5 Winter Weekend Escapes Around New York City

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5 Winter Weekend Escapes Around New York City
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Niagara Falls. (Photo courtesy of flickr.com/photos/kenlund.)

As great as New York City is, everyone can use a little getaway once in a while, especially during the dreary and slushy winter months. At the end of a long week, forget about hibernating inside with a movie, and instead, make this your weekend to have a little winter escape. There are many places nearby that are a relatively quick plane, train, bus, or car ride away. Here are five weekend winter escapes near NYC that will rejuvenate you in no time.

Niagara Falls

Many might not think as Niagara Falls as a place to visit in winter, but one look at photos or videos could definitely change your mind. You may not be able to do certain water activities, but there's still more than enough to keep you busy, including visiting the Waves Indoor Waterpark, taking a sightseeing tour, or visiting Fallsview Casino Resort. You can also get a view of the beautiful winter landscape from the top of the 175-foot Niagara Skywheel. Several different vacation packages are available. To get to Niagara Falls from NYC, flying is the quickest option (into Buffalo or Rochester), but you can also drive, take the bus, or travel via Amtrak if you have a long weekend available.

Lake Placid

A five-hour drive from NYC, Lake Placid helps put you back in touch with nature through a variety of winter activities ranging from ice climbing to ice skating. You can also go ice fishing, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, or snowmobiling. There's a variety of events to attend throughout the winter months, or if you so desire, pamper yourself all day at the spa. From formal dining to casual eateries, there's also plenty of food options to choose from.

Mountain Creek

In addition to snowtubing, skiing, and snowboarding, Mountain Creek has more than enough things to keep you occupied for the entire weekend. There are two spas in the area, as well as several restaurants and bars to visit at night. With four places to stay, you'll be able to choose the one that's right for you. It's a short drive from NYC, but should you decide on public transportation, Mountain Creek teamed up with NJ Transit to offer discounts for those who take the bus.

Burlington

Burlington, Vermont, is a city with a small-town feel that has a ton of natural beauty. In and around the city, there's plenty to do, including visiting the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center; touring the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory; stopping by Magic Hat Brewing Company; or if you have a serious love of cheese, visiting the Cabot Visitors Center. Stowe Mountain Resort is only a quick 45-minute drive from Burlington, so you can put in plenty of time on their 114 trails whether you're skiing or snowboarding.

Cape Codder Resort & Spa

A four-hour drive from NYC, the Cape Codder Resort & Spa is a wonderful escape for those who need a break from busy city life. Located in Hyannis, Massachusetts, they have a spa with numerous services, an indoor wave pool, an outdoor heated pool, and several dining options. There are several events each month, and vacation packages are offered, so be sure to check out their site for more details.

With all the aforementioned places so close to NYC, it's easy to get up and go after an especially stressful week. To stay up to date with all the latest information, sign up for their email lists or Facebook pages so you can be one of the first to know about new events and promotions.

Lauren Romano fell in love with New York City at a young age and has since navigated her way through the stores, museums, clubs, restaurants, parks, markets, and everything else the city has to offer.

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