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Wine Festivals, Historic Hiking (and Biking) Trails, Plus Cooler Temperatures To Enjoy Them All In? Here’s How To Make All These Part of Your Summer Itinerary

Summer is prime time for enjoying the outdoors, fresh food and taking long weekends off from work. But, as the days drag on and things (literally) heat up, your usual weekend routine might start to get a little dull…

The cure? A trip to Westchester County. Besides a scenic drive that makes the journey just as incredible as the destination, there are dozens of reasons you’ll be skipping yet another beach weekend for something more memorable. After all, summer is great, but everyone has that one they’ll never forget. Here’s how to make Westchester that one:

Hike through history.

The Hudson Valley isn’t just known for its 360 views, it’s also known for its historic stops during the Revolutionary War. Experience the valley like a true patriot on the  American Revolutionary Trail. Make stops at the Jacob Purdy House in White Plains, John Jay Homestead-State Historic Site in Katonah, Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow or the Thomas Paine Cottage in New Rochelle, or Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson.

Or hit the trail on bikes.

Rent bikes for your whole family and take a tour de Westchester. Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or a casual spinner, Westchester’s variety of scenic trails through the woods and coastline is the ideal backdrop to a relaxing ride. Plus, when you rent a bike on Sundays in May, June and September you’ll have access to an exclusive portion of the Bronx River Parkway.

Treat your taste buds.

Farm-to-table with a river-front view. Taste the best in waterfront dining at Sunset Cove in Tarrytown, or Red Hat on the River in Irvington. Head to the Long Island Sound shore for a waterfront cocktail at Pier Restaurant & Tiki Bar in Rye, or venture to the mecca of authentic Puerto Rican dishes at Sofrito in White Plains. Try your hand at a pub crawl along Mamaroneck Avenue (make Brazen Fox and Don Conqui your must-stops). Grab a seat at The Travelers Rest in Ossining for a historic meal at an inn operating since 1876.

Sip and sail.

The ClearWater Festival brings together all things summer in Westchester County—live music, wine, food and water! Plus, it’s all for a good cause: Preserving the Hudson River. Join the festival June 17-18 at Croton Point Park, for seven sustainably-powered stages of diverse music, dance, family-friendly programing, farmers markets, vineyards and more.

Ready to start planning your family’s unforgettable summer in Westchester County? For more information on where to go and what to see, visit visitwestchesterny.com.