Last week I hosted an amazing blogger campaign for one of my favorite places in the tri state – Westchester County.
First I have to say – How amazing that the Department of Tourism and Film recognizes the value of bloggers and new media. Businesses in Westchester are truly fortunate to have this valuable recognition and support from the dept of tourism.
My coverage will be in multiple parts…because there is simply too much to cover.
! I just love showing off this fab county to others. Being a resident of Westchester County for 10 yrs, I have bragging rights ya know!
So here’s a recap of day one:
After being picked up at Grand Central Station – We headed north via scenic views of the Hudson Valley. Stopping by Yonkers, NY to see their revitalization efforts for downtown Yonkers and hearing about the history of the town. Visit – YONKERS for more info.
We drove up Tarrytown and Irvington, where author Washington Irving lived and wrote The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. He found the names of his characters for the book on tombstones at nearby Sleepy Hollow Cemetary. Who knew!
Our first stop was at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture where we got an amazing tour of the farm, went egg collecting and a behind the scenes look at the kitchen and had a fantastic lunch.
If you haven’t been to Blue Hill at Stone Barns..GET THEE TO BLUE HILL ASAP! t’s one of my most favorite restaurants and after this baby come flying out of my belly, I hope to go there for my first post baby meal. The full tasting with the wine course all 4 hours of it!
Lily and I love going to Stone Barns – the farm in Pocantico Hills located in Westchester County NY. Her favorite activity is the egg collecting.
Stone Barns also offers cooking classes for kids, where the kids harvest their veggies and then head to the kitchen to cook and eat their food.
Among the many programs for adults, they have a beer making class and several cooking classes. Something matt would love. So head on over to Stone Barns to spend a day at the roaming through their gorgeous farms and stop by the cafe or restaurant for some grub.
Next, we headed over to the union Church at Pocantico Hills, this space is known for its stunning Chagall and Matisse windows. The last known works of Henri Matisse is housed in the rose window at this church.
Next we headed over to the Hilton Westchester located in RYE.
The Hilton just went through a MAY-JAH renovation. The lobby and other areas got a serious upgrade and I for one was pleasantly surprised by the new changes. Most which you would NOT expect from a major hotel chain. The small details are what count here… and staying at the Hilton for the duration of this press trip was like staying at a boutique hotel. Among the many things I loved:
- Bathroom toiletries were Peter Thomas Roth – a very trendy line of high-end shampoos and conditioners and body lotions.
- Incredibly friendly and helpful staff.
- 2 gorgeous pools – one outdoors and one indoors.
- And lets not forget the restaurant HEARTH – Farm to table food created by a very talented Chef Raphael.
Our dinner was a fab gazillion course meal complete with Duck prosciutto – yes there is such a thing and it was amaze! and one of my favorites… BACON JAM… yep just like I said. Bacon and Jam and a few other ingredients mixed in, this jam was something to write home about for sure.
The food was really great and you know I looove to eat and go out to eat at some fab places all the time. I was so surprised by this quality and taste and farm to table menu. Not what one would expect from a Hilton Chain. The powers that be at Hilton told me how they made a thought out decision to really change these things so guests can expect the unexpected and get a world-class experience in the comfort of their hotel. And it works!
After a 4 hour meal, we headed to the Pier Restaurant and Tiki Bar on the grounds as the famed Playland park. What a gem. I have to say in the 10 years I have lived in Westchester, I had never know about this amazing spot. It’s like a vacation without going anywhere. Located right on the water you can see views of NYC and Long Island across the sound. Great way to end the day!
Day 2 coming up! stay tuned.
* I hosted a big ole Blogger- Media outreach campaign with Westchester County Tourism and Film. Very honored to be asked to head this campaign up…We have more exciting things coming up this fall stay tuned*