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.
Kick off your day with something sweet and old fashioned from Galloway’s Bakery (69 Harney Rd, 914.725.4074). 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.
Take 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) 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.
Make your way into the village. Before lunch, swing by Zachys (16 E Pkwy, 914.874.8000) 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.
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) for hearty Italian comfort food, such as polpette al sugo and homemade gnocchi.
Time to hit some of Scarsdale’s boutiques. En route, make a stop at Stop by Galloway’s Bakery, hit Vernon Hills Shopping Center for some shopping therapy, and finish off the day with a walk at the Greenburgh Nature Center. (37 Popham Rd, 914.723.8738) and survey the current exhibit of contemporary pieces.
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). Shop the latest trends in men’s fashion at Rothmans (1 Boniface Cir, 914.713.0300).
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), for a timeless selection of Rolex watches.
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). The 33-acre nature preserve welcomes visitors until dusk.
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).