Winter is one of the most under appreciated times to visit the Catskill Mountains. As snow blankets the region breathtaking views await around every corner. While the region is well known as a winter destination amongst the ski and boarding crowd there is plenty to do for those who don’t hit the slopes.
Choosing to stay at one of the upstate New York winter resorts provides you with a wide range of activities and a great home base for your Catskills winter getaway. Winter Clove Inn & Resort is one of the best Catskills resorts. Experience an old school family owned resort that offers three meals daily, heated indoor pool, antique bowling alley, cozy lounge and much more.
Best of all being located only 2.5 hours north of New York City makes the Catskills the ideal place for a weekend winter getaway. While there are many itineraries for the skiers and snow boarders here are our top picks for the non skiers looking to experience an upstate New York Winter.
Pack the car, turn the thermostat down, lock the front door, double check you have your phone charger, and start heading north for your dream Catskills winter getaway.
What better way to start off your Catskills vacation than by enjoying a local craft beer and delicious meal. Rip van Winkle Brewing Company located in Catskill, NY offers some of the best craft beers and cuisine the Catskill Mountains have to offer. Great food, great beer, friendly service, welcome to the Catskill Mountains!
After dinner jump back into the car for a quick 15 minute drive to Winter Clove Inn & Resort. (The resort does offer dinner on Friday night but the kitchen closes at 7PM).
Take a couple minutes to settle into your room before exploring your home away from home.
Relax after the drive by taking a dip in the resort’s heated indoor pool and then head to the Escarpment Lounge for a local beer, glass of wine or cocktail. This rustic tavern style lounge with a fireplace and snow shoes on the wall will make you feel world’s away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life while enjoying an upstate New York winter.
Wake up to a delicious made to order breakfast. We are talking oatmeal, eggs any style, pancakes, french toast, fruit, pastry, and even pure maple syrup made from the maple trees on the resort’s property. How cool is that! While there is always plenty to do at this Catskill Inn, we suggest getting out and experiencing the best of the Catskills region.
After breakfast choose your Catskills winter adventure from mild to wild.
Mild: Explore small town America. Head to the nearby town of Saugertise or Woodstock (Yup that Woodstock). Stroll their lively main streets which are lined with cafes, craft shops, antique stores, galleries and more. Find that unique gift, perfect cup of coffee and everything in between. The resort will pack a picnic lunch for you to take on the road if you would like. Talk about an iconic Upstate New York winter getaway!
Medium: Take the 20 minute drive to Windham Mountain for a fun afternoon of snow tubing, ice skating, and more. This ski town is full of Catskills NY winter activities. Whether you slide down the tubing tracks or glide around the outdoor ice skating rink you’ll love winter in The Catskills.
Wild: When is the last time you zip-lined 600 feet above the ground at 50 MPH?!? Grab warm clothes and a pair of goggles and head to Hunter Mountain for one of the most extreme zip-lining experiences in North America. There are more mild options for the less adrenaline driven. After zip lining stop by the Kaaterskill Falls on your way back to your new favorite Catskill Inn. Here you will view one of the highest waterfalls east of The Mississippi. The two tier falls was the focal point of numerous early American painters and is even more breath taking as it becomes frozen during the upstate New York winter.
After your day’s adventure in the Catskill Mountains return to the resort for a delicious home cooked dinner complete with salad, and a mouth watering dessert. After dinner head to the resort’s Carriage House for a game of bowling on the antique lanes, ping pong, billiards, and more. Afterwards take in the Saturday night bonfire where you can mingle with other guest and roast a marshmallow under the star filled sky. After the bonfire return to the carriage house for more games, head to the escarpment lounge for a night cap and to relax by the fire or retreat to the comfort of you room. With something for everyone it is no wonder NYUpstate.com named this one of the best Upstate New York winter resorts.
A breakfast like this makes getting up a little bit easier. Once again enjoy a hardy Catskill country breakfast. Today its time to relax and enjoy the upstate New York winter resort. After breakfast take the short 5 minute walk to Artist Falls. This beautiful falls has a covered bridge overlooking it and is truly one of the hidden gems of the Catskills. When the waterfalls freezes during the Catskills winter it reveals amazing ice formations and beautiful views. If you are still looking for more nature continue along one of the resort’s longer hiking trials or give x-country skiing a try. Winter Clove Inn & resort provides complimentary x-country skiing equipment to all of its guest. Once you have had enough of the great outdoors return to the resort and relax in one of the comfy fireside rooms.
Before heading home opt to have lunch at Winter Clove. Home made soup of the day, and selection of fresh entree options and of course dessert make it the perfect ending to your weekend in the Catskills.
Bid farewell to your new home away from home in the Catskills.
Whether your ideal Catskill NY winter activities including skiing the best terrain in the east, snow tubing, fine dinning, or anything in-between Winter Clove Inn & Resort should be on your shortlist of upstate New York winter resorts.
Contact Winter Clove Inn & Resort to start planning your dream Catskills winter getaway today.