A day in Westchester

Katonah museum

So we’re back to winter time. It’s the beginning of a long tunnel of too short days and too cold nights. To give you a little boost, we put together a special daytrip upstate, close to NYC. A culture / hiking / gastronomy trilogy that that will cheer you up.

First stop: the charming hamlet of Katonah, one hour north of Manhattan. The Katonah Art Museum is a hidden gem under the radar of most art-lovers. The space is tiny (managing expectations here: it is NOT another Dia:Beacon) but this pocket-size museum has built a solid reputation thanks to the excellence of its exhibitions. Always worth a stop for bite-sized quality showings. Currently on view, the exhibition “Object Out Loud” by Arman and Nick Cave. It is the bold pairing of artistic leaders in a cross-generational dialogue about object accumulations and an acerbic criticism of the consumer society.
Second stop: Mountain Lakes Park. Just a few miles from Katonah, Westchester’s northernmost county park is an oasis of tranquility with 1,082 acres of trails, lakes and spectacular views. Wander in this velvet forest with orangeish hues and stroll to the lookout that offers a magnificent vista of its three lakes.
After hiking, you will have earned a gastronomic break. Head to North Salem to discover one of our all-time favorite spots: Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish! A country house converted into a farm and restaurant with a superb seafood selection, a great oyster bar and vegetables plucked from the garden outside. The kind of place you never want to leave. Homey, cozy and welcoming… You get the gist.

Katonah Museum of Art, Mountain Lakes Park and Purdy’s: it’s the perfect triptych for a countryside daytrip and to discover the quaint suburban enclave of Westchester.


Katonah Museum of Art
134 Jay St, Katonah

Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish
100 Titicus Rd, North Salem

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