Plan Ahead for Some of the Best Attractions in Westchester

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Westchester County Tourism Recommends Summer Itineraries That Make Planning Easy; Plus, Get Ready For the Toughman Toughkids Triathlon and the American Gold Cup

It’s not too late to plan a weekend in Westchester this summer. Whether visiting with family, friends or solo, there’s so much to do in the heart of the Hudson Valley. Westchester County Tourism has provided a variety of itineraries designed to meet every visitors’ special interest – with activities from live music and family activities, to driving adventures and a tasting tour, visitors will never want to leave Westchester.

“Westchester has a wide range of programs, activities and events available to explore,” County Executive Robert P. Astorino said. “Visitors do not have to travel far to have a great time. Westchester has it all.”

The following is a sample of some of Westchester County’s Favorite Escapes and upcoming attractions:

Westchester’s Summer Escapes
Adventure Seekers: Looking to get outside and really be adventurous? Westchester is the perfect place to take the kids out for a hike or link up with an old pal and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Hudson River. L.L Bean Outdoor Discovery gives those interested in water sports a chance to paddle board or kayak at Five Islands Park on the Long Island Sound. Or stay on land and enjoy Croton Point Park’s 508 acres of pure beauty. Although Anthony’s Nose is a strenuous 3.5 hour hike, the view of the Hudson River from the top is one that visitors don’t want to miss.

Westchester Without a Car: One of the best things about Westchester is its accessibility. No car? No problem! The variety of mass transit available to tourists and residents in the area allows for anyone to get from New York City to Westchester in less than an hour. Metro-North connects all parts of Westchester to Grand Central Terminal. Visitors can cheaply and conveniently get in and out of the city. Enjoy a Metro-North train ride up to Tarrytown Waterfront and experience the Scenic Hudson Riverwalk Park. With tons of delicious restaurants and Pierson Park nearby, a night in Tarrytown will be a memorable one.

Tasting Tour & Picnic: Westchester County may be known for its real estate or the fabulous people that reside here, however this Tasting Tour & Picnic will bring all attendees to some of Westchester’s great restaurants. Start off the day with a delicious brunch at Tarry Lodge in Port Chester which features exquisite Italian trattoria dishes and an all-Italian wine selection while enjoying a waterside view. Crabtree’s Kittle House in Chappaqua may have just about every kind of wine. With a cellar that holds about 65,000 bottles and a list of 6,000 wines that parties may choose from, there’s no wonder that this place is known for having one of the finest collections of wine in the world.

For more of Westchester County’s Favorite Escapes, visit http://escapes.visitwestchesterny.com

Plan Ahead for Upcoming Attractions
Visit the International Gem & Jewelry Show at the Westchester County Center from Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30. The "Original" Classic International Gem and Jewelry Show, Inc. is the Showplace-Marketplace for fine jewelry, loose gems, gold, silver, watches, rings, necklaces, earrings and the "hottest" trending fashion accessories. Buy directly from diverse award-winning designers from around the world. For more information, visit http://www.intergem.com.

Adults and children can show their strength by participating in the 2015 ToughMan ToughKids Triathlon on Sunday, September 13. It includes a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike race and a 13.1-mile run in Croton-on-Hudson. There is also a race for children so that the entire family can join in on the fun. For more information or to register, visit http://www.toughmantri.com.

The American Gold Cup, rated as the United States’ No. 1 competition by the North American Riders Group, returns to Old Salem Farm September 9-13. The state-of-the-art equestrian sports training and event facility, widely recognized by competitors as a premiere venue, welcomes elite equestrian athletes, horse owners, VIPs, celebrities and young riding hopefuls. Enthusiastic fans can gather to enjoy this extraordinary show jumping event. Old Salem Farm is located at 190 June Road in North Salem. For more information, visit http://www.TheAmericanGoldCup.com.

ArtsWestchester has announced the return of the White Plains Jazz Fest, one of the county’s premier music festivals. Jazz Fest 2015 is a four-day jazz and blues celebration featuring seven live music concert events. Spanning from Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27, the festival lineup includes Grammy Awards winners, established musicians, emerging artists, performance poetry and a tasty array of dining options. The concerts are either free or affordably priced and the venues are conveniently located throughout downtown White Plains and accessible by public transportation. For tickets and to learn more, visit http://www.artswestchester.org.

Stay & Play
Summer weekends are fun at Doral Arrowwood Hotel in Rye Brook with the Family Fun Weekend Getaway Package. This package includes: Guest room accommodations; 15 percent off dinner in any food & beverage outlet and two complimentary drink tickets; Check-in at 3:00 p.m.; Full hot breakfast for two adults and two children (12 and under); Family Movie Marathon with Movie Munchies; and Saturday Family Splash at the heated indoor pool from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Rates starting at $149 per night. For more information, visit http://www.doralarrowwood.com or call 855-546-9777.

For the latest events and happenings in Westchester, log onto http://www.visitwestchesterny.com, like us on Facebook (facebook.com/westchestercountytourism), follow us on Twitter @westchestertour or call 1-800-833-9282. To view the Westchester County Destination Guide, please visit http://digital-editions.todaymediacustom.com/westchester-destination/2015/.

About Westchester County Tourism & Film
Tourism & Film is Westchester County’s official destination marketing organization. Its mission is to generate economic benefits by enhancing the image and promoting Westchester County as a premier business and leisure destination in the Hudson Valley region. The Tourism & Film Office in Westchester County is a division within County Executive Robert P. Astorino’s Office of Economic Development.

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