Located in Westchester County, New York, White Plains is just a 30-minute train ride to midtown Manhattan. However, you may discover that White Plains and its impressive skyline and attractions give you little reason to journey south. Public transportation is available, but plan to rent a car in White Plains so you can explore all the area has to offer on your own schedule.
White Plains is a bustling city with the requisite shopping, fine dining, and people watching. City Center on Mamaroneck Ave. and Main Street, for instance, are great places to walk around. With the banks of the Hudson River and Long Island Sound nearby, White Plains vacations also offer myriad options for scenic drives and hikes. Head over to the city of Purchase, where you can check out the Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden on the grounds of the PepsiCo headquarters. Alternatively, take a short trip from downtown and discover the Philipsburg Manor, a former grist mill and slave trading center. Today, docents in period costumes educate visitors about how slaves lived centuries ago. If you prefer to partake in retail therapy, Westchester Shopping Center houses the area's largest collection of high-end retailers.
All hotels in White Plains have concierges who can let you know about special events happening during your stay. One popular event is the White Plains International Food and Jazz Fest. Held in the fall, music lovers line Mamaroneck Ave. to groove to the sounds of great music while enjoying food from local vendors. Also in the fall, the Big Brew NY Beer Festival brings together craft brew lovers. In June, check out the city's Outdoor Arts Festival in Tibbits Park.
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