Did you know Sleepy Hollow will mark itself as a proud stop on the American Cruiselines tour of the Hudson Valley in September and October?
For the rate of oh, $3,245 to $6,385 depending what ship and size room you like, you can take an eight-day, seven-night cruise that begins and ends in New York City. The cruises run from late September to late October to take advantage of the turning tree leaves (in 2013: Sept. 28 to Oct. 26; in 2014: Sept. 27 to Oct. 25). There's an early bird discount now of $400.
Ports of Call: New York, Catskill, Albany, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, West Point and Sleepy Hollow
The promotional materials offer this somewhat amusing take on Sleepy Hollow (referring to our Irving as the author of Moby Dick):
The riverside town of Sleepy Hollow is forever immortalized in the works of one of the country's first great writers, Washington Irving. The author found inspiration in the Hudson Valley, creating legendary stories like Moby Dick and Rip Van Winkle. Today, Irving's country home, Sunnyside, is a National Historic Landmark and welcomes visitors with tales of the man himself.
The trip includes tours of Sunnyside and Lyndhurst (never mind that they're in Tarrytown), with alternative activities listed including: the Old Dutch Church, the Historical Society, Kykuit and Union Church.
This sort of high-end traveler could clearly be a boon to our burgeoning local tourism trade. Sleepy Hollow is now figuring out to best leverage a $60,000 grant they got from the State of New York to market the "brand" of our village and it's Halloween/Autumn season. Certainly a ship full of tourists doesn't hurt, though their entry in town come fall -- with Castle Oil in the works and GM the same as it's been for years -- might not present our best face first.
It is uncertain exactly where the boat docks; the American Cruiselines PR department did not return my call.
For more information on the trip, the size of the staterooms and balconies and more, visit their webpage here.