Celebrate the season in our woodsy cabins. Here are some nearby happenings to inspire you to embrace winter's crisp air and investigate some lesser known secrets.
Minnewaska State Park offers snow-shoeing (+ rentals) and cross-country skiing and hosts guided Snow-Shoe hikes (there is one January 19) and Nordic Ski. Learn about winter tree identification, animal tracking and more. The Mohonk Preserve provides numerous trails and programs as well. Saturday January 11, they’ll show kids 5 and up who’s flying around in the winter woods, how different birds have adapted to survive winter, and how to use field marks and flight patterns to identify birds.
Trailkeeper encourages hiking, biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing in the Catskills. It contains area trail maps, hiker hints, tips and photos, recommendations for specific trails, information about local shops, restaurants and attractions. It makes nearby Sullivan County’s extensive network of trails more accessible.
Are your kids ready for Wild Earth February Break Camp? Join your 7-12 year-olds upstate February 18-20. Kids explore the beautiful winter outdoors building fires, tracking animals, building snow shelters, practicing a variety of wilderness skills and native technology.
Just 25 minutes away in Monticello, Holiday Mountain’s slogan is “Where Great Skiers Begin”. Holiday Mountain is a ski hill where parents can bring kids. Holiday has 7 trails, 2 lifts, and newly installed this year, Magic Carpet, which is great for the beginners. Holiday also offers decent prices and Snow Tubing.
If you are foraging for local Hudson Valley produce this winter, Kingston Winter Market will be open 1st and 3rd Saturdays. Ellenville’s healthy gourmet Aroma Thyme Bistro hosts award winning Allagash Brewery January 17 for a craft beer dinner with five beers and four courses of food like Witte with Crab, Artichokes & Mascarpone to start.
Hand-made ceramics and local winter fare? Join Women’s Studio Workshop for their long-standing Chili Bowl Fiesta Saturday February 23 with live music and a variety of chili to sample from venison to vegan.
Music still travels through the veins of the valleys and Catskill peaks. At Rosendale Café catch a number of world class acts including Too Blue January 11. Travelling freely between bluegrass, swing, Celtic and jazz, smooth harmonies and adventurous musicianship. The next day take the kids to catch familiar Hudson Valley favorite, Dean Jones with Lloyd Miller of the Deedle Deedle Dees, a unique Brooklyn educational rock band.