Westchester has always had a strong agrarian background. Celebrate that rich heritage with this itinerary, sent to us by the folks at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, and built around a visit to the Stone Barns Center itself. Farmers Markets, a historic church, beer and ice cream are all wrapped up in this falltastic retreat.
- Blue Hill at Stone Barns
One more stop! At the end of the day, after the hike, the tour, the walk, the art, the beer and the ice cream, return to Stone Barns Center and visit this elegant restaurant. Seating in the dining room is by reservation only, but the bar is a first-come-first served area. Enjoy creative cocktails that feature Stone Barns Center’s produce and herbs and some treats off the bar menu. Relax and savor the gems that make up Westchester!www.bluehillfarm.com
630 Bedford Road | Tarrytown, NY 10591 | T: (914) 366-9600
- Pleasantville Farmers Market
Start your morning out at a local farmers market. Talk to a few farmers and pick up a morning bite – a fresh-baked seasonal muffin, a bunch of just-picked carrots, some bread and cheese (for a midmorning picnic!).www.communitymarkets.biz
Memorial Plaza off Manville Road | Plesantville, NY 10570 | T: (914) 923-4837
- Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Head out for a hike: our favorite hiking trails are right next to Stone Barns Center. Westchester’s trails are vast; the Westchester Land Trust offers information about the many options. Here’s a tip: some of the Rockefeller State Park Preserve trails lead straight to Stone Barns!www.friendsrock.org
125 Phelps Way | Plesantville, NY 10570 | T: (914) 762-0209
- Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture
Next, head to the farm! It’s open to the public Wednesday-Sunday from 10am-5pm year round. There are a variety of ways to experience the farm. Stop into the Farm Store/Visitor Center to pick up a self-guided tour or sign up for a staff-led tour or a hands-on program. iPhone users can download the Stone Barns Center app for the most up-to-date information, straight from the farmers. If you don’t have an iPhone of your own, that’s no problem—borrow one from the Farm Store and head out to explore the farm. From dynamic updates and farm-inspired recipes to a farm facts game for kids, there is something for everyone on the app! Be sure to leave a time at the end of your visit to peruse the well-curated selection of books and products in the Farm Store. For more information on Stone Barns Center’s offerings for foodies, families and beginning farmers, visit www.stonebarnscenter.org.
Tip: A different Stone Barns staff member leads the 90-minute “Insider’s Tour” of the farm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, all year round.
Farm’s-eye-view: While visiting the vegetable field, be sure to walk all the way to the top of the hill near the grape vines and take a moment to savor the view! In the fall you’ll be able to see the Hudson River and the gorgeous foliage.
After a walk around the farm—visiting the pigs in the woodlands, the sheep out on pasture and the tomatoes in the field—you’ve certainly earned a bite to eat. Visit Blue Hill Café for a late lunch—a taste of the farm that includes fresh baked goods and vegetable salads prepared in the Blue Hill at Stone Barns kitchen.
Tip: In the café, pick up a dozen farm-fresh eggs from the pastured hens at Stone Barns—you’ll never taste a more delicious egg!
630 Bedford Road | Pocantico Hills, NY 10591 | T: (914) 366-6200
- The Blue Pig
For those who would prefer a sweet treat instead of a sudsy one, visit The Blue Pig in Croton for delicious ice cream. The owners use Hudson Valley milk and cream and source ingredients from local farms, including Stone Barns.www.yelp.com
121 Maple Street | Croton on Hudson, NY 10520 | T: (914) 271-3850
- The Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
For those who are over 21 and enjoy good beer, don’t miss a stop at this tasting room in nearby Elmsford. They have 12 taps and feature beers that can only be sipped at the brewery itself.www.captainlawrencebrewing.com
444 Saw Mill River Road | Elmsford, NY 10523 | T: (914) 741-2337
- Union Church
Just down the road hidden art treasures await at this historic church: magnificent stained glass windows by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall. Check the Union Church’s website for hours and tours.www.hudsonvalley.org
555 Bedford Road | Pocantico Hills, NY 10591 | T: (914) 631-2069
- Where to Stay
Westchester County offers a wide variety of hotels. Whether you are newlyweds looking for a bit of romance, a family of four watching your budget, or a business traveller requiring a business center, we're sure one of our hotels will accommodate your needs.Westchester Hotel List