When non-Westchesterites imagine our county, they probably envision stepping off Metro-North into Scarsdale’s charming downtown, with Tudor façades showcasing high-end boutiques and restaurants. In reality, the town stretches for more than six square miles, encompassing a swath of Central Ave, the Greenburgh Nature Center, and Vernon Hills Shopping Center. This Saturday, don’t just go home after making a loop through the village; hop in your car and explore what else Scarsdale has to offer.
10 a.m.: Kick off your day with something sweet and old fashioned from Galloway’s Bakery (69 Harney Rd, 914.725.4074; www.gallowaysbakery.com). Only open Thursday through Sunday, nothing beats the doughnuts – jelly-filled and dusted with powdered sugar, or round and coated in sticky glaze – for an AM sugar fix.
10:30 a.m.: Make the short drive to Vernon Hills Shopping Center. If you can resist taking advantage of post-holiday sales at big-name retailers like Lord & Taylor, West Elm, and Athleta, spend the next hour or so browsing books at the new Barnes & Noble (680 White Plains Rd, 914.472.0689; stores.barnesandnoble.com) concept store — one of only four prototypes in the country. Grab a cappuccino from the on-site restaurant, and take advantage of new features including the 600 sq ft word-search section and cozy, community seating.
12 p.m.: Make your way into the village. Before lunch, swing by Zachys (16 E Pkwy, 914.874.8000; www.zachys.com) to brush up on your wine-geek speak at one of the store’s free winemaker-led tastings (held every Saturday from noon to 4 pm), or try some of the 16 staff selections open for tasting in the Enomatic Tasting Center.
12:45 p.m.: Head over to Garth Road for lunch. Nab a table under the exposed beams and wrought-iron chandeliers at Café Alaia (66 Garth Rd, 914.725.3000; www.cafealaia.com) for hearty Italian comfort food, such as polpette al sugo and homemade gnocchi.
1:45 p.m.: Time to hit some of Scarsdale’s boutiques. En route, make a stop at Madelyn Jordon Fine Art (37 Popham Rd, 914.723.8738; www.madelynjordonfineart.com) and survey the current exhibit of contemporary pieces.
2:15 p.m.: Within a block of the gallery you’ll find shops for every taste. Pamper yourself with new beauty products at Merle Norman Cosmetics (41 Popham Rd, 914.725.7130; www.merlenormanstudio.com). Shop the latest trends in men’s fashion at Rothmans (1 Boniface Cir, 914.713.0300; www.rothmansny.com). Or up your kids’ street style with graphic tanks and chic jackets from Wyatt Lily (1 Chase Rd, 914.472.1930; www.wyattlily.com).
2:45 p.m.: Before you leave town be sure to hit two of our favorite jewelers. Drop some cash on intricately designed cuffs and earrings at Daniele Trissi (14 Spencer Pl, 914.723.4500; www.danieletrissi.com). Then, make your way around the corner and down the block to Wilson & Son Jewelers (18 Chase Rd, 914.723.0327; www.wilsonandsonjewelers.com), for a timeless selection of Rolex watches.
3:30 p.m.: Just a 10-minute drive transforms Scarsdale into something completely different. Escape the hustle and bustle of Central Ave and bundle up for a winter trail walk at Greenburgh Nature Center (99 Dromore Rd, 914.723.3470; www.greenburghnaturecenter.org). The 33-acre nature preserve welcomes visitors until dusk.
5:00 p.m.: Before you head home, warm up from your outdoor excursion with a pint and wings, arguably Westchester’s best, at Candlelight Inn (519 Central Ave, 914.472.9706).