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The Perfect Weekend, 2 Days

Just 30 miles north of bustling midtown Manhattan, the less-hurried haven of Westchester, New York, makes for a perfect weekend retreat. From picturesque views to delectable meals, breathtaking art to handcrafted aperitifs, here is your guide to a Westchester weekend you won’t soon forget.

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MORNING
  • Brunch on the Hudson River.

    Red Hat on the River is known for its posh dinners, but the French restaurant in Irvington, New York, also serves an excellent brunch with omelets, brioche French toast and housemade
    rillettes — best paired with a bottle of champagne. If the season is right, request a table outdoors, overlooking the Hudson River.

MIDDAY
  • Dose of Art.

    Originally a private home, the award-winning Bruce Museum now houses a collection of visual arts and natural history exhibits. Don’t miss the textiles, spanning from the 1830s to present time, ranging from Qing Dynasty court robes to Belgian lace and French couture.

  • Shopping Stroll.

    Take a leisurely walk down Greenwich Avenue, stopping in at shops that range from preppy paragon Vineyard Vines to independent boutiques specializing in clothing, accessories and housewares. Open since 1897, Betteridge is a must for designer and estate jewelry aficionados. 

AFTERNOON
  • Afternoon in the Sculpture Gardens.

    On the way back to the hotel, stop at the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens, also known as the PepsiCo Sculpture Garden, on a 160-acre campus of the company’s global headquarters in Purchase, New York. Walk around the pristine landscape, taking in the 45 works from renowned artists like Rodin and Alexander Calder. Download the PepsiCo Sculpture Garden app for a map and guided audio tour. 

EVENING
  • Dine with History.

    Unwind over fantastic fare by the fire at the Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges. Gourmet pizzas — like the famed French chef’s signature black truffle and fontina — share the menu with American classics in a bucolic, restored inn that dates back to the 1800s. 

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MORNING
  • Breakfast in Bed.

    No need to rush. Enjoy an in-room breakfast from a menu that includes Belgian waffles, fruit smoothies and oatmeal brûlée with fresh berries. 

  • Relaxing Morning.

    Book a 60- or 90-minute massage in Westchester County’s largest, most luxe destination spa at The Ritz-Carlton New York, Westchester. Afterward, unwind in the sauna before a dip in the indoor pool. 

MIDDAY
  • Lunch on the Farm.

    Make your way to Stone Barns, the center for food and agriculture in Tarrytown, New York. Walk around the beautiful grounds of the working farm, then stop for a farm-fresh lunch. The celebrated Blue Hill at Stone Barns serves dinner only, but its Café & Grain Bar is open for fresh-baked goods, salads and other vegetable-centric dishes to take into the serene courtyard. 

AFTERNOON
  • Hudson River Home.

    The stone, ivy-covered John D. Rockefeller mansion, also known as Kykuit, features 40 rooms in six stories. Tour the home as well as the impeccably maintained gardens dotted with fountains and sculptures by Picasso, Louise Nevelson and other artists, and stop to take in the sweeping views of the Hudson River. 

EVENING
  • Cocktails on the Hudson.

    Head south for about 20 minutes to find Harvest on Hudson, in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. On a warm evening, have a cocktail at the outdoor bar that overlooks the river.

  • Steak Dinner.

    Return to the hotel for dinner at BLT Steak. Order the 28-day dry-aged prime porterhouse, paired with a bottle of red from the restaurant’s award-winning wine list.