It’s not much of a secret that Westchester is home to some of the best parks and hiking trails around, but did you know that it also holds some of the most idyllic and scenic picnic spots? Throw down that checkered blanket and enjoy a meal with a loved one while experiencing the great outdoors.
– The Perfect Picnic –
Drop by one of these verdant, tranquil spots to set up the ideal alfresco repast.
Kensico Dam Plaza
A popular spot for power walkers, joggers, and bikers, this Valhalla gem on the National Register of Historic Places also offers ample grass on which to enjoy a leisurely meal with a view.
Lasdon Park Arboretum
Though picnicking is allowed only in designated areas, the sheer beauty of this secluded Katonah arboretum, with 234 acres of lovingly manicured gardens, a conservatory, and forest preserve, make this a prime spot to while away the hours.
Ward Pound Ridge Reservation
At an incredible 4,315 acres, the county’s largest park boasts a vast expanse of trails and plenty of super-secluded nooks, grassy hills, and scenic outcroppings on which to rest that wicker basket.
Bronx River Parkway Reservation
This 13-mile linear park is the oldest in the county, featuring rustic wooden bridges, babbling brooks, and intimate ponds perfect for picnicking.
– Open-Air Fare –
You won’t find stale wedges or soggy salads on this list of exceptional eateries set to supply your next premier picnic.
This brand-new Hastings-on-Hudson eatery and shop is run by the masterminds behind the popular Boro6 Wine Bar. Stock up on a range of picnic-perfect treats, including baked goods, soups, salads, cheese, roasted meat, and even some fresh-cut flowers or a vintage platter to up the elegance.
Try some takeout from this beloved Larchmont bakery/eatery known for its approachable offerings. Whether it’s a gourmet salad (like one stunner topped with Cajun chicken and caramelized onions) or a fan-favorite sandwich, practically any picnic will get a big boost from these oh-so-satisfying eats.
Plum Plums Cheese
Sometimes simplicity is the name of the game, so if a cheese board sounds like ideal picnic fare, be sure to drop by this outstanding Pound Ridge gem. Focusing on handcrafted cheese from around the world, Plum Plums sells perfectly portable chocolate bars, olive oils, and other treats to go along with its legendary grilled cheese sandwich.