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Attending an ArtsWestchester Event, because it helps me realize the talent and vibrant arts community that exists outside of NYC

Boating down the Hudson with the Business Council of Westchester with Hornblower New York 

Café of Love in Mount Kisco. This jewel has consistently great food in a charming setting, plus owner Leslie Lampert makes everyone feel like a most valued friend. 

Dante’s Deli on Central Avenue. Delicious food, like it was made by Mama or Grandma in a traditional Italian household. 

Elephant Trunk’s fine fashion. Everyone deserves
a gorgeous special-occasion dress!

Floating in a boat (or watching others float) at the Glen Island Harbour Club, site of the Best of Westchester party. Not to be missed!

Giving back to others. There are so many opportunities to give back in this community, and not-for-profits could use the volunteers. One favorite is participating in Reading Buddies at the Yonkers Library. 

Hobbs, a great new store in The Westchester. Beautiful clothes with a classic design that fit real people and are reasonably priced. 

iFLY Westchester at Ridge Hill. It’s a lot less scary than jumping out of a plane. 

Joining friends [at Paramount Hudson Valley in Peekskill] to hear world-renowned violinist Daisy Jopling, who plays classical pieces spiced up with gypsy music, Irish folk, tango, and original compositions.

Alana Sweeny

Food at the Café of Love 

Kara Mac Shoes. This Mount Kisco-based designer’s shoes are convertible: one shoe, many looks.

Lyndhurst. Strolling the grounds takes you to another time, when life was so different from today’s hustle and bustle.

Meeting Michael Schmutzer, executive chef at Doral Arrowwood. He’s a fabulous chef, and it’s a perfect venue for the United Way gala (April 6 this year). 

Not-for-Profit Leadership Summit. The United Way’s event (May 1, 2017, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Tarrytown) brings together approximately 700 volunteer and professional leaders in the not-for-profit sector.

Observing the planets and stars in the planetarium at the Hudson River Museum.

Interior of the planetarium

Piglets at Muscoot Farm, especially on a spring afternoon. Stroll around, bring a picnic lunch and let out your inner child.

Quiet Man Public House in Peekskill. A great place to go for some Irish music, trivia, and great company. 

Red Hat on the River in Irvington. A wonderful menu, a beautiful view, and a restaurant with ambience (and good drinks!). 

Stew Leonard’s. Stew’s not only has the best chocolate milk in town, it also has managed to make grocery-shopping fun. 

Traveling via Metro-North train. Relax and work or read a book with none of the hassle of driving. On the Hudson line, the view is spectacular.

Uniting the county to address complex problems with the United Way. 

Vowing my undying love to my honey with a special custom-created letter “V” made of chocolate, sea salt, and caramel from Chocolations in Mamaroneck. 

Whispering Pines Garden Center in Yorktown Heights. Be transported to the Tropics in their indoor greenhouse.

X-ing over from White Plains to Larchmont to the Music School of Westchester, to hear my favorite 5-year-old in concert, playing the xylophone. 

Yelling for baskets by the Westchester Knicks. 

Zipping up my coat and walking the North County Trailway in Yorktown.  

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