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    North of NYC North of NYC By Houlihan Lawrence By Houlihan Lawrence by

    There's no better way to celebrate summer than to entertain at an outdoor BBQ.  Once a simple grill was all it took. But in today's estate homes,  outdoor kitchens have become the new must-have amenity - bringing the conveniences of an indoor kitchen out in the open. Multiple grills, smokers, pizza ovens, beverage refrigerators and outdoor bars are fast becoming necessary equipment  for the savvy outdoor chef.

    As impressive as their indoor counterparts, here are a few outdoor kitchens that will help you create gourmet delights for your guests without leaving the party.

    Windsor Court in Purchase offers the ultimate outdoor entertaining  venue with a grand veranda, fully-equipped outdoor bar with a soda system and a new pool house featuring a large kitchen with commercial-caliber appliances - all framing the 62' pool.

    The pool cabana at The Lodge at Loch Lyall in Garrison  features a full kitchen and chef's barbecue, but it will be hard to concentrate on the cooking when surrounded by the sparkling lake views.

    Your guests will never want to leave Hemlock Hill in Rhinebeck, which features an extensive outdoor kitchen including several dishwashers and a bar area overlooking the waterfall, spa, pool and pond.