An affluent suburban town directly north of The Bronx, the Town of Pelham is Westchester’s oldest—part of an area bought by Thomas Pell in 1654 from the Siwanoy Indians. It was historically composed of five villages, known as “the Pelhams,” but now contains just two independently incorporated villages: the Village of Pelham and Village of Pelham Manor.
Pelham is eminently walkable—its leafy residential neighborhoods all within an easy stroll of downtown, with its shops and restaurants, town hall and train station. From there, it’s just a half-hour ride by Metro-North Railroad to New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.
Your Beyond-Perfect Day in Pelham:
Farmers market Sundays: Stop by the downtown Pelham Market every Sunday morning through October for farm-fresh treats and live music.
A morning shopping spree: Pelham offers great shopping for all tastes, from Richard’s Passport for hard-to-find gifts to Sue’s Corner for fun home items to Vincent’s Fine Jewelry for unique jewelry and handbags. Insider tip: Book a studio appointment at Katy Garry Fine Art to browse some of Pelham’s finest art and home goods.
End with dinner: Cap off a memorable day in Pelham with dinner at The Rail House 10803, known for great food, cocktails and music. Or, enjoy creative Mexican fare al fresco at Cantina Lobos. More great dinner options: Sergio’s Ristorante and La Fontanella for a romantic date night or Rockwells for fun, family-friendly fare.
Stay longer: Extend your getaway with a hotel stay.
- Pelham Art Center, a 5,000-square-foot space featuring a multi-purpose gallery with rotating exhibitions, two workshop studios, a media lab and a full calendar of cultural events.
- Pelham Market, a downtown Sunday morning farmers market open May through October.
- The Picture House, one of the few surviving single-screen theaters, offering weeklong theatrical runs of popular, independent, art house and classic films as well as special events.
- Green space, including the five-acre Wolfs Lane Park and the Shore Park Trail, a .4-mile loop trail along the Long Island Sound and Pelham Lagoon.
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