· Blue Hill at Stone Barns: Anyone who knows anything will tell you that Blue Hill at Stone Barns is one of the best restaurants in the NYC areaquite a feat considering the number of great restaurants in Manhattan alone vying for such a reputation. It's actually become a place of pilgrimage for foodies, and its location a taxi ride away from the Metro North railroad means it's not totally in BFE.
If you manage to get reservationstry OpenTablecome with a thick wallet and an empty stomach, plus lots of time and a relaxed attitude. Even the 5-course menu really lasts more like 13 mini-courses and three hours, and it's well.worth.it. We score our reservation the day before, so there is hope!
· Stone Barns Farm and Cafe: Not enough time for the lengthy Blue Hill brunch or dinner? The Stone Barns complex includes an informal cafe, which we recommend hitting before heading downhill to peek in on the organic farming in the greenhouses, and the live animals in their pens (spot the new baby black lamb)!
· Sleepy Hollow Cemetery: Having spent enough money wining and dining around the Hudson Valley, may we recommend something for free? A drive around the tight corners and through the Gothic headstones of Sleepy Hollow Cemetery is a NY must-do, plus being a huge magnet for history buffs. Here lie the graves of Washington Irving (author of "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"), Walter Chrysler, the Astors, Andrew Carnegie, the Helmsleys and numerable other notable figures in the early and industrial history of the United States. Bring a picnic if cemeteries don't give you the heebie-jeebies.