Sunday, February 28, 2010;
All train, bus and lodging information valid as of press time Thursday.
Want to take a spur-of-the-moment trip to Tarrytown, N.Y.? Here's what you need to know for March 5-7.
Tarrytown is about 30 miles north of Manhattan, reachable on the Metro-North Railroad's Hudson line (http://www.mta.info), which leaves dozens of times a day from Grand Central Station. One-way adult fare is $8.25 off-peak and $11.25 peak. The cheapest ride from Washington to Manhattan is on one of the low-fare buses, such as Bolt, Megabus and DC2NY. One-way fares typically are about $20. By car, Tarrytown is about 250 miles from the Capital Beltway. From the New Jersey Turnpike, take the Palisades Parkway north to the New York State Thruway (Interstate 87) east across the Tappan Zee Bridge. Take Exit 9 toward Tarrytown.
WHERE TO STAY
Sheraton Tarrytown Hotel
600 White Plains Rd., 914-332-7900
Not much character, but affordable rates and full service. Shuttle driver, when available, can ferry you to Blue Hill restaurant and other attractions. Rooms from $109 a night.
Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center
49 E. Sunnyside Lane, 800-553-8118
Built around two 19th-century mansions once owned by Mary Duke Biddle, an heiress of the Duke tobacco fortune. From $149.
WHERE TO EAT
Blue Hill at Stone Barns
630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, 914-366-9600
Five- and eight-course tasting menus are $105 and $135, respectively. Four-course Sunday lunch is $85. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, three-course supper is $75. Advance planning required for weekend reservations, but early tables on Friday are often available on shorter notice. The unreserved bar area often has walk-in availability on the later side, such as 9 p.m. At press time, reservations were available March 5 at 5 p.m.
Blue Hill Cafe
Fresh baked goods, sandwiches and other treats from the Blue Hill kitchen. Sandwiches $7.
Chiboust Bistro & Bakery
14 W. Main St., Tarrytown, 914-703-6550
Standard bistro food plus pastries and other light fare. Entrees $20-$28.
WHAT TO DO
Stone Barns Center for Food
630 Bedford Rd., Pocantico Hills, 914-366-6200
Open to the public Wednesday through Sunday year-round. Every Friday and Saturday, a staff member leads a 90-minute insider's tour. $15 for adults, $9 for kids ages 6-14. Sundays, 60-minute farm tour costs $10 for adults, $7 for children. Other classes and events also available.