HMB's Favorite Things
Want to know where our staff loves to go? Here are our favorite picks! Click the links for more info!
(Dockmaster & Manager)
Steve’s Must See’s:
Croton Dam (2.4 miles from marina)
With its breathtaking views, endless waterfalls, and plenty of hiking trails as well as a park and playground, Croton Dam is a must see for those who love the simplicity of nature. Ironically, the only thing more beautiful than the dam itself is the drive to get there, with canopies of trees greeting you, you’ll truly feel like you’ve entered a wonderland. Easily accessible by taking a quick cab or uber, it’s well worth the trip, especially if you pack a light lunch and opt for a picnic in the park!
Culinary Institute of America (41. 7 miles from marina)
One of the premiere schools for the culinary arts, the Culinary Institute of America, also known as CIA, is where a number of world renowned chefs trained to achieve the level of mastery for which they are known. On campus are two incredible fine dining restaurants: The Bocuse, which features contemporary French cuisine, and The American Bounty, which offers elevated American classics with a twist. Easily accessible by taking the Metro North Railroad to Poughkeepsie, and then it’s a mere 3 miles away.
Assistant to Dockmaster
Aly’s Must See’s:
Blue Pig Ice Cream (1.0 miles from marina)
Freshly made with seasonal flavors many of which come from their own garden, or from other local businesses. They offer vegan flavors, as well as freshly made baked goods and savory foods that makes Blue Pig a great place to stop in for a quick lunch and dessert!
Giovanni’s Deli (1.3 miles from marina)
Fresh, delicious Italian deli with an assortment of mouthwatering breakfast and lunch sandwiches, as well as hot food. Their macaroni salad and mushroom salad are incredible, and with over 20 different specialty sandwiches to choose from, (my favorite being the Arthur Ave!) it’s guaranteed you’ll find one that appeals to your taste buds.
Bull Hill/ Mt Taurus (19.3 miles from marina)
Bull Hill also known as Mount Taurus is a beautiful hike that’s well worth the 30 minute drive. There are two summits, so novice and more avid hikers can pick the path that suits them best. At the end of the hike are the ruins of the Cornish Estate, a mansion that once occupied a section of land, which is fun to explore and walk through its ruins.
*Bonus* Aly’s Must DO
For those who are not familiar, geocaching is like a worldwide scavenger hunt. It does require downloading a free app, but it’s so well worth. Caches are essentially boxes or other containers that contain a variety of trinkets. Find a cache near you, and use the clues to help you navigate and find hidden treasures. Be sure to bring a pen so you can sign the log book, and maybe a little something to leave behind for the next person to find. Some caches allow you to take something with you too as a memento! It’s something fun to do not just while here, but anywhere in the world!
Sebastian’s Must See’s
Black Cow Coffee Co. (1.1 miles from marina)
With a variety of beans from around the world, as well as baked goods, Black Cow has become a local staple in not only Croton, but other parts of Westchester County as well. In addifion to coffee, tea, and espresso drinks, Black Cow frequently features works from local arfists. It’s a great place with warm, welcoming staff, and lots of space to sit and enjoy a book while you sip. It’s also located closely to Blue Pig Creamery, if you’d like some delicious ice cream to top yourself off.
Piato Greek Kitchen (.6 miles from the marina)
If you’re in the mood for some delicious Greek food, look no further than Piato Greek Kitchen. The gyro’s have french fries in them, which brings it to a whole new level. And, with it being less than a mile from the marina, it’s a great place to walk to, and even better when you’re walking back after eating to help yourself digest the amazing meal you just had!
Ocean House Oyster Bar & Grill (1.0 miles from marina)
Ocean House is a must go for any seafood lover! Their fish is delivered fresh daily, and the outdoor seating lets you get a breeze from the river not too far, as well as stunning sunset views. If you want to treat yourself to a dozen oysters (or two, no one is judging!) \M1ile gazing upon the beaufiful hues of of pinks, purples, and blues as the sun begins to go do\Ml, this is definitely a place to check out.
Blake’s Must See’s
Croton Tapsmith (1.3 miles from marina)
Cozy little bar that’s a favorite of Croton locals. There are no TVs to distract from the atmosphere, but there is great music, and conversation is always flowing. They offer a selection of craft beers, wines, and either bratwurst or pizza to soak up the booze so you can have “one” more pint. Bartenders are always up for a chat, as well as the patrons who come in for a drink after work. You might even find me there!
Samurai Sushi and Hibachi (1.0 miles from marina)
Sushi and hibachi lovers will flip for Samurai Sushi and Hibachi! Featuring Japanese fusion cuisine, as well as traditional dishes, this is a must go for anyone who loves to have fun while they eat.
Baked by Susan (1.4 miles from marina)
An award winning bakery that is a favorite of Croton residents and those outside of the village as well. They offer a wide variety of baked goods, both sweet and savory. Among the things they offer are fresh bread, pies, cupcakes, empanadas, cookies, and more! All of the ingredients are free of preseNatives, all natural, seasonal, and locally sourced, so you can feel good about being a little bad and having a sweet treat.
Croton Point Nature Center (1.5 miles from marina)
Located in Croton Point Park’s sprawling 504 acres-the largest peninsula on the Hudson River-is the Nature Center. The center features fauna and flora local to the Hudson River Valley, as well as Native American history and hands-on activities. After exploring the Nature Center, walk the trails of Croton Point Park and be sure to bring along some binoculars as is home to a wide diversity of birds-perfect for the amateur or proficient oronthologist!
THINGS TO DO
Croton Gorge Park and Dam (Croton-on-Hudson)
97-acre property at base of Croton Dam for fishing, picnicking, and hiking.
Bear Mountain State Park
State park with inn, picnic groves, hiking and biking trails, lake and river fishing access, swimming pool, and Trailside Museums and Zoo.
Storm King Art Center
Outdoor Sculpture Garden
Sleepy Hollow Cemetery (Sleepy Hollow)
Historic cemetery featuring resting place of Washington Irving, Rockefeller family, Andrew Carnegie, Elizabeth Arden, and more. Offers walking tours, or enjoy a self-guided tour.
The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze-Seasonal (Croton-on-Hudson)
Walk-through display of over 7,000 hand-carved pumpkins, running from September to November.
Museums and Cultural Spaces
Lyndhurst Mansion (Tarrytown)
Also known as the Jay Gould estate, a Gothic Revival country house on a 67-acre park beside the Hudson River.
West Point Museum (West Point)
Museum dedicated to military history, located on historic West Point base.
Tarrytown Music Hall (Tarrytown)
Historic 136-year-old theatre featuring live music and ghost tours.
Dia: Beacon (Beacon)
Art Foundation with museum highlighting artists from around the world. Also includes a bookstore and cafe.
Food and Drink
Culinary Institute of America-CIA (Hyde Park)
845-451-1011 (American Bounty)
Premiere culinary school features two restaurants offer fine dining in both American and French cuisines.
Chuchok Thai (Sleepy Hollow)
Homestyle Thai cuisine at affordable prices.
Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market-TASH
Outdoor market in historic park featuring local produce, meats, artisanal cheeses, and more.
Max’s on Main <Beacon)
Beacon’s oldest bar, serving inventive American comfort food, and offering live music on the weekends.
Green Growler (Croton)
Local watering hole with craft brews, that occasionally features live music. Located right by the train station, so you can grab a growler of beer and have a glass (or two, or three) on the ride to wherever you go! Yes, you can legally drink on the Metro North Railroad!