When the temperature drops, and snow starts falling, there are two school of thoughts, do nothing and bundle up, or do much more to keep warm. We are made of both so, from hot cocoa to shopping, from snowshoeing to skiing, we picked a few ideas for you so you make the Hudson valley and the Catskills your cold weather destination. Here is our top 5.
- Nothing beats a cosy place
- Get some eating and drinking going
- Shopping is the perfect experience
- You can still hike
- Skiing reigns supreme
Nothing beats a cosy place
Let's be honest here, no matter how tough you are, you need a cosy place to recover from the frozen face you got outside. Time to take the layers off and start the fire. Nothing beats a cabin with warming flames; some will be the actual fireplace, as we found and enjoyed in this sweet little cabin in Woodland valley, or a solid stove, as you will find in this townhouse in Athens (we would go there just for the sauna). Find more places to stay on our board. This will put you in the mood in no time, and you will enjoy even more watching the snowflakes outside.
Get some eating and drinking going
We continue on our reality check here; eating and drinking are important activities to stay warm. Once the fire is raging, no better way to warm up than a good meal and a drink. The Hudson Valley and the Catskills offer so many farm-to-table options (we like to call them harvest-to-table), you will have no trouble having a feast and inviting friends. They will definitely stop by if you offer them some Solera bourbon from Hillrock Distillery or a tea from Harney & sons (the challenge is to find which one).
Even on the road, you have so many places to warm up and take a break. In Beacon, Ella's Bella's is a little cosy bakery perfect to warm up while shopping. And if you go up to Hudson (even more shopping options), Verdigris Tea and Chocolate bar has all your need to warm you up.
Shopping is the perfect experience
Talking of Hudson and Beacon, both offer great shopping options.
Beacon, NY exists beyond Dia (sorry, but it's true, there is life after culture). The best end of year experience is to make your own ornament at Hudson Beach Glass (not sure why beach) before strolling main street to the Roundhouse bar overlooking the waterfall. Between art galleries, and novelty stores, you will find something for everyone.
Hudson, NY is a great day trip from the city, using Amtrak. If you only go one day, go during the Basilica Farm + Flea market during Thanksgiving weekend. But that's not the only time you should go. The town is perfect for the architecture buffs, the foodies who will find many restaurants, the antique aficionado, and the design enthusiast (we are talking about you Valley variety). With new hotels opening up, you may even want to make it an overnight stay.
You can still hike
Who said that hiking stops when leaves fall? With good micro spikes, or snowshoes, you can almost go anywhere (we would not recommend breakneck ridge though).
Skiing reigns supreme
We won't get into the argument of which skiing is better, downhill or cross country skiing, nonetheless the area has something for either addicts.
Fahnestock, Mountain trails and Lapland lake have miles of trails or increasing difficulty and distance.
For downhill addicts, Belleayre, Windham and Hunter are a mere 2h30 from the city, quite easy to go for a day trip (buses even take you there). If you are up for an overnight, south Vermont (Killington, Okemo) and the Adirondacks (Whiteface, Gore) are right there for you. Stay tuned and we will tell you more about what to love at each place.
Who said, winter and snow mean we should stay home?