New York is a place that never sleeps, never gets tired and never gets bored! It has the charm and beauty that a tourist desires whether its the Empire State Building with its amazing height and the Statue of Liberty with its design, history with some of awestruck moments or a place like home to a number of celebrities. These are some fabulous cities that together make New York a divine place to live, like Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Binghamton, Albany, Brooklyn, Accord, Adams, Albertson, Alder Creek, White Plains and many more. Lets discuss in detail about White Plains, the county seat of Westchester County and one of the most populous cities of New York state. White Plains is located just north of New York City and 7 miles east of the Hudson River. The history of this unique city takes us back to 1683 when some people purchased 4435 acre of land from Weckquaeskeck Indians and this deal was named as White Plains. In 1776, the land was adopted as a part of New York and called the same name from the deal. The 18th century brought the economic boom and growth for the city when railroad reached here, businesses started to emerge and in 1866, White Plains got incorporated as a village. It became a city in 1916 and the county seat in mid 19s. Today, White Plains is a business hub with high technology firms, corporations, college, universities and a suitable place to live, work, shop and play.
White Plains has a typical humid continental climate just like its neighbor cities with quite hot summers. There are no dry season and the temperature varies from 22 F to 84 F throughout the year. July is the warmest month with maximum temperature of 84 F and January is the coldest with minimum temperature of 21 F. Rainfall can be seen in May and is quite common over the year. The best time to visit White Plains is during spring season because of the less humidity.
How to get here?
White Plains does not have its own international airport but it is well served by Westchester County Airport, located just 3 miles northeast of the city. The airport receives carriers from all major airlines like Delta Airlines, US Airways, American United, JetBlue Airways, CapeAir and more. You can easily get to downtown from here by cabs, taxis, limos or airport shuttles. There is famous Bee Line Bus System in White Plains, by which you can easily get around the city and get easy access to important landmarks, restaurants and other places.
Accommodation and Food
There are almost 40 lodging options in White Plains downtown, whether you need a luxury hotel with comfortable suites or affordable bed & breakfasts, everything is easily available here. One of the best is The Ritz Carlton, a five star hotel located right in the heart of the city, featuring 110 guest rooms with 84 suites, indoor pool and free internet. Other good options include Renaissance Westchester Hotel, Crowne Plaza White Plains, The Esplanade Hotel, Hyatt House, Residence Inn, Hotel Zero Degrees, Radisson Hotel, Hampton Inn, Dolce Palisades, Howard Johnson Express Inn, Doral Arrowwood, Stamford Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre, Ardsley Acres Hotel, Amsterdam Hotel, Hampton Inn & Suites Yonkers and Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites.
Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Indian, American, Mediterranean or Seafood, whatever your taste is, everything is available at more than 100 eateries around the city of White Plains. If you are in a mood of having some great Italian food then go nowhere further than Graziella’s Restaurant at S Broadway. You will surely love the cheesecakes at the Cheesecake Factory Restaurant, steaks & burgers at City Limits Diner, great Thai food at Reka’s Thai Restaurant and authentic Italian food at Antipasti. Other nice eateries include, P F Chang’s CHina Bistro, Seasons Japanese Bistro, Morton’s Steakhouse and Mulino’s of Westchester.
The Kykuit is National Trust House located at Pocantico Hills in Tarrytown near White Plains. It is a big 40 room structure and also known as John D Rockefeller Estate. Kykuit is mainly known for its amazing architecture, gardens, arts and beautirul scenery. You can take a guided tour of the house and watch some eye catching sculptures designed by artists like Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Louse Nevelson and David Smith. Other attractions of Kykuit include underground art galleries, collection of Picasso tapestries, Coach Barn and a huge collection of classic automobiles and horse carriages. The house remains open daily for tours and admission fee depends on the type of tour you go for.
Gate of Heaven Cemetery
The Gate of Heaven Cemetery is located at W Stevens Avenue just 15 miles north of White Plains and recognized as a Roman Catholic burial site. The cemetery was established in 1917 by the Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The cemetery has more than 190000 Catholic families in graves, mausoleum crypts and cremation niches here and still it gives interment services till today. You can come and visit the cemetery for free but you will have to follow the strict directions written on the entrance wall.
Blue Hill Restaurant
Blue Hill Restaurant is located just 30 miles from White Plains downtown and is a famous landmark for its great architecture, quality of food and other services. The restaurant was opened in 2000 by Dan, David and Laureen Barber. It was awarded as the Best New Restaurant by James Beard foundation and the president of US Barack Obama also dined here in 2009. You will feel like a celebrity here and will get a chance to taste some amazing dishes that you haven’t even heard about.