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 get out of the city and do a 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.
How to get there: A bus from Port Authority
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 during the winter. They are known for their whiskey distilleries and their glass blowing art, and you can even take a glass blowing glass while you’re there! Their main street has lovely little shops, perfect for last minute holiday gifts.
How to get there: Metro-North Hudson train to Beacon
Montauk Point – Long Island East End
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 to unwind in.
How to get there: LIRR
Hunter Mountain is a very popular ski resort in upstate New York, and you don’t need a car to get there. There’s a round-trip ski-bus that leaves from the city that with take you up to the mountain, so it’s an easy trip to make. If skiing isn’t your thing, don’t fret. They have zip lining, snowboarding, and plenty of indoor activities at their main lodge.
How to get there: NY Trailways bus to Hunter
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.
How to get there: Amtrak from Penn Station
Village of Cold Spring
This cute little town 50 miles north of NYC is filled with history, restaurants, and antique shops. During warmer days there are gorgeous hikes to explore, but during the winter it’s a charming small town with beautiful decorations and a cozy Main Street.
How to get there: Metro-North Hudson train