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Get Away to Tarrytown, NY

Posted on: August 5th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Sitting on the eastern shore of the Hudson River, nestled among rolling hills and lush greenery sits the village of Tarrytown.  It’s just a short 25 mile jaunt from New York City. It has becoming a popular tourist destination for its charming art galleries, antique shops, bed and breakfasts, and of courses, its rich history.

Settled by the Dutch in 1645 and named it “Tarwe” meaning “wheat”.  Tarwe town eventually came to be pronounced Tarrytown.

In 1780, during the Revolutionary War, Major John Andre was arrested as a spy in Tarrytown in what came to be a well known incident.  Andre was an officer in the British army who was traveling through the village when he was stopped by local militiamen and searched.

They discovered plans given to him by Benedict Arnold for the fortification of West Point hidden in his boot.  He was arrested, convicted as a spy, and eventually hanged.

Tarrytown’s most famous resident is perhaps Washington Irving, author of Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hallow. Tarrytown’s high school is now called Sleepy Hallow High School and their mascot is the Horsemen as an homage to Irving’s spooky tale.

Irving was the first American author to be so widely praised and accepted by his European contemporaries and the first American author to make a living solely off of his writing.  Today his former residence is a popular tourist destination.

In the late 19th and early 20th century, Tarrytown became of a favorite getaway for many wealthy New Yorkers, such as John D. Rockefeller who purchased a property in Tarrytown in 1893.  His elaborate mansion, Kykuit, became the site of several labor protests, and eventually the target of multiple bombings.

Tarrytown offers charm, beauty, great shopping, and great history.  With its proximity to the city and ease of travel it makes the perfect day trip or weekend getaway.



Finger Lakes Region in Review

Posted on: August 2nd, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

The Finger Lakes Region has so much to offer! Fishing and boating on one of the many lakes is a great way to spend the afternoon, but wine is the region’s great claim to fame.

Delicious Wines

With close to 100 wineries in the area, some of which have been there for well over a century, the area is fast becoming competitive with west coast wines.  They’re especially known for colder climate wines, such as Riesling and ice wine.  Wine trails are a great way to see the beautiful countryside and sample some of the delicious wine on offer.

Fresh Produce

Wine isn’t the region’s only agriculture.  Finger Lakes is dotted with hundreds of farms.  Many supply produce to local farmer’s markets or allow you to pick your own produce.  Check this list of farms.

Luxurious Lodging

Though bordered by several larger cities, Finger Lakes has a slower, small town, country life feel.  This makes it the perfect setting for the many charming bed and breakfasts that you can find in the region.  Take a relaxing holiday in a log cabin in the woods, a romantic getaway in an historic home, or an exciting stay on a house on the lake, and always wake up to a fabulous home cooked breakfast.

Sumptuous Treats

With so much delicious wine on offer it’s no surprise that Finger Lakes is home to some fantastic eateries.  Whether you’re craving a 5 course meal carefully paired with local wines or some traditional German spaetzle you’re sure to find it here.

Where to Stay in the Finger Lakes Region

Posted on: August 1st, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

With Finger Lakes being as large as it is there are plenty of places to stay.  There are many great hotels you can find, but considering the small town feel of many of the places in Finger Lakes it would be remiss to pass up on a chance to stay at one of the many adorable B&Bs and inns scattered throughout the region.

Belhurst Castle – Geneva, NY Belhurst Castle, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will transport you to the past without letting you miss the comforts of the present.  With its romantic late Victorian styling it’s no surprise it was recently voted as one of the Top 10 Romantic Inns and Resorts.

Sunrise Landing B&B – Dundee, NY Sitting peacefully on the hillside is this beautiful lodging on the shores of Seneca Lake, right along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.  The great room and patio afford beautiful views of the lake.  The owners are thoughtful and attentive, and the rooms are pristine.  You’ll love sitting on the deck in the morning before breakfast and taking in the view with a nice cup of coffee.

La Belle B&B – Penn Yan, NY Located in the Historic District of Penn Yan, this B&B is in an 1860s Italianate Victorian home.  This home has been lovingly restored and has a beautiful collection of comfortable antiques.  But don’t worry, all modern amenities have been added! Wake up to a delectable breakfast every morning, and be prepared to leave feeling deliciously spoiled.

The Chalet of Canadaigua – Canadaigua, NY This luxury boutique b&b is situated in a secluded hillside, offering peaceful, private accommodations.  However it’s not so far removed that you can’t easily access the wonderful attractions of the surrounding wine country.  The owners have created a beautiful, romantic, rustic, peaceful getaway with breakfasts so delicious you’ll be dreaming about them for days after you leave.

Private Hotel and Pure Food at Casper’s Farm – Ithaca, NY Located on a 115 acre farm, this b&b offers a truly private experience unlike any other.  Even if you aren’t the only guests, you’ll feel like you have the place to yourself! The food is all home grown, home cooked and 100% vegan.  Casper’s Farm offers a truly unique B&B experience.