Living in the 914 sure does have its perks. Westchester is easily accessible to the urban jungle that is New York City whether via train or car. Its natural topography, with the Hudson River on one side and the Long Island Sound on the other, creates a beautiful setting for a multitude of recreational and outdoor activities. The county also has over 18,000 acres of parks, trails and open spaces, providing a space for residents to explore and enjoy the best of what this lovely corner of New York State has to offer.
Westchester has managed to preserve its country charm along with a palpably strong sense of community alongside rapid urban growth and development. This is reflected in the multitude of citizen-driven events that take place here all year round, whether it’s for environmental conservation or for the benefit of the arts community. Westchester is a place where passionate individuals thrive and work together to create a better community for all.
Private and public schools in Westchester, such as the Alexander Hamilton Junior and Senior High School, Ardsley High School and Blind Brook High School (among many others), have received numerous awards for their high-achieving students, who stand out not only in the field of academics but also in athletics, the arts and other extracurricular activities.
It is no wonder why Westchester has been often referred to as a great place to raise a family. Perhaps these are some of the reasons why single-family homes sales in Westchester have been steadily growing over the past two years.
Must See Events in Westchester
Caramoor Summer Music Festival
Founded in 1945, this festival held at the 90-acre Caramoor estate is an outdoor music fest featuring live performances from artists in different genres, from jazz to classical to pop. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere amidst beautifully tended gardens and vast woodlands.
Also known as Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, this festival was launched to raise funds to clean up the river more than 40 years ago. The annual event features a diverse array of acts from dance, music, to storytelling that will surely be fun for the whole family.
Crafts at Lyndhurst
One of the biggest arts fairs in America, Crafts at Lyndhurst is a bi-annual event that has been held in Westchester at the historic Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown for more than 30 years. Hundreds of artists converge to showcase their works, from accessories, paintings, clothing, home furnishings and décor.
Restaurants We Recommend
There are lots of great dining destinations in Westchester that offer memorable dining experiences and a diverse array of cuisines.
If you’re looking for a dining experience along the Hudson River where you can enjoy breathtaking views and a laidback ambiance, we recommend that you check out The Tiki Bar. Located in Playland Parkway, this restaurant features an eclectic and fun Caribbean atmosphere. Spend the afternoon relaxing at the 36-foot tiki bar overlooking Long Island Sound that will make you feel like you’re on an island getaway without even having to leave Westchester.
For traditional American fare amidst a sophisticated atmosphere, head on over to The Half Moon where you can enjoy fresh seafood from Montauk, mouthwatering steaks and refreshing cocktails.
If you’re leaning towards a more romantic and classic atmosphere, you should definitely visit The Red Hat Bistro located at Irvington. This French-American restaurant’s elegant ambience will take you back to another era with its beautiful interiors and special accents that make you feel like you’re dining in a Parisian bistro.