Westchester’s Best

Muscoot trail and clouds

I have no intention to compete with other sites that list everything in Westchester, New York.

This is a list of places, services, and people I love in Westchester. I list them for free, but advertising is available and encouraged on this page.

Free Fun with Kids

Muscoot Farm — (Somers) Great working farm to bring  the kids to! Cows, horses, pigs, chicken, sheep, goats, geese, tractors. In the summer they have a small farmer’s market on Sundays. Hay rides and pumpkin picking in the fall. Check out their frequent, free, special activities. They also have a trail for a short hike that’s fun with young kids. Rte 100, Katonah/Somers, NY. Read my article about it here

Gossett Brothers Nursery Farmer’s Market — (South Salem) Organic produce, grass-fed beef, pasture eggs, artisan cheese, wholegrain breads, local artisans, native plants, baked goods, fairtrade coffee, and local honey.

I could spend hours in the cute Cottage Antiques gift store right next to it. 1202 Rte 35, South Salem, NY, market Saturday 9-1 p.m. year round! Read my article about it here

Home Decor/Gifts/Jewelry/Candles/Fragrances

Ebba KatonahEbba — (Katonah) If you are in Katonah, definitely check out the adorable boutique Ebba on Main Street! Need a special gift but don’t know where to start? Viktoria will find the perfect one for you in this amazing little store! And you can also order Viktoria’s famous line of candles and fragrances online. I wear her Miss Marisa scent — like Kourtney Kardashian.

Photography

Brannon Conza Photography — Newborn, child, family & pet portrait photography, using natural light, on location. Brannon took picture of L and they are absolutely stunning.

Brannon serves Dutchess, Putnam and Westchester counties in NY and Fairfield county in CT. Dagmar’s momsense readers enjoy 15% off her already affordable packages. Just tell Brannon I sent you! brannonphoto at gmail.com and 845-418-2528.

Flower and Floral Design

Heather Maguire Floral and Botanical Design — (Katonah) Heather created stunning, personalized, upscale, but affordable cut flowers created in pretty keepsake vessels/containers, and hand-tied bouquets, mantle pieces, and centerpieces. Check out her website for samples and special deals. 914.826.6085 and [email protected]

Food

Bellizzi — (Mount Kisco) Great Italian food and an arcade and toddler room. You get to relax over a coffee with your husband or girlfriend while your kids are safe and have fun right near you. Try the delicious Blogger Salad — I’m the red bell pepper! Read my article about it here

Bedford Post Inn — (Bedford) I love this place! Richard Gere, the owner, frequently eats here since he just lives around the corner. The more casual Barn features local foods, organic coffee, and baked goods. I adore the decor — elegant, classy, but very inviting. There is an outdoor patio and a yoga studio upstairs. The restaurant next door is stunning and has a small bar. 954 Old Post Road in Bedford, NY.

Pour Cafe and Wine Bar — (Mount Kisco)  Looking for a cool place to meet your girlfriends in the evening? Look no further! This bar/cafe in a beautiful building on Main Street is known by local moms as the place if you want to have a relaxing evening. Anthony, the owner, is a part of the Bellizzi Blogger Salad as well :) Main Street, Mount Kisco, NY.

Fitness

All-Out Fitness — (Mahopac) Neil offers small group training classes (Zumba, kickboxing/step) and private workout sessions in his private fitness studio. 609 Route 6, Mahopac, NY 10541, 845-628-0088.

Clothing

Once Upon A Child — (Balwin Place/Somers) This store is HEAVEN for all frugal moms! OUAC buys and sells new and gently-used, quality checked baby and kids clothing (infant up to size 20), furniture, toys and equipment. Bring your used items and get money on the spot, no appointment necessary. The owners Tina and Craig offer all the big brands for a fraction of the original price, and their selection is enormous. 80 Route 6, Baldwin Place, NY 10505, 914-621-0003.

Holistic Health Practitioners

Full Circle Family Care

  • Midwives and holistic practitioners
  • Breastfeeding Support and Group
  • Shopping for Nursing Moms

1241 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605, 914-421-1500. Read my article about it here

Spa

Satori Spa — (Katonah) Great facials, massages, and acupuncture

Dagmar’s momsense special: mention Dagmar and get $10 off the Satori signature massage ($90 instead of $100) and signature facial ($100 instead of $110)

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Audrey Brooks March 28, 2013 at 12:31 PM

I love this page, especially the free fun with kids. If you’re looking for a good cause and something fun to do Sunday May 5, 2013 come join the Mental Health Association’s 5 K Run/Walk & 1 Mile Kids’ Race at FDR State Park. For more information go to http://www.onthemove13.drupalgardens.com

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Iana Malcolm August 8, 2012 at 10:22 AM

Have you been to Scarsdale Yoga Studios yet??

Your first class with us is complimentary!

Scarsdale Yoga Studios is the premier destination for yoga and wellness in Westchester County, located in the heart of Scarsdale village. It is the first full-spectrum yoga studio of its kind, offering a wide variety of classes, workshops, therapeutic treatments, a café, and premium amenities. With a beautifully designed 7,000-square-foot space, unparalleled quality of instruction, and vast schedule of classes, SYS attends to every detail for the ultimate yoga practice and lifestyle.

Come get your YOGA on!

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Nic April 10, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Great site. I’m in lower westchester and looking for like minded mamas in this county lol. Keep up the great work!

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Clayton Thomas January 15, 2011 at 1:42 AM

Very cool of you to send attention to these local businesses. I am sure they appreciate the support.

Clay

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Liz Nunan November 20, 2010 at 12:32 AM

Love your choices – all dead on! I am one of the lucky ones who met Richard Gere while I was Bedford Post with a friend shortly after they opened. He stopped at our table and spoke for a few minutes – just to thank us for being there! Yes – I was star-struck. Thanks for sharing your favorites!

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Natalya November 8, 2010 at 3:15 PM

Pony Express in Pleasantville rocks! Best fast food as far as my kids are concerned! And Nobby Organics are lovely people with great product!

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Darry July 26, 2010 at 1:49 AM

Best moms group? It’s gotta be mom2mom of northern westchester!!

Over 200 local, down-to-earth moms make up our membership and everyone contributes ideas to keep our calendar full of fun events. We strive to keep our activities free or nearly free for infants to pre-k, as well as wonderful family events and all important moms nights out! Annual dues to support the website hosting are only $5/year and there is something to do just about every day of the week. Perfect for SAHM, part and full time working mamas. Don’t hesitate to check us out and start making friends today!

http://www.meetup.com/mom2mom-of-northern-westchester/

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jonathan July 23, 2010 at 1:35 AM

I’d like to make you aware of my our three year old venture; Pony Express To Go in Pleasantville. We strive to make sustainable fast food an easy, fun and delicious part of everyone’s life.

We support our local community and local food producers (Pickelicious, Dines, The Green Market, Good Bread Bakery), we recycle and encourage our customers to do the same (our Zero Trans fat oils are used for bio-fuel), we provide to-go packaging that is bio-kraft/recycled packaging and we feature beverages without corn syrup.

All our food is made on premise and cooked to order using 100% all natural and organic products.

Our goal was to create a place where you could eat with your family every day/week and feel comfortable doing so. From organic hot dogs and bacon from Dines to no hormone and no antibiotic beef in our burgers and chili.

Our Kids Hoppy Meal features organic fruit roll and a small bag of organic cookies along side of their choice of hot dog, slider or all natural chicken.

If you haven’t checked us out, feel free to stop by. We received a Best of Westchester 2008, a glowing review from the NYTimes and numerous social media accolades (yelp, urbanspoon etc). But only you can decide what you like, so give us a try, and then share your thoughts with your community.

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Debbie Gartner July 3, 2010 at 12:06 PM

I have a special fondness for Pour Mt. Kisco as that’s where I went to my first tweet up. Bellizzi is awesome, too. And, love going to Muscoot w/ my niece.

Next time, when you expand/add, you may want to do favorite shopping spots/stores/malls or maybe even great parks for kids.

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Pigford June 18, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Haven’t been to Bellizzi, but I look forward to going soon. Pour, on the other hand, I’ve been to a handful of times and I love Pour! It’s got ultra-chic energy, but is a totally unpretentious and understated. Anthony, the owner, is a super individual, and his friendly and open personality sets the tone for his place. The crowd there is always warm and fun and you’re bound to have quality interactions over some great food and a glass, or two of their wisely chosen wines.

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Brannon May 24, 2010 at 2:50 PM

I have been dying to try out both Bellizzi and Pour Cafe & Wine Bar – seems lots of people endorse them.

Thanks for the list – I always love a good tip on where to go/what to do. :)

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Heather Flournoy May 21, 2010 at 12:32 PM

I love Bellizzi too! So relieved to have a place to take friends who have kids with gluten sensitivities, and my favorite pizza for myself is the whole wheat crust with wild mushrooms.

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