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Richard Gere, A Castle and Curling: Welcome to Westchester County


Bordering New York City to the north, Westchester County, NY, boasts picturesque main streets, world-class shopping, resplendent gardens, cutting-edge culinary innovation and scenic trails. Surrounded by the beauty of the Hudson River and Long Island Sound, Westchester is a prime destination for business and leisure travel. From cultural itineraries to historic estates, dining experiences and a variety of accommodations, the county is ripe for discovery.

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Hikers, bikers, serious runners and casual walkers can delight in the magnificent series of trail systems that await them throughout the county. Trail details include distances, access points, historical notes, sites of interest and parking locations, if available, near the trails’ main access points. The Bronx River Pathway provides three paved segments extending nine miles in a 807-acre linear park which is ideal for bicycling, nature study, hiking and walking, while Cranberry Lake Preserve offers hiking and walking on 135 acres.

With 35 full-service and specialty hotels, 7,000 hotel rooms and more than 300,000 square feet of meeting space, Westchester is ready to accommodate all aspects of your visit. Located just 30-minutes north of Manhattan in Tarrytown, the landmark Castle Hotel and Spa is majestically perched atop one of the highest points in the Hudson Valley overlooking the historic Hudson River. With over 100 years of history the castle is a regal escape that’s a favorite among dignitaries and celebrities. It sits on ten wooded acres and features 31 luxurious guest rooms and suites along with the renowned Sankara Spa and Equus, its signature fine dining establishment. The exquisite property offers jogging paths and an outdoor swimming pool.

Bedford Post Inn in Bedford is co-owned by Richard Gere. The charming property is home to an eight-room luxury inn, a yoga studio and two distinct restaurants serving sustainable locally grown farm-to-table fare. Guests may choose from five different room layouts, most with a working fireplace to enhance the cozy and romantic feel. All rooms are prepared with Frette linens and towels, and some rooms have a terrace which overlooks the wooded property.

Fine dining abounds throughout the area. The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges cultivates a truly seasonal cuisine with ingredients sourced from the Hudson Valley and New England. Constructed in 1833 as a residence and serving later as an inn, the building has been painstakingly renovated to preserve as many of the original materials as possible, including four working fireplaces. Thomas Juul-Hansen designed the restaurant’s interior with a modern yet rustic sensibility featuring zinc and marble accent stone along with reclaimed wood. The down-to-earth food and contemporary country feel makes the Inn at Pound Ridge a convivial, family friendly restaurant frequented by neighbors and tourists alike. With two dining rooms, two full bars and a candle-only illuminated wine cellar for private dining, the restaurant is equipped to accommodate events of all sizes, from intimate dinner parties to full-scale weddings.

RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen in Tarrytown is set along what used to be a run-down area near the train station, this restaurant is now part of RiverWalk, a trail to connect the River Towns. Designed for serious locavores, RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen is focused on the farmers and producers located throughout the Hudson Valley and beyond who are raising and growing their products naturally, sustainably and humanely. The interior design reflects this philosophy as well and features many beautiful reclaimed wood touches from the Hudson Valley, including a 200-year-old maple chevron patterned floor, a cypress & hemlock ‘mushroom wood’ ceiling, and 150 year old cedar barn siding. The restaurant’s custom designed copper beer tower, the centerpiece of the large rectangular bar, offers locally made draft beers and two wines.

Several off-the-beaten-path attractions are sure to capture the attention of visitors who desire a break from the usual tourist spots. The Balanced Rock, North Salem, is a unique geologic feature in the Hudson Valley that defies gravity. This huge rock that weighs an estimated 60 tons is perched on top of several smaller rocks and is thought to have been deposited there during the glacial period. Curling at the Ardsley Curling Club, Dobbs Ferry, attracts visitors who learn the Olympic sport of curling inside the Ardsley County Club. The club offers men’s, women’s, seniors’ and mixed league competition as well as instructional programs for newcomers and a kid’s program. Guests can relax after the game by the cozy fireplace in the club lounge. Vinyasa Yoga on the farm at Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard, North Salem, hosts relaxing Vinyasa Yoga sessions. Participants are encouraged to connect with nature while enriching the body and soul.

No matter the time of year, visitors to Westchester County will find enough activities and attractions to pique their interest for a week-long vacation or a quick weekend getaway.



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