weekend escape: Wave Hill

20th October 2014

wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

Where: Wave Hill in the Bronx, NY

When: October

With: Husband

Eat: bring a picnic to eat on the grounds (the cafe food was pretty good but not a must)

Sometimes the urge to get outta town can’t immediately be filled with a train ride or a plane flight, so I have a collection of “local escapes” to choose from on those days. Most of them came from reading TimeOut NY and tabbing the corners to remember… lo and behold, 9 years after moving to NYC, I haven’t done the best job at hitting all the spots. I decided this weekend to finally check one off the list.

wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

 wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

Wave Hill is a public garden and cultural center in the Riverdale neighborhood of the Bronx. It sits atop hills that overlook the Hudson and the Palisades across the way–which are just starting to turn a million fall colors.

wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn, palisades

wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

The house on the premise is an old mansion, surrounded by woodlands, various gardens, beautiful pergolas with great views, and, my favorite, a conservatory with an impressive cactus room.

cactus room at wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

cactus room botanical garden wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

cactus room botanical garden wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

cactus room botanical garden wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

cactus room botanical garden wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

cactus room botanical garden wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

cactus room botanical garden wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

It’s a bit of a trek to get there in theory, but luckily the stars were aligned for us. We just took the 1-train up to its final stop [242 st] and then caught the [free!] shuttle outside the train station to the park.

mansion at wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

pond at wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

pond and lily pads at wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

It was a perfect day to roam the grounds, obsess over the cacti/succulents, and eat lunch outside in the crisp sun.

wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

The neighborhood around the park is also really pretty–filled with huge homes in a variety of styles. We wanted to explore more, but started to get worried about rain. I guess we’ll just have to go back!

wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

If you have any other NYC local-scapes let me know.. I’d love to check them out.

1 train subway wave hill in new york city, the bronx, fall foliage, autumn

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3 thoughts on “weekend escape: Wave Hill

  1. Meredith

    Stunning! What a great idea for a little city escape! Thanks for your sweet comment on our blog last month, Laura. While we don’t get down to the NY area as much as we’d like, we have had great trips to nearby Bedford and the Hudson River Valley. Table on Ten is a fun experience and we’ve had our eyes on the Graham & Co. and the Spruceton Inn for awhile! The Berkshires region isn’t too far and neither is one of our favorite inns, Hotel Fauchere in Milford, PA. Happy travels!

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  2. quaintrelleoquist

    I visit NY every now and then and I’m glad you commented on my blog because now I’m here and finding all these fabulous ideas on things to do during my next NY getaway. For instance, this park is just beautiful and I’m amazed it skipped my radar for so long now. Definitely coming here next time for tips!

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