Best Winter Vacation Ever

Remember being a kid and getting so excited by the first snow of the winter? Running out the door to make snow angels or have a snowball fight, and having so much fun your mom had to lure you back inside with hot chocolate? 

Is your family taking the time to enjoy these simple pleasures? Our lives are scheduled to the brim with work, school and activities, and venturing out with winter gear seems like such a hassle. This year, what if you just embraced it and brought the magic back?

The Great Western Catskills are a real winter wonderland and the perfect destination for a winter getaway: rolling hills blanketed with pure white snow, lakes and rivers covered by glimmering ice, and picturesque village homes with snowmen in their yards… Imagine hiking or snowshoeing around the nature to see if you can track the footprints of a deer, fox or other wildlife. Put your littles on a sled and pull them through the snow for star-gazing at night. There are lakes and ponds for ice fishing, and rinks for gliding and twirling on your ice skates. Get on a pair of cross-country skis and make your way up and down the gentle slopes of the landscape. 

And that's just the beginning.
We have two amazing ski resorts, Belleayre Mountain and Plattekill Mountain, that offer a world of adventure on the slopes: snowboarding, skiing and snowtubing in a gorgeous mountain setting with state-of-the-art equipment and facilities. Dozens of trails, great lifts, cozy lodges and snowmaking machines guarantee your winter getaway will be everything you hope for. Click here for more info. Make sure to check out the 'stay and play' options on the resort websites.

Snowmobiling enthusiasts will appreciate the hundreds of miles of well-maintained trails in the area. Choose your route and speed through the woods! To get started, find out mor about our trails and snowmobiling clubs here.

So many adventures are waiting for you! For those days when the weather doesn’t cooperate, do a bit of shopping in our unique stores, explore our many restaurants and breweries, visit a museum or art institute, and see what events or festivals are happening around the area.

Of course, you'll need a place to stay on your vacation. How does a cozy country inn sound? A lovely little bed and breakfast? We also have romantic, rustic cabins or cottages, as well as many hotels and motels to choose from. See all of our lodging options here.

Come and over and have your winter adventure with us! We know you'll love it... In fact, wouldn’t a vacation like this make a wonderful new tradition?

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(Photo: Plattekill Mountain)


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(Photo: Belleayre Mountain)


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(Photo: The Andes Hotel)