Extend the season with these warming products.

By Annie S. Butterworth
October 19, 2007
Stay Warm.
Courtesy of landsend.com

Cooler temperatures are on their way, but that doesn't mean youneed to spend the long winter trapped indoors. These products willhelp you welcome the new season without catching a chill.

Gather 'round the Fire. Fire pits are the perfect solutionwhen hosting outdoor parties during colder months. Use yours toroast marshmallows for a festive get-together. To ensure the safetyof your patio, purchase one with a spark guard. Various styles areavailable from Teak, Wicker & More; 866/263-8325 or teakwickerandmore.com.

Shine On. The days are getting shorter, but that doesn'tmean your gatherings have to end early. Make the most of your timeoutdoors by installing patio lights. Try one with nautical flair toremind you of summer days on the beach; $199 at L.L. Bean; llbean.com.

Stay Warm. Before braving cold winds, put on thisfaux-shearling scarf ($20) by Land's End. It's warm and washable,and the pull-through design keeps it in place; 800/963-4816 or landsend.com.

Drink Up. Back to Basics' hot-drink maker ($40) mixeseverything from a café latte to hot chocolate―and it hasan easy-to-use dispensing valve perfect for filling portable mugs.For starters, try a CreamyMocha Latte ; backtobasicsproducts.com.

Getting Warmer. Outdoor chores don't wait for summer, soinvest in hand and foot warmers that keep fingers and toes toastyfor more than seven hours. Place one in your gloves or in yourshoes before working on your boat or winterizing your home;800/518-0938 or warmers.com.

Bring the Heat. For comfort on cold nights, use a patioheater to disperse heat evenly. Purchase one that hangsinconspicuously on the side of your home, or garner attention witha stainless-steel tabletop version. Some heating systems arecompletely unaffected by wind, perfect for the coast dweller; $179for tabletop heater, $349 for hanging system. To order, call888/263-9850 or visit frontgate.com.