Nearby Attractions

A.A. History Sites in and Around New York City

Lodging, Airports, & Attractions

The following list is provided as a courtesy. Stepping Stones is not affiliated with the listed entities.

Please see the "Visit" page to make a tour reservation before planning a visit to the area. A selections of lodging options in the area follows. Additional options can be found throughout northern Westchester and southern Putnam counties in NY and the nearby Danbury CT.

Many Stepping Stones visitors also visit A.A. World Services (A.A.W.S.) Office in New York, NY, The Wilson House (Bill's birthplace), East Dorset, VT, and Dr. Bob's Home, Akron, OH. See descriptions below. Please contact each directly for reservations or information.

Lodging - Select Options

Crabtree's Kittle House, 11 Kittle Rd., Chappaqua, NY 10514
Phone: (914) 666-8044
20 Minutes from Stepping Stones
This inn has twelve (queen to king bed) rooms, each with private bath, telephone, cable television and high speed internet access. Continental breakfast is included. The has fine dining and a pub. Great for a group of 24 or less visiting from out of town.

For all nights other than Sat., the Kittle House typically offers Stepping Stones' visitors the following: One double occupancy room, prix-fixe meal for two at the acclaimed Kittle House Restaurant (where Lois used to have her some of her birthday meals), and a continental breakfast for $200.00 (that's $100 per person). Reservations for a single is $150. Gratuities are not included and are appreciated. Mention "Stepping Stones" when making your reservation.

Directions from Stepping Stones - Route 684 Southbound: Exit 4, Mt. Kisco 172 and turn right at end of ramp. Continue to end of road (landmark: Northern Westchester Hospital). Turn left onto 117 and follow for 1.5 miles. At top of hill, turn left onto Kittle Rd. Or, take the Saw Mill River Pkwy Southbound: Exit left on Readers Digest Rd. Cross the railroad tracks and continue straight to traffic light. Turn left onto route 117 and continue for ½ mile. Turn right onto Kittle Rd.

La Quinta Inn & Suites, 94 Business Park Drive, Armonk, NY 10504
Phone: (914)273-9090
25 minutes from Stepping Stones
Nestled in the White Plains area, the La Quinta Inn & Suites Armonk offers easy access to highway 684 just minutes from area attractions and businesses. Visit the Performing Arts Center at Purchase College only 5 miles away, or the Neuberger Museum of Art and Katonah Museum of Art only 10 miles from the hotel. Relax in the sparkling outdoor pool (seasonal), workout in the hotel's onsite fitness center, or stay connected in our onsite business center and convenient wireless Internet access throughout the hotel. You'll also enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and free outdoor parking during your stay. Every room offers popular amenities like a coffee maker, hair dryer, voice mail, and expanded cable channels with pay-per-view movies.

La Quinta Inn regularly offers rooms at a discounted rate of $79 per night. Visitors should utilize AARP, AAA, or other travel discount cards, or ask the reservation desk for the best possible rate. A shuttle to Stepping Stones may also be arranged.

Directions from Stepping Stones - Left onto Cherry Street to end. Right onto Route 35. Right onto 684 South. Take exit 3/Armonk. Follow signs to hotel.

Stonehenge Inn, Route 7, Ridgefield, CT 0687
Estimated nightly rate $99
Phone: (203) 438-6511
30 minutes from Stepping Stones
An old country inn offering sixteen guest rooms and suites named after old English country towns. Each room features classic, elegant furnishings, luxury. The facility is wheelchair accessible and offers babysitting, kitchen, air conditioning, and television.

Directions from Stepping Stones - Left onto Cherry Street. At the end, right onto Route 35. Follow Route 35 past Connecticut border, down the main street of Ridgefield and follow signs to Route 7.

Hampton Inn White Plains-Tarrytown Hotel, 200 Tarrytown Rd., Elmsford, NY 10523
Nightly rate from $79
Phone: (914) 205-7308
Toll Free: (888) 850-1493 - Reservations
25 minutes from Stepping Stones, closest listed hotel to New York City.

Directions from Stepping Stones - Take a right onto Cherry Street. Pass stop sign, bear right at Mobil Station to Saw Mill Parkway South. Take Exit 26 toward the Sprain Brook Parkway South. Take the exit for 287E/Cross Westchester Expressway. Take Exit 4. Right off the exit. Take the Route 119 Ramp. Make a slight right onto Route 119.

Holiday Inn Mount Kisco, 1 Holiday Inn Dr., Mount Kisco, NY 10549-1001
Toll Free: 888-452-5771
Phone: (914) 241-2600
10 minutes from Stepping Stones
Nightly rates start at $139.00 - Mention your scheduled tour with Stepping Stones for 10% Rate Discount (some blackout dates may apply)

Recently renovated, this is the closest hotel to Stepping Stones, located in the nearby Village of Mt. Kisco, close to area shops and 72 restaurants and one mile from Metro North Railroad. Relax and enjoy all the benefits of the Holiday Inn's friendly, full service hotel and their recently-renovated restaurant, free wireless internet, seasonal outdoor pool, fitness center, patio seating and free parking.

Directions from Stepping Stones - Take a right onto Cherry Street. Pass the stop sign, bear right at the Mobil Station following signs to the Saw Mill Parkway South. Take exit 37 to Mount Kisco. Make a left off the exit. Follow signs to Holiday Inn.


Westchester County Airport (25 minutes from Stepping Stones). Cab needed or use LaQuinta Inn's shuttle by staying at LaQuinta Inn.

LaGuardia (1 hour from Stepping Stones). A rental car is best for direct transportation to Stepping Stones, or take the M-104 bus to 125th Street (15 minutes) and the Metro-North Railroad to Bedford Hills or Katonah.

JFK (1.5 hours from Stepping Stones). A rental car is best for direct transportation. Or, take public transportation to Manhattan and the Metro-North railroad Harlem Line, to Bedford Hills or Katonah.

If travelling by train, prior to arriving in Bedford Hills or Katonah, arrange the 5 minute cab ride to Stepping Stones by calling (914) 232-5353. Katonah is a larger downtown. Bedford Hills is a 3/4 mile walk (mostly uphill) up Cherry Street and into the Wilson's neighborhood to Stepping Stones for those who wish to follow the historic route that Bill Wilson himself would walk on his trips to and from NYC.

Other Places to Visit While in the Region

Alcoholic Anonymous World Services Office
475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY
Call for tour reservations: (212) 840-3400

A visit to A.A.W.S. is popular for A.A. members visiting the region. It is a chance to see the offices, learn about the staff roles, and to see an archival display. For AA and Al-Anons alike; there is an open A.A. meeting every Friday morning at 11:00 a.m. The A.A.W.S. office is located about one hour south of Stepping Stones by car provided there is no traffic. The A.A.W.S. neighborhood is in a Northern part of Manhattan, which is typically less congested than midtown and downtown.

The Wilson House, P.O. Box 46, East Dorset, VT 05253
Call for hours and overnight lodging and retreat information: (802) 362-5524

The Wilson House is a 14-room fully-operating inn, where Bill Wilson was born. Wilson’s grandmother was an employee at the hotel in 1895, and Bill’s mother gave birth in the room behind the bar. The inn has been lovingly restored and is a popular retreat center and bed and breakfast. Two doors down from the Wilson House is the home where young Bill Wilson lived with his grandparents after his mother and father divorced. Now called the Griffith Library, it is open to visitors. The graves of Bill and Lois Wilson are about 1 mile down the road on Route 7. Lois also spent half her year every year as a child in nearby Manchester, Vermont. Ebby Thatcher's home, the airport from the infamous jag, Emerald Lake and Mount Equinox are also nearby. The rich history and beautiful New England surroundings make a trip to the Wilson House worthwhile. The Wilson House is approximately 4 hours north of Stepping Stones in East Dorset, VT.

Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Route 35 & 121 South, Cross River, NY
Phone: (914) 864-7317

The 4,700-acre park is Westchester County's largest. With varied terrain and landscapes, plus miles of wooded trails, the park provides activities for all seasons. There are areas for picnicking, lean-to camping, fishing and cross-country skiing. The park is home to the Trailside Nature Museum, which hosts weekend nature interpretive programs year-round. This is the site of a closed A.A. meeting that begins promptly at 8:45 a.m. (before parking fees are collected) from the far back parking lot with a hike to the summit where the discussion meeting takes place.

Directions from Stepping Stones - Make a left onto Cherry Street. At the end, make a right onto Route 35. After approximately 5 miles, make a right onto Route 121, following the signs to the Reservation.

Muscoot Farm, Route 100, Somers, NY 10589
Phone: (914) 864-7282

Muscoot Farm is an early 1900s interpretive farm owned and operated by the Westchester County Department of Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Muscoot Farm is open year-round and offers a full schedule of programs for families, as well as tours, farmyard visits and hayrides for groups by reservation. More than seven miles of hiking trails allow visitors to explore some of Muscoot's 777 acres through fields, woodlands and wetlands. Trail maps are available in the Reception Center.

Programs are offered for families on weekends. Some, like Meet the Baby Animals, Tractor Day and Pumpkin Picking, are annual events. Others provide new experiences for visitors and may focus on many different themes. In addition, a variety of workshops are offered on Saturdays throughout the year. Call the farm for a calendar of events.

Katonah Museum of Art, Route 22 at Jay Street, Katonah, NY 10536
Phone: (914) 232-9555

Guided tours - Tuesday- Sunday at 2:30 pm. See the website for exhibitions and events.
Directions from Stepping Stones - Make a left onto Cherry Street. At the end, make a right onto Route 35. Pass all of the highway connections and make a right onto Route 22. The museum is about ½ mile on the left.

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Route 22, Katonah, NY
Phone: (914) 232-8119

John Jay Homestead State Historic Site is the home and farm of John Jay (1745-1829), one of America’s principal Founding Fathers. Operated by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, the property includes 62 acres of magnificent grounds and twelve historic buildings. Its centerpiece is the main house, built by Jay to be his home in retirement following a lifetime of public service. Visitors learn about Jay’s many roles in the formation of the United States, his family, and his years at Bedford as a gentleman farmer.

The Village of Katonah
Stop by the quaint and useful Village of Katonah for a bite to eat or some shopping on your way home. Restaurants include the Blue Dolphin, Tengda, The Katonah Restaurant, Peppinos and more, all reasonably priced.

Directions from Stepping Stones - Make a left onto Cherry Street. Make a quick right onto Harris Road. At the light make a left onto Bedford Road/Route 117. At the Mobil Gas station make a right onto Katonah Avenue. You are now in the Village of Katonah.

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