February 22, 2011

Tuesday’s Travel Tips – White Plains!

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This week’s Tuesday’s Travel Tips takes us to White Plains, New York. Within crawling distance of New York City, this easy-to-navigate city located in Westchester County, just north of The Big Apple, serves as a prime alternative to slogging through the heavily-trafficked airports in the city.

General Manager Anthony points out that the airport code for Westchester County Airport is HPN. There is a small debate in the origins of this code. Many believe that it is derived from the name of the city, White Plains (IATA codes normally do not begin with W because those are reserved for radio signals). Others, however, believe that the IATA code represents the first letter of the three neighboring communities, Harrison, Purchase, and North Castle.

A great travel tip from Anthony is that there is currently limited parking at HPN. As

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an alternative to on-site parking, there are off-airport parking options which may offer significant discounts. Most have shuttle vans or buses which operate from their facilities to the terminals, and feature secure facilities with security guards and cameras. You can also take the Metro-North Railroad from New York’s Grand Central Station express to White Plains and avoid driving altogether.

Airport Operations Crewmember Elizabeth recommends you check out Pepsico Park in nearby Purchase to check out the Kendell Sculpture Garden. She also recommends you check out the Westchester Mall in White Plains for some suburban goodness.

For good food and drinks, Anthony suggests you check out Lazyboy Saloon on Mamaroneck Avenue. His favorite spot though is Buffalo Wild Wings.

Airport Operations Crewmember Staci likes Eclisse Mediterraneo Cucina, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, located in the Westchester Mall which is a sight worth seeing on its own. Some of the best shopping in Westchester is in White Plains, Staci relays. The city is home to Teavana, The Apple Store, Luis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Origins, Aveda, Sephora, Tiffanys, Tourneau Corner and many more.

One of the best things about White Plains is its close proximity to many other quaint and fantastic cites in Westchester such as Scarsdale, Bedford, Chappaqua, New Rochelle and Rye. In addition, White Plains borders Greenwich, Connecticut. In Greenwich, you can find some of the best high-end thrift shops in the country with fantastic prices. One of Staci’s favorites is Second Time Around.

There are several adjacent bar/lounges and trendy spots on Mamaronceck Ave in White Plains. Staci recommends Haiku Asian Bistro and Vintage Bar & Restaurant on Main Street.

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