See Westchester Through Vanessa Williams' Eyes

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Chappaqua resident Vanessa Williams is one of several notable Westchester County residents who created a special tour guide. Photo Credit: Flickr user motfemme
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino promotes the Meet Me in Westchester County tourism campaign Thursday at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills. Photo Credit: Meredith Shamburger

POCANTICO HILLS, N.Y. – Come to Westchester and let Vanessa Williams show you around.

The Chappaqua resident and “Desperate Housewives” star is one of several notable Westchester County residents who have created special tourist itineraries to show off the county's many attractions. The Falltastic Favorite Escapes itineraries are part of the Meet Me in Westchester County tourism campaign.

The campaign's focus is to draw tourists and business people to the county's many diverse offerings, County Executive Rob Astorino said Thursday in a press conference at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture.

“Who better to act as tour guides than those who know the best places and the hidden gems in each of our towns?” he said.

Tourism made up $1.7 billion of Westchester County's economy in 2011 and is responsible for 24,000 jobs, Astorino said.

Thirteen “falltastic” escapes have been created to incorporate different areas of tourism from family activities and golf favorites to African-American history and musical hot spots. Celebrities, artists, writers and other notable residents were selected to help draw in tourists looking for something to do this fall. Even the fictional Headless Horseman made a list of his favorite spooky spots.

Williams recommends trying Chappaqua's Le Jardin du Roi, a charming bistro with a "delicious French menu," or exploring the bridle paths at Fox Hill Farms in Mount Pleasant, where she took horse-riding lessons.

Astorino's itinerary includes several family-friendly activities such as the planetarium at the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers and pumpkin picking at Muscoot Farm in Somers.

When asked where to go and what do do in Westchester, the Headless Horseman suggests several spots in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow, and The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton-on-Hudson.

“I like to wander through and get ideas for neck toppers for the coming year,” the horseman says.

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