great ways to spend your winter days – part 2

In Part 1 of Great Ways to…. , we loaded you up with suggestions as to where and how to have fun this winter in and around Westchester. But now there’s more. Check out the following and enjoy!

Year-Round Farmers Market (Pleasantville)
When the earth is frozen and the last of the fall harvest is long gone, the Pleasantville Farmers Market moves indoors to the Pleasantville Middle School Cafeteria. On Saturdays, beginning in early December, you can comb the heavenly supply of fresh fish, indoor-grown produce, artisanal cheeses, baked goods, organic meats, and more. (


Brunch at Restaurant X (Congers)
If football isn’t your idea of a perfect Sunday, how about an extra special brunch with a side of rustic charm? Grab a table by the fireplace at Restaurant X and let your taste buds bask in the bevy of silver tray laden culinary delights! (845-268-6555; Prefer to stay in Westchester? Take in the stunning scenic Hudson River views at another Peter X. Kelly restaurant: X20 on the Hudson, in Yonkers. (914-965-1111;


Harbor Line Tasting Cruises (NYC)
Climb aboard a classic yacht for one of a variety of fun and interactive tastings this winter. Departing from Chelsea Piers, choose among Wine, Cheese, Chocolate!; Romantic Reds and Deep Dark Chocolate; Champagne Valentine’s Day Cruise; and Holiday Wine Tasting. They also offer winter sightseeing cruises, hosted and narrated by a member of the American Institute of Architects. (212-627-1825;


Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree (NYC)
The annual grandaddy of all tree lightings takes place on November 29th this year—but you can visit this magnificent specimen of holiday cheer all season long. Stick around to watch the skaters or lace up and get out there. (



Rise Above Flotation (Mt. Kisco)
The next time you need a break from it all, try the Tranquility Pod, a specialized sensory deprivation chamber, designed to create deep relaxation. Visit Rise Above Flotation to empty your mind and let it all melt away as you float in this zero-gravity environment. (914-241-1900;


iPic Theater (Dobbs Ferry)
Give your Netflix account the night off and head over to this new luxury cinema in Dobbs Ferry. It’s got in-cinema dining, creative cocktails, and reserved luxury seating for ultimate comfort. (



Afternoon Tea at the Pierre (NYC)
Sip your winter blues away while enjoying a fine selection of teas, scones and sandwiches at this somewhat pricey, but oh so lovely indulgence, at the legendary Pierre. If you want to go all out, we suggest the Royal Tea Service which includes a glass of bubbly. (212-940-8113;




Tranquility Spa (Scarsdale)
Enjoy a luxurious facial treatment, body polish or massage, a Massage For Two with your partner, or treat yourself to “A Day of Pamper.” Try Dermaplaning to manage fine lines and help lighten age spots, and Hydrafacial to infuse your skin with moisture during this dry winter season. Open 7 days. Gift Certificates for all services now available online. (914-713-0066;



iFly Westchester (Yonkers)
Want to go skydiving but not interested in risking life or limb? Check out iFly indoor skydiving, at Ridge Hill Shopping Center, where you can slip on a flight suit and enter a vertical wind tunnel which simulates a true free fall experience without the plane! (914-449-4359;


Football at the PourHouse (Ardsley)
Looking for the great place to catch some Sunday football? Try the PourHouse, where you can grab some lunch and all the action of the season on one of the 13 HDTV’s.(914-693-9707;



Springwood: Home of FDR (Hyde Park)
Take a tour of this Hudson Valley landmark which was home to our 32nd President. FDR was born, raised and is buried on the grounds of Springwood. The fascinating guided tours offer so much more than a history lesson and the grounds deliver spectacular winter views of the mighty Hudson River! (845-229-9115;


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