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Here’s How to Spend a Perfect Saturday in Irvington

Photos by Doug Schneider

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.

10 a.m. 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), including the gargantuan breakfast cookie, chock-full of oats and dried fruits.

11 a.m. Guides dressed in period clothing lead guests through the preserved rooms of Washington Irving’s Sunnyside (3 W Sunnyside Ln), the author’s 19th-century cottage (pictured above). Make sure to carve out some time afterward to explore the grounds and gardens, which have dramatic river views.

12:30 p.m. 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), with its full complement of stained-glass windows designed by former Irvington resident Louis Comfort Tiffany, and reputedly haunted St. Barnabas (15 N Broadway).

1 p.m. Order the lunch special at  Irvington Delight (2 S Broadway) for excellent hummus, salads, and Middle Eastern-spiced stuffed grape leaves. Or go big at Revenge BBQ (48 Main St) with one of the weekend-only, pepper-crusted beef ribs and an ice cream sandwich made with Jacques Torres chocolate chip cookies and The Blue Pig ice cream.

2 p.m. If it’s open, pop into Irvington Town Hall Theater (85 Main St), built in 1902 and patterned after Ford’s Theater, the site of Lincoln’s assassination. Then, stop by Seasons on Hudson (45 Main St) 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.

2:45 p.m. Shop the Eileen Fisher Lab Store (1 Bridge St) at the brand’s headquarters. Started in 2009 as a concept store, it carries the current line, plus samples, fabrics, and deconstructed pieces fashioned into new garments.

3:30 p.m. Get your Froyo fix at Brrzaar (7 N Astor St). 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.

4 p.m. Backtrack to Scenic Hudson Park and snag a river-facing bench to people-watch and take in some of the best Hudson River views anywhere.

5 p.m. If you still haven’t gotten enough of the views, head to Red Hat on the River (1 Bridge St), where a cocktail on the posh rooftop is a time-honored summer tradition.

6:30 p.m. Get a taste of Irvington’s diversity at dinner. Have the grilled octopus or a burger with spicy whipped feta and smashed fries at Chef Michael Psilakis’ MP Taverna (1 Bridge St). Sample the flavors of Thailand and Malaysia at Sambal (4 W Main St). Eat farm-sourced modern Cantonese dishes at newbie Mr. Koo’s Kitchen (*closed*). Or keep things light with cheese, charcuterie, and a bottle of wine at Mima Vinoteca (63 Main St).

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