Pelham Day Trip: How to Plan a Perfect 24 Hours in Town

From inspiring eats to artistic centers that will feed your soul, there's a lot going on in Pelham, and it's all worth a visit.

For the most part, Pelham’s reputation hinges on its short commute to Grand Central, its move-here-worthy public schools, and a fine-arts movie theater with a tradition of drawing big-name stars. But this town has more going on, from public art and cool coffee shops to classic slice joints and antiquing for a good cause.

Ready for a day trip? If you venture into Pelham, be sure to tag us @westchestermagazine so we can check out your adventures (and maybe even regram them)!

10 a.m. – Start with a cup of coffee from Pelville Coffee & Pastry

Start the day off with a caffeine jolt at Pelville, one of Pelham’s cozy cafes. This spot uses fresh and (when possible) local ingredients to supply Pelham with high-quality baked goods. All of the baked treats are made from scratch, in-house daily. You can pair your morning beverage with a signature sweet such as chocolate croissants, apricot ginger scones, apple Bavarian tarts, and more. Or, grab something off the breakfast menu if you’re craving something heartier. Might we suggest the grilled avocado toast with cheddar, tomato, and red onion?

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300 Fifth Ave, Pelham
914.740.5243

11 a.m. – Walk to the Pelham Art Center to be dazzled

After a morning treat, it’s a short walk to the Pelham Art Center. Inside, the gallery space showcases free exhibits from local and international artists across a multitude of disciplines. Don’t skip the small courtyard, where there’s typically something on display.

155 Fifth Ave, Pelham
914.738.2525

 

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12 p.m. – Grab an authentic New York slice from Pelham Pizza

At only 2.5 square miles, Pelham boasts five corner-slice joints. While residents have strong opinions about which is best, there’s no question that cash-only Pelham Pizza is a favorite. The sausage slice was named among the nation’s 100 best slices by The Daily Meal in 2014, but we’re partial to the lasagna pizza and chicken parmigiana roll.

113 Fifth Ave, Pelham
914.738.3554

1:30 p.m. – Indulge in something sweet from Flower Power

After grabbing a slice, it’s only right to stop by Flour Power, a bakery opened by two besties, to grab a sweet treat. Each and every baked good on display is made by hand and with love. The small-batch bakery serves up chocolate peanut butter, sassy brownie bars, cupcakes, breads, and ice cream.

43 Fifth Ave, Pelham
914.738.1377

 

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3 p.m. – Walk around and explore Wolfs Lane Park

This quaint and peaceful park is the perfect place to walk around before the sun sets and work up an appetite. Located in the heart of Pelham, Wolfs Lane Park is a great place to take a stroll or sit down and enjoy the sights and sounds of Pelham.

5 p.m. – Stay on Wolfs Lane for dinner

Just down the block, Cantina Lobos (217 Wolfs Ln; 914.380.8644) brings a much-needed infusion of Mexican flavors — tequila cocktails, tacos, and chicken in 12-hour mole sauce — and quirky-cool décor to Pelham’s dining scene. For a more formal, white-tablecloth-style dinner, head to La Fontanella (115 Wolfs Ln; 914.738.3008), where tuxedo-clad waiters serve generous plates of fresh pasta.

 

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7 p.m. – Go see a movie at The Picture House

Grab a ticket for whatever’s playing — and a bag of the county’s best movie-theater popcorn — at The Picture House. Established in 1921, the theater was saved from demolition and transformed into a fine-arts theater in 2002, screening box-office hits, indie films, and documentaries in its two theaters.

175 Wolfs Ln, Pelham
914.738.3161

 

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9 p.m. – Get a good night’s sleep at Hotel NoMa

Although there are no hotels in the direct vicinity of Pelham, a few miles up the road lies Hotel NoMa. Located in New Rochelle off I-95, NoMa is the perfect place to stay to have a relaxing night after a full day of exploring and eating your way through Pelham.

1 Radisson Plz, New Rochelle
914.576.3700

 

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