Let’s face it: Planning a wedding is exhausting. Even just counting down to the big day wearying. And the closer you get, the more eager, excited—and, yes, exhausted—you’re likely to become. What you need before heading down the proverbial aisle is a little break, a little solace, a little fun. And here are some ways to unwind and get in the right pre-nuptials head space here in Westchester:
Catch a Movie at Bow Tie Cinemas Larchmont Playhouse
Sadly, this historic building’s days as an escape from the bustling streets of Westchester might be numbered, so buy a ticket while you can. This cozy theater is a perfect spot to catch new releases outside of the typical multiplex, but get there early—good seats get snapped up quickly.
1975 Palmer Ave., Larchmont
Drink and Make Art at Muse Paintbarâ€‹
When you’re given a glass of wine, some paint, and a canvas, how could anything go wrong? Visit muse with a friend, your future husband, or even your bridesmaids for a casual night out and take a load off while creating a beautiful (or at least passable) souveiner.
84 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains
Take In Modern Classics at Neuberger Museum of Art
Make a quick drive to Purchase and observe works by Edward Hopper, Willem DeKooning, and Georgia O’Keeffe, just to name a few. Moreover, visit for free the first Saturday of every month or on Wednesdays from 5-8 pm, or else enjoy admission for $5 or less.
Purchase College, State University of New York
735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase
Enjoy a Massage at The Ritz-Carlton
If you’re looking for true indulgence, the Westchester Ritz’s Stress-Relief or Relaxation Massages are perfect for a bride-to-be, but the spa offers an array of rejuvenating services.
3 Renaissance Sq., White Plains
Bike the Bronx River Parkway
Select Sundays in May, June, and September offer a sanctuary from the busy roadways of Westchester when the Bronx River Parkways shuts down to cars. Bring a bike, roller blades, or just some comfortable sneakers, and enjoy the 13.1-mile loop between 10 am-1pm.
Bronx River Parkway from Westchester County Center in White Plains to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers
Grab a Novel and Coffee at The Voracious Reader
This independent bookstore offers the perfect retreat for a bride looking to get away from wedding planning for a chapter or two. Browse the shelves and try not to feel relaxed while settling down in the adjoining cafe with a coffee or tea.
1997 Palmer Ave., Larchmont
Chillax at Rye Town Park and Beach
Sometimes, watching the tide go in and out is all you need to clear your head. If the sand and waves appeal to you, grab a towel and head to the waterfront to find your relaxation. And if you’re inclined to go in the offseason, just don’t forget a sweatshirt.
94 Dearborn Ave., Rye (Next to Seaside Johnnies)