5 ways to spend a pandemic winter weekend in North Salem


The Bus at Salinger's Orchard in Brewster. Photo by Benjamin Allen, HudValley Photo

It’s February. We’re nearly a year into a pandemic. Even in a ‘normal’ year, it can be hard to get up and go during the cold, dark days of winter. This year is…harder. We’re all feeling a little more worn down. But we’ve got to keep going. Below, five things to do this weekend that are covid safe and may even put a little pep back in your step.

Gather round the fire pit at Purdys Farmer and the Fish.

Temperatures may barely climb above freezing this weekend, but a cozy fire pit and Farmer and the Fish’s delicious cocktails will warm you right up. Add a few friends, a side of polenta fries, and you’re sure to leave feeling a little more cheerful.

Buy a candle from Two Chicks Candle Co, light it, and take a bath.

You may not be able to escape the house, but you can briefly escape your housemates with a solo bath. Two Chicks Candle Co
was founded by the ladies behind Derma Glow Spa and Boutique in North Salem. Their Very Vanilla scent will keep you feeling cozy and Pineapple Sage will have you dreaming of a trip to the tropics.

Go snowshoeing or XC skiing at Baxter Preserve

If you can’t beat the snow, you might as well join it. The North Salem Open Land Foundation says now is a great time to snowshoe or cross-country ski at its many preserves. You can purchase equipment at Ski Haus in Brewster or Sports Barn in Yorktown.

Wake up to one of Westchester County’s best Bacon Egg and Cheese sandwiches from Salinger’s The Bus

Westchester Magazine recently ranked the five best bacon, egg and cheese sandwiches to order in Westchester, and Brewster’s own The Bus
at Salinger’s Orchard made the list. The magazine said the sandwich, “made with thick homemade bacon, white cheddar, crisp potatoes, and spicy ketchup…is sure to satisfy your cravings, and then some.”

Visit the Katonah Museum of Art’s Young Artists 2021 Exhibit

Each year, the Katonah Museum of Art celebrates the work of high school senior artists in its Young Artists exhibit. In addition to having their pieces exhibited, students work with Museum professionals to publicize, curate and install the exhibit. On view through February 28 are nearly 350 artworks from more than 30 regional schools. The Museum offers special viewing hours for at risk populations from 10-10:45 on Saturday. The general public can visit between 11AM and 445PM on Saturday and from 12P-4:45PM on Sunday. Free. Click here for tickets.

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