Antiquing in Tarrytown


Now that Spring is slowly approaching, the weather is getting slightly warmer making it more enticing to explore new places. While I have been to Tarrytown numerous times, I had previously only checked out one of the consignment shops. Today, my Mother-In-Law and I strolled around the town and visited many of the antique & thrift shops that frequent this quaint riverside town. Our first stop was Pretty Funny Vintage which I had been wanting to check out for awhile. I didn’t make any purchases, however, I adored the store. The beautiful wrap around porch of the store overlooks the picturesque Hudson River & is equally pleasing to the eyes once inside. From the structures of the house to the large collection of pearls, books, & housewares, there are many beautiful elements to take in. Our next stop was The Cherry Door thrift shop on Main Street. They had a nice array of goods from books to dressers and records, all at reasonable prices. We peeked in Carol Master Antiques next. The music selection combined with the eccentric collection of furniture made me feel like I walked into 1970s LA–in a good way. There was a wide variety of eras represented through the furniture & decor, but I thoroughly enjoyed the 70s vibe I was getting. This shop is highly recommended if you are looking for a special piece to make your home complete. We headed around the corner to the side street Kaldenberg Place next and got a two for one deal in the refurbished firehouse which houses Hank’s Alley & The Thrifty Squirrel. Both places had excellent prices. My Mother-In-Law acquired some great house goods from Hank’s Alley & I purchased a beautiful scarf and two pairs of earrings from The Thrifty Squirrel. The Thrifty Squirrel was one of my favorite shops of all of them. The shop owner was extremely friendly, passionate about her job, and created a welcoming space in her store & the deals were great! I look forward to seeing what more comes to the store. We ended our excursion with delicious coffees from Coffee Labs Roasters, a terrific way to end the day. Now that it is getting warmer out, I highly recommend a day trip to Tarrytown to enjoy the antique & thrift shops, as well as all of the other charming places Tarrytown has to offer.


Pretty Funny Vintage porch

View of the porch at Pretty Funny Vintage


Pretty Funny Vintage typewriter

Beautiful vintage typewriter at Pretty Funny Vintage


A Nu Toy Store

Awesome K’Nex Ferris Wheel at A Nu Toy Store


Tarrytown Music Hall

Front View of Tarrytown Music Hall


Tarrytown Music Hall 2

View of Tarrytown Music Lab from the benches in front of Coffee Labs Roasters


The Thrifty Squirrel

My awesome finds from The Thrifty Squirrel






Ready…Set…Go Eat!

  March 11-24 is Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, where restaurants in the area offer special pre-fixe menus to highlight some of their tasty dishes at a great price. For $20.95 per person for lunch or $29.95 per person for dinner, this is a great time for diners to indulge and enjoy a delicious appetizer, a main course, and a dessert. Curious about a restaurant you have never tried? This is one of the best times to go! The Hudson Valley Restaurant Week website,, has a list of all of the participating restaurants and also includes a link to most of the restaurant’s menus. If you notice that one of the restaurant’s does not have a menu on the Restaurant Week site, check out the restaurant’s homepage for more information.

You can make reservations for many of the restaurants through Open Table, This is a great site to use because it allows you to acquire points, which eventually turn into savings at restaurants. For a list of all of the Hudson Valley Restaurant participants that use Open Table, visit here:

Half Moon Restaurant

Last night, my fiance, Matt, and I went to one of the participating restaurants, Half Moon ( The restaurant is beautiful and spacious and sits right on the Hudson River in Dobbs Ferry, NY. The large windows capture stunning views of both the Manhattan skyline as well as the Tappan Zee Bridge. You feel like you are in a boat as you dine and watch the water ripple right outside your window. The dim lighting also contributes to the chic yet cozy ambiance of the restaurant. In addition to the lovely decorum, the staff service as well as the food were both excellent. We both ordered food off of the Restaurant Week Menu,,  however, you still do have the option to order from the regular menu.

The bread that they put on the table is fresh out of the oven and served with a side of fresh grated cheese to top it.

Half Moon bread

This is certainly a delicious start to a great meal. We also really enjoyed the appetizers, entrees, and desserts…everything was wonderful! Here are a few pictures of what we had. I apologize for the low quality images…I didn’t want to distract others with a camera flash. However, you can get an idea of what their food looks like and see that the portions are a great size and the presentation is lovely!

Half Moon Food

From top left to bottom right: Roast Tomato Bisque; Guajillo Rub 1/2 Boneless Chicken with carrots, smashed potatoes, and natural jus; Skirt Steak Chimichuri with fingerling potatoes & roasted leeks; Coconut Risotto Pudding with caramelized pineapple; NY Cheese cake with fresh berry compote

(not pictured but still enjoyed by Matt: pastrami spring toll with spicy pineapple slaw, Russian dressing, and spicy mustard)

I hope all of my readers in and around the area take advantage of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. I would love to hear your recommendations and experiences at other places!


Lyndhurst Castle


In addition to the beauty of the castle itself , the grounds of the Lyndhurst Castle, located along the Hudson River in Tarrytown, NY are equally as magnificent.


The remains of the greenhouse allow for the radiant blue sky to peer through.


One of the many stunning views of the Hudson River from the rolling hills of the Lyndhurst grounds.


A lone bench sits beneath the comfort of the welcoming trees.


Explore the grounds of the property through the winding trail that allows views of both the castle and the Hudson River.


One of the greatest discoveries on the grounds, this adorable furry friend…thinking about visiting Lyndhurst? Gopher it! 😉

For more information about Lyndhurst, visit their official site: