Why hop the Atlantic when you could experience the opulence of a world-class castle right here in your own backyard? Just 25 minutes north of Manhattan, Castle Hotel & Spa (formerly Castle on the Hudson) sits atop one of the highest points in Westchester County, offering unobstructed views of the Hudson Valley (perfect for fall foliage!) and New York City. It features elegant accommodations, fine dining, and spectacular vistas worthy of Europe’s storybook royal residences.
And now, following a major multi-million dollar restoration, the Castle also houses a luxurious Thai-inspired spa specializing in holistic THANN™ treatments—the first of its kind in the U.S. Guests looking to unwind after an excursion to The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze or Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate, can enjoy a rejuvenating massage, facial, or body scrub. Hungry leaf peepers can also tuck into a plate of Maine sea scallops, Long Island duck breast, or one of the many mouth-watering entrees at the Castle’s award-winning new restaurant, Equus.
Long before the Castle Hotel & Spa became a premier destination for relaxing and romantic getaways, it held a prominent place in Westchester and New York City society at the turn of the 20th century. Built between 1897 and 1910, this Norman-style castle was developed by General Howard Carroll, an esteemed businessman, newspaper man, and playwright. The hilltop mansion, originally named Carroll Cliff, borrowed inspiration from King John’s famous Castle Lismore in County Waterford, Ireland.
Spanning more than 100 years of history, the Castle is a sumptuous escape to the enchanted era of America’s Gilded Age. It also stands as a model for preserving and celebrating a cherished historic landmark and tourist destination. Historic Hudson Valley is proud to have the Castle Hotel & Spa as a long-standing Hospitality Partner. In addition to hosting gatherings for our donors, the resort offers special packages featuring visits to local National Historic Landmarks and popular events, from Blaze and Horseman’s Hollow to LIGHTSCAPES.
“We are delighted to have a wonderful ongoing relationship with our friends at Historic Hudson Valley,” says Gilbert Baeriswil, General Manager at Castle Hotel & Spa. “The whole region is benefiting from their continued efforts to constantly think about new ways to promote the area.”
It’s no secret that Con Edison delivers the electricity that powers much of the New York metropolitan area. But that’s not all the company does. Con Edison has a long tradition of corporate citizenship and contributes thousands of volunteer hours and millions of dollars annually to nonprofit organizations throughout New York City and Westchester County.
Since 1992, Con Edison has been a contributor to Historic Hudson Valley. Over the past several years, the company’s generous grants have helped support Pinkster, a traditional African-Dutch spring festival that features music, dance, food, and storytelling. In addition to festivities for general audiences, Pinkster includes a three-day school program that brings hundreds of students to Philipsburg Manor.
“Pinkster is such an important program for teaching the history of diversity in this area,” says Hilary S. Ayala, Director of Con Edison’s Grassroots Management and Strategic Partnerships Programs.
Con Edison is also committed to helping Historic Hudson Valley restore the iconic footbridge and wharf at Philipsburg Manor. These structures, which have deteriorated due to decades of wear and tear, are vital to teaching visitors about early river-based commerce and slavery in the colonial North.
Through its Power of Giving program, Con Edison goes beyond cash grants to give Historic Hudson Valley and other nonprofits an opportunity to share ideas with an online community and attend professional seminars. Plans are also underway to assess the energy efficiency of Historic Hudson Valley’s properties and lay the groundwork for greater sustainability at the sites.
Providing energy to light the historic sites, and the philanthropy to help interpret them for the public, has made Con Edison a highly valued Corporate Partner. In recognition of this partnership, Historic Hudson Valley honored Kevin Burke, Con Edison’s Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, with the 2009 Hudson Valley Hero Award.
With a multi-generational history of service and a commitment to environmentally-conscious product solutions, Crown Products represents how Historic Hudson Valley partners with the small business community.
Founded in 1919 as a pushcart operation called “B. Klein,” and then Crown Paper in the 1940s, this Yonkers-based company offers supply, design, and support services for a full line of custom protective packaging and janitorial supplies.
Crown is at the forefront of Westchester County’s green movement. The company continuously searches for acceptable environmental solutions to the packaging and janitorial issues facing the world today. Once available, new alternatives are implemented to conform to Crown’s guiding philosophy of “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.”
Keenly interested and informed about environmental issues, Peter Mollo, company president, has lent his expertise to Historic Hudson Valley’s “Green Team.” His consultation has helped staff transition to using Green Seal Certified cleaning products at our properties, part of an organization-wide effort to adopt more sustainable, energy-efficient practices.
Peter and his family are frequent visitors to Historic Hudson Valley’s sites and have a particular fondness for Sunnyside. “Historic Hudson Valley has been an important part of my family for many years,” he says. “The collaboration on green initiatives is a terrific opportunity for Crown to share what it has learned from the field with a vital institution in our community.”
Originally the Tarrytown Hilton, the hotel was actually built for the World’s Fair in Flushing, Queens because of its proximity to the brand new Tappan Zee Bridge. There apparently weren’t enough hotels between Tarrytown and Queens to help house the estimated 51 million visitors to the Fair over the course of its two six-month runs in 1964 and 1965, explained General Manager Rich Friedman, noting that this Hilton was the “first full-service hotel in Westchester.” Now bigger and better than ever, the DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown still boasts that unbeatable location in the heart of the Hudson Valley, perfectly situated for visitors enjoying Historic Hudson Valley’s Westchester sites.
“It’s a unique property and not your typical high-rise, corporate hotel,” Friedman says. In warm months, you’ll find guests lounging in the grassy courtyard or dining al fresco at the Bistro Z restaurant, a 2013 and 2014 Diners’ Choice awardee from Open Table.
The DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown is developing a number of special guest packages that will feature visits to Historic Hudson Valley’s sites and events including Lightscapes and Blaze. The hotel will extend its hospitality by generously hosting a reception for Historic Hudson Valley’s top donors at Van Cortlandt Manor.
Historic Hudson Valley is proud to count the DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown as a Hospitality Partner and collaborator in providing such extraordinary experiences to the region’s visitors, who are happy to savor that other essential DoubleTree by Hilton offering—those famous warm chocolate chip cookies you get upon check-in.
Entergy and Indian Point Energy Center have a long tradition of corporate giving, with the goal of contributing to the health, education, environmental safety, and productivity of local communities. Indian Point alone makes annual donations of roughly $1.5 million to area charities, while also supplying more than 25% of the electricity for New York City and lower Westchester County.
Entergy’s partnership with Historic Hudson Valley began in 2004, when the company provided a grant of $2,000 to restore the waterwheel of the working gristmill at Philipsburg Manor. An original “trailblazer,” Entergy became the founding sponsor of The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze when it first opened to the public in 2005. In the years since, the Blaze has become the largest ticketed Halloween event in the tri-state region. With Entergy as the lead sponsor, the Blaze has attracted scores of visitors to Van Cortlandt Manor, from 18,297 in 2005 to more than 80,000 in recent years.
In addition to supporting the Blaze, Entergy contributes funds and volunteer hours to numerous nonprofit organizations, schools, universities, and food banks in New York State. Historic Hudson Valley is proud to carry this partnership forward.
"Partnering with Historic Hudson Valley was a natural fit for us," says Tyson Schoelzel, New York Area Manager at Green Mountain Energy. "Not only do our local roots run deep, but we also share a strong commitment to educating the community. Given the power of Blaze, it made sense to harness that energy and reach as many people as possible to change the way power is made."
What’s fresh, electrifying, and green all over? Historic Hudson Valley’s new corporate partner and Participating Sponsor of the 2014 Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Green Mountain Energy. The company created buzz under the Blaze tent last fall by pitching the power of renewable energy to thousands of passersby.
Prior to its Blaze debut, Green Mountain Energy had already sprouted across New York State. It made national news in 2011 by striking a deal to provide 100% renewable energy to the Empire State Building. The following year, the company teamed up with the NFL to power Super Bowl XLVI with renewable energy.
Similar to HHV’s eco-friendly library and headquarters in Pocantico Hills, which uses a geothermal heating and cooling system, Green Mountain harnesses renewable energy sources such as wind, sun, and water. Its origins trace back to Vermont, where it launched in 1997. Now based in Austin, Texas, where it blazed a trail for alternative energy, Green Mountain has grown and is now the nation’s longest serving renewable energy retailer.
Beyond the luster of Blaze, Green Mountain makes a durable impact in the community. Through its Sun Club® program, the company has donated solar panels to local non-profits including Bard College and Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, enabling them to reduce their electricity costs and their environmental footprint. Similarly, HHV looks forward to building an “ever-Green” partnership that rivals the illustrious sheen of Blaze.
‘We Can Do That!’ Party Line Covers the Rental Needs of Historic Hudson Valley
A long-standing Corporate Partner, Party Line supplies tents and related equipment for Historic Hudson Valley’s public and donor events, from The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze to the Pocantico Bar-B-Que fundraiser. And with the launch of Fox Run at Historic Hudson Valley’s library in Pocantico Hills as a new venue for weddings and other functions, Party Line will work with Good Life Gourmet to supply all that’s needed to produce extraordinary events.
“Undersell and over-deliver,” CEO Kenny Puff cites as one of many mantras of Party Line Rentals, his family-owned and operated Elmsford-based full-service shop. Party Line has supplied everything events require – from the tent over guests’ heads to the generators for the lights – for the past 25 years.
In 2015, Party Line was the proud sponsor of LIGHTSCAPES Landing, a ramped viewing platform overlooking the illuminated Manor House and the field of super-sized tulips during the second run of the event. “We’ve grown as events locally have grown,” Puff says. “We’re fortunate enough to partner with Historic Hudson Valley, and when it’s for things we already believe in, it’s nice to be in a position where we can start giving back.”
“Westchester is a unique place itself with a lot of history and a huge draw from the City. There’s always something happening,” comments Puff. And he, as a tent guy would say, has it covered.
“We’re committed to maintaining the health of Historic Hudson Valley’s wonderful trees so that generations to come can enjoy their majesty,” according to arborist Tom Marino of SavATree. Working closely with Historic Hudson Valley’s horticulture staff, SavATree cares for trees at four of our historic properties.
As a leading provider of lawn care programs and tree services in the Eastern U.S., SavATree is committed to promoting passion for nature and giving back to the communities it serves. Each year, SavATree volunteers participate in community service projects, neighborhood activities, special events, unique tree care projects, educational forums, and historic preservation endeavors.
An active and generous Corporate Partner, SavATree has also contributed to Historic Hudson Valley’s special events by presenting activities that entertain and educate. Under the guidance of SavATree staff, young visitors to our educational programs and festivals at Philipsburg Manor and Van Cortlandt Manor have potted saplings, tried their hands at tree rappelling, and participated in cross-cut sawing competitions.
Historic Hudson Valley is grateful for SavATree’s long-standing partnership, both in preserving our historic landscapes and teaching the public about their history and care.
Tarrytown House Estate & Conference Center, just up the hill from Washington Irving’s Sunnyside, was originally two Hudson River estates owned by prominent 19th-century families. In 1964, Robert Schwartz, former New York Bureau Chief for LIFE magazine, converted the two properties to the country’s first commercial conference center.
Now owned by Destination Hotels & Resorts, Tarrytown House remains the steward of the two estates’ historic mansions, their numerous outbuildings, and 26 acres of hilltop landscape. The property recently underwent an $11 million renovation that honors and preserves the sites’ many historic features while unobtrusively adding the modern amenities of a full-service hotel.
With the care of historic structures so much a part of its own story, Tarrytown House has become a natural partner with Historic Hudson Valley. It offers special lodging packages for visitors who make reservations to tour Kykuit or who purchase tickets to The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze and Horseman’s Hollow. Hundreds of Tarrytown House guests have taken advantage of these packages, amply demonstrating that collaborations that support heritage tourism also help to drive the local economy.
“Our guests love visiting Historic Hudson Valley’s sites,” says Steve Sackman, Regional Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Destination Hotels & Resorts. “Whether they’re taking in the gardens at Kykuit or coming here for fall foliage and the Blaze, the sites are an unbeatable addition to any weekend getaway.”