13 Unique and Fun Winter Trips to Plan Now
Winter opens up endless adventure opportunities. And there’s no time to hibernate, because it’ll be gone before you know it. Here are 13 unique and fun trips, from backcountry lodges to fat biking to the world's longest ice skating path.
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1. Stay at a Cozy Adventure Base Camp
The Little Cat Lodge in Hillsdale, New York, about two and a half hours from Manhattan and Boston, opened in August with 14 rooms that blend 1950s Berkshires ski culture with the feel of a Swiss chalet (from $345). The lodge is set at the foot of the Catamount Mountain Resort, one of the country’s oldest ski areas, which has 1,000 feet of vertical and 43 trails, including the steepest run in the Berkshires. Back at the lodge, relax in a barrel sauna before dinner at the Tavern, where a James Beard Award–nominated chef is at the helm.
Farther south, in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains, the Camptel Poconos keeps things cozy with 25 tiny homes tucked in 20 acres of snowy deciduous forest (from $320). A sauna, hot tub, and fire pits are on site, and it’s a ten-minute drive to the slopes of Jack Frost and Big Boulder, where you can night-ski and use your Epic Pass.
In the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in North Carolina, the town of Boone is a great jumping-off point for cross-country skiing around 6,285-foot Roan Mountain or downhilling at Sugar Mountain and Appalachian Ski Mountain. Get a suite at the 15-room Horton, a boutique hotel (from $280) in downtown Boone.
Or head north (way north) to the Charlevoix region of Quebec on the Saint Lawrence River, a mini North American Norway, with stunning fjords and dense woodlands. Stay right in the middle of it all in the Laurentian Mountains at Les Dômes Charlevoix, a collection of walk-in geodesic huts (see image above) with private hot tubs, fireplaces, and fully equipped kitchens (from $350). Fifteen minutes away, the ski area Le Massif has just over 2,500 feet of vertical drop, the most east of the Canadian Rockies.