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Winter Outdoor Dining in Westchester County {Where in Westchester?}

I know that many people are still not comfortable with indoor dining. However, since the cold weather has arrived, that’s left many with the option of doing takeout only. Fortunately, from igloos to outdoor tents with heaters, there are several restaurants offering outdoor dining options. Check out our guide to winter outdoor dining in Westchester County. Please be mindful that you are dining outdoors, so it is recommended that you do dress warmly. As always, please check directly with the restaurant for the most up-to-date information. Please let me know of any other restaurants that can be added to this list! (email: NYFoodieFamily@gmail.com)

Heaters Only:

3 Westerly: (Ossining) This restaurant serves modern American cuisine. It has an outdoor patio with heaters. There is a maximum of four guests per table.

Bar Taco: (Port Chester) This taco restaurant offers outdoor dining with heaters and has fleece blankets for guests.

Bridgeview Tavern: (Sleepy Hollow) Bridgeview Tavern serves microbrews and American cuisine. They have a heated beer garden for outdoor dining.

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Cantina Lobos: (Pelham) This Mexican restaurant has outdoor dining with heaters.

The Dog Den: (White Plains) This hot dog joint has both outdoor heaters and a fire pit to keep you warm while you eat outside. If you want to eat in your car, they also have drive-in dining. Place your order from your car and they will bring your food out to you.

Fortina: (Rye Brook) Fortina is an Italian restaurant with three locations in Westchester County. The Rye Brook restaurant has an outdoor dining patio with heat lamps.

Fortina: (Yonkers) Fortina’s Yonkers location has an outdoor patio with heaters as well as garden dining with heat lamps.

Lusardi’s: (Larchmont) This upscale Mediterranean restaurant has several tables outside with lots of heaters.

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North Street Tavern: (White Plains) The North Street Tavern has an outdoor dining area with lots of heaters.

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Sam’s of Gedney Way: (White Plains) Sam’s of Gedney Way has a covered, heated patio available for outdoor dining. They socially distance parties and limit outdoor dining to approximately 24 guests.

The Tap House: (Tuckahoe) The Tap House is a gastro-pub that serves modern American fare. They have several tables outside with heaters.

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Augie’s Italian Restaurant: (Larchmont) Augie’s has, “private enchanted moonlight villas.” Each heated villa holds up to six guests and visits are limited to 90 minutes. Reservations are highly recommended, as they are very popular. The villas are aired and sanitized between parties.

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Billy & Pete’s Social: (Larchmont) Billy & Pete’s has four outdoor igloos. After every use, their igloos are sanitized with a medical-grade sanitizer. Each igloo has four points of airflow for a cross ventilation system.

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La La Taqueria: (Larchmont) This Mexican restaurant has five heated igloos that seat six. Each igloo is disinfected between guests and there is a 30 minute wait time between seatings to allow the structures to air out. Doors and vents of the igloo are kept open to allow for air flow.

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Tequila Sunrise: (Larchmont) This Mexican restaurant has 6 private igloos that can seat up to a party of 7. Each igloo is heated and has air vents to keep fresh air flowing. The igloos are completely sanitized between parties.

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Tipsy Taco Bar: (Mount Kisco) This Mexican restaurant has five heated igloos.

Vintage 1891 Kitchen: (Larchmont) This restaurant serves contemporary American cuisine. They have greenhouses that can seat a party of up to 6 guests.

Heated Tents:

Augie’s Prime Cut: (Mohegan Lake) This steakhouse has a large heated tent on its outdoor patio. Check their Instagram page, as they frequently announce 50% off menu items for outdoor tent dining only.

Benjamin Steakhouse: (White Plains) This steakhouse has a covered, heated patio that has windows and openings for ventilation.

Fortina: (Armonk) Fortina’s Armonk location has an outdoor heated tent as well as a patio with heat lamps.

Gigante: (Eastchester) This Italian restaurant has a small heated tent for outdoor dining and keeps one side of the tent open for ventilation.

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Goosefeather: (Tarrytown) Dale Talde’s modern Chinese restaurant has a partially enclosed tent on their back patio. Two sides of the tent are kept semi-open to allow for air flow. There are eleven tables in the 20×30 foot space with 9 heaters.

Magno’s Grill: (New Rochelle) This Argentinian and Italian restaurant has a heated, ventilated tent for outdoor dining.

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Moderne Barn: (Armonk) Moderne Barn has a large heated tent available for both lunch and dinner service. They also have 3 outdoor tables with heaters. Guests must call to reserve one of these tables.

Quenas Restaurant: (Harrison) This Peruvian restaurant has a large heated tent for outdoor dining with plenty of space between tables. They also offer ponchos for guests to use if chilly.

Rye Roadhouse: (Rye) Rye Roadhouse serves Cajun and Creole cuisine. They currently have an outdoor heated tent. Once the weather gets a little warmer, they will expand their outdoor dining with pyramid heaters.

Tredici North: (Purchase) This Italian restaurant has a heated tent that is partially open for ventilation.

Underhills Crossing: (Bronxville) This French restaurant has a large outdoor heated tent for dining.

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Five on Friday {Another Quarantine}

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Happy Friday!  Did you see that title?  Yes, my son is in quarantine again.  He was exposed at school last week and is now in quarantine until next week.  He’s getting a test today and we are keeping our fingers crossed that it’s negative.

For more exciting news, we are attending my brother-in-law’s Zoom wedding Saturday!  We were supposed to be in Miami last June for the wedding.  They obviously had to postpone the wedding. They’ve decided to get married now in a small ceremony with just immediate family and then hopefully have the reception in Miami next June.  Here are five from the past week:

1. Eating – This week we’ve had some good eats!  My husband and I shared this crispy eggplant sandwich from the Bus at Salinger’s Orchard.

We also bought this apple twist from Salinger’s Orchard and had it for breakfast Sunday morning.

We had coffee, hot cocoa and pastries from Climbing Wolf in Dobbs Ferry.

Cauliflower Manchurian from Sambal Restaurant Irvington

Then we had lunch at Sambal in Irvington. This crispy cauliflower was so good!

2. Reading – I am finishing up This Is My America by Kim Johnson.  This is a YA mystery that explores racial injustice. It’s a very good read. Up next I will be doing a reread of Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah, since I heard it’s coming to Netflix in February. I read this book over 10 years ago and want to refresh myself before watching the series.

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3.  Watching –  Well of course I watched the inauguration this week!  It was so amazing to see our first female, African-American and Asian-American Vice President!  I am hopeful that this inspires the youth of today (and especially my own children) that they can be and do anything they set their heart on! I also have one episode left of The Wilds to watch. This Amazon show is a bit like the show Lost, but with a group of teenage girls which = drama.

4. Cooking – One of our favorite meals I made this week was this Vegan Thai Peanut Ramen. I only used 1 tablespoon of the red curry paste (instead of the 4 the recipe called for!) and it was perfect for the kids. A little goes a long way but really gives great flavor to a dish.

5. Listening – Kings & Queens by Ava Max. I know this song is on the radio all the time, but I love it! It’s such a girl power, female positive song!

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Wednesday I shared my Westchester Weekly post.

Sharing with Friday Favorites!  Have a great weekend!

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Five on Friday: M.L. King Weekend

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Westchester Weekly {January 20}

Check out this week’s edition of Westchester Weekly to find out where to eat, shop and play in Westchester County this week:

Eat/Drink:

25 North Ristorante: (Mamaroneck) 25 North has a special Super Bowl Sunday menu with ½ and full trays available of dishes including steak and cheese egg rolls, coconut shrimp, teriyaki tossed chips and more. Orders must be placed at least 24 hours in advance.

The Barley House: (Thornwood) The Barley House has introduced a fun, new menu item! Tacones- three different types to choose from: cool ranch Doritos shell with pulled pork, nacho cheese Doritos shell with pulled chicken and flamin hot Cheetos shell with black bean chili.

City Limits Diner: (White Plains) The City Limits Diner has curated Super Bowl party packages or you can customize your own snacks from their special menu. Orders must be placed by February 3 and payment is due at time of order.

Diner Brew Co.: (New Rochelle) In honor of Inauguration Day, Diner Brew Co. is releasing 3 new draft beers today.

Downtown White Plains Restaurant Month: (White Plains) Enjoy the first White Plains restaurant month now through January 31. Select restaurants are offering Prix Fixe lunch ($20.95), dinner ($30.95) and 2nd Tier Dinner ($40.95) specials.

Peekskill Empanadas: (Peekskill) This new Peekskill business sells homemade Colombian empanadas. All empanadas are $2 each and they currently sell seasoned beef with potatoes or seasoned chicken with potatoes. They also make vegan/vegetarian options upon request.

Samosa Shack: (deliveries Thursday – Sunday or pick-up at TASH Farmer’s Market) In honor of today’s inauguration, Samosa Shack has a special celebratory menu this week (you can get more detailed descriptions of the celebratory menu items from their Facebook page). You can order for delivery Thursday – Sunday or orders can be picked up Saturday, January 23rd at the Tarrytown And Sleepy Hollow (TASH) Farmer’s Market from 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM. $10 minimum orders.

Shop:

Lauren Boutique: (Larchmont) This week the shop is having a clothing sale with 30-50% off.

Rubysue: (Katonah) is having a 50% off sale plus you can preview their new spring arrivals.

Vintage & Vine and Auntie Liana’s Baked With Love are returning to the Jefferson Valley Mall with another pop up shop beginning Friday, January 22nd. They will be open Wednesdays 1-7 PM and Friday, Saturday and Sunday 11 AM – 7 PM.

Play:

A Maze in Pottery Puppy Adoption: (Briarcliff Manor) A Maze in Pottery is hosting a Puppy Adoption Painting Event on Friday, January 22nd from 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM. Order your puppy adoption kit that you can enjoy painting from the comfort of your home during the Zoom painting party (Zoom link will be sent after you book the class). The kit comes with a stuffed puppy, a ceramic puppy (to paint), matching colors, brush and an adoption certificate, that all comes packaged in a dog house box. Cost: $33.90 + tax/child, sibling discount = 2 projects for $60 + tax.

Papi’ restaurant Virtual Cooking Class: (online) Papi’ restaurant in White Plains is holding a virtual cooking class. Participants will learn how to make Amatriciana Pasta. The class costs $25 and makes enough for two people. The fee includes the recipe kit with all of the main ingredients, the recipe and access to the zoom link. Kits must be picked up between 12 PM and 6 PM on Thursday. The class takes place via Zoom from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

The Pottery Factory Valentine Gnome Tree Workshop: (Mount Kisco) January 22 from 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM enjoy painting a Valentine Gnome Tree at The Pottery Factory. The $79.00 fee includes the gnome tree, a multi-color light pack, a star and light kit. This is a BYOB, adults only event.

The Rye Arts Center BYOB Paint Night: (Rye) Enjoy an adults only evening of painting at the Rye Arts Center. On January 21st from 6:15 PM – 9:00 PM participants can bring their own drink of choice and paint a still-life. All supplies are included. $55/person (members receive a discount). Pre-registration is required.

The Rye Arts Center Bird Book Sculpture Workshop: (Rye) Kids ages 9-12 can make a bird sculpture out of an old book at The Rye Arts Center. This workshop takes place January 23rd from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM. Participants are asked to bring an old book (hardcover or paperback). $20/child (members receive a discount).

Winter Seeding Workshop: (Bedford Train Station) This is a free outdoor workshop on Sunday, January 24th. Participants should bring a couple gallon jugs or recycled containers that can hold 3″ of soil and be covered with a lid. Soil, native seeds and instructions will be provided and experienced gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

Upcoming Events:

A Maze in Pottery “Winter (Love) Bird” Chip ‘n’ Dip Adult Online Class: (Virtual) A Maze in Pottery is hosting an online adult painting class
on Friday, January 29th from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. The class is $34.90 and participants will paint a “Winter (Love) Bird” Chip ‘n’ Dip dish. Materials can be picked up a the store or delivered (for a charge). Registration closes 3 days before the event.

The Pottery Factory Valentine Seascape Workshop: (Mount Kisco) On January 29 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM enjoy creating a valentine resin pour seascape at The Pottery Factory. Participants can bring their own beach memorabilia to include in the resin pour. Safety goggles and gloves are provided. This is a BYOB, adults only event. $49 for a 8×10 seascape frame, $59 for a 10×13 seascape frame.

Teatown Hudson River EagleFest: This year there will be no festival at Croton Point Park. Instead, there are both virtual and limited attendance in-person events taking place January 30th – February 7th. Registration is now open for the various programs.


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Five on Friday {M.L. King Weekend}

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Happy Friday!  I am excited for the three day weekend. Not that we have anything exciting planned, just for the extra day off from work! The kids finally went back to in-person school this week, after almost two months doing virtual school only. They only go in two days, but it’s still small progress to feeling normal. As an employee of a school district, I am eligible to receive the COVID vaccine. I’m hesitant for a variety of reasons. However, I plan on sitting in on a zoom session next week with a doctor from our county Department of Health to get some more information to help me make a decision. Like I mentioned, as of now there are no huge plans, but I hope to get out and explore more of Westchester County and the Hudson Valley! Here are five from the past week:

1. Yoga With Adriene – Every year, Adriene does a 30 day yoga challenge for the month of January.  My husband and I are doing “Breath” together.  We are a couple of days behind but it’s been a great way for us to get some exercise together.  Plus, it’s a reminder that I should be keeping up with yoga. I really do feel amazing after.

2. Dish Soap – Is it bad to gush about a dish soap?!  I’ve been using this Method hollyberry dish soap since the beginning of December.  Even though we’ve taken down the tree and all the decorations, the scent reminds me of Christmas.

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3.  Watching – This past week we had a couple of family movie nights and watched Moonlight and Mid90’s together.  Yes, they are both rated R, so probably not family-friendly for everyone. I also watched Always Be My Maybe on my own, at my daughter’s recommendation. They were all good!

4. Eating – Downtown White Plains Restaurant month is taking place for the entire month of January. Last weekend we got lunch takeout from Little Drunken Chef in White Plains. This was our first time trying this restaurant and it was sooo good! These samosas were one of the appetizers in one of our three course lunches.

My daughter and I cooked Gigi’s (Hadad) pasta again last night for dinner. She made this a couple of months ago and it was actually really good!

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5. Reading –  I am currently reading Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon. This is a YA book about social justice and race issues. I’m about half-way through and am enjoying it. Once I finish reading it, I’m going to pass it along to my daughter to read.

6.Subscription Box – I meant to write about Kiwi Crate last week.  We gifted our son a 3 month subscription to Kiwi Crate.  He’s 12, but we got him the Eureka Crate, which is for ages 14+.  His first box came and he made a ukulele that is actually playable all by himself! Kiwi Crate has a bunch of different boxes based on age/interest.  They focus on STEM/STEAM and it’s a great way for him to have some unplugged time.  

7. Family Hike – Last weekend we went on a family hike to a new-to-us place. Cranberry Lake Preserve in North White Plains. The trail map was a bit confusing, but we did find this quarry which was fun to walk along.

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Tuesday I shared my December 2020 reads.

Wednesday I shared my Westchester Weekly post.

Sharing with Friday Favorites!  Have a great weekend!

You may also enjoy:

Five on Friday {Such a Sad Week}

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Westchester Weekly {January 13}

Check out this week’s edition of Westchester Weekly to find out where to eat, shop and play in Westchester County this week:

Eat:

Dough On the Go: (Larchmont) Friday, January 15th is National Bagel Day and Dough On The Go is selling an Artisanal Smoked Salmon Bagel Sandwich for $10. This sandwich will only be available Friday and must be pre-ordered.

Downtown White Plains Restaurant Month: (White Plains) Enjoy the first White Plains restaurant month now through January 31. Select restaurants are offering Prix Fixe lunch ($20.95), dinner ($30.95) and 2nd Tier Dinner ($40.95) specials.

Flour Power – (Pelham) This bake shop is having the grand opening of their new Pelham storefront on Saturday, January 16th from 9 AM – 4 PM. Stop by and show them some love!

Shop:

Hilltop Hanover Farm CSA: (Yorktown Heights) CSA shares for 2021 are going on sale in mid-January. Small shares are available for $400 and large shares for $700. These are credits that can be used throughout the season. You choose how frequently you want to shop and what you want. Support local agriculture!

Kristen Speer Photography: (Irvington) Kristin is now booking for Valentine Mini Sessions. 15 minutes – proofing gallery and 3 edited digital images for $125.

Lile Boutique Spa: (Peekskill) Visit this recently opened Skincare Boutique in Peekskill that specializes in, “preventative care, corrective treatments, and graceful aging.”

Prosper IV: (Yonkers) This Vitamin IV spa in Yonkers is having a M.L. King Day special where all drips are only $150 and members will receive a free B-12 shot with a drip.

Play:

Basic Knife Skills Class with ZWILLING Cooking Studio: (Virtual) Learn the fundamentals of good knife skills from instructor Bernard Janssen. This class is being offered Friday (January 15th: 6 PM – 7:30 PM) and Saturday (January 16th: 1 PM – 2:30 PM). The class is free but registration is required.

Discover Bedford Scavenger Hunt: (Bedford) Created by Rock Paper Scissors Events, enjoy a drivable scavenger hunt around the town of Bedford. The scavenger hunt costs $10, with 50% of every sale being donated to the Community Center of Northern Westchester. The scavenger hunt is approximately 16 miles and takes about 35 minutes to complete. The route will be available through April 2021.

Family Art Activity at the Hudson River Museum: (Yonkers) This week at the museum enjoy drawing your own landscape on a postcard. This art activity is inspired by the works of Cynthia Daignault and other artists in the Landscape Art and Virtual Travel exhibit. Packets with supplies will be provided. The activity is free with paid admission.

Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden: (online) The Hammond Museum in Katonah is hosting a free virtual event, “A Sneak Peek at Japanese Art Highlights” tonight (January 13th) at 5 PM via Facebook. Register online.

House of Sports: (Ardsley) House of Sports is holding a Holiday Camp on Monday, January 18th from 9 AM – 3 PM. There is a multi-sports camp for K-2nd grade and Basketball and Soccer camp for grades 3-8. Full-day camp costs $70/child.

The Play Group Theatre: (online) The Play Group Theatre, a theatre for children and teens, is holding a virtual performance of Clue. Performances are Saturday at 8 PM and Sunday at 2 PM. Tickets: $18/general admission, $36/family admission

Traditional Tea Ceremony at the Katonah Museum of Art: (Katonah) Discover the history and significance of a traditional tea ceremony. This is an in-person event with limited capacity. Tickets: $35/members, $40/non-members

Virtual Travel Through the Five Senses: Sound at the Hudson River Museum: (virtual) This virtual program is the second in a family program series that explores artwork through the five senses. This program’s focus is all about sound. Participants will explore a selection of Cynthia Daignault’s Light Atlas and then make a collective sound recording. The event is free, but registration is required.

Upcoming:

January 24th: Ramen Pop Up at Bread & Brine (Hastings) Other special menu items include roast peking duck, hot & sour soup, pork bao buns, cold sesame noodles and more. Pre order by Thursday, Janury 21st.

February 6-28: Young Artists 2021 at the Katonah Museum of Art. Enjoy viewing over 300 pieces of artwork created by high school seniors from more than 30 area schools.

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December Reads {2020}

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It’s a new year, with hopefully lots of good books in my future! I ended my year reading a total of 98 books, which surpassed my 2020 book goal of 75. I again set this year’s goodreads goal for 75 books, which seems doable. While December seems so long ago, I’m sharing my reads from last month. It was a mixed bag of different genres and mostly good reads. Here are my December reads that I’m sharing with Steph and Jana’s monthly book linkup:

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Leave The World Behind by Rumaan Alam (October 2020, Suspense/Thriller) – A family leaves NYC for a week and rents a house out in a remote part of Long Island. A few nights into their stay the couple who owns the house arrive on the doorstep with news of a blackout in the city. Strange things start happening, but with no TV, internet or cell service, no one has any idea what is going on. This book was disappointing. I have no idea why it’s labeled suspense/thriller and even horror on goodreads. I’m not going to give away spoilers, but I hated the ending.

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The Girl In The Mirror by Rose Carlyle (October 2020, Suspense/Thriller) – Two identical twins, one who has always been jealous of the other. Now she has the opportunity, to live her twin’s life and gain a huge inheritance. But can she keep the truth from being exposed? This was an okay, not very believable read for the most part. But it did have some interesting plot twists.

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White Ivy by Susie Yang (November 2020, Contemporary/Suspense/Literary Fiction) – A coming age of story of a young Chinese girl who tries to fit in white suburban American. She develops a crush on a classmate, who ends up making a reappearance in her adult life. There are several plot twists, but I would not categorize this as a suspenseful read. In fact, it was such a slow read for me that I wish that I had given up on it earlier than making myself finish it.

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In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren (October 2020, holiday/romance) – A young woman makes a plea to the universe, “Please. Show me what will make me happy.” At the annual family and friends holiday get together at a cabin in Utah, she ends up in a loop where she relives the same holiday vacation over and over. This was a cute holiday romance read. I hadn’t read a Christina Lauren book in awhile and think I’m ready to get back into some of their more recent books that I had skipped.

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Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend (October 2017, Middle Grade/Fantasy) – On the night she is supposed to die a young girl finds herself being whisked away to Nevermoor. There she discovers that she has been selected to compete for a spot in the exclusive Wundrous Society and must pass the four trials. This book has been compared to Harry Potter and I can vaguely see the connection. It’s a fun and whimsical read. I couldn’t interest my son in reading it, but I may continue the series.

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When We Believed in Mermaids by Barbara O’Neal (July 2019, Contemporary Fiction) – A woman thinks that her sister is dead. But then she sees her on a news clip. So she travels from California to New Zealand to try to track her down. Will she find her? The book alternates between the two sisters POV as we discover their tragic past and secrets that they are keeping. This was an engrossing and enjoyable read.

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You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson (June 2020, YA/LGBT) – A poor, black teen has big plans to go to college to become a doctor and continue playing music. But financial aid is not providing enough money for her to attend. One of the few options she has is to try to win the scholarship for Prom Queen, despite the fact that there has never been a black or queer queen in the school’s history. This book portrays modern teen life in a realistic manner. I’m jealous of the diverse YA books available to teens today, so I have to read some of them!

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Five on Friday {Such a Sad Week}

Happy Friday! We are officially over a week into the new year. I don’t normally talk politics on my blog and social media. However, what happened Wednesday is despicable. I am sad that my children are growing up in a world where our “President” can incite an attack on our own country. I am hopeful that the young adults and children of our country can be agents of change.

On a personal level, I see good things in store for this year and am excited for all the possibilities.  Here are five from the past week:

1. New Year’s Day Hike – New Year’s Day Dana and I took a First Day Hike at F.D. Roosevelt State Park.  We weren’t the only ones who had the idea, as it was surprisingly crowed. It was nice to be able to get out in nature before the bad weather hit.

2. Snow Tubing – Saturday we drove up to Windham Mountain to go snow tubing.  It was cold but fun.  Luckily we got there when it opened because the lines were getting really long by the time we left.

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3.  Watching – This week I started watching Bridgerton on Netflix.  I’m loving the Gossip Girl vibes it’s giving off, but in Victorian times. I’m only halfway through episode 3, so I have some weekend catching up to do! I didn’t realize that the show was based off a book series by Julia Quinn.

4. Snacks – Since the new year started I’ve been trying to eat more clean and healthy. I found these cute sprinkles tomatoes at the grocery store. I bought a couple and have been snacking on them at work. Other healthy snacks I’ve been enjoying are cucumbers with hummus, nuts and lots of fruit – berries, grapefruit and clementines. What are some of your favorite healthy snacks? I need some new ideas!

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5. Reading –  I have finished two books so far already in the new year.  I set my goodreads reading goal again for 75 books.  I recently started Family For Beginners by Sarah Morgan.  This contemporary fiction book is a bit more serious than The Tourist Attraction, which I just finished and really enjoyed!

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Monday I posted about Snow Tubing at Windham Adventure Park.

Wednesday I shared my Westchester Weekly post.

Sharing with Friday Favorites!  Have a great weekend!

You may also enjoy:

Five on Friday {Welcome 2021}


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Westchester Weekly {January 6}

Check out this week’s edition of Westchester Weekly to find out where to eat, shop and play in Westchester County this week:

Eat:

Bread and Brine: (Hastings-on-Hudson) The seafood restaurant is now serving brunch for dine in or take out every Saturday and Sunday.

Britt & Co. Bagels: (Online ordering, local delivery or pick-up in Greenwich, CT ) For Veganuary, Britt & Co. has made a vegan cinnamon roll bagel.

Downtown White Plains Restaurant Month: (White Plains) Enjoy the first White Plains restaurant month now through January 31. Select restaurants are offering Prix Fixe lunch ($20.95), dinner ($30.95) and 2nd Tier Dinner ($40.95) specials.

Shop:

Jane Street Sweets: (Online ordering w/delivery) Jane Street Sweets recently debuted their new winter menu which includes new cocoa bomb and cookie flavors. Order online for a Saturday delivery.

O2 Living Sanctuary: (Cross River) This day spa is offering 15% off juice cleanses and spa services now through January 16th.

Winter Farmers Market at the Jefferson Valley Mall: (Yorktown Heights) January 6 – April 7 the Jefferson Valley Mall is hosting a winter farmers market inside on the upper level near the food court. The market will take place from 1:30 – 5:30 PM every Wednesday through April 7.

Play:

January 8th – Trivia at the Jay Street Cafe: (Katonah) 7 PM enjoy trivia from Let’s Go Trivia.

Westchester County Parks Winter Scavenger Hunts: (throughout Westchester County) Visit one of Westchester County’s many parks and use their winter scavenger hunts as a guide for your hike/visit.

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Snow Tubing at Windham Adventure Park

Snow tubing is a fun, family-friendly winter activity. There are a limited number of places in the Hudson Valley where you can enjoy this activity (check out my post for a listing of them all). Over the recent holiday break, our family traveled to Windham Adventure Park in Windham, NY to go snow tubing.

Travel

Windham Adventure Park is located in Windham, NY. This is part of the Catskill Park in Greene County. The Adventure Park is .25 miles west of the Windham Mountain skiing resort. Living in northern Westchester County, Windham Adventure Park is a two hour drive. It is one of the farther snow tubing locations in the Hudson Valley, but is a doable day trip.

Tickets

When you arrive at the park you go to the lodge to purchase your tickets. Tickets for snow tubing cost $25 per person for a 3 hour tubing session. Windham Adventure Park is the only snow tubing park that does not take reservations or allow you to pre-purchase tickets. Their website states that they, “will not sell out of tickets….purchasing tickets is based on a rolling basis so your 3-hour time block starts upon your arrival time.”

You are given a printed ticket that must be affixed to your jacket, which has the date and time of your ticket purchase. Your tubing session ends three hours after the time printed.

The Experience

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Windham Adventure Park has 5, 650-foot long snow tubing lanes. However, during our visit, they were only using 3 of the lanes due to social distancing. There were also only 2 employees at a time launching the tube riders on the 3 lanes, which slowed down the process. More staff were posted at the bottom of the run, the conveyor belt, and stacking tubes at the top. When you arrive at the parking lot, you’re already right near the lodge and ticket window. You are also at the top of the hill and can start snow tubing right away.

There are no height restrictions as long as a rider can sit in the tube by himself/herself. Windham Adventure Park only has single tubes. However, the employee will attach the tube straps together so you can ride with two, three and even four connected.

Before the employees give you a push down the hill, you will be asked if you want to go straight or spin. Depending on the employee, your spin may be more energetic than others.

After you tube down the hill, there is a conveyor belt “magic carpet” that brings you back up the mountain.

We recommend arriving for the 11 AM opening. We noticed that as the day went it got more crowded and the lines got longer. At 1:40 PM, the lines were the longest of our visit (pictured above). On average, it was almost a 30 minute wait per run.

We stayed for almost the entire three hours. We had a snack break (in our car) to warm up and a bathroom break. Our visit started at 11:20 AM and we got 5 runs in.

The Lodge

There are restrooms inside the Lodge. There is also food available inside at “The Drop Zone” for purchase. They sell pizza by the slice or you can order a whole pie. They also sell chicken noodle soup, beef chili, nachos chips with cheese, chicken tenders and fries and more.

At this time, they are only accepting credit cards for payment. There is also no indoor seating available, so be prepared to eat out in the cold or in your car.

Overall

We had a fun time at Windham Adventure Park. This is great option for a last-minute snow tubing excursion since they don’t pre-sell or sell out tickets. However, be prepared for crowds and long lines.

The Details:
Windham Adventure Park
360 County Route 12
Windham, NY 12496

*Call (518) 734-4300 for more information

Price: $25/person for a 3 hour tubing session

Dates/Hours: Open weekends now through February 21st and holidays. Fridays: 5 PM – 8 PM
Saturdays: 11 AM – 8 PM
Sundays: 11 AM – 4 PM

Tips:

*Dress warmly. One of the biggest complaints the kids had was that they were cold. We packed snow pants, but didn’t end up wearing them – which we should have. The tubes were snowy and wet.

*Try to arrive for the opening. They don’t start selling tickets until the opening time. As it gets later, it gets more crowded.

*Bring snacks/food if you don’t want to buy food from The Drop Zone. There are very few food choices in the vicinity.

The kids snowmobile track is currently closed. When available, children 6 and older and weigh less than 120 pounds, can ride Arctic Cat snowmobiles around an oval track for an additional cost.

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Five on Friday {Welcome 2021}

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Happy Friday and Happy New Year! Welcome 2021! I’m sure we are all glad to see the end of 2020. We celebrated New Year’s Eve with the four of us. I had to work (sadly, the District Office of the school district that I work in was open!) and then we ordered takeout from Domino’s and had a family game night. Our traditional menu has been finger foods/appetizers for dinner. But there was no way I was doing all of that cooking when I got home from work!

It’s been two weeks since I did a Five on Friday post because…..Christmas. I hope everyone had a nice holiday! So, here are probably more than five from the past two weeks!

1. Cookie Exchange – The weekend before Christmas our Supper Club had our annual cookie exchange. We socially distanced at a local park for a quick catch up and exchanged cookies.

2. NYBG Train Show – We visited the New York Botanical Garden to see the annual Holiday Train Show. It was only open this year to members. It was so much less crowded which was really nice and as beautiful as always.

3. Untermyer Gardens – Before Christmas we also visited Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers for their Grand Holiday Illumination. Since entry was by timed reservation, this was also much less crowded than usual.

4. Christmas Dinner – Since it was just the four of us for Christmas, I didn’t want to go crazy cooking dinner. Christmas Eve Day Dana and I prepped a vegetable lasagna and egplant parm. I also started the dough for Pinch of Yum’s No Knead Bread. It was so easy to get dinner ready on Christmas and it was so good!

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5. Reading – I am finishing up The Girl in the Mirror, a suspense read. This will likely be my last book of the year, putting my year end total number of books read at 98.

6. New Mug – I won this Rae Dunn mug from a giveaway that Steph and Jana (of the monthly Show Us Your Books Linkup) had.

ICYMI this week on the blog:

Monday I posted “Snow Tubing in the Hudson Valley.”

Wednesday I shared the newest edition of Westchester Weekly.

Sharing with Friday Favorites! Have a great weekend!