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“Washington Irving's home”
Review of Sunnyside

Sunnyside
Ranked #3 of 15 things to do in Tarrytown
Certificate of Excellence
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palmyra
Level 6 Contributor
127 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Washington Irving's home”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

Small but very nice tour. Guides dressed in period clothing. Told history of house and some of the items i it. You can walk around the property and take pics. No pics allowed in house.

Visited October 2013
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Newark, Delaware
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
41 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Fun place to visit”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

The staff in the store went out of their way to explain what we could do while at Sunnyside and the docents inside Washington Irving's home were incredibly friendly and knowledgable!

Visited October 2013
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Santa Cruz, CA
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Need to fix storytelling walks”
Reviewed October 22, 2013

This site is worth visiting, especially for fans of Washington Irving but be aware: I am giving this historic house 2 stars for two reasons: 1. When you arrive, you can sign up for storytelling walks (ghost story) at a specified time. I loved this idea and so we hurried back up the hill to the entrance to arrive a few minutes early for our "set time." The tour had already left. Apparently the guides just count heads without looking to see if the people have the correct times. Then we couldn't catch up to the group because the staff sent us off in the wrong direction! This was poorly run...2. The house is very beautiful and well worth seeing - but apparently during October (a holiday period??), the upstairs is closed. I really saw no need for this. The site was not particularly busy...They did have a wonderful art exhibit up in the house depicting the Legend of Sleepy Hollow. I do hope they continue these exhibits featuring the site's archival collection. You might want to call ahead and see if the upstairs is open. Also arrive way early for any "scheduled" walking tours.

Visited October 2013
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Dix Hills, New York, United States
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Too small, really?”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

I just don't understand the several reviews complaining that the house is "small." So what? This is the home of one of Americas greatest authors. It is is charming. No one would call the Breakers charming. If you want huge and gaudy go to Newport. The location, right on the Hudson, is also beautiful. We have been there many times and in different seasons and have always enjoyed Sunnyside.

Visited October 2013
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Mount Kisco, New York
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Well worth the visit”
Reviewed October 12, 2013

We went with out of town friends who'd never been there. The home and grounds are a must to see while in the area, and the guides/specialists are very good.

Visited October 2013
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