VISITING A CASTLE : LYNDHURST MANSION
Looking to find a unique one-of-a-kind architectural masterpiece that is something out of a fairytale? Head to Lyndhurst Mansion, formally known as the Jay Gould Estate is a notable Gothic revival estate located in Tarrytown, New York, an adorable little town that offers a quaint main street full of local shops and restaurants and a spectacular waterfront with sweeping river views! It almost resembles a European castle. The property is nestled on a 67-acre protected park and nature reserve overlooking the Hudson River offering sweeping views of the river and the region beyond.
The moment you arrive through the gates, you are instantly drawn to this unique architectural marvel of a property that seemingly transports you to medieval times or even Hogwarts for all the Potterheads. As the leaves begin to change color and transition into remarkable fall foliage, the leaves lay upon the grounds in front of the mansion offering great photo ops so be sure to bring a camera along and take pictures!
The property was designed in 1838 Alexander Jackson Davis, an architectural genius at the time who aimed to complement the natural elements of the region and the artistry of the Gothic revival. Some great fun facts are that some former occupants of Lyndhurst Mansion include former New York City mayor William Poulding, a merchant named George Merritt, and even railroad tycoon Jay Gould, whom the property was later named after before becoming officially known as Lyndhurst Mansion, today.
The estate was designed to impress each and every visitor upon their arrival to showcase the deep architectural elements, social status, and wealth of who owned the property at the time similar to many aristocrat societies at the time.
You can wander the grounds, take in the views, and even tour the inside of Lyndhurst Mansion to discover the history and majesty of this incredible historical destination. For tickets and information be sure to visit lyndhurst.org.
Lyndhurst Mansion also offers seasonal events during the autumn season from the Classic Mansion with Autumnal Decor which runs from September 26 until October 31 on Halloween; to Autumn Open House Weekends, running from October 12 to October 18.
Lyndhurst Mansion offers an abundance of activities and things to do this season with historical discovery, sweeping river views of the Hudson, fall foliage photo ops ideal with vibrant colors and hues of red, yellow, and orange, and quaint autumn decor just in time for Halloween that will make your autumn season experience a memorable one!
After your visit to the mansion be sure to head into Tarrytown and head to Coffee Lab Roasters Inc for artisan coffee blends, fresh brews in a rustic space. Live music can be found on the weekends and select weeknights. Be sure to visit their website for additional details at coffelabs.com.
A great spot for lunch and dinner can be found at Sweet Grass Grill, a casual American cuisine restaurant serving up classic dishes with local ingredients and alfresco seating. Be sure to reserve on weekends as this spot is happening during events year-round! For reservations or general inquiries, visit sweetgrassgrill.com.
A notable favorite is Horsefeathers, a classic American pub with comfort food, great dessert options, and outdoor seating seasonally. The interior space is casual and a tavern-like space with unique decor and knick-knacks abound as you dine under candlelight. And with an ambiance that’s a half old-time tavern and half library–complete with a mural of famous authors overlooking diners–this eclectic restaurant has Old World style to spare. For additional information be sure to visit horsefeathersny.com.
If you’re looking to take in river views, walk, bike, or have a leisurely picnic, head to Scenic Hudson RiverWalk at Tarrytown and Pierson Park for a slice of nature and breathtaking views of the Hudson and the Governor Cuomo Bridge out in the nearby distance.
If you’re looking for a place to stay overnight or even the weekend, this upscale option will have you living in royalty in a castle! Castle Hotel & Spa is a luxury accommodation with sophisticated rooms, medieval decor, and beautiful views of the Hudson overlooking Tarrytown and the Hudson Valley. For reservations be sure to visit castlehotelandspa.com
Making a visit to this wonderful community will let you discover the impeccable history, local dining, and great stops to snap pictures of the ever-changing foliage as we move through the autumn season. It’s a community with an interesting history and past and now a quaint town with charm and more to discover at every corner. Tarrytown is sure to impress every time you visit!