With sweeping views of the Hudson, Tarrytown offers a relaxed alternative to New York City. The village displays the rich historic and literary roots of the rich and famous, with Philipsburg Manor, dating from pre-Revolutionary times; Kykuit, the Rockefeller mansion, housing a superb art collection; and Sunnyside, author Washington Irving's country residence. While tours, but no site rentals, are offered at these three mansions, there are many Tarrytown event venues that exude a similar ambience.
Roads and railroads provide easy access from the New York metropolitan area. The New York State Thruway, I-87, connects Albany to New York City, crossing the Hudson River at Tarrytown via the Tappan Zee Bridge. Metro-North Railroad has frequent service to New York City's Grand Central Station. About 14 miles from Tarrytown, Westchester County Airport (HPN) is served by American Airlines, Cape Air, Delta, JetBlue, United, and US Airways, providing nonstop service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC, among others. LaGuardia Airport (28 miles away) and John F. Kennedy International Airport (34 miles away) are also convenient gateways.
Chief among meeting venues in Tarrytown's neighborhood are the 244-room Westchester Marriott, with 26,000 square feet; and the 246-room DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown, with 24,000 square feet of meeting space. The 212-room Tarrytown House Estate and Conference Center, with 35 IACC-approved conference rooms, hosts groups of up to 350 theater-style in its largest room. Other hotel venues in Tarrytown are the 31-room Castle Hotel & Spa, with 3,300 square feet of meeting space (including its 1,456-square-foot Gothic-styled Great Hall); the 150-room Sheraton Tarrytown, with three meeting rooms (the largest handling 80 guests theater-style); and the 139-room Courtyard Tarrytown Greenburgh, with two meeting rooms, the largest handling 40 guests.
The storied estates in the Hudson River Valley provide some of the most impressive special event venues. Historic Hudson Valley's library and research center in nearby Pocantico Hills stands on the expansive grounds of the Rockefeller estate. Its flexible space includes a conference room seating 12 and an 1,800-square-foot assembly room with the adjacent library, usable for receptions (for 50 guests). An outdoor area can be tented. Tappan Hill Mansion, where Mark Twain resided and appreciated the Hudson views, is an event venue for up to 500 guests with onsite catering. Tarrytown's 843-seat Music Hall, dates from 1885, and is available for various types of events.
As for dining, “new” is the word. The Twisted Oak serves New American cuisine and seats about 40. For a new take on tavern food, try Cellar 49 at the Tarrytown House Estate, which has private rooms for 10 and 35. In Pocantico Hills is Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a farm-to-table elegant restaurant serving sustainable food grown on its farm; two private rooms accommodate 14 and 40-260. For a classic American meal, Ruth's Chris Steak House is unbeatable and has three private dining rooms, for 15 to 50 guests.