Your 2018 Bucket List
Your 2018 Bucket List: Someday, when you’re playing mahjong in Boca you’ll meet someone you never knew from the ABC towns – a great chance to compare notes and make new friends. Until you get the hairy eyeball when you admit you never made it to one of the local equivalents of the Empire State Building. Make it your New Year’s resolution to check these off your what to do list in 2018. Cause there will be more coming soon!
PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens: The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens at PepsiCo’s World Headquarters in Purchase, NY re-opened on April 1, 2017 after being closed to the public for four years due to a campus-wide renovation of Pepsico’s facilities and grounds. The Gardens features 45 pieces of large-scale outdoor pieces from some of the greatest sculptors of the 20th century. Including Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, August Rodin and Alberto Giacometti. This ninety minute stroll will take you in through stream-lined woods and park like settings with over 6,000 trees from 38 species, lawns, ponds, fountains and formal gardens with topiary, hedges and thousands of flowering bulbs. Read more.
Kykuit: A trip to Kykuit is more than a house tour on steroids. It’s a mini trip to MOMA, Versailles, Storm King and a classic car museum all rolled into one. Built in 1904 by John D. Rockefeller, and re-designed into a grand mansion in 1911 by John D. Jr., Kykuit was home to four generations of Rockefellers. Touring this neoclassical mansion, you will see the Rockefeller’s extensive collection of art from Ming Dynasty ceramics and Oceanus fountain to a Temple of Aphrodite. Then comes Nelson Rockefeller who brings in his collection of modern art from Warhol to Chagall, 20th century sculptures from Henry Moore and Alexander Calder, tapestries of Picasso’s greatest paintings including “Harlequin”, “Three Musicians” and”Girl with a Mandolin” and four generations of classic cars and horse drawn carriages. Read more.
Add this Big Night of Foodie Fun at Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods to Your Bucket List: What To Do made it to one of Chef Mark Kramer’s pop-up Farm Table Tuscan Dinners at Susan Lawrence Gourmet Foods in Chappaqua ast year. And we had too much fun (and good food and wine) not to share. At these semi-annual events, Mark prepares his favorite recipes from his month long cooking retreat to Camporempoli, an 800-year old farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany, It’s an elegant fun night where you’ll meet lots of neighbors and the five course dinner is hard to beat anywhere. Read more.
Glass House Conservatory at Lasdon Park & Arboretum: The new Glass House Conservatory at Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial in Somers is the first new attraction constructed at a county park in many years. The 2,500-square-foot, 28-foot high, glass and steel building is a similar structure to the New York Botanical Garden’s glass conservatory. Already a popular county park for hiking and strolling through its 234 acres of woodlands, meadows and formal gardens, the Glass House elevates Lasdon Park to our Bucket List for anyone living in or around our towns. Read more.
Rockefeller State Park Preserve: From Ward Pound Ridge Reservation to the Greenwich Audubon and Westmoreland Sanctuary, our area hosts a variety of great hiking trails and back to nature experiences. Our favorite by far is the system of 25 miles of carriage paths winding through 1400 acres of Rockefeller State Park Preserve in Pleasantville. Originally designed as horse and buggy carriage trails for the Rockefeller’s, the trails wind around a lake and through stream-line and forested hills and valleys and a pastoral landscape of hayfields and meadows in the Pocantico River watershed. These multi-purpose trails are ideal for year-round activities from strolling, jogging, horseback riding, hiking and cross-country skiing. Read more.
La Crémaillère Tops Our Bucket List: If you think La Crémaillère is a restaurant for blue-haired ladies from Greenwich, you don’t know Greenwich. Or La Crémaillère. La Crème attracts an eclectic mix of date-nighters, power diners and families celebrating a special occasion. And after a good week in the stock market, the front room, filled with local hedgies, can take on a party atmosphere with lots of cross-table chatter. A perennial Top Ten Restaurant in Westchester/Hudson Valley, La Crémaillère was named one of America’s Most Beloved Restaurants by Town & Country, and was voted one of the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America by OpenTable diners in 2017. Read more.
A Day Trip to The Dia Beacon: Put a trip to the Dia Museum in Beacon on your What To Do Bucket List. We did. It’s unlike any museum experience you’ve ever had and once you’ve walked the 160,000 square feet (set your Fitbit and count your steps) you can skip your Zumba class. After the museum, if your feet aren’t barking too loud, there’s 90 acres of riverfront parkland adjacent to Dia’s grounds and lots of foodie fun in nearby Beacon. The Dia, which opened in 2003 is the museum for the Dia Art Foundation’s collection of art from the 1960s to the present. Housed in a former Nabisco box-printing plant situated on 31 acres on the banks of the Hudson, the museum’s permanent and temporary exhibits are dedicated to single artist, site-specific installations. It’s art on steroids in a museum on steroids. Read more.
Caramoor – “This is the nicest theater we’ve ever played in.” – Jorma Kaukonen, Hot Tuna: Jorma (and let us add – he was clearly blown away!) was talking about Caramoor’s Venetian Theater the crown jewel of Katonah. There for six weeks each summer, top performers and up and coming classical, opera, jazz, American Roots and cabaret acts perform. Each year, the Caramoor Summer Festival draws music lovers, day-trippers and picnickers from Manhattan to the Catskills for 29 days and nights of inspired musical programming. The music is great, the park-like grounds offer the best picnicking in Westchester and there’s year round classical, jazz, cabaret and roots music in the historic Rosen House Music Room. Read more.
Storm King Art Center: The Storm King Art Center offers an intoxicating blend of art, nature and hiking. Less than an hour away in New Windsor it is a great day trip that should be on the bucket list of anyone living in Armonk, Bedford & Chappaqua. If you are the in-and-out type you can do it in a morning or an afternoon. Or work in some outlet shopping at the nearby Woodbury Common Premium Outlet and one of the area’s top restaurants and you can kill a whole day. Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years. Set on 500 acres of fields, hills and woodlands it showcases over 100 sculptures from the world’s finest artists carefully sited against scenic backdrops. It’s like a national park of art! Read more.
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival: Set on the grounds of historic Boscobel in Garrison, NY, the 250-acre river front estate of Peter and Elizabeth Dyckman, HVSF is more than a snooty day trip for name-dropping snowbirds. It’s high on What To Do’s bucket list for culture-vultures, sightseers, chill-outs and party people looking for a scenic spot to kick back in some soccer chairs, uncork a cool Sauvignon Blanc and have a picnic. Did we leave anyone out? The New York Times recently named HVSF one of America’s 50 Essential Summer Festivals. And their 2015 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was nominated for a Drama League Award for Outstanding Revival of a Broadway or Off-Broadway Play. Read more.
Red Hat on the River: We’ve been looking for the best riverfront dining to add to our Bucket List for some time. X20 has great river views and world-class food from master chef Peter Kelly but no outdoor tables. Harvest on Hudson has a great riverfront patio but the food is meh! After dining here we decided to put Red Hat on the River on our Bucket List for any season for it’s unique setting, open river views throughout and well served modern French Bistro cuisine. Housed in what was the boiler room of the Lord and Burnham factory, built in 1870, Red Hat’s dining room, with double-height ceilings, floor-to-ceiling white, wood-framed windows and brick, brick, brick is unmatched in our explorations around Westchester. And the Ginger Soy-Glazed Cod, with sesame roasted sugar snap-peas and coconut basmati rice was heaven. Read more.
Earn Bonus Points here! Anthony Newman: Bedford’s High Priest of Bach: Wynton Marsalis called Dr. Anthony Newman “the high priest of Bach.” Time magazine called him “the high priest of the harpsichord”. Six Wednesdays a year, performing and conducting with his Bedford Chamber Concerts in the acoustically significant St. Matthews Episcopal Church, he is the high priest of Bedford Village. Newman has performed The Brandenburg Concertos twelve times at Alice Tully Hall with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Missing the chance to see him “down the block” may not earn you the proverbial hairy eyeball but you can earn serious culture-vulture or townie bonus points if you do.