Winter activities in the Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley offers beautiful scenery all year long, though most visitors to the area only see the greener side. It is amazing how a light dusting of snow changes the look of the area, needless to say how 12 inches or more transforms the Valley into a Winter Wonderland. Add a little bit of ice on the trees and you will want your camera so you can capture the glistening sparkle of the branches before the sun melts it away. If you believe Punxatawny Phil's prediction that Spring weather is right around the corner, you'd best use your free days now to partake in some of Hudson Valley's winter activities before the weather gets too warm. Try one of these destinations for outdoor activities while marvelling at the beautiful Hudson Valley scenery around you!
Go ice skating at Bear Mountain State Park Outdoor Icerink. The rink is open through the first weekend in March. Try downhill skiing or snowboarding at Mt. Peter. In it's 75th year of operation, Mt. Peter offers over 10 ski and snowboard trails and free beginner lessons. Sterling Forest State Park offers cross country skiing and snowshoeing. Thomas Bull Memorial Park offers a myriad of choices for the winter sports enthusiast.The park hosts a free outdoor ice rink (bring your own skates) as well as 3 miles of free cross country ski trails(bring your own skis). The biggest draw at Thomas Bull Memorial Park ,though, is their snowtubing hill which has a cable tow for your return to the top of the hill. After a day of outdoor fun you may find the cozy atmosphere at Cromwell Manor Inn very appealing. Relax in the oversized jacuzzi tub for 2 in the Oliver Cromwell Suite or in one of the antique clawfoot soaking tubs in the Arcarian or Hambleton Rooms. Embrace the cold winter weather by cozying up with your loved one in front of one of 6 woodburning fireplaces in the bedrooms. Why not order a one hour side by side massage in your room? Make your plans now to enjoy the great Winter Wonderland in New York's Hudson Valley!