by Marcie Cuff
Winter is a curious thing. All year long we brainstorm snowman and paper snowflake designs, then we stack the wood, clean the gutters, sharpen the skates, knit a collection of sparkly wool infinity scarves, and await the slightest sign of it. The past few years it arrived prematurely with a powerful punch. This season, it’s been more of a weak whimper.
But, even the mildest of winters can wear out a welcome by January. It is at this point that alternatives to outdoor fun are considered. We turn to indoor family adventures for inspiration—the puppet show, the treasure hunt, and the tea party. And cool months are also a great time to explore indoor spaces away from home. Below are three ideas for ideal January outings—spots to go when you find yourself in a pickle during those wild wintery-mix days.
Waffles and Watercolors on Warburton:
Plunge into your perfect day with blueberry waffles and a fresh-roasted Giacobean cappuccino at Antoinette’s in Hastings. Then, stroll down to the Hastings train station. Take the southbound train two stops to Glenwood, and walk two blocks to Philipse Manor Hall—Westchester’s oldest standing building. Then, head north on Warburton a few blocks to the Hudson River Museum. Check out the Hudson River Art collection, and Jordan Matter’s spectacular photography exhibit—“Dancers Among Us.” Later on, catch a live performance at the Purple Crayon in Hastings.
Hopper and Hotcakes in Nyack:
For a sublime start, snag a counter stool at JohnnyCakes in Nyack, and order a tall stack of pancakes—84 Main Street, open 24-hours. Or, for something slightly funkier, grab a Salted Caramel donut at Gypsy Donut on North Franklin. Don’t miss Nyack Center’s cozy weekly indoor Farmers’ Market on Thursdays, just a few blocks away. Stroll north to the Edward Hopper House Art Center to see the annual Members’ Exhibition. Then, walk to Art Café for Khalo Salad and Sweet Toast. Later on, catch a live performance at Elmwood Community Playhouse—the classic comedy “Harvey” will be performed January 15th through February 6th.
Pottery and Picante in Port Chester:
Begin with a freshly baked sticky bun from The Kneaded Bread—181 North Main Street—and grab a loaf of provolone bread to go. Then browse handmade pottery at the Clay Art Center on Beech Street. Swing by the newly remodeled Port Chester – Rye Brook Library on Haseco Avenue. Then, head to Salsa Picante for fish tacos, topped off by a mango milk bar at Paleteria Fernandez, just around the corner. Later on, revisit the Clay Art Center during a “Cladies Night” open studio, or head to a live performance at the Capital Theater.
No need to spend January bundled up by your wood stove. Fill up your travel mug, get out there, and explore unfamiliar local spots!
Marcie Cuff lives in Irvington and is the author of the book “This Book Was a Tree”(Perigee Books). For more hands-on projects like this, look for her book at any bookstore, or visit her blog Mossy at http://mossymossy.com