Staying in the city for winter can be a bit depressing when the real bitter cold hits. After all, there is not much to do but hide indoors as much as you can. But if you are willing to do a little bit of traveling for a day you can see some amazing things, even in the dead of winter!
Located in Pennsylvania, Camelback Mountain is an awesome place to go when it snows. It’s a great location for new skiers as they have a lot of easy trails to follow, so great for your first time or if bringing kids. It’s only an hour and a half outside of the city, so if you head out early enough, you can be back just around dinner time.
Beacon is a quaint little town up in the Hudson Valley area of New York. It’s awesome to visit all year round, but is one of the few places that still has quite a bit to do in the winter time. They are known for their whiskey distilleries and their glass blowing art. You can even take a glass blowing glass there! Their main street has lovely little shops, perfect for last minute holiday gifts.
Way out on the very tip of Long Island lies Montauk Point. In the winter, you’ve got some great snowshoeing and hiking. There’s also a famous lighthouse that you can climb. The view you are rewarded with is outstanding and well worth the effort. And if you need to warm up, there are a couple of indoor spas that will get you feeling good.
Hunter Mountain is a very popular ski resort in upstate New York. You don’t need a car to get there; there’s a round trip ski-bus that leaves from the city that is a great deal. If skiing isn’t your thing, don’t fret. They have ziplining and snowboarding, as well as plenty of indoor things to do in their main lodge.
A bit further north, Saratoga Springs has lovely bed and breakfasts and other old historical lodging to enjoy during the cold months. The Roosevelt Baths & Spa are a great spot to warm up in hot baths and get a great massage. You might not want to come back to the city.
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