5 Ways to Embrace Fall Fun in Westchester

1. Washington Irving’s Sunnyside in Tarrytown

A visit to Sunnyside in Tarrytown is an enchanted adventure in a romantic landscape and a much-loved riverside home that has been charming visitors for generations.

Hear about Washington Irving’s storied past and how he came to be America’s first internationally famous author, best remembered now for The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and other short stories.

A gently curved path leads to gorgeous views of the Hudson River and reveals the allure of Sunnyside’s unique design, its intimate setting, its bucolic grounds, and its association with a beloved man of letters.

2. Wampus Pond Park

Wampus Pond Park, 102-acres in size, is located at Route 128 in Armonk. Wampus Pond is named after the Indian from whom this land was bought in 1696. Wampus Pond means “opossum”. A recent cultural resources inventory performed by Parker Harrington indicates that early 20th century rock shelters, several Native American artifacts and remnants of historically significant residential developments were found within or near the park. The natural pond, at one time known as Wampus Lake Reservoir, was once part of the New York City water supply. In 1963 the County bought Wampus pond and 93-acres from the City of New York. While the weather is still mild, you can enjoy boating, boat rentals, fishing, nature studies, & picnicking.

3. Birdwatching at Bedford Audubon Society

The Bedford Audubon Society is located at Bylane Farm, 35 Todd Road in Katonah, Westchester County in the Hudson River Valley. The Bedford Audubon Society is a locally based chapter of the 550,000 member National Audubon Society. Founded in Bedford, New York on February 13, 1913, today BAS services much of Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties in southeastern New York State. It is this organization’s mission to promote environmental education, grass-roots activism, public and private conservation efforts, preservation and protection of open space. Bedford Audubon Society owns and manages 594-acres of land at four sanctuaries, all located in northeastern Westchester County. The sanctuaries are open to the general public dawn to dusk and admission is free.

 

4. Apple & Pumpkin Picking at Stuart’s Farm

Located at 62 Granite Springs Road in Somers, the pumpkins at Stuart’s are picked straight from the vine and apples straight from the tree. The fields are stroller-friendly and the kids will love the hayrides on weekends!

5. Stone Barns Harvest Festival

On Saturday, October 6th, head to Pocantico Hills to celebrate the most delicious time of the year! This popular event offers tasty fresh, local food from vendors like Balthazar Bakery, Brooklyn Soda Works, Captain Lawrence, Luke’s Lobster, Mast Brothers, & Ricks Picks.

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