It's hard not to like this lovely waterfront town.
Call it Serenity by the Sea. With its picturesque village, stately homes and seaside location on the Long Island Sound, Larchmont offers big rewards for city slickers looking to put down roots in a charming small town. But here’s the biggest draw: If you move to Larchmont, you’re moving to the beach. Residents of Larchmont can join the Larchmont Manor Park Society, which has 300 sandy feet of private beach for members to use during summer (passes cost $580 for the season).
“One of my qualifications for our future town was that the place we moved had to be on the water because I grew up at the beach,” says Tori B., who moved to Larchmont from Manhattan with her husband and two children in 2011. “There is a very strong sense of community here and I think most people are very proud of that.” [...]
The experts at Pink on Palmer tell us the secret ingredient.
February can be a tough month for one’s self-esteem. If you’re anything like me, you may have pale, dry skin and a static-head of hair, hence making me want to wear a bag on my head most days.
Obviously, everyone can’t get away for a warm weather break, and if that’s you, we’ve got good news. No tropical sun? No problem. We asked the experts at Pink on Palmer, a charming cosmetics and gift boutique in Larchmont, how you can get the post-vacation glow without going anywhere. [...]
Westchester's guide to drop-in arts and crafts for kids.
Westchester’s kids love arts and crafts. And we love art studios that let us walk-in and create a masterpiece! The following art studios will let you do just that. A few places recommend a phone call or reservation, but most have times that you can just show up and be creative. So, dress your kids in old clothes (you might want to do the same) and pick your passion, from painting pottery to tie dying, you and your kids can get crafty!
Many of the following art studios also offer classes, camps and birthday parties. I have only provided information on when you can walk-in and play, without enrolling in a class.
A Maze in Pottery, Inc. in Briarcliff Manor welcomes walk-ins without a registration (unless you’re a party of 5 or more) during their regular business hours of Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 6pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 8 pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm (closed on Mondays.) Pay the cost of the pottery you choose (piggy banks, mugs, garden plaques, pitchers, plates and more) plus a studio fee of $8 for the first hour and $4 for each additional hour. Paints are all non-toxic, lead free and food safe. Pottery prices are $5 -$80. There is no studio fee on Tuesdays for kids (ages 4 and under) from 11am – 3pm. The first and last Sunday of every month families can paint all day for a studio fee of $15. Check their website for more specials. A Maze in Pottery: 75 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor; 914-502-0088 [...]
I don't care what the groundhog does -- we've got an amazing weekend planned!
Happy February, Westchester! This winter is trudging along and we’re all feeling the slump, but there are plenty of activities to get you moving this weekend. Even if that groundhog decides to go back to bed, we’re heading out the door for some fun. Check out our favorites and even more on our daily calendar.
By the way, don’t forget to enter the hottest dad you know in our Westchester’s Hottest Dads Contest!
Get your weekend started with Cosmic Skate Night at Hommocks Ice Rink in Larchmont. Skate to your favorite music coordinated to cosmic disco lights on the ice. Join the fun every Friday night from 7:15pm – 9:15pm. Cost: $8 adults, $7 kids under 12 and $4 skate rental. (Discounts apply for residents.) For more info check out their website. At Boston Post Road and Weaver Street, located behind Hommocks Middle School; 914-834-1069 [...]
Order your bow off the menu or create one that is all your own.
At The Bow Bar you can order your bows with a monogram, custom charm, extra tails or straight up. Bows are interchangeable with their head bands and you can get yours in any color of the rainbow. Where else can you get a bow in light orchid with a hot pink monogram? Or a light pink bow with a pink chevron charm and your child’s name in green? You can get any bow you can dream up at The Bow Bar.
Order from the menu: The Socialite is 4.5″ wide with a monogram and is the perfect bow for every day. Choose from a wide selection of colors and monogramming styles. ($16 each.) The Mini Socialite is 3″ wide for $8. The Charmer has a customized charm like a monogram, cupcake, ballet slippers, polka dots, child’s age and more. Available in three sizes with charms for $12 – $16 and $6 – $10 without the charm.
Have you made your New Years plans yet?
Who doesn’t love a good party and an even better reason to celebrate? We told you about our favorite restaurants offering exciting menus for New Year’s Eve and here are a few more ideas (one for the kids, too!) to ring in the New Year. No need to drive into the city, we have all the action right here in Westchester.
“Ring in the New Year at Noon” in downtown New Rochelle at their annual celebration on December 31 starting at 10:30 am. Enjoy face painting, crafts, martial arts and sports demos, snacks, magician, clowns, games and more. With a countdown at noon and a balloon release with thousands of brightly-colored balloons, kids can experience the excitement of the holiday without venturing into the city and staying up late. Jimmy Fink of 107.1 will host this event that’s geared towards kids ages 2 to 10. Location: New Roc City (in the Atrium), 33 LeCount Place, New Rochell. Cost: Download free tickets on their website and parking is free, too. [...]
We fell in love with these personalized ornaments from Wendy Gee.
When I saw these hand painted, personalized holiday ornaments at Wendy Gee in Larchmont, I knew these classic ornaments would brighten up any tree with charming winter scenes and animals. Every ceramic ornament has a flip side with an oh-so-stylish trendy pattern (think: chevron!). The hand painted designs give these colorful ornaments so much personality, but it’s the monogram that makes these ornaments special.
Ornaments are designed by artists Donna Ingemanson and Jill McDonald, and a similar monogrammed ornament can be found in the Land of Nod catalog. Order them from Wendy Gee! today for $19 each. A great gift for nieces, nephews, friends and neighbors. I’m looking forward to letting my girls pick out their favorites.
Wendy Gee: 1949 Palmer Avenue, Larchmont; 914-834-8507.
A children's bookshop in Larchmont inspires readers -- young and old.
The Voracious Reader, a children’s bookshop in Larchmont, is Westchester’s very own “Shop Around the Corner.” If you don’t remember the reference, the latter was the name of the charming children’s bookstore run by Meg Ryan’s character in the 1998 movie “You’ve Got Mail.”
The Voracious Reader, which is carefully curated by owner Francine Lucidon, has books for every age, from touch-and-feel board books for babies to beautifully illustrated picture books for the preschool set and easy readers for elementary aged kids.
But the Voracious Reader isn’t just a place to buy a book — it’s a place to bond with your children over books. “Think of books as a way to share an experience with your child,” says Lucidon. “You’re beginning a conversation about books, which is how you have a conversation with them about the world.”
You can buy books for your kids just about anywhere these days, even superstores like Costco, but Lucidon’s Voracious Reader offers something few booksellers can offer: expertise. [...]
Harvest Fest at Stone Barns plus Eastchester's Columbus Day Carnival and Parade.
This weekend is packed with so many options for you and your family – browse the Bronxville Village’s sidewalk sale for bargains, rock out at the Eastchester Columbus Day Carnival with live music and thrilling rides or head to the country… or almost the country… at Stone Barns for their annual Harvest Fest. And have you checked out Boo at the Zoo at the Bronx Zoo? Good thing Monday is a holiday!
A fall Shakespeare in the Park. Plus, make-your-own Halloween decorations.
When the air turns cooler, we all look for an excuse to spend time outdoors. Here are five rocking events that might just make your weekend.
Plenty to Do in Pleasantville
Head to Pace University this weekend for one last Shakespeare in the Park, only this one is *not* to be missed. On Saturday, September 29 at 4pm and Sunday, September 30 at 3pm, one of the world’s “most renowned Shakespeare companies” will be performing Hamlet on an open-air stage next to the lake at Pace’s Pleasantville campus. The production is the same show that ran at London’s Globe theater in 2011, and it’s extremely rare to find a London-based show in Westchester; it will be in NYC the following week. The show is entirely FREE. Bring a blanket, pack a picnic and head to Pace, rain or shine. Pace University, 861 Bedford Road, Pleasantville; see the flyer here.
There’s nothing better than some bargain shopping on a crisp fall day. The Hudson Chorale Society is holding their annual Giant Tag Sale this Friday, September 28 and Saturday, September 29 from 9am to 4pm, also in Pleasantville. I’ve never been, but I’ve heard that you can score some major deals on toys, children’s books, furniture, small appliances, jewelry, art, etc. Maybe head to the tag sale, have lunch up the road at Le Jardin de Roi in Chappaqua (brie burger!), and then take the kiddies to Shakespeare in the Park at Pace. Fun! Tag sale is located at 107 Bedford Road, Pleasantville (corner of Manville Road and Route 117). [...]
It's sidewalk sale season. Plus, a treasure hunt!
Hello, September. It’s time to start shopping. Before you head to the mall, head to one of Westchester’s walkable villages. With sidewalk sales in full swing, you don’t have to go far to find a bargain.
Shops along Palmer Avenue will be offering special sales at the Larchmont Sidewalk Sale on September 6, 7, and 8 from 10am to 6pm. Last year, shoppers went mad for the huge selection of deeply discounted shoes in front of Love Shoes, but numerous merchants are taking part in the special sales days. Palmer Avenue, Larchmont.
Mount Kisco’s Sidewalk Sales Days are Saturday, September 8 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday, September 9 from noon to 4pm. In addition to sales and discounts and over 150 vendors, there will be carnival rides for kids, live music by Lisa Jane Lipkin & Fred Gillen, a singing contest, an art show sponsored by the Mount Kisco Public Library, and demonstrations by Black Belt Tae-Kwon Do and Pied Piper Youth Theater. Located in the heart of Mount Kisco at South Moger Avenue and Shopper’s Park. [...]
Think of these outings as the perfect before or after lunch activity.
Tired of the village pool or lugging all of your stuff to the Hamptons for the weekend. Why not chill out? We’ve got some super low-key ideas for what to do with your family this weekend. Hello, dog days of summer.
ps. How about a pretty backyard dinner at sunset? That’s what I’m in the mood for these days.