By Bob Marrone
In Westchester County, how can you not fall in Love with Fall? There is perhaps no place in America so pastoral and picturesque, yet so close to towns and cities with so much to see and do. Why drive all the way to New England for Fall foliage when it is right here? Dazzling landscapes of golden leaves, turning to orange, yellow then brown, set against a background of pine trees and vestigial green pastures. These scenes, serving as the subjects of artists and photographers alike, are enough by themselves to bring you here.
Once here, one learns that the landscapes are a bonus. There is so much to do. The season offers street fairs across the county. There are horse shows, bike riding events and flea markets. The kids will enjoy roasting marshmallows on Bonfire Nights, a trip to Sesame Street Live and lots of shopping for crafts. There is also horse riding, hiking and bike rides. Also, don’t miss the Barn Dance at John Jay Homestead in Katonah. They actually have pig swimming races there. The whole family can shop for Fall Crafts at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown.
Everyone loves legendary Sleepy Hollow where Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman headline the Fall Harvest and hayrides on Halloween. There is apple and pumpkin picking, cider and wine tasting, along with plenty of baked goods featured by numerous country bakeries. As for food, the restaurants are range from small mom and pop shops to destination locations.
It doesn’t end. Check out the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton on Hudson and Raptor Day in the
nearby Bronx. Another venue is the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills one of many fine Farmer’s
Markets across the area.
There are many Thanksgiving Parades, most notably the New Rochelle Thanksgiving Parade which features major helium balloons, bands and thousands of marchers. There is the CORNucopia Festival at Philipsburg Manor, the Honey Harvest Party at Scarsdale’s Greenburgh Nature Center and the Chocolate World Expo… calm down…at the Westchester County Center.
Fall in Westchester County; there is much to fall for.