When the empire state comes to mind, we often think of towering skyscrapers and big city hustle, but have you heard of the quaint and humble hamlet nestled beside NYC? Only a short commute from the city are a slew of towns, boroughs, and villages that sit on the Hudson River and offer rich culture, cuisine, and an ever-changing spectrum of seasonal colors. The Lincoln community, The Danforth, is located in Dobbs Ferry and offers a picturesque retreat from the concrete jungle while also boasting a smorgasbord of things to eat, see, and do.
Here are our top destinations for the perfect weekend in Dobbs Ferry and Hudson Valley:
With its close proximity to one of the world’s top cities for dining, Dobbs Ferry has acquired quite a few eateries that challenge the notion that city dwellers eat better. One of the culinary pioneers of the Hudson Valley area is Chef David DiBari, who has opened a slew of eateries in the area. The Cookery, an inventive Italian gastropub, is an area favorite with its creative takes on Mediterranean comfort food and artful presentation. Grab a seat in the dimly-lit dining area and feast your eyes on a menu offering heirloom meatballs, rigatoni with bone marrow, and pork Osso Bucco with apple mustard and creamy polenta. If you’re in the mood for another type of Italian comfort food, specifically one with a chewy crust and fresh mozzarella, then step inside The Cookery’s sister restaurant, The Parlor. Here, guests can tear off slices of Neapolitan-inspired pies with inventive toppings like bone marrow, truffle oil, and everything bagel seasoning. Or, they can satisfy their sweet tooth with the “Pizza Ice Cream Sandwich”, a masterful creation made tableside.
The Hudson Valley area is rich with history, as river towns used to be home to a slew of prominent families and their sprawling estates. Today, residents can visit these opulent mansions and stroll through their lush gardens. One of particular interest is Kykuit, a hilltop paradise that was once the home to four generations of the Rockefeller family. Knowledgeable guides take visitors through six stories of the massive estate, showcasing a vast collection of 20th-century sculptures, Picasso tapestries, classic automobiles, and horse-drawn carriages. Finally, guests can meander through the intricate and well-maintained gardens for a breath of fresh air and photos.
Dobbs Ferry is the perfect home for those who love a taste of city life as well as the comfort of nature. With lush terrain, a sparkling river, and rolling hills, every season brings new adventures to lucky residents. As summer nears, hikers are dusting off their boots and preparing to hit the trails. If you’re looking for an easier hike amongst picturesque scenery, head to Old Croton Aqueduct State Historic Park. For those who prefer to kick their feet up, it’s also the perfect destination for an afternoon read under the sun. In the winter months, Thunder Ridge Ski Area offers smooth trails for all skill levels just an hour away. So, whether you’re looking to brave the terrain on foot or skis, there are plenty of places to do so in Hudson Valley.
The Danforth: Located just 25 miles north of Manhattan, The Danforth is nestled in the picturesque haven of Dobbs Ferry. When you’re not out exploring the area, find yourself amongst inspired amenities, luxurious designs, and unique features. With a resort-style pool, grill area, and private landscaped courtyards, The Danforth is gearing up for summer! If you’re interested in starting the season in a Lincoln apartment, contact us today to schedule a tour.