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A 2022 Springtime Guide To Westchester County

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Bordered by the Hudson River and Long Island Sound, Westchester County is an easy retreat for those looking to go beyond the everyday. Springtime’s annual reawakening is in full view thanks to Westchester’s 24,000 acres of parkland, and longer, warmer days bring a season of unique experiences and fresh news to the county.

A snapshot follows: Springtime events

The 146th annual Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will return to the historic Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, America’s finest Gothic Revival mansion. The event takes place June 18-22.

Before that, Lyndhurst’s prized Spring Craft Show returns April 29-May 1, with 150 craftspeople and makers in a modified, socially distant layout. Attendees can shop for one-of-a-kind gifts, handmade original fashions, accessories, jewelry and art, and will find gourmet foods, food trucks, and tastings from local distilleries, wineries, and cider houses.

Green Ossining’s 12th Annual Earth Day Festival expects to return to its live-and-in-person format at Louis B. Engel Waterfront Park on April 23, including artisan vendors, food and live music on the banks of the Hudson River.

Watch world-class riders compete when Old Salem Farm in North Salem hosts its annual Spring Horse Shows from May 10-15 and May 17-22.

Recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Grammys, American rock band Chicago will play at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester on May 6. Fans of the 80s can take a little trip back in time on May 21 during the Theatre’s Jessie’s Girl program.

Sure to delight music lovers, June 18 marks the returns of Caramoor’s summer season, with details coming soon.  

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Celebrate inspiring women

A nine-foot-tall bronze sculpture, “Harriet Tubman – The Journey to Freedom,” will reside in White Plains’ Renaissance Plaza April 1-June 30 as part of a national tour. Commemorative programming will celebrate the American hero including an outdoor movie screening of “Harriett” on May 21 and an evening tribute concert on June 22 featuring soul, R&B, gospel and jazz by Sounds of A&R (aka S.O.A.R).

Visit The World of Frida exhibit, open through May 22 at Hudson River Museum in Yonkers. A celebration of the culture, style and persona of the visionary Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo, the exhibit features work by over 75 artists who were inspired by her life and art, her beautiful garden, Mexican culture and fashion, and more.

Experience the artistry of pianist Michelle Cann, who returns to Katonah’s Caramoor March 20 with a powerful recital of works by black composers Margaret Bonds and Florence Price, as well as works by Clara Schumann, Johannes Brahms, and Frédéric Chopin. Cann breaks the classical music mold, fusing feminine perspectives and idioms of Black vernacular with European traditions.

Shop and dine at spots owned by women entrepreneurs in Westchester. Yonkers’ Aged Cork Wine and Spirits has a great selection of women-owned wines and The Good Witch Coffee Bar in Hastings-on-Hudson will put a spell on bagel lovers. The airy café, The Grange, in Larchmont is owned by three Westchester women, and in Mount Kisco chef Bonnie Saran has three restaurants including Little Drunken Chef featuring an eclectic tapas menu and oyster bar.  

Earth-friendly Westchester

The historic Tarrytown Music Hall, built in 1885, is the oldest theater in Westchester County and among the oldest in the country. Thanks to solar panels, its shows have extra star power, like “A Bronx Tale” starring Chazz Palminteri (April 9), The Zombies (April 22) and stand-up comic Kevin James (April 29).

Katonah’s Oak and Oil Gallery will host an exhibit April 16 – May 15 showcasing works by artist Natalya Khorover. She uses hand stitching and mending of vintage linen, to stitch and collage layers of translucent single-use plastics that would otherwise contribute to litter pollution.

Stop by these eco-conscious eateries: TRUCK in Bedford is inspired by the down-home cooking traditions of Northern New Mexico and its menu features grass-fed beef, sustainably raised pork and vegetables straight from local farms whenever possible. The drink menu reflects the restaurant’s passion for making environmentally conscious decisions, with craft beers on tap and in aluminum cans along with red, white and rose wines on tap. Muddy Water in Tarrytown is a coffeehouse with a conscience, mindful of the conditions surrounding the coffee it sells, as well as minimizing energy consumption, and lessening the negative impact the environment. Croton-on-Hudson’s The Blue Pig prioritizes local dairy, fresh produce from local farms or its own garden, and environmentally friendly practices for its hand-crafted ice cream.  

Reasons to ride

Bicycle Sundays are a beloved Westchester tradition starting mid-spring. Each year, more than 60,000 cyclists, joggers, and others come out to enjoy the curves and wooded scenery of the Bronx River Parkway as it’s closed to automobiles. Stay tuned for this year’s opening date.

Gotham Bicycle Tours offers tours along The Empire State Trail, a 750-mile traverse designed for bicyclists and hikers to explore New York State, starting in New York City and traveling north through Westchester. The trail was constructed along former railroad lines that once carried passengers and freight throughout the Hudson Valley. Not to miss: the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, which proves to be relatively flat and takes riders past beautiful lakes and farms, over breathtaking bridges and through quaint towns bursting with history.

At 3.6 miles, the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge path in Tarrytown is one of the longest shared use paths in the country. Visitors can bike or stroll and enjoy the various vistas, interactive displays, and public art such as Painters Point, an overlook inspired by the storied Hudson River School art movement.  

Cheers to great food and drink

New restaurants are blooming, and spring is a great time to try District Social, which recently opened in Mount Kisco with live music and axe throwing. New American restaurant Archie Grand has opened in White Plains and guests will find a progressive craft cocktail experience and a swanky vibe with plush booth seating. Other spots opening later this spring include Augustine’s Salumeria e Pasta Joint, an Italian restaurant and artisanal sandwich shop in Mamaroneck and Basso56, featuring artisanal Italian dishes in a fine dining setting in Chappaqua.

Over 200 restaurants will participate in Spring 2022 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, planned for March 21 – April 3.

Port Chester’s tapas restaurant, Sonora, will celebrate Pride this June with LGBTQ+ Taste the Rainbow Happy Hour on June 6. The outdoor patio will feature live music, specialty cocktails and food for an all-day happy hour.  

Westchester County is the most diverse county of New York State outside of New York City, and Michelin Guide’s list of elevated eateries also includes some of Westchester’s best international dining experiences. A few to explore include Badageoni Georgian Kitchen in Mount Kisco, Goosefeather, featuring seasonal modern Cantonese fare by Chef Dale Talde in Tarrytown, Omandarin Chinese Cuisine and Fantasy Cuisine offering Chinese and Sichuan bites, both in Hartsdale, Japanese-inspired OKO in Rye, and RaaSa, with fine Indian cuisine in Elmsford.

Westchester’s craft beverage scene continues to thrive, from distilleries to craft breweries, a cidery and even a micro winery. For sunny days, Peekskill Brewery boasts a Hudson Riverfront location and beer garden, as does Broken Bow Brewery in Tuckahoe. The Bridgeview Tavern in Sleepy Hollow is another outdoor gem.  

Historic homes and places

Lyndhurst will start daily grounds passes April 2. Some might recognize the historic mansion from HBO’s The Gilded Age, which spent nearly five weeks filming onsite. Other filming areas within Westchester included The Belvedere Estate in Tarrytown, Glenview Historic Home at Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, and Edith Macy Center in Briarcliff Manor.

Established in 1860, Rye’s African American Cemetery has been used as a burial ground for over 300 African Americans with 22 veterans of the Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I and World War II buried there. Every Memorial Day there are events at the cemetery to honor those who served.

National Historic Landmark, Armour-Stiner Octagon House is a lyrical, eight-sided home turned museum in Irvington-on-Hudson that is one of the most visually distinctive homes in the world, and also features the only remaining Egyptian Revival Room in America with its original decoration and furniture. Starting April 28, it will offer Historic Home and Landscape tours.  

Stay a while

It’s not a trip to Yellowstone but Sleeping with Wolves returns later this spring to the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem. The popular nocturnal adventure experience gives guests a chance to camp with over 30 wolves and enjoy fireside snacks and a movie under the stars.

The Opus is Westchester’s newest contemporary lifestyle hotel in the heart of White Plains. It welcomes guests with a social nature and modern appeal, featuring eclectic art and décor, authentic experiences and urban glamour. The indoor rooftop heated swimming pool and lounge deck are a treat for friends and family.

Travelers may opt to unwind with a stay at the eco-friendly, luxury focused Bedford Post Inn. The charming eight-room retreat is home to a yoga studio, and two distinct restaurants serving sustainable locally grown farm-to-table fare.

Castle Hotel & Spa in Tarrytown elevates the travel experience in more ways than one. Perched majestically atop one of the highest points in the region overlooking the historic Hudson River, the award-winning estate sits on ten tranquil wooded acres that provide a respite of refinement and luxury with Old-World elegance.

The well-appointed Westchester Marriot Hotel in Tarrytown features modern lodging and an excellent in-house restaurant and steakhouse, Coopers Mill and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. Its location offers easy access to important sites up and down New York’s scenic Hudson Valley, like Yonker’s Untermyer Gardens Conservancy, which will begin its seasonal tour program in April.

The Abbey Inn & Spa’s Wellness Wednesday program is perfect for a mid-week break, including a spa treatment at The Abbey Spa and a delicious farm-to-table lunch at Apropos, starting at $185. After a relaxing day, make it an overnight at this dynamic Peekskill boutique hotel, which is a former nun convent turned secular retreat that opened in 2020.

About the Author

Ann is a freelance writer who started her professional career at the NY Trend more than two decades ago. Ann has since gone on to write for a number of major outlets including: Black Enterprise, Essence, MadameNoire, Pathfinders, Frequent Flier, Playboy, The Source, Girl, Upscale, For Harriet, The Network Journal, AFKInsider, Africa Strictly Business, AFKTravel, among others.