There's no shortage of things to do north of New York City, but with winter's wrath upon us sometimes the best plan is to simply stay home. Our listings boast some of the most creative amenities for staying active, entertained, well-fed and well-read without ever setting foot outside. Here are some of our favorites:
LIBRARY BAR | 200 Guards Road, Greenwich, CT
Much like moviegoers enter a theater past the concessions counter, this lavish libation commissary serves as the lush gateway to yonder chambers of intellectual entertainment, keeping hardcovers and hard beverages steps apart. While the library itself is a sight to behind, the bar is impressive in its own right: exquisite floor-to-ceiling wood paneling incites memories of first-class staterooms on grand ocean liners we've only experienced in James Cameron films.
BASEMENT SKATING RINK | 19 Rock Shelter Road, Waccabuc, NY
Put this Northern Westchester home in the net and you'll score this lower level roller hockey rink (for which we can say with absolutely certainty our industry's favorite cliche: it's one-of-a-kind). The full-out Ranger fan cave comes complete with a locker room and kitchen—or in other words, you'll always have friends.
INDOOR POOL | 15 North Hinterlands Drive, Rhinebeck, NY
Not the "pool hall" bar you expected, eh? This meticulously-constructed home minutes from Rhinebeck village comes replete with this stunning natatorium, boasting a cove-lit cathedral ceiling of stunning hardwood. We can't think of a better way to "cool down" and warm up after a day on the slopes, and the Catskills and Berkshires are both an easy drive in either direction.
TAVERN ROOM | 48 Haights Cross, Chappaqua
It's a bar! It's a den! It's a home theater! It's...all of the above! We wouldn't expect anything less for Boris Baranovich-designed masterpiece on one of the largest tracts of land in town (86+ acres).
BASKETBALL COURT | 275 Bedford Road, Chappaqua, NY
Indoor sport courts aren't an entirely uncommon amenity in Westchester and Fairfield, but this might be the first home we've seen one built during British colonial rule. Completed in 1775, a year before the Declaration of Independence was signed, it's something the original owner of this gambrel-roofed Dutch Colonial couldn't possibly have expected (especially as the game of basketball is 116 years younger than the house).
DOUBLE-DECK FIREPLACE | 127 Brush Hill, Millbrook, NY
You can't buy a National Parks lodge, but this sprawling log home in Millbrook, nestled into 30 acres of prime Hudson Valley hunt country, is the next best thing. Appropriately, this towering stone fireplace anchors the home's living space on two levels, with hearts facing both the soaring great room and upstairs loft. Paired with robust beams, reclaimed tobacco oak floors and pine paneling, you'll be warm all winter—literally and figuratively.