|Tour/Visit Reservations for Stepping Stones |
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All access to the inside of the Wilsons' home and Bill Wilson's writing studio is by guided tour and reservations are required. Stepping Stones Foundation offers volunteer-led guided tours at 1 p.m. Monday-Saturday by reservation. Please see the reservation instructions below.
No regular tours are offered on Sundays or on Thanksgiving day, Christmas day and New Year's day.
Tours begin in the Welcome Center in the Wilson's two-car garage, which houses an orientation display, two accessible restrooms, and a shop (see also online shop page). Welcome Center hours are noon until 3:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Advance tour reservations are required to ensure availability. If planning a trip from another region and you are unable to take a Mon.-Sat. 1 p.m. tour due to flight or other travel constraints, please contact us to see if other accommodations can be made.
Advance tickets are required for the 1st Saturday in June Annual Picnic for shuttle and grounds access (tours are self-guided during the picnic with docent hosts in the historic spaces). Information about reserving free picnic tickets in advance is found on the Events Page of this site.
Due to regulations and/or group bookings, tour reservations are not available on the following days: all Sundays; Sat. Sept. 24, 2016; Fri. Oct. 28, 2016; Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day; and New Year's Day. To visit on the day of the Annual Picnic (always the first Sat. in June) see the event page for ticketing information.
TOUR RESERVATION SYSTEM/PROCESS
To check availability to view/tour inside the historic home and studio (offered Mon.-Sat. 1 p.m.), submit a request by either (1) sending an email to email@example.com, (2) by calling (914) 232-4822 Mon. through Fri. during business hours and leaving a detailed message (name, # of people, date, phone, email, transportation plans) or (3) by using the form below. Stepping Stones will respond in one to two business days with information about availability or a confirmation. You will not receive an automated response to your form submission. Groups of 10 or more must reserve in advance, preferably through a detailed email request at least 45 days in advance.
Individuals and groups please provide the following with your request:
(1) Preferred tour date(s) for 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday Tour
(2) Contact information (Provide name, phone numbers, and email.)
(3) Number of guests (Provide a firm maximum number including yourself, any drivers, children and infants.)
(4) Please provide confirmation that you will travel to the site in a passenger vehicle such as a car, SUV, passenger van, pickup truck, motorcycle or motorcycle and side car. (Guest vehicles that are not permitted in the neighborhood or site include RVs, campers, coach and school buses, large commercial and utility trucks, vehicles with items in tow and any vehicle longer than 28 feet long and 8.5 feet wide).
The reservation form below cannot be used for the 1st Saturday in June Annual Picnic (see Event Page) or for days when a regular tour is not offered such as Sundays, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day (Jan. 1).
Tours are usually 60 to 90 minutes depending on the number of questions from the group. Please inform us in advance if you have a time constraint. Food is not sold on site. Guests may pack picnic food to eat outdoors. (Grilling and open flames are not permitted). Limited photography is allowed indoors. Visitors are required to honor the rules of the site.
Access to the inside of buildings is by guided tour. The home and studio are generally not open for drop-in guests. Calling ahead is encouraged to check same-day availability. If you book a tour and cannot make it, please contact us to cancel and/or reschedule with as much advance notice as possible out of courtesy for our volunteer tour guides.
Guest parking for regular permitted passenger vehicle types (see above) is entirely within the confines of the property in designated areas up the driveway at 62 Oak Road, Katonah, NY 10536. For groups requiring off-site parking and shuttles to the site, please make special arrangements with Stepping Stones at least 45 days in advance (shuttle fees may apply). Stepping Stones does not offer street parking or allow passenger drop off on the neighborhood streets.
MAKE A RESERVATION
To check availability to take a scheduled Monday through Saturday 1 p.m. tour, please complete the form below, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (914) 232-4822.
A donation of $10 or more per person is suggested (but not mandatory / not required) to help offset the costs of operating and preserving Stepping Stones. Donations can be made by cash, check or credit card in the Welcome Center. Provide your contact information with a donation to receive a donation letter for your tax purposes.
IN PREPARATION FOR YOUR VISIT
Stepping Stones reminds guests that the site is in a residential area and kindly requests that guests refrain from parking, stopping or unloading along the streets (including taxicabs), turning around in nearby driveways, and gathering in or by the street for photos or for any other purpose. Overnight parking is not permitted on site.
Please be prepared to be quiet in the neighborhood and on site. Refraining from clapping, yelling, and honking helps us be good neighbors and is a tremendous service.
Public address systems and amplified sound are not permitted.
Coach buses and RVs may not transport (drop-off and pick-up) guests, enter, or park at or around the Stepping Stones property; special off-site arrangements can be made. Call in advance for suggestions by contacting us.
Please share this information with everyone accompanying you on your visit, especially all drivers. Thank you.
OFF-SITE PLACES TO STAY AND VISIT IN THE AREA
Click here for off-site places to stay and places to visit in the area.
Click here for AA History Sites in and around New York City.
TRAVELING TO STEPPING STONES
Stepping Stones physical address is 62 Oak Road, Katonah, NY 10536, even though the house itself sits on the Bedford Hills border and Bill and Lois Wilson always referred to their home as being in Bedford Hills. Both Katonah and Bedford Hills are hamlets of the larger Town of Bedford and the Post Office for Stepping Stones is Katonah. Please do not turn on to Oak Road directly off of Cherry St. because that is the wrong segment of Oak Road and a dead end. Take Cherry St. to Woodfield Rd. to Oak Rd. to get to Stepping Stones.
BY TRAIN FROM NEW YORK CITY: Stepping Stones is a 3-5 minute cab ride away from the Bedford Hills (closer) or Katonah train stations on Metro-North Railroad. Both stations are along Metro-North's Harlem Line. Board a train bound for "Southeast" ("Southeast" is the name of a station and town; not a train direction) from Grand Central Station (87 E. 42nd Street) to "Southeast" and get off at the Bedford Hills (1 Railroad Avenue, Bedford Hills) or Katonah station (70 Katonah Avenue at Jay Street). The train ride from NYC usually takes 60 to75 minutes and trains only travel to this area about once per hour. Katonah has a few more trains per day than Bedford Hills. To make the 1 p.m. tour, we suggest boarding the train to Bedford Hills from Grand Central Station at approximately 10:45 a.m. in order to arrive by about 11:45 a.m. for your taxi ride to Stepping Stones.
The quaint villages surrounding both stations offer dining and shopping; Katonah is the larger of the two downtowns and is about 2 miles from Stepping Stones. Bedford Hills Station is about 1 mile away.
WALKING DIRECTIONS: If walking from Bedford Hills Station, exit the station on the side of the larger parking lot (not the side with the row of shops and the Post Office). Bear left across the parking area and up the hill on Railroad Avenue (less than a block). Make a right onto Route 117. In less than a block, bear left uphill at the second street onto Cherry Street. Walk about 1/2 mile up Cherry (mostly uphill; note that sidewalks are not always clear during snowy weather). Take the third left onto Woodfield Road. (During months periods without snow a short cut is available once you get to an unpaved u-shaped dirt driveway on the left where you can bear left across this area through the opening in the stone wall and up the grassy hill to the blacktop driveway where you can go left to the Welcome Center). During periods with snowy conditions when taking the shortcut is not possible, continue along the bend in Woodfiled Road until it dead ends at Oak Rd. Make a left on Oak and another left into the first driveway (62 Oak Rd., Katonah, NY 10536).
LOCAL TAXI/CAR SERVICE RESERVATIONS: Visitors are encouraged to arrange for local taxi or car service a day in advance and to confirm the morning of a visit. See cab company phone numbers and rates (quoted Sept. 2015) below. To increase likelihood of a quick pick up at the Katonah or Bedford Hills station, call the taxi company again as your train passes an earlier station. Please advise taxi drivers of the following:
• Stepping Stones' Address: 62 Oak Road, Katonah, NY 10536 (Take Cherry St. to Woodfield Rd. to Oak Rd.) (NOTE: Driver should not go to Oak Street or the other Oak Rd., which is directly off of Cherry St.)
• Driveway is 5mph and one-way
• Drop off of passengers and stopping at the entrance is not permitted. Drop off is only permitted up the driveway by the two-car garage.
• Exit only by continuing along driveway and by going left out 66 Oak Rd.
Note: Volunteer tour guides or other visitors often agree, when asked by a visitor, to provide a ride back to the train station if they have availability. Visitors may choose to schedule return trips to the train station by taxi only if another ride is unavailable.
Sam's Taxi (914) 232-4909 ($6.00 for an individual; $4.00 per person for groups)
Frank's Taxi (914)666-6002 ($4.00 per person)
Bedford Hills Taxi (914) 666-5800 ($6.00 for an individual; add $2.00 for each additional person)
Click here for the Metro-North Railroad schedule (Note: We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the schedule which changes periodically and is altered due to other conditions. We advise checking the schedule close to your trip date.)
BY TRAIN FROM OTHER LOCATIONS: If you are traveling by train from most other locations outside of NYC, you may wish to take Amtrak to Penn Station in New York City (7th and 8th avenues, between 31st and 33rd streets), and then take a cab, subway, bus or walk to Grand Central Station and proceed as above.
BY AUTOMOBILE: To navigate via GPS, enter 62 Oak Road, Katonah, NY, 10536 as the address. To use a mapping website, follow the Driving Directions link below and enter your starting address. Please DO NOT turn on to OAK ROAD DIRECTLY OFF OF CHERRY STREET because that is the wrong segment of Oak Rd. and a dead end. To reach the correct segment with Stepping Stones, TAKE CHERRY STREET TO WOODFIELD ROAD, THEN MAKE A LEFT ONTO OAK ROAD. (Please note NOTE that it is important to SELECT "OAK ROAD" RATHER THAN "OAK STREET" on your GPS because Oak St. is far away.)
|HIGHWAY TRAVEL: Please note that the best exit off the Saw Mill Parkway is exit 39/Bedford Hills/Route 117. |
The best exit off of Interstate 684 is exit 6, Katonah, Route 35.
BY AIR: Westchester County Airport is about 30 minutes from Stepping Stones. Travel to and from greater metro-New York City airports (LaGuardia, Kennedy, Newark, etc.) is common, especially for guests also visiting New York City.
Click here for the Westchester County Airport web site.
Welcome Center (accessible restrooms, orientation display and shop): Mon.-Sat., noon to 3 p.m. Eastern time
Historic Buildings Access/Tours: All regular tours into the historic home and writing studio are guided and by advance reservation Mon. through Sat. 1 p.m. Eastern time. Entry to historic buildings is only by tour.
Group Visits/Tours: Groups must contact Stepping Stones to make reservations to visit the grounds and historic buildings. Group reservations must be made in advance (45 days in advance or more is suggested).
Garden and Grounds-Only: The grounds are open to individuals Mon.-Sun. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time. Group visits are by advance reservation only.
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