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Fun Things to do in Scarsdale for the Whole Family

Boulder Brook Equestrian Center.

Boulder Brook Equestrian Center.

Although Scarsdale is just a short 30-minute train ride from New York City, there is no need to venture out town to go on an outing with the whole family. Consider this as your bucket list of fun things to do with your whole family in Scarsdale. The young and the young-at-heart will definitely have a good time.

  1. Enjoy a well-made pizza pie at Buon Amici Deli. This pizza place in the heart of Scarsdale is a well-loved institution among Scarsdale locals. For sure, the whole family will have a treat biting into delicious Italian take-out.
  2. Make Spanish your first (or your second) language. Adapt a foreign language as your own. In this day and age of globalization, you’ll never know when and where your Spanish skills will come in handy. Little Linguists offers an array of fun Spanish classes for children, so sign them and start them early.
  3. Take a dip at the Scarsdale Municipal Pool Complex. Cool off during the summertime and take a relaxing dip with the whole family at the Scarsdale Municipal Pool Complex. The facility is complete with a snack bar in case you get hungry, and a playground where all the children can romp and socialize.
  4. Get competitive and play sports at Crossway Park. Crossway Park’s open fields are the perfect arena for nice game of tennis and more. After a tiring game, head over to the covered picnic area and enjoy a delectable picnic.
  5. Drop by the Scarsdale High School Carnival. Every year, Scarsdale High School organizes a carnival that’s open to everyone. Invite your family and even friends for a fun day out. Both kids and adult will definitely have a blast trying out all the rides, skill games, and other carnival features.
  6. Take horseback riding lessons at Boulder Brook Equestrian Center. It’s never too late for a person to take horseback riding lessons. For little kids, Boulder Brook offers pony rides that are both safe and fun. You’ll never know – the next great equestrian might be somebody you know.

 
Scarsdale is full of wonderful opportunities for the whole family. Check out our community profile for more information.

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Connecticut-based seafood market Fjord opens branch in Larchmont

Photo courtesy of Fjord Fish Market website, http://www.fjordfishmarket.com/home.

Photo courtesy of Fjord Fish Market website, http://www.fjordfishmarket.com/home.

Seafood is a booming industry all across the globe that one might find it difficult to come across high quality seafood raised in conditions that mimic the wild.

If you live in Larchmont and you’ve got a taste for the marine, however, you won’t need to drive all the way to Connecticut for fresh, quality catch. Fjord Fish Market, which has several locations in Connecticut, recently opened a branch in Larchmont at 134 Chatsworth Avenue. Fresh, responsibly raised and quality fish, along with hand-rolled sushi and a variety of hot soups, are now just a short drive away.

Owned by the Fjord family, the Fjord Fish Market fills the gap in the seafood market by providing wild seafood in partnership with CleanFish. The company’s methods of raising seafood in almost wild conditions guarantee that every Fjord market customer gets to go home with high quality fish.

“There’s been a dramatic change to the retail food landscape over the past 20 years,” Jim Thistle, principal of Fjord Fish Market, told Westchester Magazine in an interview. “Large grocery stores and chains have turned seafood into a commodity – pushing for lower and lower prices to pass on to customers. That means the quality of seafood suffers as producers raise seafood that grows bigger, faster, and more resistant to disease.”

Fish sold in Fjord Fish Market are renowned to be raised with no antibiotics and artificial growth hormones used. Another method employed is to raise fish in open water and low-density pens, which help prevent the spread of disease.

Are you thinking of making the trip to the fish market? Some of the bounties you’ll find include lobsters (available in to-go varieties), littleneck clams, locally harvested bluepoint oysters, fresh and traditionally prepared clambakes, and PEI mussels. You can also find pop-ups in the market that sell shrimp boils, Hawaiian poke bowls, and seafood platters.

Fresh, high-quality, and ethical, Fjord Fish Market is definitely making its name in Westchester County as one of the best places to get seafood in the area. It’s also one of the great additions to Larchmont’s thriving market scene. For more information, check out their official website at http://fjordfishmarket.com. Meanwhile, you can read more about Larchmont here.

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Harrison NY’s top-rated restaurants

Photo courtesy of Lago Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Lago Facebook page.

Harrison is home to an exciting assortment of restaurants, offering an unforgettable culinary adventure for diners. Restaurants in Harrison serve an eclectic mix of flavors from around the world, including Italian, Asian, South American, Mediterranean, and many more.

Here are some of Harrison’s top-rated restaurants:

Hajime

267 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY
914-777-1543

No need to fly to Japan for quality Japanese food – Harrison’s very own Hajime serves the finest sushi and sashimi imported from Japan and prepared using traditional Japanese methods. The restaurant is run by a master sushi chef who grew up in Osaka and started studying the art of making sushi at age 15.

To complete the experience, the restaurant is decorated like a local Japanese restaurant, making diners feel like they’re actually eating sushi in the land of the rising sun. Definitely a must-try if you’re into authentic Japanese cuisine.

Lago Ristorante & Wine Bar

97 Harrison Boulevard, Harrison, NY
914-358-9180

Lago Ristorante & Wine Bar is an Italian restaurant that offers unique flavors from the historic region of Campania. Each dish gives diners a taste of Napoli, and is further enhanced by the restaurant’s impressive selection of wines from different parts of Italy.

Lago’s signature dish is the Pappardelle Lago Pasta, which consists of a variety of mushrooms combined with a light cream sauce, and flamed inside an 18-month aged Parmigiano Reggiano wheel.

Quenas

109 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY
914-630-4646

Quenas is known for serving authentic Peruvian cuisine. Each dish is expertly prepared by European chefs and infused with the distinct flavors of Peru.

Their menu includes dishes such as ceviche, tacu tacu encebolloado, lomo saltado, aguadito de mariscos, and other popular Peruvian dishes.

273 Kitchen

273 Halstead Ave, Harrison, NY
914-732-3333

273 Kitchen is a delightful Mediterranean restaurant that offers a daily changing menu consisting of locally sourced, seasonal dishes. Run by expert chefs Constantine Kalandranis and Hichem Habbas, the restaurant serves an enticing selection of fresh and healthy dishes along with regionally produced wines and craft beers in a welcoming and intimate kitchen-inspired space.

Find out more about the town of Harrison, NY here.

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Fun and Family-friendly Activities in Larchmont

LarchmontTaking a day off to spend some quality time with family is always a top priority, especially in Larchmont, where there is a wealth of activities all members of the family will enjoy. Bring some sunblock and a picnic basket full of goodies for a day out with your family. Here are our top picks of family-friendly outings in Larchmont.

  1. Enjoy the peace and quiet at Larchmont Manor Park & Beach. This gorgeous park on Park Ave is a family-friendly location for picnics and simple gatherings. Come by during the Fourth of July for unobstructed views of the yearly fireworks show. For more information about the Larchmont Manor Park & Beach, log on to http://larchmontmanorpark.org.
  2. Enjoy music and arts classes with your kids at Groove Performing Arts. A family-friendly music and arts studio, Groove Performing Arts offers an array of educational programs kids and kids-at-heart will surely bond over, including the award-winning Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals. You can head over to http://findgroove.com for more information about their classes and events.
  3. Frolic along the beach with your beloved four-legged friend. When it comes to family, let’s not forget our ever loyal and trustworthy furry friend. Head to Larchmont Dog Beach for a simple picnic and play with your dog to your heart’s content. Bring the kids as well – they’ll surely enjoy playing with Fido.
  4. Glide like an award-winning figure skater at Hommocks Park Ice Rink. Located just behind Hommocks Middle School, Hommocks Park Ice Rink is a great facility where the whole family can learn how to skate and play hockey. Aside from skating lessons and hockey games, Hommocks Park Ice Rink can also be the venue of your next birthday celebration or family get-together. Check out this link for more information.
  5. Sign your kids up for fun and interesting educational programs.The Larchmont Public Library is not only for adults, but for kids as well! The facility offers several programs for children that vary in scope and subject. Have your kids learn about music, create their own experiments, and make friends. Children as young as 3 years old can enroll in some of the programs.

 
Are you interested to know more about Larchmont? Check out our community profile for more information.

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Westchester County’s best-kept secrets

There are days when you think you know Westchester County, but in reality you’re barely scratching the surface. We’ve rounded up some of Westchester County’s off-the-beaten-track attractions to help you get to know the area better. Thank us later.

daido-market1. Daido Market
522 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains

Daido Market is the best place in Westchester County where you can source burdock root, fish cakes, dried seaweed – basically everything you want or need that can only be found at a Japanese supermarket. On Sundays, you’ll even be treated to deliciously soft French creampuffs.

2. Cranberry Lake Preserve
1609 Old Orchard St, North White Plains

Westchester County has so many parks, it’s no surprise some are underappreciated and overlooked. If you’re looking for a quiet spot that’s just as relevant to Westchester County history as Kensico Dam, drive to Cranberry Lake Preserve. This 190-acre park is home to several historic artifacts, the beautiful and ancient Cranberry Lake, vernal pools, and more.

3. Lighthouse Ice Cream Kompany (L.I.C.K)
127 W Main St at the Tarrytown Harbor, Tarrytown

For the finest ice cream in Westchester County, visit the Tarrytown Harbor, where you’ll find Lighthouse Ice Cream Kompany. They’ve got a whole arsenal of high-quality ice creams, sorbets, and gelatos – all handcrafted to perfection using the best ingredients.

4. The Beverly E. Smith Butterfly Garden
19 Dudley St, Yonkers

Right off busy North Broadway, you’ll find a sanctuary the stuff fairytales are made of. Welcome to the Lenoir Preserve, one of the most overlooked parks in Westchester County. This 40-acre park is home to the Beverly E. Smith Butterfly Garden. For a fee, you can enter this butterfly and bird haven, regularly maintained by the Hudson River Audubon Society. It’s also one of the best spots in Westchester County to observe hawk migrations come spring and fall.

5. The Newington-Cropsey Gallery of Art
25 Cropsey Ln, Hastings-on-Hudson

Westchester County has no shortage of art galleries. To get to this beautiful gallery, look for a little blue sign past the Metro-North parking lot, which will take you to the Newington-Cropsey Foundation. From there, you’ll be greeted by the Gallery of Art in all its Gothic-Revival glory. Guided tours are scheduled by appointment, so do call ahead. It’s worth it.

That’s just five of Westchester County’s best-kept secrets. For more information about the community, log on to this page.

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Get Cultured in Westchester

Westchester County has long earned a reputation as being an artistic haven for being the home of several arts and culture venues. If you’re not doing anything this weekend, plan a date with yourself, a friend, or a loved one and bathe in the local arts and culture scene. Here are some spots you shouldn’t miss.

  1. Katonah Museum of Art – Step inside the revered halls of Katonah Museum of Art and a variety of exhibits will welcome you. This non-collecting institution is a favorite among arts and culture enthusiasts who love to admire and learn more about different artistic disciplines, historical periods, and cultures.

    You’ll find Katonah Museum of Art at 134 Jay St, Katonah, NY. For more information, log on to http://katonahmuseum.org.
  2. Photo courtesy of https://www.neuberger.org/

    Photo courtesy of https://www.neuberger.org/

  3. Neuberger Museum of Art – Neuberger is the place to be in Westchester if you’re looking for a healthy dose of 20th century and contemporary art. The real treasure, however, is the facility’s collection of beautiful African art. When you visit Neuberger Museum of Art, you’ll also get to tick something off your list, as the facility is listed as the tenth largest university museum in the country.

    Neuberger Museum of Art is located at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase, NY. Check out http://neuberger.org for more details.
  4. Clay Art Center – Admire ceramic masterpieces and get your hands dirty as you make your own work of art at the Clay Art Center. The most active ceramic facility in the county, the center offers a variety of ceramic instruction and pottery workshops that will help you hone your art.

    Clay Art Center is located at 40 Beech St, Port Chester, NY. For a complete list of programs, log on to http://clayartcenter.org.
  5. Emelin Theatrefor the Performing Arts – A 275-seat nonprofit theater, Emelin delivers something for everybody – you can pop, bluegrass, comedy, dance, jazz, folk, and a whole lot of other productions. Best of all, Emelin Theatre also produces kid-friendly shows with their children’s theatre productions.

    Drive all the way to 153 Library Ln, Mamaroneck, NY to visit Emelin Theatre. For more details, including schedule of shows, visit http://emelin.org.
  6. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts – For the best summer and fall music festivals in Westchester County, head over to Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts. You can check out their calendar of shows and ticket information at http://caramoor.org.

    Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is located at 149 Girdle Ridge Rd, Katonah, NY.

You can also read our blog post about the White Plains Performing Arts Center here. If you’re looking for more things to do in Westchester County, check out this link.

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Kid-friendly activities to enjoy in Bronxville

Bronxville can be a very fun place to be for kids, as there’s a multitude of activities, destinations, and surprises for them to enjoy throughout the year.

Here are some of the best activities to enjoy with your kids:

Arts and crafts and storytelling at the Bronxville Public Library

201 Pondfield Road

The Bronxville Public Library has a fun program for kids of all ages: there’s story time for babies, crafts sessions for preschoolers, and a book group for young adults. The library also features a children’s room with comfortable couches and tables where kids can draw, solve puzzles, or read a book. Every Friday afternoon, the library also hosts movie screenings for kids and their families.

Outdoor trip at the Bronx River Path

Pondfield Road West, near Bronx River Parkway

Enjoy the beauty of nature with your kids by visiting the Bronx River Path, a picturesque paved path that includes a 0.8-mile loop encircling the serene Bronxville Lake. This path is also great for dog walkers, joggers, and bikers.

Movie and frozen yogurt at Kraft Avenue

Bronxville Cinemas, 84 Kraft Ave. / Swizzles, 102 Kraft Ave.

The Bronxville Cinemas is the perfect place to enjoy a kid-friendly movie, as it is very rarely crowded. After enjoying the movie, you can take your kids to nearby Swizzles, which offers self-served frozen yogurt.

Playtime at Sagamore Park

Sagamore Park is an excellent place for fun activities for kids. The park is equipped with all sorts of kid-friendly amenities. Children can enjoy playing in the huge sandbox, climbing pyramid, jungle gym, kids’ basketball courts, and pathways with Cozy Coupes.

Find out more about the city of Bronxville by visiting this page.

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The best hiking trails in Westchester

Westchester County may be known to most people as a hub of arts and culture as well as great food, but outdoor enthusiasts are taking note of the area’s hiking trails. Although you can’t find any towering mountain in Westchester County, these hiking trails will take you to panoramic vistas that will be etched in your mind forever.

Hiking in Westchester1. Mianus River Gorge Preserve

Located in Bedford, the Mianus River Gorge Preserve is great for children and beginners. It’s not so high – it’s just approximately 40 feet above the river, but the height is sufficient to give you splendid views of the Mianus River. In addition to its friendliness to hiking beginners, the Mianus River Gorge Preserve trail is one of the oldest Nature Conservancy preserves in the country.

2. Westmoreland Sanctuary

Described by expert outdoorsmen and outdoorswomen as a secluded spot where you can enjoy the sights and smells of nature, Westmoreland is indeed a sanctuary. The forest, which can rise up to 730 feet, is home to quartz rock outcroppings, stone walls, gushing streams, as well as ponds. This beautiful forest is also located near Mount Kisco.

3. Arthur W. Butler Memorial Sanctuary

Another hiking trail located near Mount Kisco, Butler Sanctuary is actually situated right across the Westmoreland Sanctuary. The climb starts off right of Interstate 684 and can take you up to 753 feet. Bird watchers flock here in the autumn in hopes of a hawk sighting, which is frequent about 750 feet from the trailhead. Butler Sanctuary also hides a gem – a swampland in the lower part of the trail that looks like it came straight out of the pages of Alice in Wonderland.

4. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Recognized as one of the best parks in Westchester County, the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation features the five-mile Star Loop, which can go up to 860 feet. Broad and well-maintained by dedicated park ranges, this trail offers scenic vistas of the Cross River Reservoir and numerous wildlife sightings. To top it all off, the trail will also pass by the cave of the Leatherman, a popular 19th-century figure in Westchester lore.

5. Anthony’s Nose

Supposedly named after a pre-Revolutionary War captain that can river Cyrano de Bergerac’s famous sniffer, the Anthony’s Nose trail begins off Route 6 and will take you up to 900 feet, where you can catch your breath and take in the gorgeous views of the Hudson River and the Bear Mountain Bridge. The trail is also part of the famous Appalachian Trail.

Hiking alone or with friends and family is great, but hiking with dogs is also a memorable adventure. Check out this page for information on dog-friendly hiking trails in Westchester County

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Biking trails in Westchester

Westchester County boasts miles of scenic biking trails perfect for enthusiasts, adrenaline junkies, or beginners looking for a new outdoor activity to enjoy.

In case you have no idea where to start, here’s a list of some of the best biking trails in Westchester:

biking trails

Graham Hills Mountain Bike Trail

5 miles, dirt and paved paths

The bike trail in Graham Hills is mostly single track, and is more suited for experienced bikers as it goes through different types of habitats, thus requiring some versatility. The trail is located in Mount Pleasant, and is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

30 miles, dirt and paved paths (biking is restricted only on paved paths)

The Ward Pound Ridge Reservation is Westchester County’s largest park, encompassing more than 4,300 acres. Due to its expansive space, the park features multiple loops of rugged trails excellent for bikers of any skill level. Biking trails in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation are open from 8am to dusk, seven days a week, all year round. An entrance fee of $8 is required.

North County Trailway

22 miles, paved

North County Trailway is perfect for beginners and casual bikers as it features gentle and easy-to-navigate trails. The trail is located off-road, but intersects with several public roads and driveways. The trail can be accessed using two entry points: the southern end is on Eastway park-and-ride and the northern end is on Baldwin Place, on the Westchester-Putnam County border. The trail is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

Bronx River Pathway

13.2 miles, paved

The Bronx River Pathway runs along the Bronx River parkway, and features three paved sections: A 5-mile segment from Green Acres Avenue, Hartsdale to Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla, a 3.6-mile segment from Palmer Road to Harney Road in Scarsdale, and a short one-mile loop close to Oak Street in Mount Vernon. The trail is open from dawn to dusk, seven days a week.

For more fun activities to try in Westchester, visit this page.

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11 tips to remember when going to seasonal Farmers’ Markets

farmer's marketGoing to Westchester County’s farmers’ markets has a number of benefits. Aside from getting fresh seasonal produce, you also get to meet new people and make connections with local farmers, artisans and more. To make the most out of your trip to this week’s Sunday morning market, here are a few tips to remember.

    1. Do your research. Farmers’ markets are loaded with the freshest batch of seasonal fruit, vegetable, and other produce. If you really want to be in the know of what’s in season and what isn’t, research ahead of time. This is especially important if you’re planning on whipping up a dish that requires seasonal ingredients.

    2. Stop by the information tent. Every farmer’s market has a market tent where you can ask for specific information, like the schedule of special vendors! By having this useful bit of information, you can head to the market while they are there and purchase the goods you’ve been looking for.

    3. Do a reconnaissance tour. Fresh rhubarb? Honey? Before you purchase, it’s best to explore the market first. Who knows, there might be another vendor selling the same quality honey or rhubarb for a better price, saving yourself some money.

    4. Bring cash. Farmers’ markets don’t often accept credit cards, and there is no guarantee you’ll find an ATM nearby. Come prepared and bring cash, particularly small bills.

    5. Bring your own bags.Reusable bags are popular nowadays, so why not bring one? If you’re going to be in the market for a while and if you’re planning to buy meat and dairy, it’s also wise to bring a cooler bag with you.

    6. Get to know the vendors, especially the ones you keep coming back to. These farmers, once you’ve gotten to know them, may give you special items or prices. They might also become your friends for life, giving you tips on how to make perfect eggplant Parmesan.

    7. Don’t haggle. A farmer’s market is not a flea market, and all the food and produce being sold are the product of hard labor. Besides, plenty of markets do collections to deliver to food pantries, while some sustainable farms feed the leftovers to the animals.

    8. Be adventurous.A farmer’s market is a great place to introduce yourself to an ingredient you’re not familiar with. Just ask the vendor for tips on how to prepare a certain item.

    9. Be present. Log off your social media accounts, or turn off your phone. Pay attention to the sights, sounds, and smells of a farmer’s market. It’s an experience that can be memorable even if you’re not looking for anything in particular.

    10. Converse with other shoppers. Farmers aren’t the only people you should befriend in farmers’ markets. Talk to other shoppers, as well! Exchange tips and recipes. Frequent shoppers of farmers’ markets include amateur and professional cooks, so you might get expert advice from industry people.

    11. Stay connected. Some farmers’ markets are active on social media, so do take time to follow your favorite market. It’s one way to keep up to date with their offerings and special events.

Are you a newbie to the world of farmers’ markets? Check out this blog for a list of must-visit markets in Westchester County

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