Patterson offers some unique recreational activities. First, it’s home to the NYC Polo Club at Haviland Hollow Farm. Open year-round for indoor and outdoor sport, the club offers polo leagues, polo lessons for beginners and advanced players, and tournaments at its historic 250-acre farm. The topography of the eastern part of Putnam county lends itself to equestrian purposes; for those looking to ride or board their horses there are several equestrian centers in the area, including River Run Farm and Crossroads Equestrian Center.
Patterson is also home to one of the few ski areas on the east side of the Hudson River. Thunder Ridge is a charming mountain with lessons, “slow and gentle slopes”, and exciting advanced trails. There’s also hiking to be had. The Putnam County Land Trust holds several preserves and parks in Patterson, like the Elena Hill Preserve and the Ice Pond Conservation Area. The cherry on the top of the recreation sundae in Patterson is the town “Rec Center” – it’s a community hub offering programs for all ages.
If your idea of fun includes eating (whose doesn’t?), try Iron and Wine, Tios, or any of the pizza places in Patterson (they’re all pretty good)! There’s also the option of a country drive to nearby New Milford CT, where there are several great restaurants. At Zaragoza you’ll find traditional tapas; at La Piccolina, authentic Northern Italian fare.