During New York’s warmest seasons you’ll often hear us encouraging others to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, but during the wintertime, we fully understand the importance of finding a good place indoors to cozy up inside. Instead of making a cup of hot chocolate for yourself at home, try visiting one of these ten fantastic towns around our state that are nothing short of marvelous to visit during this time of year. See for yourself!
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Seneca Falls
A small town out within Seneca County that sits just west of the northern shores of Cayuga Lake, Seneca Falls is magical to experience during the wintertime. Each year, Seneca Falls hosts their annual It's A Wonderful Life festival - celebrating the fact that the town is said to be in the inspiration for Bedford Falls. The festival this year will run from December 6th through the 9th, a great weekend to plan a trip to this one area of the Finger Lakes for.
One of many mesmerizing places that you can visit during the winter within the Adirondack Park, Wilmington has so much to offer visitors who are looking to cozy up this winter. Those who decide to plan a staycation to this Adirondack town will be able to explore natural attractions like High Falls Gorge in town or eat at rustic restaurants that sit along the riverfront, things that are all the more memorable during the winter season. Looking for an added bonus? Within the town of Wilmington is the hamlet of North Pole - yes, the actual North Pole in the Empire State!
We may love to enjoy the Finger Lakes Region during the summer when we can jump right into all of our favorite waterfalls, but after the warmest seasons are over and all of the tourists have left things quiet down even further and create a relaxing region that you'll want to steal away to. In the town of Naples, you'll be surrounded by the countryside, with plenty of quaint shops and restaurants to visit on Main Street in town. If you're looking for a cozy place to stay, there's no better Bed & Breakfast to book a stay at than the Mountain Horse Farm that'll blow you away.
Another region that particularly quiets down during the winter time, heading to the Northern Catskills this winter season will provide you with a staycation that'll last you a lifetime. In scenic towns like Windham, you'll be able to stay at places like the Windham Mountain Resort - providing you with outdoor attractions, amazing scenery, and a place to stay all in one. If you're looking to enjoy the luxuries of winter in this town, there's no better place to stay than this mountain resort.
5. New Paltz
Looking like a castle that you'd find the cast of
Frozen living inside of, in the heart of New Paltz you can find the Mohonk Mountain House. Taking you up to the mountain top where you're away from it all, there's no better place to stay this winter than inside of this gorgeous Victorian castle that sits on the lakefront in town. Explore outside of this one magical slice of New Paltz and you'll also find amazing small town businesses and delicious restaurants lining the streets of the town.
Situated on the lakefront, the town of Skaneateles is known for being one of the most stunning places that you can plan a trip to in the Finger Lakes. During the beginning of the winter season, the town transforms into A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, creating their own Dickens Christmas in Skaneateles. On the weekends that the Dickens Christmas is being celebrated, you can find Charles Dickens characters walking around town and local restaurants and businesses hosting exciting events that tie into the holiday season. One of the best parts? Right in the heart of town, you'll find historic and gorgeous hotels that you can stay in.
7. Lake Placid
A favorite place for many to visit, Lake Placid is a town that actually experiences far from an off-season during the winter. Being the host of the Winter Olympics twice throughout history, many visitors from all around the country make their way to the town of Lake Placid to cozy up for the winter. Whether you want to walk Main Street and do some shopping, hike a local mountain, get out onto the frozen over Mirror Lake or learn about the town's Olympic history, there's so much for you to experience here during the winter time.
For those of our residents who are looking to spend some time up north where you're away from the rest of our state can plan a winter getaway to the small city of Plattsburgh. Sitting along the shores of Lake Champlain, the northern town provides for a quiet and scenic place to take a vacation when you're looking to be away from it all.
9. Lake George
Many of our favorite restaurants and businesses may close for the winter in Lake George, but just as many actually stay open and give us a reason to visit up this way even when things are frigid and frozen over. During the winter you'll find many people taking weekend getaways up to Lake George to enjoy winter hiking or ice fishing out on the lake, while others come to enjoy winter festivals and events that will keep you loving this chilly season.
One of our favorite reasons to head out to Western New York during the winter, Ellicottville is quite the enchanting town to visit once it's been covered with a fresh layer of snow. The town of Ellicottville features the Holiday Valley Resort - a getaway that turns into quite the lively place to be during the winter. Visitors of the Holiday Valley Resort can spend the night here, go skiing, or simply cozy up with a nice mug of hot chocolate as the snow falls outside.