Mt Kisco Day Trip!12

Posted by Deirdre // 03-09-2012


My first guest post! I became friends with Westchesterlife, aka Lady O’Grady on twitter and quickly saw that she would be a great source for us (mostly because of her snarky tweets).  She’s from Manhattan, not Brooklyn but don’t hold it against her. I asked her to do this post an embarrassingly long time ago and it’s been sitting there burning a hold in my inbox waiting to see the light of day. At least you can really enjoy a day trip now that the weather is turning nicer (even though it never was that bad).

A little about our writer – she lived in Manhattan from 2000 to 2006 — East Village, Lower East Side, Upper West Side and then out. She’s got a little one – 15 months old when she wrote this – now he’s probably in Kindergarten (ok, not really).

So sorry, Lady O’Grady for my foot-dragging! And thank you…I hope you’ll hang out with us again. Of course my Bklyn or Beyonders – especially those interested in Westchester – should follow her blog and @westchesterlife on twitter.

Mt Kisco day trip, sprinkled with some local celeb spotting

At 45-minutes to one-hour north of the city, Mount Kisco is both “too far” and “just far enough” from New York City, depending on who you ask. Situated smack dab between Katonah, Bedford and Chappaqua (3 of the most well-to-do towns in Westchester), Mt Kisco manages to maintain a down-to-earth village-feel despite the multi-million dollar neighborhoods around it.

A day here should start with brunch at The Flying Pig on Lexington, a farm-to-table spot with awesome homemade pastries, muffins and donuts. If you happen to be in Kisco on a Friday night, you should visit “The Pig” and you might catch local resident Chevy Chase and his band playing in the bar. {See Update below. Boo.}

Macaroons from La Tulipe

After brunch, head down the street to La Tulipe and pick up a box of their award-winning gluten-free macaroons to take home to the BK with you.

Work off the extra donut (or 3) from brunch on a stroll through Leonard Park. They’ve got public pools, a playground, basketball courts, tennis courts, a pond with gazebo and walking trails, not to mention a great playground. And you can smell that fresh, clean suburban air and be reminded why people live here.

Next stop should be Beehive Co-op, an awesome little shop where you’ll find beautiful handmade gifts, housewares, clothing and jewelry from a long list of local designers.

Leonard Park, image courtesy of ixtayul's MetroPlus blog

Walk through town and visit the newly built 9/11 Memorial next to the library. It’s made up of two 7-foot black granite towers, each weighing 4,000 pounds. It also includes a piece of steel from the Ground Zero site.

The Borders Bookstore in town closed back in the summer. And while there isn’t a good mom & pop book or toy store in Kisco per se, there’s a really great (new) kids bookstore called Little Joe’s Books that just opened in Katonah, a few miles away!

Story time at Little Joe's Books

If you’re spending the night or weekend and have more time (and kids who want to partake somehow), head over to Grand Prix raceway and take a few spins around their track. It’s super fun. And if speed racing isn’t for you, play a game or two of bowling on the just-opened, super-modern Spin Bowl, in the Grand Prix complex.

Before heading home, go to Pour Café + Wine Bar for the perfect day trip happy hour cocktail. Ask James the bartender for the Martinez. It’s the precursor to the martini, and it’s amazing. Tell him Lady O’Grady sent you. Hungry? Order the chickpea fries and the meatball sliders. Seriously, these are best kept secrets you should be grateful I’m willing to share. {BvBB tip: this looks like a grown-up only trip unless you have a sleeping infant or sullen teenager, but would be much better for the trip you’re taking sans kids, right?].

Someone can watch the kids while you hang at Pour Cafe and Wine Bar

Not in the mood to drink? Try Little Kebab Station instead, for authentic Indian street food at its finest.

On your way out of town, drive by the corner of Rte 133 and Bittersweet Lane and wave to Governor Cuomo and Sandra Lee. Theirs is the white house with the pond in front, and the secret service SUVs on guard. The house across the street is for sale, if your trip to the ‘burbs inspired a change of scenery!

{Update: Lady O’Grady let us know that unfortunately, The Flying Pig closed! That place looked awesome, too. High rents, be damned!}

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  1. September 18th, 2012 at 10:14 pm

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