If you’re looking for a car-free adventure off the slopes this season, consider one of these eight well-valued winter getaway hotel packages near NYC.
Niagara Falls, Ontario | niagarafallshilton.com
The Package: Adventure Package in a Two-Bedroom Deluxe Falls View Suite
The Perks: In addition to those breathtaking views of Niagara Falls seen from your newly renovated suite on the 30th floor, there is an in-room fireplace and jacuzzi. The package comes with two adult passes for Journey Behind the Falls, Niagara’s Fury, and Niagara’s Butterfly Conservatory, a full buffet breakfast voucher for two, $75 dinner voucher for the rooftop restaurant, and discount coupons to various stores like the Artistic Glassblowing Studio. The possible downsides are no free wi-fi and the thunderous gushing of water right outside your window, which could result in a midnight visit to the loo.
The Price: Good through April 14, 2013, you’ll pay $299/night for a room with a view. Based on double occupancy. For more package options, visit the website above.
How to get there: Take Amtrak’s Empire Service line from Penn Station to Niagara Falls. Once you are in town, a Trolley can get you most anywhere you want to go, but the town’s manageable size makes walking a fine option. (Hilton Niagara, 6361 Fallsview Blvd., Niagara Falls, ON L2G3V9, Canada, 905.354.7887)
Metro-North: The Delamar Greenwich Romance on the Harbor Package From $240 for two, including round-trip rail tickets, deluxe accommodations, a welcome drink, bottle of champagne or wine, chocolate-covered strawberries, rose petal turndown, $150 dinner credit at L’Escale, Valbella, or Morello, continental breakfast in bed, 20% off any spa treatment, and 2pm late checkout. How to get there: Take the New Haven Line to Greenwich Station. The hotel is a one-block walk from the train station.
Amtrak: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Holiday Inn Historical District – 3 Days / 2 Nights From $261, all taxes included. Revel in a care-free stay in the City of Brotherly Love with this package that handles the round-trip rail fare and a two-night stay at a hotel in Philly’s Olde City near attractions like the Liberty Bell and the National Constitution Center. Enjoy a Hop On/Hop Off Tour as part of the package. Call 1-800-268-7252 to reserve.
Adirondack Trailways Bus: Ski Bus Packages at Belleayre Mountain Choose from several options, like the $258 deal for double occupancy, which includes a two-night stay at one of three area hotels (recommended to stay at the Gateway Lodge). The package comes with roundtrip transportation from NYC, three-day lift tickets, free beginner lessons, shuttle service and luggage lock-up
Cape Elizabeth, Maine | innbythesea.com
The Package: “Baby It’s Cold Outside”
The Perks: Spiked hot toddies by a crackling fire, a “Wicked Plush” LL Bean blanket, couples 60-minute hot stone massage, five-course lobster tasting dinner for two in Sea Glass Restaurant.
The Price: Starting at $440.16/night for a garden suite. Two night minimum. Valid thru February 24 2013.
How to get there: Consult our Portland Public Transportation Guide. From the train station in Portland, a cab into Cape Elizabeth’s town takes approximately 30 minutes and costs around $30. Or rent a hybrid. (Inn by the Sea, 40 Bowery Beach Road, Cape Elizabeth, ME, 207.799.3134)
Montreal, Canada | bonsmatins.com
The Package: The Budget Room
The Perks: Getting the lay of a foreign French land at half the price of flying to Europe. Located close to the Bell Centre, this romantic bed and breakfast and its darling innkeepers make it easy to plan out your day. Wake up to a beautiful complimentary breakfast spread in the dining room (or request room service), where everything from omelets to french toast to locally-sourced meats are sure to jump start your day of play. Mark your calendars for the upcoming Montreal Lights Festival, February 21-March 3, 2013.
The Price: From $99/night, based on double occupancy
How to get there: Consult oM’s public transit guide to Montreal (Les Bons Matins, 1401, Argyle Ave, Montreal (Quebec), 800.588.5280)
Finger Lakes, Geneva, NY | bellhurst.com
The Package: Rise & Shine Package for Two
The Perks: Inside your lavish Vinifera Inn chambers, equipped with a jacuzzi and views of Seneca Lake, you’ll sit by the fire and reflect on two days filled with wine tasting, spa treatments, gourmet meals, and shopping, all organized by Belhurst and included in the package.
The Price: $475.96 including taxes and gratuities. Available Sunday-Thursday, based on double occupancy. Expires May 31. Call 315.781.0201 to book the package and inquire about free upgrades.
How to get there: The Shortline Bus and Greyhound offer daily scheduled service to Geneva. Take a less than 10 minute cab ride to the Castle. The entire journey may take five to six hours from New York Penn Station. (Belhurst Castle, 4069 Route 14 South, Geneva, NY, 315.781.0201)
Boston, MA | Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel
The Package: Discover the History of Love
The Perks: Includes two passes to “The Triumph of the Winter Queen” exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, followed by amore cocktails and desserts at the hotel and a surprise service before a good night’s sleep in deluxe accommodations.
The Price: From $259/night, available through March 31, 2013
How to get there: Consult oM’s public transit guide to Boston. (606 Congress St.)
Photo: Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel