02 May 2022

24Hrs. In Northern Westchester this Spring

Spring has arrived and that means getting out and about in our local communities.

If you’re visiting for the first time or returning to Westchester, we suggest you check out the northern half of the county, which boasts plenty of open space together with an array of cultural and historical attractions to suit everyone.

If 24 hours is all you have, why not explore some of the options below that you’ll find in the communities that make up Northern Westchester.

They include Armonk, Bedford, Chappaqua, Cortlandt Manor, Mount Kisco, North and South Salem, Peekskill, Somers, and Yorktown Heights.

Discover History in Northern Westchester
History is all around us if we care to look and that’s certainly true when it comes to many of the Northern Westchester communities featured in this article.

While several large corporations have made their home on the outskirts of Armonk, the hamlet, which is part of the town of North Castle, is the ideal place for history lovers to explore.

The Bedford Road Historic District consists of nine wood frame buildings from the mid-19th century that showcase both the Greek Revival and Federalist architectural styles and reflect Armonk’s early growth.

In 1985, the area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

It includes St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the hamlet’s first property, built in 1842. The adjacent cemetery contains 450 graves, including the tombstones of the 19th-century population of Armonk, as well as 22 Civil War soldiers.

A 22-mile drive north to Somers is worth it if you are interested in seeing the historic Elephant Hotel, another National Historic Landmark in the region.

What was once a stagecoach stop for travelers transporting cattle, sheep, and hogs to the New York market is now the Town Clerk’s office. You can still see the words “Elephant Hotel” across the front of the building, considered a rare example of Federal-style architecture in the United States.

The words, when first erected by Hachaliah Bailey, an important figure in the formation of early American traveling menageries, were intended to pay homage to “Old Bet,” an elephant he purchased for $1,000 in 1808.

A replica of the original monument, now part of the Somers Historical Society collection, is visible outside of the building. It honors Old Bet and Bailey’s two other elephants, Little Bet and Columbus.

The society’s collection can be found inside the building, which is part of the Museum of the Early American Circus. It includes both permanent and changing exhibitions, including paintings, prints, photographs, advertisements, ephemera, early documents, diaries, in addition to a miniature circus.

The Somers Historical Society, located on 335 Route 202 in Somers, will be open at the end of April.

The village of Bedford is another historic hotspot.

The Bedford Historical Society maintains 10 historic properties around the Village Green and operates museums at the 1787 Court House and the 1829 School House.

The courthouse building has two floors, which includes a restored 18th-century courtroom, where cases from William Jay, son of John Jay, the United States’ first chief justice were heard, in addition to cases presented by attorney Aaron Burr, later vice president under President Thomas Jefferson.

The second-floor exhibit space includes artifacts from Bedford’s commerce and farming communities, as well as the oldest jail cell in Westchester County, measuring only 105 square feet.

Hikes and Other Outdoor Adventures in Northern Westchester
While there are numerous outdoor activities available in Northern Westchester, enough to keep anyone occupied for months, even years, there are a few that we recommend. They include the following:

Hudson Highlands Gateway Park Hike
The 4-mile looped trek located in the 352-acre Hudson Highlands Gateway Park Loop highlights some of Northern Westchester’s most breathtaking spots.

The trail, which is managed by the Town of Cortlandt, includes several high points that were used for signaling during the Revolutionary War.

Entrance to the park is at Sprout Brook Road in Cortlandt. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Camp Out for the Night at Mountain Lakes Park
Would you like to camp overnight in a yurt at Mountain Lakes Park in North Salem?

The 1,082-acre outdoor attraction is Northern Westchester’s most northerly park known for its rugged landscape, native hardwood forest and miles and miles of trails.

This is the ideal place for camping, fishing, exploring nature, enjoying a picnic, or taking one of the park’s high/low ropes challenge courses.

For more information, go to parks.westchestergov.com/sal-j-prezioso-mountain-lakes

The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden
If you’re interested in Japanese art and the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures, then a visit to The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden in North Salem is the perfect way to spend a few hours.

In addition to the ever-changing exhibits that you’ll find in the museum, the 3.5-acre Japanese stroll garden will give you the chance to learn about horticultural design and Eastern traditions through a series of walking tours. Lectures, classes, and workshops are also available.

The Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden is open from May to November, Wednesdays through Saturdays, 12 noon to 4 p.m. You can find more information at hammondmuseum.org.

Entertainment in Northern Westchester
If you’re looking for some excitement in Northern Westchester, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of our favorites in the area:

Grand Prix New York Racing and Entertainment
There’s no better place to get the adrenaline pumping than at the Grand Prix New York Racing and Entertainment complex in Mount Kisco.

But this is more than a go-kart racing destination.

The large 20,000 square-foot space also includes a state-of-the-art bowling alley, a large redemption arcade, virtual reality gaming, and a GPX Ninja course that includes several gravity-defying obstacles and other challenging hurdles.

For more information, visit gpny.com.

Spins Hudson
If you’re traveling with kids, make sure you visit Spins Hudson, the largest entertainment venue along the Hudson River.

Located on the waterfront in Peekskill overlooking the Charles Point Marina, this 40,000 square foot high-adventure outdoor complex includes an aerial ropes course, ax throwing, a two-story laser tag arena, and more.

While the children are having fun, enjoy a beer at the nearby satellite brewery. More information can be found at spinshudson.com.

The Paramount Hudson Valley Theater
First established in 1930, the theater building alone is worth seeing given its status as a Westchester County Landmark as well as being on the National Register of Historic Places list.

There’s a wide variety of performances to enjoy at this beautiful theater, including theater, dance, music, fine arts, storytelling, poetry readings, and other cultural events.

Upcoming performances this spring include Tupelo Honey – A Van Morrison Celebration on April 2nd, Almost Queen on April 9th, Lez Zeppelin – All Girls, All Zeppelin on April 9th, An Evening of Spirit Messages with James Van Praagh on April 23rd, and so much more.

To see the full roster of shows at the Paramount Hudson Valley Theater, go to paramounthudsonvalley.com/events.

The Chappaqua Performing Arts Center
You don’t have to trek into Manhattan to see world-class talent. It’s all at the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center located on the former Reader’s Digest campus, a few miles outside the hamlet.

Upcoming shows this spring include the Million Dollar Quartet, a group that plays classics from the late 1950s/early 1960s, including hits by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl Perkins.

The group opens on April 22nd and plays again on April 24th, 28th, 29th, and 30th, with additional shows on May 1st, 5th, 7th, 12th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 21st, and 22nd.

Other shows at the Center include Ladies of Laughter on May 6th to celebrate Mother’s Day, in addition to a number of Children’s Series shows, including the April 3rd Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company, the National Circus Project on May 8th, and Pete the Cat on June 18th.

For more information, visit chappaquapac.org.

The Hudson Stage Company
The Hudson Stage Company in Armonk is considered a viable place for theatergoers in Northern Westchester and beyond.

The company puts on a variety of world premieres and contemporary plays, in addition to mainstage productions and staged readings of new works.

Its latest production, “Off Peak,” will be staged from April 22nd through May 7th. You can buy tickets on the production company’s website, hudsonstage.com/whats-on.

Mount Kisco Barrel House
The Captain Lawrence Brewing Company is known as Westchester’s largest craft brewery. You can enjoy its excellent selection of beers at its second location in Mount Kisco known as the Mount Kisco Barrel House.

Here you can enjoy the company’s freshly brewed beer, together with a new food truck experience.

The Beer Hall is open from Thursday through Sunday. The Brew Shop is open Wednesday through Sunday. Visit the brewery’s website, captainlawrencebrewing.com/mt-kisco for exact opening times.

Grabbing a Bite in Northern Westchester
There’s a wide variety of restaurants and other eateries in Northern Westchester. Why not stop by and enjoy the delicious food on offer at some of our favorite picks.

Village Social Kitchen & Bar, 251 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco – this local gastropub, decorated in a rustic-industrial style, offers high-quality comfort food and craft beers. villagesocialkb.com/mountkiscony
Little Drunken Chef, 36 Main Street, Mt. Kisco – enjoy shared plates, oysters, and homemade sangria at this popular Mount Kisco eatery. Patio seating is available. facebook.com/littledrunkenchef
Conte’s Fish Market & Restaurant, 448 Main Street, Mt. Kisco – Great fish market offering fresh seafood. Order to go or sit down. contesfish.com
Stone Fire, 251 Lexington Avenue, Mt. Kisco – a popular restaurant offering a neo-Italian menu, including delicious wood oven pizzas, in a rustic, relaxed atmosphere. stonefireny.com
Exit 4 Food Hall, 153 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco – a cafeteria-style food hall with diverse, sustainable offerings from local vendors. exit4foodhall.com
The Beehive, 30 Old Rte 22, Armonk – expect upscale diner fare with a Greek twist in this popular Armonk eatery. beehive-restaurant.com
Moderne Barn, 430 Bedford Road, #2002, Armonk – expect flavorful global cuisine in a beautifully designed upscale restaurant with a soaring vaulted ceiling. modernebarn.com
Iron Vine, 992 Main Street, Peekskill – enjoy seasonal Latin bites, drinks, and beer in this popular Tapas bar that’s located in a historic 19th-century building. iron-vine-tapas-bar.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral
Pastels Café and Restaurant, 1859 Main Street, Peekskill – a 30-year fixture in Peekskill, this homey restaurant is still a local favorite, offering breakfast, entrees, and a menu specifically designed for kids. pastelscafe.com
Fin & Brew, 5 John Walsh Blvd., (The Factoria at Charles Point), Peekskill – enjoy the Hudson River views and the exceptional fresh seafood & local craft beer from the enclosed patio in this popular Peekskill eatery. finandbrew.com
One Twenty Three Restaurant & Bar, 407 Smith Ridge Road, South Salem – enjoy Italian, American, and Mediterranean dishes at this family-owned restaurant and bar. onetwentythreerestaurant.com
121 Restaurant, 2 Dingle Ridge Road, North Salem – expect upscale New American fare at this favorite North Salem eatery. 121restaurant.com
Le Jardin du Roi, 95 King Street, Chappaqua – cozy French bistro with an all-day menu. lejardinchappaqua.com
Crabtree’s Kittle House, 11 Kittle Road, Chappaqua – enjoy fabulous food and a great atmosphere in this popular historic restaurant in Chappaqua. crabtreeskittlehouse.com

In addition to the above-named restaurants, here are some other great places to eat in the Northern Westchester area:

Taco Street, 86 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua; tacobarkitchen.com
Pappous Greek Kitchen, 1983 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights; pappousgreekkitchen.com
Okinawa Sushi Hibachi Restaurant, 48 Triangle Center, Yorktown Heights; okinawayorktownheights.com
Oscar’s II Italian Restaurant & Bar, 325 NY-100, Somers; oscars2restaurant.com
Il Forno Italian Kitchen, 343 US-202, Somers; ilfornosomers.com
Truck, 391 Old Post Road, Bedford; truckrestaurant.com
Little Sorrento, 3565 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor; littlesorrento.com
Grandma’s Restaurant, 3525 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor; grandmasrestaurantmenu.com
Zero Otto Nove, 55 Old Rte 22, Armonk; www.armonk.zeroottonove.com
Lenny’s North Seafood and Steakhouse, 386 Main Street, Armonk; lennysnorth.net
Birdsall House, 970 Main St, Peekskill; birdsallhouse.net
Old Stone Trattoria, 425 King St, Chappaqua; oldstonetrattoria.com

Where to Go Shopping in Northern Westchester

Porch Home and Gifts, 153 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco – find beautiful accessories for the home, essentials for your next party, and inspired gifts for friends. porch-home.com
Rocks Jewelry Gifts Home, 480 North Bedford Road, Chappaqua – everything from jewelry, gifts, items for the home, and much more. rocksjewelrygiftshome.com
Wishes Gift Boutique, 1811 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights – an eclectic gift shop located in the heart of Yorktown Heights, carrying jewelry and personal accessories for girls and women of all ages, as well as beautiful items for the home. wishesboutique.com
Quirk Shop Peekskill, 23 North Division Street, Peekskill – a hub for local lovers of art, jewelry, organic skincare, and luxury textiles, all in one great shop. quirkshoppeekskill.com
BB Abode, 2 Keeler Lane, North Salem – a unique blend of stylish home furnishings, accessories, artwork, and antiques located in historic Union Hall in North Salem. bbabode.com/home.html
Unique Design Creations, 1845 Brookdale Street, Yorktown Heights – great selection of gift baskets at this convenient store in Yorktown Heights. uniquedesigncreations.com
Beehive Designer Collective, 337 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco – local lifestyle boutique with an eclectic mix of jewelry, apothecary, clothing, and home decor. shopthebeehive.com
Lulu’s, 237 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco – specializes in unique home decor, vintage furniture, handmade gifts, art, and jewelry. facebook.com/lulusmtkisco
All Together Now, 53 South Moger Avenue, Mt. Kisco – local children’s boutique offering a variety of toys, accessories, clothing, and classes. alltogethernowkids.com
Bucko, 107 South Division Street, Peekskill – a clothing and home goods boutique in the heart of Peekskill. buckoshop.com

Time to Chillax

Rise Above Floatation, 111 Main Street, Mt. Kisco – relax with the help of floatation therapy. riseabovefloatation.com
Epidavros Day Spa & Salon, 272 North Bedford Road, Suite 3, Mt. Kisco – enjoy massages, facials, body treatments, waxing, and the chance to get your hair styled at this popular local salon. epidavrosdayspa.com
The Spa of Serenity, 575 Main Street, #5, Armonk – a popular local beauty salon now offering eyelash extensions. thespaofserenity.com
Ananda Salon and Spa, 100 Oregon Road, Cortlandt – discover a wide range of hair services at this great salon in Cortlandt. anandasalonandspa.com
Massage Envy, 737 Bedford Road, Bedford Hills – enjoy a custom massage and advanced skincare treatments at this popular Bedford Hills salon. locations.massageenvy.com/new-york/bedford-hills/737-bedford-road.html
Four Seasons Day Spa, 119 East Main Street, Mt. Kisco – enjoy a luxury Asian massage and more at the Four Seasons Day Spa. four-seasons-day-spa-asian-massage-mt-kisco.business.site/
Ocean Relaxation Spa, 2020 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights – enjoy professional relaxation, deep tissue and hot stone massages for the body and feet at this popular spa in Yorktown Heights. oceanny.grouppayless.com/#!/

Derma Glow Spa and Boutique, 1 Dingle Ridge Road, North Salem – facials, chemical peels, dermaplaning, waxing and more are available at this cozy country chic spa in North Salem. dermaglowofny.com
Emmary Day Spa, 24 South Greeley Avenue, Chappaqua – a full-service day spa, specializing in massages, waxing, facials, and spray tans. emmaryspa.com
Blooming Nails and Spa, 55 Bedford Road, Chappaqua – waxing and nail services at a great price. facebook.com/Blooming-nail-in-chappaqua-124717918157910

If you find yourself in Northern Westchester this spring, be sure to check out all of our fun, helpful suggestions.

Photo Credits:
Bedford Road Historic District
By Daniel Case – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=32651648

Elephant Hotel Somers
By Daniel Case, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3748664

Hudson Highlands Park
By ScubaBear68; color-correcting and cropping done 2009-02-04 by Daniel Case – DSC00425.JPG, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5869844

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