Located in northern Westchester County, Lewisboro encompasses six pastoral hamlets: Goldens Bridge, Cross River, Waccabuc, South Salem, Lewisboro and Vista. Idyllic pastures and meadows, farmland and horse properties are lined with historic stone walls and dotted with plentiful lakes. Opportunities for outdoor activities abound, from golf courses to nature preserves to hiking and biking trails.
Your Beyond-Perfect Day in Lewisboro:
Begin with breakfast: Start with a bagel, breakfast sandwich or omelet at Empire Bagels in Cross River or brunch at South Salem’s La Vista, known for its tableside cooking and fine Italian fare.
To market, to market: Browse Gossett’s Farmers Market in South Salem, open Wednesday and Saturday mornings year-round. Then stop in at Copia Home and Garden in Vista for plants, pots and garden workshops.
Go wild: Another great morning option is to meet the ambassador wolves of South Salem’s Wolf Conservation Center. Don’t miss the Wolves of North America presentation on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 12 noon.
Break for lunch: You’ll find no shortage of great lunch spots in Lewisboro. A few favorites: Lily’s Deli & Market in South Salem, Salsa Fresca in Cross River and La Familia Pizza in Cross River.
Take a hike: Lewisboro is home to 20 preserves with trails, so it’s heaven for day hikers. Check out the online field guide from The Lewisboro Land Trust and head out! At Ward Pound Ridge Reservation you can hike, fish in the Waccabuc River, discover the Leatherman’s Cave, and enjoy an amazing variety of flora and fauna. Or, visit the 400-acre Leon Levy Preserve and explore the ruins of the Black Mansion, stroll the native plant garden and hike the Gorge Overlook Trail.
Dinner time: Savor a memorable dining experience, lovely views and a historic setting with an outdoor table at The Horse and Hound Inn, a stagecoach stop dating back to 1749 in South Salem. Two more excellent choices: One Twenty Three Restaurant and Bar in Vista for superb Italian and American fare and the family-friendly Bacio Trattoria in Cross River.
Sleep with the wolves: For the ultimate wildlife adventure, reserve a four-person tent at Wolf Conservation Center’s Sleeping with the Wolves, an unforgettable, all-night event every Saturday night, September through mid-October. Pro tip: skip dinner and arrive hungry—a pizza party is included in the event price.
Stay longer: Extend your getaway with a hotel stay.
- Town parks, hiking trails and nature preserves for walking, hiking and cross-country skiing.
- Ward Pound Ridge Reservation: The 4,315-acre park is the County’s largest and features varied terrain and miles of wooded trails, with areas for picnicking, lean-to camping, fishing and cross-country skiing.
- The Trailside Nature Museum: Situated on the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, it is the oldest museum of its kind in the United States and is home to a large collection of mounted animals, American Indian artifacts, educational exhibits, child-friendly interactive displays and nature-oriented artwork.
- The Hammond Museum & Japanese Stroll Garden: Reflecting the intersection of Eastern and Western cultures, this museum features galleries with changing exhibits and 3.5 acres of beautifully preserved Japanese gardens.
- Historic points of interest: Cross River Baptist Church (c.1790); St. John’s Episcopal Church (1855); Monument Rock on Elmwood Road; Hideout Hill; Farvue Farm, home of Henry Agard Wallace, Vice President and Secretary of Agriculture under FDR; Onatru Farm; and the following places on the National Historic Registry: Mead Chapel, Peaceable Kingdom, The Homestead on Mead Street and the Whipple Truss Railroad Bridge # L-158 in Goldens Bridge.
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