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Here's What to Do on the Perfect Day Trip to White Plains

Westchester Magazine, Samantha Garbarini

 

It’s not just shopping centers and raucous bar crawls that entertain in the county seat. The arts, international eateries, and boutique shopping comprise a dynamic Downtown that deserves a full day, an open mind, and an empty stomach.

 

10 a.m.

The best time to visit The Westchester (125 Westchester Ave; www.simon.com/the-westchester) is in the morning, before the normal crowds descend for the post-holiday sales. Stop by MAD Donuts’ (www.maddonutshop.com) debut brick-and-mortar to grab a cinnamon-glazed apple fritter, then get your steps in window shopping the high-end designer boutiques and mall-staple stores.

 

Noon

Hop in the car and head to Aberdeen (3 Barker Ave; www.aberdeenwhiteplains.com), tucked into the lobby of a Marriott, for its popular Cantonese dim sum carts laden with roasted pork buns, sesame balls, har gaw, chive dumplings, turnip cakes, and chicken feet.

 

1:30 p.m.

Swing by the Garden of Remembrance (148 Martine Ave; parks.westchestergov.com/garden-of-remembrance) to view sculptor Rita Rapaport’s Gates of Remembrance, a symbolic memorial of the horrors of the Holocaust. From there, it’s a short walk to the headquarters of ArtsWestchester (31 Mamaroneck Ave; www.artswestchester.org), which features 4,500 square feet of gallery space, with an emphasis on artists from New York State.

 

2:30 p.m.

Head up to the sixth floor to get a primer on African artifacts at Dafco’s Gallery (31 Mamaroneck Ave #601; www.dafcogallery.com), where the impressive collection includes ceremonial masks, shields, headdresses, fertility statues, and more — all available for purchase.

 

3:15 p.m.

Just around the corner is Loola Doola (206 Martine Ave), a small boutique showcasing local designers and chic, won’t-feel-guilty-about-the-price handbags, custom designed by owner Lauren Morris.

 

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