Come winter, the world turns gray and gloomy, the city roads become slushy. This is time of the year when ice-skating rinks remain as inundated with people as Times Square is during the summers. Don’t let these colder temperatures keep you tucked inside your home. Look beyond binge-watching, there’s a whole world waiting to be explored. You could be out there, cruising the slopes or warming yourself up with hearty food. So before the snow starts changing colors, make sure you’ve visited at least a few of these ideal winter escapes mentioned below.
- Ellicottville: A hamlet in Cattaraugus County, Ellicottville is best known for its magnificent ski slopes. It also hosts a lively fest during the peak of fall season.
Things to do: Whatever the season, Ellicottville is a fabulous outdoor location offering a multitude of events. Holiday Valley Resort with more than 50 slopes offers snowboarding and downhill ski. The village is also home to Holimont Ski Club, North America’s largest private ski club. Apart from winter sports, numerous spa and dining venues also operate in the village.
- Lake Placid, Essex County: Lake Placid is a winter wonderland with 2 winter Olympics to its name. That’s a good enough reason to call it the ‘winter sports capital of the world.’
Things to do: Ice-skating on Mirror Lake, Chairlift to the top of Whiteface Mountain, cross-country ski lessons, touring historic sites of the 1980 Olympics.
- Hunter, Greene County: A 2 hour drive away from New York City, Hunter is located on one of the highest peaks in Catskills and is a heaven for ski enthusiasts. There’s stunning scenery, food aplenty and some of the world’s best vineyards.
Things to do: Visit the Hunter Valley gardens, indulge in local produce, take a vineyard or a brewery tour and sample the award-winning wine selection, ride a hot air balloon, sample the local chocolate.