There’s a reason so many people are moving from the city to the Hudson Rivertowns…
Haven’t made your way to the Rivertowns? If you’re considering the Westchester suburbs, these towns are a must-see. Between the total walkability to vibrant town centers, amazing restaurants, and easy access to the city, these communities have it all. Here’s where – and what – to consider as you’re exploring the Rivertowns.
Want suburban living with a decidedly Brooklyn edge? Hastings-on-Hudson has long attracted creative types — think writers, artists and musicians — and is one of only nine silver-certified Climate Smart Communities in New York state.
Eleven parks are packed into this 3-square mile village, including Kinnally Cove and MacEachron Waterfront Park, which offer jaw-dropping views of New York City, the Palisades, and the Hudson River. The village’s steep, narrow streets are home to a mix of Tudor-, colonial-, and cape-style single-family homes, many with direct river views.
While you’re visiting, be sure and hit up the Hastings Farmers Market before strolling through the charming (and chain-free!) downtown. Working up an appetite? Grab a coffee and quick bite at Antoinette’s Patisserie or a glass of wine from the terrace at Harvest on Hudson.
2) Dobbs Ferry
Though just north of Hastings-on-Hudson, Dobbs Ferry has its own unique feel. This 11,000-person village has a walkable downtown with plenty of restaurants, shops, and galleries.
If you’re planning to spend the day in Dobbs Ferry, be sure and add “take a hike” to your agenda – specifically, heading to the 76-acre Juhring Nature Preserve for a jog, stroll, or bike ride across the Old Croton Aqueduct that runs through town. And while you might come for the views, be sure and stay for the food. Popular restaurants include The Cookery, an Italian gastropub that is a 2021 Michelin Bib Gourmand pick, and Sushi Mike’s, which is consistently named one of the best sushi restaurants in Westchester.
Complete your visit by taking in a sunset over the Hudson at Waterfront Park, home to playgrounds, walking paths, a covered stage, fishing pier, exercise equipment, a boat dock, and picnic areas.
Despite being less than three square miles, Irvington truly packs a punch. The historic town has an Americana vibe, with a library, fire station, shops, restaurants, and the celebrated Irvington Town Hall Theater all within blocks.
As with other Rivertowns, the Hudson is the heart of the town: you’ll get unobstructed views of the river from anywhere on Main Street. Matthiesen Park — open only to residents — and Scenic Hudson Park offer easy river access, along with breathtaking views of the Tappan Zee Bridge and Manhattan. Locals also love Red Hat on the River, a waterfront bistro that serves up classic American fare with an upscale twist.
Washington Irving may have given the neighboring town of Sleepy Hollow its name, but it was Tarrytown that he chose to call home. Sunnyside, Irving’s meticulously restored 10-acre estate, is one of the must-sees on any tour of Tarrytown, along with Lyndhurst Mansion, a castle-like estate on the Hudson that was once home to railroad tycoon Jay Gould.
But there’s so much more to Tarrytown than history. Tarrytown is, hands down, one of the most bustling Rivertowns. The downtown is lined with coffee shops, bars, and music venues, where you can check out local performers and more. Or, catch a show at the Jazz Forum, then head to RiverMarket Bar and Kitchen for an expertly crafted cocktail and farm-to-table fare.
There are endless water views in Croton-on-Hudson. The northernmost village on our list, Croton is where the Croton River flows into the Hudson – and that waterfront connection is central to life in this community.
There’s lots to do, including a stretch of River Walk, the planned 51.5-mile pathway that will eventually link villages all along the Hudson River. In the warmer months, take a dip at Silver Lake Park on the Croton River or, when it’s cold, ice skate at Duck Pond Park, or camp, hike and kayak at Croton Point Park, a 500-acre peninsula that juts into the Hudson River.
And when you aren’t hitting the waterfront? Check out the charming downtown, which hosts community concerts, art shows, parades, and other events throughout the year. For a taste of local life, stop in at the old-school Croton Colonial Diner, which has been serving all-day breakfast since 1970, grab a cone at The Blue Pig ice cream shop, or dig into fresh seafood with a side of river views at Ocean House Oyster Bar and Grill.
Like Paris’ left bank is known as being more bohemian, Nyack, on the left bank of the Hudson, has long been known as a more laid-back, relaxed community.
Nyack has long been home to writers, actors, and artists, and residents love the picturesque views and eclectic, artsy atmosphere. In just one afternoon you can check out displays of contemporary artists at the Edward Hopper House, check out the vinyl at Main Street Beats, and then peruse the shelves at Pickwick Book Store. Afterwards, pick up a cheese and charcuterie board at Scott & Joe for an impromptu picnic at Nyack Beach State Park or sit down for a leisurely meal at The Hudson House of Nyack on Main Street, famous for its Black Bottom Banana Cream Pie and Butterscotch Pudding.
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