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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    Just a few weeks remain before summer ends. Many spend these lazy, hazy days of summer on vacation. If a vacation is not in your immediate future, here are a few ideas that can transport you into a vacation state of mind. 

    Harvest on Hudson is aptly named.  Overlooking the Hudson River with spectacular views of the Palisades, it’s organic garden is the centerpiece of the restaurant. Harvest on Hudson is based on the culinary philosophy of using the finest and freshest seasonal ingredients grown locally. The days harvest will appear on the menu and on your plate.  Sipping a chilled glass of chardonnay with the sun setting over the Hudson can feel like Napa Valley (without the mountains) and the meal that awaits your palate will enhance the experience, and the feeling that you are far, far away. 

    In Mamaroneck, Harbor Island Park is a sprawling 44-acre site that overlooks the Long Island Sound and the perfect spot for a waterfront picnic. Mamaroneck Avenue offers a number of different specialty shops that make your meal effortlessly delicious. Cosmo and Alex offers up breads, olives and cheeses, and more standard fare of sandwiches and salads. Next door is Boiano Bakery, which tempts your sweet tooth with cakes, cookies, pastries and breads, plus Italian pastries such as cannoli, napoleons, cream puffs and éclairs, plus a dozen varieties of biscottis. Let you imagination decide if your waterfront picnic is in Maine or Mamaroneck.

    If a little bit of Hollywood is on your wish list, The Bedford Post Inn is your ticket. Owner Richard Gere might be at the next table, or Ralph Lauren could be breaking bread in the dining room. A celebrity sighting can’t be guaranteed but wonderful food and a delightful ambiance is a given.  A chef’s tasting menu paired with different wines is a vacation-worthy experience.

    For additional restaurant suggestions in your area, go to http://www.houlihanlawrence.com/TownGuides.aspx.