this is where washington irving lived

October 28, 2011 |  Category:   life outings

…in a house in Tarrytown New York, right next to the Hudson River called “Sunnyside”. It seems fitting on a fine Sunday in October to spend the day around the towns that the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle was set, on the grounds where the author who wrote these stories lived. The house is completely intact and furnished as it was since the mid-19th century. I couldn’t take photos of the interior of the house during the tour (led by women in costume waiting for you in the various rooms – okay that was a little bit creepy to walk up to a room and see someone in period dress sitting alone in a rocking chair), but Mia found the house particularly fascinating.

There is no better place to experience Fall than the Northeast, especially in charming river towns by the Hudson. You can argue with me all you want, but it’s true. The leaves are a little late in peeking this year up in the Hudson Valley as of last Sunday and it’s slow to trickle down here in the city too. Which just means that we have a few more weeks of Fall color to look forward to before the trees bare their branches.

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  • Rachel October 28, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    Looks like the perfect fall afternoon!

  • Patricia October 28, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    beautiful post and so fitting to the start of the weekend. thanks for sharing.

  • Lia October 29, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Love the leaves changing colors! Makes me want to run and grab a piece of pumpkin pie with some hot tea. Funny I was just humming today the song “Keep on the sunny side of life”! Will surely add this place to my list of things to do with the kids. Thanks for sharing.

  • sylvï October 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    i won’t argue, it’s a dream of mine to see the fall there one day. but as of now, ireland isn’t too shabby either, just perfectly so.

  • Neighbor Amy October 29, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    …or until it snows for the better part of a day and ruins all chance at peak leaves AND causes us to freeze in our cute autumn clothes. I’m peeved that it looks like we might have another fall/winter/spring with wearing foul-weather-gear instead of the awesome winter shoes/boots I bought two seasons ago and have worn almost never!

  • Neighbor Amy October 29, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    On a more positive note…Gorgeous photos and it sounds like a great day trip!

  • Sally B October 30, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Your pictures are just so beautiful!

  • Jen Laceda October 31, 2011 at 11:56 am

    Oh! It’s so lovely there!! Don’t forget Washington Irving’s “Tales of the Alhambra” – I LOVE that book!!!!

  • mais khoury October 31, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    great town. my husband and i were there last sunday, as well, visiting stone barns and then we had lunch at little b’s. loved the quiet little town. maybe next time i will visit the house, looks fantastic.

  • paula October 31, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    wow … gorgeous! Thanks for another great idea for the kids – a fun outing close to the city, but without mobs. I like!

  • Meghann Chapman October 31, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    That must be a great Fall activity. Sounds very interesting and looks just gorgeous.