Being an East Coast newbie, I’ve been having a blast discovering new areas around the Connecticut area. There is SO much so close by and as a Californian who had to drive several hours to get to all the good spots in the State, it’s a dream to be able to quickly see so much in a day (I’m sure all my CA friends are shaking their heads in agreement with me on this one.)!
My dad, Tom came out and visited us for 10 days during his Christmas break (he is a high school Science Teacher and also one of my favorite travel buddies!). He had the idea to research more areas around New York that weren’t just the usual tourist central of Manhattan. We stumbled upon Tarrytown and of course the famous Sleepy Hollow, NY. Honestly, until we googled it, I had no idea that Sleepy Hollow was an actual fictional place (pardon my ignorance on this one! lol) I love spooky towns and fun history-rich cities, so I was ALL about this road trip. From our house in Milford, CT it was about an hour (depending on traffic) away from Sleepy Hollow, NY.
Both Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow had an adorable downtown with lots of shops and fun restaurants. We were there on New Years Day, so they still had holiday decorations up! I highly suggest seeing it during this time of year, because it made it really magical. 🙂 The obvious other hot time to see it would be during Halloween. I read they do some awesome festivities such as Ghost Tours, Haunted hayrides, and Cemetery Tours. You can check these out here: Sleepy Hollow Halloween. We are putting this on our list of to-dos for this upcoming year!
Our first stop was in Tarrytown, NY at Lyndhurst Mansion.
Currently, the mansion is closed for the season, but oh my goodness it was fun walking around the park like setting on the grounds.
For dinner, we ate at an awesome Mediterranean restaurant in Tarrytown, NY that I found through Yelp. (I will always say that Yelp is that local best friend you wish you had in all the places you visit.) You can find it on the corner of Broadway and Main St and it’s called Lefteri’s Gyro.It had some of the best Falafel I’ve ever had and the Greek salad was AMMAZINNGGGG. Also, it’s as Greek as you can get inside – I felt like I was in My Greek Fat Greek Wedding and was thoroughly happy about this. Apparently, it’s a celebrity hot spot as well ( they have a wall of autographed pictures next to the register- too fun!).
Since we only had one day to visit, I found these items to be the main spots to go see if you are on a tight timeframe. Be sure and give yourself a little more time for the cemetery as it’s waaay larger than we anticipated and wish we had more time in before the gates closed. I’ll be back here in the Spring or summer because I would really like to take the history tours and also spend some more time on the Hudson River. Keep your eyes open for that post!
Want to know more about these spooky fun towns? Head on over to Sleepy Hollows government page that shares all the fun details about the history of the town. I used this page the most when planning our day trip. Sleepy Hollow – History of the Village.
This trip cost us about $15 in gas ( we own a Prius) and $30.00 for dinner. That’s it! We were able to see some awesome sights and not even break $50.00. Next time I do want to go visit the museums, but if done right, this day trip should not cost you over $100.00. Want to go cheaper? Bring a meal or eat somewhere a little cheaper!
Have you ever been to any of these spots? If so, what was the best thing you saw on your visit?!