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Sunnyside

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Barbara A wrote a review Oct 2020
Middletown, New Jersey21 contributions2 helpful votes
I'm sure this is better when it isn't raining and not during COVID. The staff was super nice and very informative though.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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robandsallysjourney wrote a review Feb 2020
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Lovely room newly decorated. Excellent breakfast with friendly service. Grounds are worth meandering through with a great cup of coffee from lobby. A restful,beautiful nook nestled atop a mountain .Well worth the stop.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Rumpelstiltskin wrote a review Dec 2019
Memphis, Tennessee31 contributions43 helpful votes
When visiting Sleepy Hollow to get the full experience one must visit Washington Irving‘s home, Sunnyside. I walked into the room that Irving supposedly wrote the Legend of Sleepy Hollow and looked upon the furniture, not original to the house, with visions of Irving working into the early hours of the morning. Standing in the rooms where Washington Irving entertained guest, I listened to the tour guide describe the fanciful parties that he hosted friends and acquaintances. Washington Irving was a social creature that craved the company of people and whose writings sprang from the Hudson Valley’s folktales and gossip that filled his house on candlelit nights entertaining his guest. It is very easy to recreate these images of the parties and also him slipping off to write a little to escape the atmosphere or catch a few moments of shut eye from days, weeks and months of hosting social gatherings. I saw the room that Irving passed away in with his family and friends along by his side and could image the sober feeling within the house at the time of his passing. I watched a train pass outside between Irvings’ house and the Hudson River. The tracks were placed in his lifetime to spite him rumored by the tour guide. The house was a wonder place to visit and provided a serene setting for Irving to gaze across the Hudson Bay, as he wrote his literature. A definite visit of Washington Irving fans.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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lanakoala wrote a review Nov 2019
USA435 contributions133 helpful votes
I booked the "Home of the Legend" tour on November 2nd. Overall I had a fine experience, but I left wanting more from it. On the positive note, the guides, dressed in period attire, were delightful. The narrative they offered was clear, interesting, and gave me some insight into Irving's life. Unfortunately, the tour felt very rushed. My group of seven had to cram into a small viewing area in each room to hear a bit of the story of Irving's life before being shepherded into the next room. I'm not sure I was in the house for more than 30 minutes. I'd love to see the team offer a longer, more in-depth tour. A little outdoor theatre could easily be set up to allow a locaI Irving expert to present more extended commentary on Irving's life to better set the stage for a more thorough home tour. It might also be interesting if Sunnyside offered talks on the historical and/or literary context of Irving's work.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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HappyMinski wrote a review Nov 2019
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Historic Hudson Valley Organizations delivers superb Halloween events. This year the "Sleepy Hallow Experience" was added to the list of fun events that you can attend. It was a superb storytelling musical delivered on the grounds of Washington Irving's home. The performers, costumes, and staging all were Broadway quality. Imperative to purchase your tickets well in advance (meaning months ahead of time) because this event was quickly sold out even though it was its premier year at Sunnyside.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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