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Croton Heights Inn:
TUCKED away in the beautiful foothills of the Berkshires in the heart of Westchester, standing 540 feet above sea level, is CROTON HEIGHTS INN, a delightful colonial mansion, whose history extends back over one hundred years. It is centered in a privately-owned area where are grouped some sixty summer and year-round homes of professional people, artists, writers and others. In one of the loveliest sections of the Eastern Coast, not far from the Hudson River, only 35 miles from New York City, this attractive Inn is surrounded by miles of thickly-wooded countryside where, amid peace and silence of hills that stretch to the distant horizon as seen from the Inn porch, one may walk along brooks and lanes in the deep woods or take rides through picturesque Westchester.
Croton Heights, historically important, is the north end of the original Van Cortlandt grant and played a brief, impressive part in the Revolution. In 1781 Washington, having been forced North from New York and having taken his position in Mount Misery in North White Plains, stationed Colonel Christopher Greene in the woods covering Croton Heights to defend the colonists against the raids of the British. They quartered on and around the grounds that later became the Davenport and Griffen homesteads, the latter being the ground on which the Inn is now situated. The building was erected in the middle of thelast century.
On the Inn grounds are a tennis court, croquet, badminton, a short pitch and put golf course. A ping-pong table, miniature billiard and other games are provided for guests. Golf, riding stables, and swimming on a nearby lake are available.
The Inn, well known for its hospitality and excellent table, has fifteen guests rooms with bath rooms or running water, all comfortably appointed. Downstairs, an attractive recreation room and cocktail lounge with handhewn beams and large fireplace are part of the original construction of this historic house.
Special attention is given to week-end guests and to luncheon, dinner or tea parties. Guests arriving by train come either via the Putnam Division (change at Highbridge) from Grand Central Station in New York to Croton Heights Station in the valley just a 10-minute walk from the Inn, or via the Harlem Division from Grand Central Station without change to Mount Kisco, 5 miles from the Inn, from which convenient taxi service is available. By car from New York, follow Henry Hudson and Saw Mill River Parkways to Hawthorne Circle, from where continue north via Taconic State Parkway. After crossing the bridge over Croton Reservoir, turn sharp right on #129 to the junction with #118 (1 mile), then left on #118 to the Inn sign (1 mile).
AND VICTOR KOTSCHOUBEY