Today is the official last day of summer. It’s a bummer. And you’re probably at work. But in case it’s not too late to fake an illness and play hooky, we’ve put together a little roadmap for how to throw caution to the wind, autumn be damned, and spend the rest of this September 21 awash in soothing and recreational bliss.
Final Day of Summer Fun Crawl, Stop 1: Plaintive Tour Through Hammond Museum’s Japanese Stroll Garden, North Salem
Innisfree in Millbrook is lovely, but it’s far for Westchesterites. Hammond’s multi-sensory, serene landscapes are awe-inspiring in their tranquility, a rare and necessary escape amid our densely populated county.
Final Day of Summer Fun Crawl, Stop 2: Picnic At Croton Gorge Park, Cortlandt
Unless having a savory brunch or lunch at the base of the beatific Croton Dam is beneath you. (See what we did there?)
Final Day of Summer Fun Crawl, Stop 3: Ogle the Hudson Along Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown’s RiverWalk Section
From the overlooked POVs of Kingsland Point Park, onward past the historic lighthouse (before the adjacent lot is besieged with construction equipment) and carrying on alongside the majestic river through Tarrytown’s renovated Pierson Park, your breath shall be taken forthwith.
Final Day of Summer Fun Crawl, Stop 4: Fine Froyo at Brrzaar, Irvington
Sure, it’s got a weird name, but this renovated train-station house-turned-sweets shop also boasts the best gourmet frozen-yogurt toppings around, and you can sit at one of their grassy outdoor picnic tables and mock all the commuters whizzing by on Metro-North.
Final Day of Summer Fun Crawl, Final Stop: Get Your Brine On at Saltaire Oyster Bar and Fish House, Port Chester
Smell the Byram River, slurp some appropriately named Summersides, close your eyes, and pretend you’re still on vacation in Cape Cod. Then curse us on your way back to work tomorrow.
Photo by John Bruno Turiano
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