Local Arrangements

Local Arrangements

We are so pleased to have you come to our region of New York State for the 2015 SSL/NYLA Spring Conference, here are some things you may be interested in knowing before you get here...

Getting to Tarrytown
Here is the link from our conference hotel for directions to the hotel.  If you are arriving via Metro-North Train, the hotel will have a shuttle to and from the Tarrytown Train station.  

These are my directions:
By Car
Tarrytown is conveniently located just off of Exit 9 of the NYS Thruway I-87.  The hotel is directly across from the exit ramp when you are driving south/east.  If you are headed north/west on I-87 from the NYC area, you will take a left at the end of the exit ramp, a left at the light onto Route 9, and a right into the parking lot of the DoubleTree.  There is plenty of parking for all of our attendees.  The Tappan Zee Bridge is under construction but that should not impact your travel nor should the exits be closed for your arrival or departure.  The Conference Hotel is located at 455 South Broadway aka Route 9, Tarrytown, NY  10591.  See also the Hotel Information page for more information about making reservations.  

By Plane:
There are quite a few different airports in the general vicinity of Tarrytown that you may consider using for your flights.  The closest is the regional Westchester County Airport near White Plains, your best bet of getting to the hotel from there (and back) is to prearrange a pick up with one of their taxis: DLC Ground Transportation Services, or Limousine Service of Westchester.   

Next, for the Greater New York airports, there are JFK, LaGuardia and Newark.   You can take subways to Manhattan from JFK: take the AirTrain and either the A subway from Howard Beach Station or the E subway from Jamaica Station.  Both cost $7.50 and take about an hour and end up at the 42nd Street Station and from there you can transfer to the S or 7 train to take a short trip to Grand Central Station and take the Metro-North Train north on the Hudson Line from there to Tarrytown.  From LaGuardia: (Airport's Directions) take the M60 bus to Harlem-125th Ave. and get on the Metro-North Train north on the Hudson Line from the station there to Tarrytown.  Depending on which train you get on, it could range from 37 to 51 minutes from Grand Central Station (shorter from Harlem-125th Station) and it should cost $9.75 one-way off-peak and $13.00 one-way peak (same from Harlem-125th Station) as long as you buy your ticket from a machine in the station, not when you're on board.  Make sure you take the Hudson Line Train that terminates in either Poughkeepsie or Croton-Harmon, both will stop at Tarrytown. There is supposed to be a shuttle to and from the hotel at the train station in Tarrytown.

You can rent a car from Newark, but here are the ground transportation directions from the Airport's site.  And you can take this bus ($16.00) right to Grand Central Station to then get on the Metro-North Train north to Tarrytown.

There is also Stewart International Airport in Newburgh, NY, which you could take a cab from to the hotel.  Finally, the Albany International Airport is about two hours north of the hotel, so it may not be the best choice, but you could rent a car to get to the hotel from there.  

By Train:
Tarrytown has a train station in town on the Hudson River just below the Tappan-Zee Bridge, it serves the Metro-North Railroad and its Hudson Line.  The Hudson Line runs between Poughkeepsie and Grand Central Station along the Hudson River.  There are other Metro-North rail Lines but they do not run through Tarrytown.  Make sure you get on the right line if you are traveling north from Grand Central Station.  Look for Poughkeepsie or Croton-Harmon as the terminating stations, both should stop at Tarrytown, but double check the list of station stops on the illuminated sign before you enter the platform.  Some trains are express and will bypass stations, Tarrytown possibly being one of them, depending on the train.   Download this Train Time app to see the train schedule for the stops you want.  Available for iPhones and Android smartphones.

The Tarrytown Station does not serve Amtrak trains, but this does not mean you cannot travel this way.  If you are planning on taking Amtrak, there are three stations on the Hudson Metro-North line that also serve Amtrak.  These are Poughkeepsie, Croton-Harmon, and Yonkers.  Tarrytown is roughly equidistant from both Croton-Harmon which lies to the north, and Yonkers, which lies to the south.  You may switch at any of these three stations to take the Metro-North commuter rail to Tarrytown, but Croton-Harmon and Yonkers will be your closest stations from which to do that.   I would recommend that if you are traveling from the north or west of the state, take Amtrak to Croton-Harmon and switch there.  You won't have many stops to go after that.  There will be a shuttle between the station and the hotel and there should be cabs there as well.   Consider taking the train in to NYC on Saturday before you leave.  It is a short and inexpensive ride to the Big Apple!  

By Bus:
There is a Greyhound Station in White Plains, which is near Tarrytown.   If you are planning on taking Greyhound, you will be able to take a taxi from the station to the hotel.  This bus station is near the White Plains Station for Metro-North Railroad on the Harlem Line.  

Of course staying at the conference hotel is often the preferred location for many of us.  But if you want or need to try other places besides the DoubleTree, here are some hotels in the Tarrytown area that may better suit your needs.  Please consult the hotel sites and TripAdvisor for additional information and reviews.  If you have a points account with any hotel brand, see if they have locations in the area.  

Check TripAdvisor, UrbanSpoon, or Yelp! for restaurant reviews.  Check menus for personal tastes and dietary needs.   Call ahead for reservations or use Opentable.  Here are well reviewed places in and around Tarrytown:

Bella's Diner, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Bistro 12, Portuguese and Italian cuisine in the downtown area.
Bistro Z, this is the restaurant in the conference hotel, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you don't want to venture far.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, the quintessential farm to table experience at a lovely location in Pocantico Hills near Tarrytown.  $$$
Capri Pizza & Pasta, local pizzeria near the hotel.
Cellar 49 at the Tarrytown House Estate, reservations are a must, and best when done well in advance.
Cooper's Mill, at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, this one is more farm to table.
Eldorado West Diner, typical diner fare, open all hours, right across the street from the conference hotel.
Equus Restaurant at the Castle Hotel & Spa, French cuisine in a beautiful setting.  
Horsefeathers, serving lunch and dinner.
Leftiris Gyro, a great Greek/Mediterranean place in the heart of downtown.
Little B's Burger Bar, burgers and gastropub fare.
Lubins and Links, inexpensive and quick lunch place, cash only.
Mint Premium Foods, a deli inside a gourmet grocery store.
Mr. Nick's Brick Oven Pizza, pizzeria that delivers.
Osaka , Japanese restaurant, steakhouse, and sushi bar.
RiverMarket Bar and Kitchen, locavore place for foodies.
Ruth's Chris Steak House, this is the restaurant at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown.
Sunset Cove, on the waterfront with a nice view of the Tappan Zee Bridge.
Sushi Thai, Asian fusion.
Swagat, Indian cuisine, serving lunch and dinner.
Sweet Grass Grill, local and seasonal fare with vegan options.  Serving lunch and dinner.
The Tapp, bar with a strong craft beer selection and pub grub.
Tarry Tavern, fine atmosphere featuring Hudson Valley produce and seasonal selections.
The Twisted Oak, creative menu, located downtown.
Wedged-In Deli, good place for breakfast and lunch.  
X20 Xaviers on the Hudson, from Peter X Kelly, right on the water, this is just a short trip down to Yonkers on the train.
Young's Chinese Sushi, Chinese cuisine.
Want to go some place a little farther afield?  Try one of the restaurants at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, north on Rt 9.

Places to see/Things to do:
If you can't find something fun to do in the Hudson Valley, you're doing it wrong!

Arts & Culture

Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.  Located on the site of the original Woodstock Concert, this performing arts venue and Woodstock concert museum are on the former Yasgur Farm in Sullivan County.  

Cedar Grove.  This National Historic Site is the home of Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of landscape painting.  It is not technically in the SLMSSENY region, it is just north of our border in Greene County, near Catskill, NY.  

Dia:Beacon.  Modern Art museum in a former Nabisco box factory.  It is an easy walk from the Beacon train station on the Hudson Line.

Donald Kendall Sculpture Garden.  Located at the Pepsico Corporate Headquarters at 700 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase, NY.  This collection features pieces by Rodin, Calder and Giacometti, among others, on spacious grounds.  A must see that is near the conference!

Hudson River Museum.  Located a short trip away in Yonkers, this museum features art pieces and a planetarium.

Katonah Museum of Art.  This art museum in nearby Katonah promotes the appreciation of the visual arts from diverse cultures and time periods.  

Neuberger Museum of Art.  Located near the conference hotel, on the campus of SUNY Purchase, this museum's collection boasts some incredible pieces.  Whether you like painting or sculpture, there is sure to be something here to appreciate.

Olana Mansion.  Not technically in the SLMSSENY Region, as it is just north of our affiliate's borders in Columbia County, right near the town of Hudson.  This New York State Historic Site is the home of Hudson River School painter, Frederic Church.  Great vistas, amazing collection and unique home.

Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, on the campus of Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson. If you are an architecture buff, check out this Frank Gehry design.  Maybe you'll catch a glimpse of Neil Gaiman while you're there, he's currently a faculty member at Bard.

Storm King Art Center.  This is an outdoor sculpture park in New Windsor in Orange County, not too far from West Point.  

Union Church of Pocantico Hills.  Located in nearby Pocantico Hills, this church features stained glass windows by Marc Chagall and Henri Matisse.  A must see!                

Untermeyer Gardens Conservancy.  Located in Yonkers, this location features gorgeous gardens that are open to the public.  Take the Metro-North train to either the Greystone or Yonkers stations.  May require some walking or additional transportation to visit.

Higher Education:
Do you have a child who will be leaving for college soon?  Or do you have an interest in exploring campuses?  If you want to visit some schools while you're here, check these out...Bard College, The College of New RochelleCulinary Institute of America (CIA,) Dominican College, Iona College, Marist College, Mount Saint Mary CollegePurchase College (SUNY)SUNY New PaltzVassar College, and West Point Military Academy

Historic Hudson Valley:
Boscobel House & Gardens.  Located in nearby Garrison.  The mansion at Boscobel is one of the best examples of Federal-style architecture in New York State.   Perfect for architecture buffs.

Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, you can also visit his home on the same site, in Hyde Park, near the CIA.  Eleanor's home, Val-Kill, is also nearby.

Historic Huguenot Street.  Historic homes in New Paltz, Ulster County.

Kykuit: The Rockefeller Estate.  Located in nearby Sleepy Hollow, visit this great house and see its amazing art collection and beautiful grounds.  

Locust Grove Estate.  This historic site was the home of Samuel F. B. Morse.  It is located near Poughkeepsie on the Hudson River and features historic architecture, a museum, and lovely gardens.

Lyndhurst Castle.  Located right in Tarrytown near the conference hotel, this is a must see for those interested in art, architecture, and landscapes. 
Mohonk Mountain House.  It looks like it is straight out of The Shining, but check out this historic hotel and its gorgeous environs,  New Paltz.     

Montgomery Place.  This estate is a gorgeous location to explore.  It is located in Annandale-on-Hudson near Bard College.

Old Dutch Church.  In Sleepy Hollow right near Philipsburg Manor, this is the oldest standing church in New York State.   See also the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery while you are there.  You can visit the grave of Washington Irving and see where the Legend started!   
Philipsburg Manor.  They open for the season on the Saturday of our conference, but this historic site located in nearby Sleepy Hollow will take you to 1750 to experience life on a working farm. 

Van Cortlandt Manor.  Located in nearby Croton-on-Hudson, visit this historic site that is both beautiful and edifying.

Vanderbilt Mansion.  Experience the Gilded Age in this mansion on the Hudson in Hyde Park near the FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt sites.

Washington Irving's Sunnyside.  Located right in Tarrytown, tour the surprisingly romantic home and gardens of Hudson Valley's most well known author.    


Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies.  Located in Millbrook, NY.  This is a great place to visit with students to learn more about the environment and science issues.

Catskill Animal Sanctuary.  Are you a city mouse who wants a taste of country living before you head home?  Then visit this farm and have fun with the animals.  Saugerties.  

Clearwater Sloop.  Founded by late and beloved Pete Seeger, you can sail on this ship and learn more about the Hudson River and its environmental health.  Sail from 6:00-8:00 pm on Friday May 1st instead of going to the Knickerbocker Awards Banquet.  Book tickets now!!  $50.00 for adults.  

Greenburgh Nature Center.  Thirty-three acre nature preserve and wildlife habitat with walking trails and gardens.  Located in Scarsdale.

Minnewaska State Park Preserve.  Located just outside of New Paltz near the Mohonk Mountain House, this State Park is full of hiking trails (25 miles worth!), waterfalls, and gorgeous views of the Catskills and the Hudson Valley from the Shawangunk Mountain ridge. 

Mohonk Preserve.  This neighbor of the Minnewaska State Park Preserve is a non-profit nature preserve located outside of New Paltz near the Mohonk Mountain House.  They offer a ton of healthy and fun outdoor activities on the Shawangunk Mountain ridge.  One of their signature events is a race will be held on Saturday, May 2nd, so if you are feeling ambitious, register for their Rock the Ridge 50-Mile Challenge.  You can run or walk it, you have 24 hours to complete the course.  

Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture.  This is located in Pocantico Hills and is part of the Rockefeller heritage.  It is wonderful education center for food and farming practices.  It is right by the restaurant mentioned above: Blue Hill at Stone Barns. 

Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park.  Once a railroad bridge between Highland and Poughkeepsie, this bridge sat idle until it was repurposed as a pedestrian bridge that opened in 2009.  This is a National Park and the longest, elevated, pedestrian bridge in the world.  Get out for some fresh air and take in the views while you walk, jog, or bike over the glorious Hudson River.  There are access points on both the Highland and Poughkeepsie sides of the bridge.  Good to visit if you are already in the area for the FDR Home and Museum or the CIA.  

Just for Fun!!
Glenmere Mansion.  Located in Chester, NY.  Just go and gawk at this luxurious Gilded Age estate with lush grounds that is now a hotel, spa, and restaurant complex.  

Hudson Valley Beer Trail.  If you are in the mood for locally brewed beers, distilled spirits, or ciders, check out these locations for samples and more.  There are also links to local breweries and distilleries in Sullivan County listed in this article.

Kate's Lazy Meadow. Are you a B-52s fan?  Do you like staying in funky motels?  Then this place may be a fun stop on your way.  Mount Tremper, Woodstock-area motel with cabins, Kate Pierson of the B-52s is the proprietor.

Shawangunk Wine Trail.  If you like wine, check out our Hudson Valley Wineries, including Brotherhood, which is America's oldest.  Orange and Ulster Counties for the Shawangunk Wine Trail, and beyond for other wineries in the region.

If you are a shopper, check out Woodbury Premium Outlets and the Palisades Center Mall, both are across the Hudson from the conference.   Or on the Tarrytown side, try the Galleria at White Plains, The Westchester, also in White Plains, or Westchester's Ridge Hill, in Yonkers.