great ways to spend your winter days – part 1

We’ve pulled together a potpourri of great ways to spend some winter days. Check out the selection (part 2 to come) and start filling in your calendar because there’s something here for everyone!

A Maze In Pottery
(Briarcliff Manor)
Feeling crafty? For a creative afternoon, drop into this paint-your-own studio with over 300 pieces of pottery to choose from (starting at as little as $4 per item). Go solo, bring a partner or organize a friends afternoon in the studio. And perfect timing for that special Valentine. (914-502-0088;


Take Me to the Water
(Rye Brook)
Never learned to swim or want to improve your skills? This program, at the gorgeous indoor Doral Arrowwood pool, will provide a full body workout and give you a huge head start for summer. (646-480-2118;


Walkway Over the Hudson
Bundle up for a wintery walk on this former railroad bridge-turned-walkway which extends 212 feet above the river. At 1.28 miles, this is the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world! And there’s more… nine Discovery Zones, including Little Italy and Highland Landing, will make for a greater experience.


Westchester Broadway Theatre 
Why schlep to the city to see a great show when we’ve got this fun alternative in our own backyard? Broadway caliber talent, free parking and dinner – all for an easy to digest price. Winter shows include Annie Get Your Gun, The Christmas Voyager, and A Chorus Line. (914-592-2222;

Barnes & Noble Kitchen
When bookstore meets full-service restaurant, you get Barnes & Noble Kitchen: the brand new B&N concept store in Westchester. Grab a meal, a glass of wine
or craft beer, or just a cup of something hot, then hit the stacks in search of your next read! (914-723-3416;


Planetarium at the Hudson River Museum
Get out of the cold and into the Hudson River Museum. which includes Glenview Mansion, a historic 1870s structure overlooking the Hudson River, multiple art galleries, and everyone’s favorite — the planetarium, where you can catch a star show every weekend.(914-963-4550;


Fahnestock Winter Park
Head to Clarence Fahnestock State Park where you’ll find 11 miles of well-groomed trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. You can rent equipment
there and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa at the warming hut. (

Cooking Classes at Sur La Table
(White Plains)
Learn to whip up some cozy comfort food this winter at Sur La Table in the Westchester Mall. Participate in a “hands-on” class or catch a demonstration class… and watch one of Sur’s talented chefs work their magic. Classes, offered at a variety of times and starting at only $69, emphasize technique and are limited to 16 participants. (914-220-9816;



The Ardsley Curling Club
Since 1932, this local club has been running curling leagues and classes. Check out this Winter Olympic sport, which dates back to medieval Scotland, and involves ice, brooms, and polished stones. Need more of an explanation… think shuffleboard on ice. Meet other interested people in their senior’s league. (914-591-8019;


Pinot’s Palette
Hankering to explore the painter in you? Under the tutelage of a professional artist or art student, come paint and sip one of the select wines – or just paint – during a two or three-hour session. The studio is open for early evening classes on Wednesdays through Sundays as well as on Sunday afternoons. (914-380-4801;


Bear Mountain Inn & Skating Rink
(Bear Mountain)
Spend a few hours perfecting your figure-8s at this awesome open-air public rink. Then head up to the lodge for an adult hot chocolate made with peppermint schnapps. (


Maple Sugaring at Ward Pound Ridge
(Cross River)
Come mid-February, maple sugaring season begins! At the Trailside Nature Center in Ward Pound Ridge. you can try your hand at sugaring every Saturday, then reap the rewards at season’s end with a pancake and sugaring-off party. (914-864-7322;

Jackson-Jolley D'Amato

Jackson-Jolley D'Amato

Ali Jackson-Jolley & Maryanne D’Amato are a writing duo based in Westchester County, NY, where they work as columnists and contributing writers to some of the top local and regional publications in Westchester.
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