Grand estates to tour. Glorious gardens to explore. As the weather warms and buds turn to blooms, Westchester County is an idyllic destination for a spring getaway – just north of New York City and a short drive or train ride away.
To help travelers plan their trip with ease, the Westchester County Tourism & Film’s Historic Homes and Gardens itinerary outlines two days’ worth of fresh-air activities rounded out with memorable meals and shopping stops.
Untermyer Gardens Conservancy (Yonkers)
This spectacular array of distinct, themed gardens spans everything from The Vista, modeled after the descending stairs at Italy’s famous Villa D’Este, to The Walled Garden, inspired by ancient Indo-Persian gardens. Tip: book a guided Sunset Tour on Sundays to see the gardens in a new light.
Lyndhurst Mansion (Tarrytown)
This Gothic Revival estate on the banks of the Hudson River is an icon of architecture and the perfect spot for aspiring photographers to capture dreamy content. Consider the Rose Garden, Greenhouse & Swimming Pool Tour, which combines Lyndhurst’s history with a discussion of its landscape.
The Abbey Inn and Spa (Peekskill)
Spend the night in a former 1902 convent repurposed as a stylish, secular retreat with spectacular Hudson River views on historic Fort Hill.
John Jay Homestead (Katonah)
Experience American history at founding father John Jay’s home, a State Historic Site, with a self-guided tour of the 62-acre grounds. Make sure to stroll the beautiful sun dial garden, herb garden and terrace garden.
End the adventure with imaginative modern Chinese fare by star chef Dale Talde in the castle-like setting of Tarrytown House Estate.
Lasdon Park & Arboretum (Katonah)
The arboretum’s Famous and Historic Tree Trail honors important events and famous Americans, such as Martin Luther King, Jr. and President John F. Kennedy.