How to Blow $60K in One Weekend
Whether you actually have an extra $60K ($61,092 to be exact) lying around or are planning your fantasy “If I Won Lotto” Friday-to-Sunday itinerary, we’ve got 13 incredible suggestions for you.
1. Kick off your money-is-no-object weekend with a concert at Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre (www.thecapitoltheatre.com). Make it a luxury experience by booking the Cap’s VIP Platform (a raised viewing platform located directly behind the soundboard on the main floor), where you’ll have two rows of seats reserved for your group of up to 20, along with an open-bar package, including dedicated cocktail service. Price: Starts at $3,000
2. See and be seen for late-night snacking at The National (www.thenational-ct.com), the new Greenwich hotspot from celebrated NYC Chef Geoffrey Zakarian. We’ll take two Ugly Burgers ($19 each) and two Smokin’ Margaritas ($24 each)—made with Don Julio Reposado tequila, of course—then see where the night takes us… Price for two: $86 (plus tax and tip)
3. Lounge in your Pratesi sheets while local private chef Jennifer Urda (myhousechef.com) whips up breakfast in bed: French-press coffee (Hawaiian Kona), plus flutes of Charles Heidsieck Champagne 1981 ($500 per bottle!) to go with your “steak and eggs”: Wagyu strip steak with sautéed maitake mushrooms, a white-truffle omelet with asparagus, and hash browns made from locally sourced butter and La Bonnotte potatoes. Finish up with a Teuscher Champagne Truffle and a few macaroons from La Tulipe in Mount Kisco. Price: $1,500
4. You’ll need to cruise around in style for the weekend, so leave the family sedan at home and rent a Bugatti Veyron from Diamond Exotic Rentals (www.luxurycarrentalusa.com). They’ll bring the ride to you, so you won’t need to wait in line at the rental counter, and you won’t have to worry about someone else in town showing up with the same ride, as the Veyron gets rented only a few times a year because of its cost.
Price: $30,000 per day
5. Pamper your skin with The Triad face-and-neck facial ($450) at a Park Avenue Medical Spa in Armonk, Ardsley, or Rye Brook (www.parkavenuemedicalspa.com). This Hollywood-favorite treatment combines the benefits of a rejuvenating microdermabrasion facial with the exfoliating power of alpha/beta hydroxy acids, and multi-polar radio frequency, which allows the treatment to travel deeper into the skin. The result? Increased blood circulation, immediate plumping, and glowing skin. Price, for two: $900
6. Fit in some fine culture (with an exclusive twist, of course) at Purchase College, with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Neuberger Museum of Art’s (www.neuberger.org) archive of 20th-century art, paired with a white-glove tasting of Champagne from Zachys Wine & Liquor in Scarsdale and caviar (organic White Sturgeon Caviar, Kaluga Caviar, Ossetra Caviar, and Trout Roe, served on blinis) from swanky Solex Fine Foods in NYC. Price, for two: $1,000
7. Watch the twinkling lights of the Tappan Zee Bridge and the sun setting over the Palisades as you dine riverside at X20 Xaviars on the Hudson (www.xaviars.com) in Yonkers. The aged and grilled cowboy rib eye for two ($92) is a must; it’s Chef Peter Kelly’s winning Iron Chef dish. Pair it with a bottle of Quilceda Creek 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon ($371), then indulge in a grand tasting from the cheese cart ($25) and any of X20’s sublime desserts ($9.50 each). Price, for two: $523 (plus tax and tip)
8. Catch some gaming action at Yonkers’ Empire City Casino (www.empirecitycasino.com). Head to the high-limit tables (wagers of up to $2,500 per hand on blackjack and $350 per hand on three-card poker), or try out the high-roller slots at $200 a spin, then test your tequila tolerance with a private tasting, including a four-ounce glass of Clase Azul Ultra ($501). Next, head upstairs to your reserved private table at the sleek Alley 810 (left), a “mixology lounge”/bowling alley—your pre-ordered bottle of Remy Martin Louis XIII ($8,000) will be waiting for you. Price: (placing maximum bets on black jack, poker, and slots just once—good luck with that!): $11,551
9. You might want to use an alter ego (that’s what the celebs do) when you check in to the Presidential Suite at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester in White Plains (www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/new-york/westchester). The 1,900-square-foot suite includes a master bedroom, a separate living room, and luxurious bathroom with rainforest showerhead, oversized soaking tub, and luxury Asprey bath amenities. Fresh flowers greet you throughout your stay, and staff members are at your beck and call for whatever personal services you can conjure up.
Price: $5,000 per night
10. Obviously, your suite at The Ritz-Carlton comes with room-service options, but the true luxury here is the staff’s willingness to go to great lengths to bring whatever breakfast you crave right to your room. Need the chefs to whip up an organic, vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free meal? Sure. Or, how about an indulgent carb-fest? No problem. You can also opt to have something brought in from a favorite local restaurant—and you never have to get out of your robe. Price: Priceless
11. Round up some friends and break out your Brooks Brothers boat shoes for an afternoon on the water. Charter the Justine (www.yachtjustine.com), a 97-foot luxury yacht, for a three-hour Hudson River cruise departing from Yonkers. You’ll enjoy passed appetizers and premium bar service with bartender; there’s also a captain, officer, and deckhand on board to take care of all the details. Price: $5,800 for 3 hours (includes tax and crew fee)
12. You’re too busy this weekend to fit in a whole round of golf, but you can still work on your game—in VIP fashion, naturally—with the two-and-a-half-hour personalized Elite Performance Golf Evaluation ($500) at CLAY Health Club + Spa in Port Chester (www.insideclay.com). Golf pro Michael Manavian will measure your swing on the exclusive GEARS system (multiple high-speed cameras record 42 sensors on your body), check your clubs, then send you to golf fitness expert Ali Gilbert for a physical assessment and exercise prescription. Price, for two: $1,000
13. Get spruced up and head over to Pocantico Hills for dinner at Blue Hill at Stone Barns (www.bluehillfarm.com)—one of the world’s top 50 restaurants (you remembered to make a reservation two months ago, right?). Prepare yourself for a tasting menu of course after locavore course, each whimsically presented and carefully explained ($218 per person). Halfway through the meal, you might be escorted into the kitchen to be served a course by chef-owner Dan Barber himself. And don’t skip the wine: You can add pairings ($148 per person) or order a couple bottles from the award-winning cellar. Price, for two: $732 (plus tax and tip)
Weekend Grand Total: $61,092