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Here’s How to Spend a Perfect Saturday in Irvington

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With epic eats and some high-fashion shopping, the town has much more to offer than just stunning river views. (But it has those too.)

One thing is blatantly obvious: Irvington has stunning Hudson River views. But that’s not all the town has to offer. There are more than 200 historic structures, built between 1850 and 1930 surrounding Main Street, a diverse dining scene, and even the headquarters of a major fashion brand.

By Samantha Garbarini & Anthony Tornatore

10 a.m. – Fuel up at Red Barn Bakery

Only organic, grass-fed butter and free-range eggs go into Randell Dodge’s baked goods and gluten-free pastries at Red Barn Bakery (4 S Astor St, 914.231.7779), including the gargantuan breakfast cookie, chock-full of oats and dried fruits.

 

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11 a.m. – Explore Some Irvington Landmarks

Head down Broadway, toward Main Street. At the corner of Fargo Lane, you’ll find Villa Lewaro, the stately former home of Madam C. J. Walker, America’s first self-made female millionaire. Just down the street are two churches: Irvington Presbyterian (25 N Broadway, 914.591.8124), with its full complement of stained-glass windows designed by former Irvington resident Louis Comfort Tiffany, and reputedly haunted St. Barnabas (15 N Broadway, 914.591.8194).

 

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1 p.m. – Head for Lunch at Irvington Delight

Order the lunch special at Irvington Delight (2 S Broadway, 914.479.5600) for excellent hummus, salads, and Middle Eastern-spiced stuffed grape leaves. You can even attack a lamb or chicken Greek gyro, made with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and tzatziki sauce.

 

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2:30 p.m. – Shop by Seasons on the Hudson for Beautiful Flowers

Stop by Seasons on the Hudson (45 Main St, 914.591.7377) to see the orchids and local hydrangeas in full bloom. The gorgeous floral shop also stocks a selection of European antiques, including French glassware and vintage Bavarian tea sets.

3 p.m. – Grab a Cup of Froyo at Brrzaar

Get your Froyo fix at Brrzaar (7 N Astor St, 914.274.8118). The yogurt is certified organic; free of artificial flavors, colors, and preservatives; and made with active probiotic cultures, so you can justify a few extra toppings.

 

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5 p.m. – Get a Taste of Irvington’s Diversity for Dinner

Have the grilled octopus or a burger with spicy whipped feta and smashed fries at Chef Michael Psilakis’ MP Taverna (1 Bridge St, 914.231.7854). Sample the flavors of Thailand and Malaysia at Sambal (4 W Main St, 914.478.2200). Or keep things light with cheese, charcuterie, and a bottle of wine at Mima Vinoteca (63 Main St, 914.591.1300).

 

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7 p.m. – Catch a Show at the Irvington Theater

After a long day, sit back, relax, and enjoy a show at the Irvington Theater (85 Main St; 914.559.6602). Home to high-quality theater, music, film, comedy, and dance, there is something for everyone to see at the Irvington Theater.

 

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9 p.m. – Stay the Night at the Sleepy Hollow Hotel

The Sleepy Hollow Hotel (455 S Broadway; 914.631.5700) is where you want to be if you want to be pampered. With an indoor pool, sauna’s, a fitness center, and a bar & lounge, this hotel is the definition of relaxation. They also have an award-winning restaurant, Bistro Z, where creative chefs use locally sourced ingredients.

 

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