Buchanan, a quaint village within the Town of Cortlandt, is in the northwestern part of Westchester County and sits on the eastern bank of the historic Hudson River. Although its small and covers only 1.4 square miles, Buchanan is a gem filled with interesting and eclectic activities that give it its rural sophistication.
- Hemlock Hill Farm is one of the oldest family-owned operating farms in Westchester County that produces locally-grown food. Its store is open everyday, making it convenient to drop in and buy fresh seasonal produce, milk products, free range organic chicken and much more. Stop by and learn how to incorporate “natural ingredients” into your own cooking and to take a farm tour.
- Croton Point Park is a 508-acre park located on a peninsula on the east shore of the Hudson River. The park offers year-round events and activities including hiking, swimming, and camping. Also on site are historic wine cellars that are thought to be the oldest in New York State! Don’t wait to take advantage of everything this park has to offer.
- Taste Restaurant, a farm-to-table venue, offers a new American cuisine with global influences and local sourcing. Charmingly situated in the ground floor of a 100 year old building, Taste is located on Tate Avenue just off the town’s main circle. With a menu that changes daily, you will never go wrong with any of the chef’s selections.
- Hands to Mouth Players Theatre Group is an all volunteer not-for-profit community theatre group offering affordable family entertainment. The group has produced an assortment of plays since 1967, including comedies, dramas, musicals, Broadway adaptations and original works. Look for their one-act plays in late August!
- The Aaron Copland House was the last home of America’s most famous composer. Copland lived and worked there for thirty years from 1960 to 1990. The house which was built in 1940 reflects Copland’s rugged elegance head on. Today there are many public and community programs bringing people into contact with American Music. The house, which is set on three beautiful acres at Annsville Creek, has been transformed into a recreation area for visitors to picnic, canoe or kayak.
Courtesy of the Bronxville Chamber of Commerce.
Bronxville is just 15 miles north of midtown Manhattan and one of the first suburbs in Westchester County upon exiting New York City. The commute to Grand Central from the Bronxville Metro-North station, conveniently located within the village, is less than 30 minutes and makes this charming village a favorite commuter town. Bronxville is just one square mile, but this small village packs a big punch.
- Bronxville has a terrific community spirit. And that community spirit is on display every Memorial Day weekend with an old fashioned Memorial Day Parade on Pondfield Road (the main shopping district in the village) followed by a community-wide barbeque.
- Bronxville’s spirit and camaraderie start with its merchants and village officials. Mayor Mary Marvin doesn’t drive (who needs a car in a small village like Bronxville?) and you can run into while she does errands by foot. No need to visit City Hall when the Mayor is so accessible and well-known by local residents.
- Bronxville’s gorgeous architecture and convenience is another reason people love to call the place home. The shopping district resembles a quaint English village with wide avenues and residents have everything they need within a 3-block radius… a fish market, butcher, grocery store, cheese shop, wine stores, restaurants, delis, art galleries, bookstore, hardware store, movie theater, furrier, wedding store, ladies clothing and shoes, jewelry stores, drug stores, home decor stores, children’s clothing, a running store, stationary shops and office supplies!
- This Saturday is the Grand Opening of the successful Bronxville Farmers Market, which runs through November every Saturday morning at Paxton and Stone Street.
- Community amenities abound in Bronxville with over 70 acres of parks, athletic fields, woodlands, and bike and walking paths. Bronxville’s paddle tennis courts and leagues are offered to all.
The City of White Plains is known for being a hub of sorts that connects easily to The Bronx River Parkway, Interstate 287 and 684 and the Hutchinson River Parkway, and is a 32-minute express commute to Grand Central Terminal. With so many reasons to love White Plains, few think of leaving this city even for an afternoon when it offers so much:
- The Westchester is a luxury mall in the heart of White Plains with Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom as it anchor stores. Madison Avenue stores such as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Armani Exchange, Ferragamo and Stuart Weitzmann line The Westchester and make a day of shopping or even a quick browse both relaxing and productive. Across the street is Whole Foods and Morton Steakhouse.
- White Plains has a 15-screen movie theater at Cinema de Lux and the White Plains Performing Arts Center has a full calendar of live productions and concert series.
- Mamaroneck Avenue, one of White Plains major thoroughfares, has blossomed in recent years with sophisticated restaurants and casual tavern fare spots like Porter House, Hudson Grille, Ron Blacks, and Black Bear. Most have sidewalk dining and come alive in the evening with a fun and entertaining atmosphere.
- A much-anticipated annual event is the White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival in Tibbetts Park, which showcases local artists.Tibbets Park is also the venue for summer concert series
- The Trove at the White Plains Library is a fun, exciting place where children of all ages can discover just about anything. Part library, part museum, The Trove lives up to its name and is truly a collection of items, activities and discovery for kids birth through sixth grade.
The Town of Yorktown is located in northern Westchester, 35 miles above New York City with 40-square miles of rolling hills, farmland, residential areas and light industry. If you love green initiatives, you’ll find them in Yorktown.
Here are five reasons why you’ll love Yorktown:
- Hilltop Hanover Farm is a local working farm and regional education center that offers programs on healthy and sustainable food production. This involves researching and teaching techniques for small-scale suburban and urban farming, and illustrating sustainable living practices such as alternative energy sources. You can visit the farm and view the schedule of events at www.hilltophanoverfarm.org.
- The North County Trailway is a great way to enjoy the outdoors while lowering your carbon footprint. This paved pedestrian/bicycle path covers 22.1 miles from Eastview in the Town of Mount Pleasant north to Baldwin Place in the Town of Somers on the Putnam County border.
- Greasestock is held yearly in Yorktown Heights on the grounds of Peter Pratt’s Inn, an historic landmark New York. It is one of the largest alternative fuel, renewable energy, and low-energy green vehicle exhibitions in the United States and showcase innovative green technologies such as vegetable oil powered cars, biodeisal cars, solar-powered cars, home-heating alternatives and organic farming exhibits.
- Pick your own locally grown apples, pumpkins and Christmas trees at Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm. Wilken’s provides the bags, baskets picking poles and even a hay wagon for this environmentally-friendly excursion. Be sure to arrive dressed for country orchards.
- Acclaimed author, teacher and lecturer Ruth Rogers Clausen is a frequent guest speaker at the Yorktown Garden Club. A Westchester resident, Clausen recently lectured on deer-resistant plants and shrubs at the Garden Club. Her tomes include Dreamscaping, and contributions to Perennial Gardening with the New York Botanical Garden; and Trees with the Chicago Botanic Garden.
Visit our Town Guides page to find out more information about Yorktown.