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Winter Adventures

With its proximity to the bustling energy of Manhattan and the picturesque landscapes of the Hudson Valley, White Plains, New York, is the perfect destination for a winter retreat.

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MORNING
  • Breakfast in Inwood.

    This small hamlet, just west of the Bronx, is home to the Indian Road Café. Known for its seasonal menu and farm-to-table fare, Chef Nicholas Williams Wright serves up traditional breakfast items with a coastal flair.

MIDDAY
  • Explore the Cloisters.

    Just on the other side of Inwood Hill Park from Indian Road Café, you will find the Cloisters, an outpost of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Upper Manhattan’s Fort Tryon Park. The stately stone building overlooking the Hudson is the perfect respite from the chilly winter air, featuring European medieval art and seasonally themed music and holiday events. 

AFTERNOON
  • Train Show at New York Botanical Garden.

    This National Historic Landmark is the largest botanical garden in any city in the country, and one of the most magnificent. From the end of November to mid-January, guests can enjoy the truly spectacular Holiday Train Show, a model train experience featuring nearly a half-mile of track and 150 landmarks re-created from organic materials.

EVENING
  • Cozy Dinner.

    Cozy up with a glass of your favorite wine and a delicious menu of steak and seafood at BLT Steak. It’s the perfect place to warm up after a day full of winter adventures.

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MORNING
  • Beacon-Bound.

    About one hour northwest of White Plains, Beacon is a small city on the Hudson River — and home to Bank Square Coffeehouse. This charming spot features an artisanal coffee and tea menu as well as beer, snacks, pastries and more.

MIDDAY
  • Art on the River.

    The Dia:Beacon is right on the Hudson River and showcases art from the 1960s to present in a former Nabisco box printing factory. Guided tours are offered on weekends, or wander the cavernous space, soaking up the contemporary art at your own pace. 

AFTERNOON
  • Incline Railway.

    This restored mountainside railway system takes guests up to the top of Mount Beacon, affording unparalleled views of this wintry wonderland landscape. 

  • Get in the Spirit.

    After your mountain excursion, warm up at Denning’s Point Distillery. Enjoy award-winning spirits like Beacon Bourbon, Maid of the Meadow — a wheat-based variety made with wild herbs and honey — and Beacon Apple Brandy, using local apples. Stop in for a tasting and (on Saturdays) a relaxed tour of the facility. On the second Saturday of each month, the distillery hosts blues bands and mixes up signature cocktails.

EVENING
  • Winter Waterfall Views.

    Housed in a restored, beautiful brick factory, the Roundhouse is a cozy riverside restaurant with floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook Beacon Falls. Dine on dishes made from Hudson Valley farm ingredients, and try the Nose to Tail tasting board with pigs ears and country pâté. 

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MORNING
  • A Brisk Stroll.

    Nestled within Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Swan Lake is an idyllic place to take a winter stroll, complete with stunning views and even the occasional deer spotting.

  • Red Barn Bakery.

    Cap off your morning with a delicious local pastry from Red Barn Bakery in Irvington. Options are endless, using local ingredients and unique recipes. And there are plenty of choices for the gluten-free and vegan diners, as well.

MIDDAY
  • Ski the Thunder Ridge.

    Situated near Wonder Lake and Cranberry Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Thunder Ridge Ski Area is the perfect place to hit the slopes, whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned pro. Take lessons, hit the trails and even ride the Metro-North Ski Train, which takes you right into the heart of New York City.

  • Tavern Tidings.

    Whether you need a break from the slopes or prefer a cozy spot to wait while others enjoy Thunder Ridge, McGrath’s Tavern is the ideal spot to hole up with a book and a brew. 

AFTERNOON
  • Holiday Showtime.

    Many local theaters run holiday-themed performances from late November to early January. The Westchester Broadway Theatre performs the beloved classic “White Christmas,” and the Old Dutch Church in Sleepy Hollow is known for its production of the Charles Dickens mainstay, “A Christmas Carol.” The winter months also bring numerous versions of “The Nutcracker” as well as various chamber music performances.

EVENING
  • Light Up the Season.

    Winter wouldn’t be complete without thousands of twinkling, festive lights. Luckily, Westchester has just that at Winter Wonderland. This outdoor festival features wintry refreshments, attractions, special events and a choreographed outdoor light show featuring more than 2.5 million LED lights.

  • Oceanside Oysters.

    Cap off your evening with the fresh tastes and gourmet creations of Saltaire Oyster Bar and Fish House in Port Chester. With a menu that changes daily, you’re sure to get the freshest seafood offerings available. And don’t forget about the cornbread — a perfectly sweet and nostalgic way to end an eventful winter’s day.