Westchester County, New York, is a lush area filled with nature and history. Only an hour north of New York City, it’s a great escape from the concrete jungle. Many New Yorkers choose to stay in Westchester to decompress from city life, while others travel here to visit its small and charming towns surrounded by forest. Westchester is a destination that gives you all the peace and quiet of the great outdoors, while also providing easy access to entertaining day trip activities.
Explore Your Inner Kid
If you’re traveling with family, be sure to stop at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester, an indoor LEGO playground that offers fun all year round. The center has two indoor rides, 10 LEGO build and play zones, and a 4D cinema. If you thought the LEGO movie was entertaining, just wait until you see what LEGO’s 4D cinema is serving up. After a movie, test out the center’s new virtual reality raceway, where you can try to outspeed your fellow racers, including a pirate, surfer, wizard, and pharaoh. Then team up with one of LEGO’s expert playmakers where you can refine the art of LEGO construction! Check out Doral Arrowwood’s seasonal LEGOLAND Holiday Brictacular package that includes admission to the park along with welcome LEGO-themed cookies and milk upon arrival.
Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous
The Rockefeller’s famous family estate, Kykuit, is another Westchester gem. Located in Sleepy Hollow, near the Hudson River, Kyuit is an impressive 40-room mansion, with a name that means “lookout” in Dutch. Apart from the town of Sleepy Hollow’s own intriguing history and lore, Kykuit stands tall as a piece of American memorabilia. Rockefeller was the richest man during his time alive, and the manor has housed four generations of the Rockefeller family. Walking through its halls, you can easily imagine what it might be like to live as an aristocrat during Rockefeller’s time. Now, the home is part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and goes through routine maintenance so it can stand the test of time.
Venture to the Big Apple
Still hankering for some city adventures? Take a scenic train ride south on the Doral Arrowwood’s Polar Express. Doral Arrowwood is a top Westchester resort and arranges a unique train day trip for all interested guests. Hop on the train at Port Chester and exit at the famous Grand Central Station in New York City, where you can experience all the hustle and bustle of the Big Apple. This special package gives travelers onboard snacks, spacious accommodations, and breakfast. Wintertime is the perfect time to take the Polar Express as you can see the rural New York landscape transform before your eyes with the turn on the season.
Doral Arrowwood is an expansive countryside retreat outside of New York City. With over 114 acres of property, the resort will give you the remote feeling you’ve been searching for but is still located near enough to all the day trips above if you want to take a break from paradise. Surrounding scenery includes the Hudson River and the Hudson State Park Preserve, famous for its mountain landscapes and hiking trails. The resort itself has a fitness center, indoor pool—perfect for taking a wintertime dip, and an English-style pub with a full menu that will satisfy your appetite. Staying at the resort this time of year means you’ll have all the comforts of home and the beauty of New York window right outside your window.