A few weekends ago, I had the fortune not only to have some friends from the Dominican Republic visiting, but also to be blessed with glorious summer weather. We spent the weekend in Westchester, and spent it outside as much as possible.
Our goals were to take in some nature and eat well, both easily accomplished in the county.
For our first dose of nature, we drove up north to Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining. I went there as a child for camp – I remember being awarded “Cleanest Camper Award” for my dislike of getting muddy! It was nice to be back, all ‘grown up’ and with an affinity for the outdoors. We took an easy walk around the lake and then sat on the boardwalk to soak up some sun.
The next day, we had an outdoor brunch at Harvest on Hudson, a restaurant along the Hudson River. We sat on the patio and had a nice view of the river and the docks.
Then off to Untermyer Park and Gardens, a hidden gem in Yonkers. Honestly, why had no one told me about this place earlier! (I first went here two years ago… but I grew up in Westchester.) Absolutely gorgeous landscaping, sweeping views of the Hudson River, and phenomenal gardens. Best of all – no admission fee.
Finally, back in Hastings-on-Hudson, we had a delicious meal at the Saint George Bistro. This small French restaurant is in walking distance of the train station, making it an easy stop.
We snuck upstairs to check out their second floor “Wine Attic.” It is a beautiful space for small parties!
What are some of your favorite scenic places near you?