Recently, we stopped by the I Love New York 2017 Winter Media Marketplace at Tavern on the Green. At the event, we got a chance to learn more about the tourism in New York, as well as, meet with New York State regional and ski area representatives for the upcoming Winter season. Guests also got a chance to indulge in locally sourced delicacies. When most people think of New York, a restless metropolis with incredible nightlife and award-winning entertainment immediately come to mind. New York has much more to offer. As city dwellers are often in search of a temporary escape from the bright lights and fast pace. The showcase helped to broaden our staycation horizons with a collection of lodges, resorts and picturesque towns right in our own backyard. The evening showed us the exciting possibilities just a few hours away. Our top 5 destinations include:
Albany & Syracuse
A visit to the capital region this holiday season is a novel idea for the whole family. Albany is home to a wide range of holiday events including the Great Train Extravaganza, a model train convention and the Moscow Ballet’s Nutcracker performance, a holiday favorite. Syracuse is a just a few short minutes from Albany and is known as one of the “snowiest cities in the universe”. Highlights of winter in Syracuse include Winterfest, 10 days of nonstop activities around town and Dickens Christmas an interactive performance experience.
Though most amusements parks are closed, you can still treat yourself to an adrenalin rush speeding down one of Mount Peter’s slopes. Whether you are a beginner or an expert you can find your ideal trail on the mountain.
Windham Mountain Resort
Turn a long weekend into a mini vacation at Windham Mountain Resort. The massive retreat includes several ski lifts, an Adventure park for snow tubing and ice skating, seven on-site dining options and snow sports school with programs for all ages and skill levels.
Visit the falls on any or all of the first three Saturdays in December for, Jingle Falls, a new one of a kind holiday celebration. The event is a day-long series of activities including Gingerbread Wonderland a life-size gingerbread house, free horse and carriage rides, a community candlelight stroll and much more.
Greek Peak Mountain Resort
Winter doesn’t have to be all about snow, at Greek Peak you can revisit the joys of summer via their expansive indoor water park. The space is a warm 84 degrees year round and boasts a collection of thrilling slides, a waterfall, wave pool and hot springs.
Though we haven’t had the privilege yet, we are looking forward to creating memories at one of the many resorts in our home state. New York is one of the most diverse states with a surprising abundance of natural retreats. The mountainous towns of upstate provide an easy escape from our busy lives. Where we can enjoy thrilling winter sports, have a taste of summer via an indoor water park or rejuvenate with a restful spa weekend.
New York has so much more to offer, head over to www.iloveny.com for more information.