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SOURCE Westchester County Tourism
Explore all the great things to do in Westchester throughout the season
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., July 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- With New York recently ranked as one of the top places to visit for road trips, Westchester County is the destination travelers should choose for a trip that encompasses a wide range of attractions for the entire family.
"Summer is a great time to visit Westchester," said County Executive Robert P. Astorino. "From outdoor concerts and festivals to great hiking trails, pools and beaches, there is no shortage of fun, family-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy."
The good news is that Westchester County has already done all the planning. The first stop in the Hudson Valley Region is kicking off summer with a new set of Meet me in Westchester Favorite Escapes itineraries that families can take advantage of all season long featured on escapes.visitwestchesterny.com. Here is a perfect example of how Westchester helps to plan your summer getaway.
With the Naturally Beautiful Driving Tour Itinerary, families can take to the outdoors to explore Westchester. Get in the car and take in the sights while taking a cruise to see the prettiest places in Westchester. This driving itinerary is the perfect overnight escape from New York City, with stops in scenic Irvington, Tarrytown, Pleasantville, Cross River, Katonah and Mount Kisco.
Start with the scenic Hudson Park at Irvington. It is only about a 45 minute drive from midtown Manhattan to this scenic Westchester village. Pass through Van Cortlandt Park and Sprain Ridge Park before stopping at Irvington's riverfront esplanade. There's ample parking, so stretch your legs and take in the view. From Interstate 287 exit 9, take Route 9 south for 1.6 miles. At traffic light, turn right on Main Street. Continue to the end; make a right on North Astor Street, and a left on Bridge Street. Cross railroad tracks, and follow Bridge Street to the left. The park is on right, past Bridge Street Properties. Visit http://www.scenichudson.org/parks/shparkirvington for more information.
Next, stop by Sweet Grass Grill. A ten-minute drive north will bring you to the rolling hills of Tarrytown. Eat lunch at the friendly and funky Sweet Grass Grill, a local, seasonal, farm-to-table eatery. Try the Quinoa Caesar salad, Buffalo Tempeh sandwich, or Seared Citrus Glazed Scottish Salmon. Sweet Grass Grill is located at 24 Main Street in Tarrytown. For more information, call (914) 631-0000 or visit http://www.sweetgrassgrill.com/.
After a nice meal, visitors can then visit Graham Hills Park. Just continue to follow Rte. 9 to 117 through the lush Rockefeller Park Preserve, and stop at Graham Hills Park. Popular with experienced mountain bikers, tourists can also hike the five miles of trails. Pass bridges, stone walls, and countless varieties of native plants. Graham Hills Park is located at Mount Pleasant in Pleasantville. For more information, visit http://parks.westchestergov.com/graham-hills-park.
Follow the Saw Mill River Parkway out of Graham Hills Park, taking short detours along the way to visit some of the many bird sanctuaries owned by Saw Mill River Audubon. Bring your binoculars – you never know what feathered friends you may encounter. Then, follow the Saw Mill River Parkway into Katonah, turn onto Cross River Road, which will lead you to the Cross River Reservoir. One of several reservoirs that supply NYC's drinking water, the peaceful waters are stocked for fishing every year. For more information, visit http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/75469.html.
Turn around and head back to the quaint hamlet of Katonah for dinner at the family-owned Blue Dolphin. Don't be fooled by the small space and casual atmosphere - this neighborhood spot cranks out classic Italian cuisine that packs a punch. No reservations required, so walk right in. The restaurant is located on Katonah Avenue in Katonah. For more information, call (914) 232-4791 or visit http://www.thebluedolphinny.com/welcome.html.
It's just a short drive back down Saw Mill River Parkway to Mount Kisco's Holiday Inn hotel. The friendly front desk staff will make you feel right at home as you unwind from your day of exploration. Hop in the pool and cool off before hitting the hay. The hotel is located at 1 Holiday Inn Drive in Mount Kisco. For more information, call (914) 241-2600 or visit http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/mount-kisco/mtkny/hoteldetail.
Other Favorite Escapes itineraries include one for Adventure Seekers where travelers can get their shoes muddy with a weekend of kayaking, fishing, camping and hiking. The Jazz and Soul Live Music itinerary provides a couple of days of diverse and intimate musical experience. And, you don't even need four wheels to enjoy all that the county has to offer. The Westchester Without a Car itinerary helps guests discover the best of the Hudson River via mass transit.
For a full list of the summer itineraries and more of the latest events and happenings in Westchester, log onto www.visitwestchesterny.com, like us on Facebook (facebook.com/westchestercountytourism), follow us on Twitter @westchestertour or call 1-800-833-9282. To view the Westchester County Destination Guide, please visit http://digital-editions.mediatwo.com/westchester-destination.
About Westchester County Tourism & Film
Tourism & Film is Westchester County's official destination marketing organization. Its mission is to generate economic benefits by enhancing the image and promoting Westchester County as a premier business and leisure destination in the Hudson Valley region. The Tourism & Film Office in Westchester County is a division within County Executive Robert P. Astorino's Office of Economic Development.
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