We all know this hasn’t been a typical summer, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get outside and enjoy the warm weather while staying safe. Here are some ways you can participate in some of your favorite seasonal traditions and make the most of your summertime!

Go Glamping

For those who prefer to experience the great outdoors with a healthy dollop of indoor comforts, glamping (you know, “glamorous camping”?) might be your summer jam, and a unique experience your kiddos won’t forget. Featuring luxury accommodations, from spacious wood-framed canvas tents and yurts to designer treehouses and “tiny homes,” glamping provides resort-like amenities (hello, running water!), prepared meals, and a variety of old-school and open-air activities that don’t require mobile phones. There are many fun options, just an hour or two drive from Westchester.  

Back to the Drive-In

While social distancing continues to be a challenge, it has also inspired us to rediscover some of the simple pleasures of the past. Drive-in movies are enjoying a revival, with outdoor screens calling us to load up on snacks, jump in the car, and head back-in-time to enjoy old classics and new releases. If you can’t find a local drive-in, create your own outdoor cinema in the backyard, driveway, or other open space with a widescreen wall.

Stare at the Stars

So far, this summer has been sprinkled with not to be missed sights in the sky, and I’m not talking about fireworks. There was a lunar eclipse, a double meteor shower, and sightings of NASA’s International Space Station. So if you missed these spectacular sights, don’t fret. Westchester offers some great viewing spots to change up the scenery from your backyard. Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Blue Mountain Reservation, Bear Mountain, and Kensico Dam Plaza are just of few of our local escapes. 

What have you done to escape this summer?


  1. We rented a boat on Lake Mahopac today and it really felt like vacation (albeit less than half an hour from home).

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