There’s More to New York Than Just NYC – When putting together a luxury travel itinerary to beautiful New York State, at the top of most lists is the City that Never Sleeps – the iconic New York City. But there’s a wealth of other locations that are just as deserving of your graceful presence. For instance, while usually overlooked in favor of the more citified towns, Westchester County is a gem in the rough. It’s just north of NYC and it’s a veritable cultural mecca.
Begin your journey in the tiny hamlet, Pocantico Hills. Here you’ll find a working, 4-season farm, Blue Hill, that offers tours and luxurious fine dining. After Blue Hill, head towards Tarrytown. This is one of the Hudson River’s most scenic towns. If you’re a creative genius, you’ll love the scenery – and the coffee – at Coffee Labs Roasters. You can’t miss it – it’s at the top of the hill, and the aroma wafts throughout Main Street, where you’ll also discover a bulletin board highlighting community events, such as local arts exhibits. Make your way down Main Street and stop in to Tarrytown Music Hall. The hall has been here since 1885, but was recently renovated. Mint Premium Foods offers awesome lunches – you should check out their cheeses. And if you’ve got a sweet tooth, Main Street Sweets is perfect. They’ve been serving the locals homemade ice cream for over 20 years.
Pleasantville isn’t too far away, and it’s definitely worthy of a stop. Today’s Pleasantfille is home to the Jacob Burns Theater. It was originally built in 1925 and named the Rome Theater. It was an active theater from 1925 to 1985, when it became vacant. In 2001, it was restored and renamed and is now one of the town’s great claims to fame. Just a few blocks away is the old train station, which has lovingly been converted into today’s gathering place, Pubstreet. The town’s farmer’s market is also located here in the parking lot on Saturdays during the summer. And if you love rare and vintage books, be sure to stop in at Village Bookstore, a mainstay in Pleasantville for more than 50 years.
Want to discover more than just the lights of the big city?