10/26/2010 02:30 pm ET Updated Sep 20, 2011

Celebrate The Season In Sleepy Hollow NY

From Washington Irving's "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow":

A drowsy, dreamy influence seems to hang over the land, and to pervade the very atmosphere...certain it is, the place still continues under the sway of some witching power, that holds a spell over the minds of the good people, causing them to walk in continual reverie.

This Halloween weekend take a trip to the magical Sleepy Hollow located just forty-minutes outside of Manhattan. From old Dutch burial grounds to Headless Horseman haunted trails, the town is totally decked out for the holiday. We've found the best places to visit, eat and stay for your spooky getaway.

How To Get There

Located approximately 25 miles outside of Manhattan on the Hudson River, Sleepy Hollow is definitely doable for a short weekend trip. If you can rent a car, the drive to the Tarrytown area will take you about 40 minutes. For a day trip, you can take the Metro North just as easily from Grand Central. The Hudson line offers express and local trains to either Tarrytown or Philipse Manor. Once at the station, cabs are available to take you into the downtown area.

Where To Go

Become "part of the legend" of Sleepy Hollow by participating in the numerous Halloween activities planned around town. Friday, October 29th and Saturday, October 30th, Beekman Avenue is hosting a big Halloween Block Party. Also on Friday, Morse Park hosts the annual Halloween Carnival. Visit the historic Dutch Phillipsburg Manor and Mills to learn more about Ichabod Crane's "country damsels" with daily tours or be truly terrified by Horseman's Hollow, a haunted trail that "takes the tale of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow to its darkest extremes." Other Sleepy Hollow must-see's are the Old Dutch Church & Burying Ground, where Crane encounters the Headless Horseman and a guided tour of the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Perfect for this time of year, the cemetery hosts evening lantern tours that highlight the cemetery's art and architecture as well as some of its most notable and ghostly residents.

Where To Eat

If you aren't too full from all of the Halloween candy, apple cider doughnuts and other seasonal treats, we've picked out a few of the areas best spots to settle your blood sugar. The Horseman Restaurant is walking distance from the Philipsburg Manor Upper Mills and the Old Dutch Church and serves Sicilian pizza slices that easily feed two or more. Make sure you stop by Silver Tips Tea Room for a beverage. The 150 loose leaf teas that are available are from owner Anupa Mueller's family's estate in India. If time allows, enjoy a full tea service with unusual savory items like Egg Souchong sandwiches that use a smoked tea marinade and vegetarian wraps with spiced lentils. For more of an upscale dinner out, venture to Chiboust a bistro and bakery across from the Tarrytown Theatre. With a plethora of small plates and larger mains, Chiboust works well as a pre-show dinner or pre-hayride lunch spot.

Where To Stay

The Castle on the Hudson
If money is no object, the luxurious early 20th century medieval Castle on the Hudson is the perfect resting place after your Sleepy Hollow adventures. The rooms are decorated with traditional four-poster beds and by special request, you can reserve a junior suite in one of the turrets of the castle. The spooky castle ambiance doesn't diminish the quality of the amenities. The restaurant Equus is considered to be one of the best in the area and the common spaces like the Tapestry Room with its elaborate designed ceiling and the historic Louis XIV Oak Room, transported from France a century ago, are magnificent. Room rates vary starting around $350 a night.

For budget travelers, the Courtyard Marriott or the DoubleTree Hotel are both located nearby.