Yellow cabs. Gridlock. Mass transit and masses of people. These are generally the first things that come to mind when one envisions New York. Most residents of the city that never sleeps fail to realize that an hour long train ride north along the scenic Hudson River will transport them to a land full of suburban charm and historic importance. Westchester County offers an almost limitless number of attractions distinctive to the Hudson Valley region.
The Caramoor Center for the Arts, located in Katonah and easily accessible by both road and rail, boasts a Mediterranean style villa and luxurious gardens. Famous for hosting a variety of performances and activities, chamber music, Venetian theater, and even English Country Dancing at the “Dancing ’till Dusk” event are just a few of the entertaining outings available to the public at Caramoor. Directions, more detailed information and a complete list of events can be found on their website: www.caramoor.org.
Lovely as spending the day outdoors can be the Hudson Valley also offers a host of interesting indoor venues. The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers is among these. This summer the museum will be featuring an exhibition by Susan Wides entitled “From Mannahatta to Kaaterskill: The City and its Surrounding Landscape” focusing on how Westchester County has served an important link between urban Manhattan and rural upstate areas. In addition to their special exhibits, the permanent museum collections, planetarium, and Center Stage musical performances combine to make the Hudson River Museum a wonderful place to spend a rainy day in Westchester. Information regarding the museum can be found at http://www.hrmm.org/
If you are of a more adventurous breed, there are an abundance of locales and activities available to you. Kayaking along the picturesque banks of the Hudson River is a major pastime http://www.kayakhudson.com/about.aspoffers a wealth of information on the sport. Beautiful hiking trails suitable for all level hikers are also interspersed across the county. The Rockefeller State Park Preserve trails are of unparalleled beauty at any time of the year. There are even handicapped accessible bridal trails leading alongside lush fields and babbling brooks. Further information can be found at http://www.nynjtc.org/park/rockefeller-state-park-preserve
New York is not all hustle and bustle. Westchester County is an easy trip by train, car, or even boat and offers a plethora of fascinating events and locations for those seeking out a different side of New York. Whether you are looking for a family oriented day trip, a weekend adventure, or a romantic riverside getaway, Westchester County offers a plethora of fantastic options.