Somers is located in Northern Westchester County about 30 miles north of White
Plains and 55 miles north of New York City. The town is comprised of 33 square miles
with a population of over 18,300 and is the home of a large IBM campus and the Pepsi
headquarters. Somers is a semi-rural community that borders North Salem on the east,
Katonah on the south and Yorktown on the west and Putnam County to the north.
The town is proud to retain its rural character amidst lush wooded acres, reservoirs
and lake communities. Somers is nicknamed "The Cradle of the American Circus"
because of it's early resident, Hachaliah Bailey.
The Department of Parks and Recreation offers a variety of programs and services year-round for residents of all ages. Most sports
activities are centered at Reis Park on Route 139 where there are ball fields, tennis courts, soccer fields, basketball courts, a children’s
playground, a large picnic pavilion and fitness trails. A summer day camp program for elementary school children is also available next
to the Town Library. The Tot Time program for pre-school children, the Somers Teen Center and Senior Nutrition Center are located in
the nearby Wayne Van Tassel Park.
1. Just up the road from the cottage is Koegel Park just across Route
118, a beautiful 67-acre passive recreational facility waiting to be explored.
2. The entrance to the 22 mile North County Trailway is approximately a
mile from the cottage. Here, you can bike or walk for hours! The paved
path runs all the way from Baldwin Place to Eastview near Tarrytown.
The southern end of the trail connects with the South County Trail east of
3. Just a few miles south of the cottage is Lasdon Park on Route 35. This
Arboretum and Veterans Memorial is a magnificent 234 acre property
consisting of woodlands, open grass meadow and formal gardens with
flower and shrub specimens from all over the world. Lasdon is also the
site of the Chinese Friendship Pavilion that was a gift from the People’s
Republic of China to the citizens of Westchester. The park also houses
four inspirational memorials and a museum honoring Westchester
veterans. Lasdon is available for meetings, weddings and other catered
events. There is Midsummer Music with the Westchester Philharmonic
each Saturday in July.
4. In conjunction with the State, the City of NY, the County of
Westchester and the Westchester Land Trust, Somers has recently
acquired over 600 acres of prime open space property to be set aside for
hiking and birding. It's a paradise called Anglefly Preserve on Route 139
and is just about 5 miles from the cottage!
5. Muscoot Farm is an interpretive 777- acre farm on Route 100 about a
10-minute ride from the cottage. Programs are offered for families on
weekends; but anyone can hike on the more than 7 miles of hiking trails.
|Somers Central School district has four schools
providing education from Kindergarten through Grade
12. John F. Kennedy Catholic High School is also
located in Somers. For more information, contact the
Somers Central School District -
There are 108 miles of roads in Somers. Interstate Highways 684 and 84, the Saw Mill
River Parkway and Taconic State Parkway are nearby major roads. Limited bus
service is available from the Westchester County Bee-Line Bus Service.
The Metro North Harlem Line provides train service into Manhattan. The closest
stations are in Katonah and Golden's Bridge. The Hudson Line can be obtained in
nearby Croton or Peekskill.
New York Sports Club is located about 2 miles north on Route 6.
A second health and fitness center,"Club Fit", is several miles west on Route 6 in
Jefferson Valley. Both facilities offer all options including indoor pools!
There are many other smaller fitness options for adults and children.
Supermarkets and assorted shops are located approximately 2 miles north on Route 6 at either Somers Commons or
Putnam Plaza. Mall shopping and multiplex cinemas are available at Jefferson Valley and Mohegan Lake. The towns of
Somers and Katonah have additional small shops and boutiques!