1/4 hours. When you purchase a ticket online (recommended since they sell out), they tell you to arrive 45 minutes early. This is completely unncessary. 15 minutes is fine. They call you to the bus five minutes before departure. They do run a tight ship though and leave promptly, so you don't want to be late. The grounds and house are gorgeous, but the tour was very disappointing for the money ($28). You only get to see a small handful of rooms on the first floor. The guide spends a really long time in each room. I would rather see more rooms and just have a minute or two of commentary. The grounds behind the house are really beautiful and the view of the Hudson is wonderful.
Bronx Zoo wedding: Cocktails with sea lions and appetizers with the lemurs. What more could you want?

It was a rainy weekend on and off, but we still had an enjoyable time.

Thanks to the Fodorites who had answered questions for me in advance of the trip.

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