Last month, Forbes compiled a list of America’s most beautiful mansions. Lucky for us, Lyndhurst is in the ‘hood.
The Gothic Revival mansion was designed in 1838, with its four-story tower, vaulted ceilings and arched windows. Your mouth will drop when you see the library (above). While you can tour the mansion, I prefer to walk the grounds with my son. Lawns roll right down to the Hudson River, and you can almost imagine what it was like when Robber Baron Jay Gould lived here.
This weekend, head to Lyndhurst for its annual Fall Crafts festival this weekend on Sunday, September 23 from 10am to 5pm. I’ve been to the craft fair two years in a row, and here’s why I like it: There are several long aisles lined with stalls featuring the work of photographers and jewelers, baby clothes designers, and potters. There’s fresh lemonade, donuts, and lots of gourmet food options.
There’s also Arm of the Sea Puppet Theater where large towering puppets symbolizing the earth and the sea tell kids a story of environmental destruction. (It’s an intense show and will probably go over your preschooler’s head, but fun to watch anyway.)
Then take a look at the stunning mansion. Hint: Walk down to the river and kids can spy trains racing by on their way up the Hudson line.