What Happens in Westchester...

Staying Near Westchester for a bachelor party can be much cooler than you think.

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The Pleasure Seeker

ACTIVITIES: Stogies, steaks, suds, sensory satisfaction, sand wedges, and sand traps. LODGING: The Ritz COST: Approximately $450, plus food.

FRIDAY NIGHT Okay, so you don’t want to travel and you’re not into the great outdoors. We get ya! So, start your more creature-comfort-focused three-day bender at the NYC Cigar Company in Eastchester. This local stogie-filled hangout owns its own cigar-rolling plants in the Dominican Republic and Jamaica, and the atmosphere in the Cigar Company lounge, which can be rented out for private parties, is as cool as the cigars are hot. Four high-def TVs surround soft leather seats, couches, and a poker table.

N’awlins has its Sazerac, Vegas has its 50-cent margaritas, and Westchester, its beer. Lots of beer, in fact, at the best beer garden this side of Oktoberfest: the Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains. Lazy Boy has hundreds and hundreds of bottles of beer (on the wall…and in the cellar), and dozens more brews on tap. For dinner, we have to insist on steak. May we suggest Frankie and Johnnies in Rye? Or, if you’d like to stay in White Plains, there’s delicious Morton’s.

SATURDAY We still have a hard time suggesting this, but hell, we’re a progressive magazine. Why not pamper yourself at the Ritz Carlton Spa in White Plains? After all, the spa has a “gentleman’s menu.”

Relaxed now? Good. Now how’s about a drink or two at your next stop, the Captain Lawrence Brewery in Pleasantville? Every Saturday, Westchester’s best (and only), brewery leads tours of the factory in which the brews are born. It also sells samples fresh from the kettle.

SUNDAY Burn off some of the calories you’ve racked up playing a round or two at the recently opened Pound Ridge Golf Course, currently No. 2 in the country on GOLF Magazine’s 2008 list of “Best New Courses You Can Play.” For weekend play, it’s $195 per person if booked nine days in advance, and $40 more if booked closer to your tee time than that. The course was designed by Pete Dye, who is in the World Golf Hall of Fame because of his I.M.Pei-esque links-building skills.

Freelance writer W. Dyer Halpern was delighted to learn how many bachelor-party activities the county has to offer.




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