Located in Pocantico Hills, New York, about an hour north of NYC, Stone Barns Center is the perfect place to spend a day. We visit as often as we can to have lunch, visit the farm animals and stroll the trails that wind throughout the property.
The center also offers various tours such as a family tour of the farm or a trip out to collect the eggs. If you plan to do a tour, reserve in advance on their website as they do fill up quickly. We have collected eggs and I am hoping to do the family tour of the farm over Thanksgiving break.
After you've had your fill of fresh air and farm animals be sure to head over to the Blue Hill Cafe for lunch or at least for a snack. They have an ever-changing menu depending on what is in season but whatever they have is always delicious and while you are in the cafe, be sure to pick up a jar or two of the Blue Hill honey to take home. There is seating outdoors at picnic tables or you can do as we often do and have an impromptu picnic in the courtyard.
Don't leave without checking out the gift shop which has a fantastic collection of cookbooks, kids toys and things for the kitchen and garden. Also, look in the fridge for fresh eggs which are worth the trip alone. If you are there on Sunday, hit up the farmers market (from 10-4) for fresh vegetables, delicious baked goods and chicken and pork products.
Finally, if you are in need of a special adults-only night out, I would definitely recommend a meal at Blue Hill at Stone Barns. We had the good fortune to enjoy dinner here last summer and it was unforgettable.