You don’t have to look far beyond New York City to find a wealth of great winter getaways. After years of carrying our skis on board, searching for resort deals and delicious meals, and shredding the slopes (and our clothes for a polar bear swim or two), we’ve narrowed it down to our 50 favorite winter weekend adventures near NYC.
From the coolest winter festivals and carnivals to beautiful villages, here are some of the best ways to embrace the cold—without the car—this season.
This small mountain town in upstate New York is located on the shores of a lake by the same name, and is the perfect place for outdoor adventure, or just to get out of the city for a weekend of relaxation.
The Canadian capital is often overshadowed by Montreal, Toronto, and other of the more popular urban destinations across the country. But Ottawa’s museums, restaurants and cultural scene deserve your attention just as much as the party towns.
If a classic charming New England town is on your agenda for this season, then Woodstock’s covered bridges, church steeples and surrounding rolling hills of the Green Mountains belong on your radar. And don’t forget about the town’s ski hill, Suicide Six!
Think you have to head out west, or at least to New England for good skiing and a mountain town vibe? Think again. The Poconos have at least a dozen downhill resorts, including Jack Frost/Big Boulder which has gained national recognition due to its terrain park.
Syracuse may be the fifth populous city in New York, but its proximity to thousands of miles of parkland, the finger lakes and New York’s wine country make it easy to have both an urban and rural getaway in one trip!
With the popularity of places like Aspen and Park City, many seem to forget that North Conway is known as the birthplace of skiing in North America. But the 751,000 acres of national forest that surround the town coupled with its restaurants, bars and shopping make it a great destination for skiers and non-skiers alike.
This mountainous region of New York, located just two hours from New York City, is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. World-class climbing, expansive wilderness areas, ski resorts and quaint mountain towns draw visitors from around the globe.
Chances are, if you’re a skier or rider, you are probably planning a trip to the east coast’s snowiest state — Vermont. And if you’d like a change from Killington and Stowe, the live music, Jackson Gore Village and ice skating are a few reasons to check out Okemo this season. Oh, and the skiing is phenomenal!
This rural town, located in the hilly Berkshires of Western Massachusetts, is easily accessed by bus from New York City and offers plenty of opportunity for exploring the outdoors, shopping in locally-owned boutiques and take a break from your normal routine.
With over 1,000 feet of vertical on 167 acres of skiable terrain, Mountain Creek is an obvious choice for skiers and riders based in New York looking to make some turns. And its proximity to the city will allow you to be back home in time for dinner.
Kripalu is a yoga retreat in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts. Whether you spend a weekend or a week at this relaxing and rejuvenating sanctuary, you’re guaranteed to return home feeling renewed.
Often thought of as a summer destination, Sag Harbor may not get the attention it deserves during the winter. In February, the town hosts the family-friendly HarborFrost, which starts with a Culinary Stroll and ends with a sunset firework display over the scenic harbor, with plenty of other festivities in-between.
With the more popular towns of Stowe and Burlington located just a stone’s throw away, many travelers heading to Vermont cruise right past the Mad River Valley without a second look. But the Valley has just as much to offer as those other destinations – without the crowds.
Just a two-hour bus ride from New York City, we’re convinced Camelback Mountain in Tannersville offers the perfect blend of adventure, creature comforts, and accessibility for an action-packed winter weekend. It’s family-friendly so pack the kids.
Sometimes referred to as “America’s Little Switzerland,” the scenic mountainside town of Jim Thorpe is a hidden gem nestled in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountain. Over the years, it has managed to keep its antiquated charm and country comforts.
Boston may best be known for its history, but over the past several years it has seen an explosion of chic, New York-style boutique properties. And if you visit during the winter, you don’t have to face the New York-style pricing.
The Poconos, located just two hours from New York City by bus, are replete with cold weather activities — by day you can hit the slopes or go for a winter hike. By night you can tuck into a rustic restaurant, dig into a bowl of chili and sip a locally crafted brew.
Only a couple of hours outside New York City, Mount Stratton offers visitors an Austria-esque skiing experience, with plenty of other activities to do, including hiking, yoga, and maple-smoked Gouda tasting.
Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, you can easily cruise down Hunter Mountain, which also offers a number of lovely indoor activities like chilling in jacuzzis or dipping in indoor pools once you want to shake the snow off your boots.
A town that rests on the banks of the Delaware, Milford has a plethora of tourism activities that take advantage of the river’s crystal waters, whether it be kayaking and canoeing or going bird-watching for bald eagles.
One of the best mountainside villages in the Northeast, Waterbury offers dynamic outdoor activities for the daring at heart, including skiing, paddling, and mountain biking. Visitors will also enjoy the small and charming buildings that reflect the nature of the town.