Grand resorts, posh hotels, dude ranches, and soothing spas throughout the state proudly present your perfect winter vacation! Stay slopeside, trailside, even seaside, or amid the swirling excitement of the city!
STYLISH ACCOMMODATIONS - Legendary hotels within walking distance of New York City's classic midtown attractions include The Algonquin (212/840-6800; algonquinhotel.com), the Ritz Carlton at Central Park (212/308-9100;ritzcarlton.com), where you can make a reservation for the world-famousAfternoon Tea (at 212/521-6125) and the Waldorf Astoria (212/872-7272;waldorfastoria.com), a landmark wirth celebrated restaurants and a luxurious spa.
BLISS BY THE SEA - Sure the beach crowd is gone, but with year-round winery tours, fine dining, charming shops and posh spas, The Hamptons are now a hot destination for a winter getaway. Bonus: The "off-season" rates are newsworthy, too!
Nestled amid the dunes of Montauk, Gurney's Resort Inn & Spa (631/668-2345; gurneysinn.com) has the only sea water spa in the continental United States. Check out the host of heavenly new spa packages designed to revitalize you, too! The spectacular ocean views from your cozy room or the king-size heated seawater swimming pool (surrounded by floor to ceiling windows) will renew your spirit.
Camera ready: Gurney's also prides itself as the only resort with its own talk show. The award-winning American Dream Show filmed at Gurney's Inn is aired throughout New York and New Jersey and watched world-wide on HamptonsTV.com. Shows are filmed once a month, with the big blue Atlantic Ocean as backdrop. If you time it right, you can be a part of the live audience.
This winter's "Bliss Package" at the elegant Quintessentials B&B & Spa(631/477-9400; quintessentialsinc.com) in Long Island's wine country will pamper you with spa treatments, candlelight brunches, afternoon teas, and other delights as well as discounts for North Fork wineries and local restaurants.
MOUNTAINTOP LUXURY - Our famous Adirondack hospitality continues to win prestigious awards! The Whiteface Lodge at Lake Placid (888/582-0505;theWhitefaceLodge.com) made the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List of the World's Best Places to Stay as well as one of Travel+Leisure's top 500 best hotels in the world."
SADDLE UP! - Boots and skis are included with your stay at Rocking Horse Ranch Resort (800/647-2624; rhranch.com) in Highland, with full snowmaking and friendly ski instructors to get you off to a great start. Other winter thrills during this perfect dude ranch vacation include tubing, sleighrides, and horseback riding.
APRES SKI - If you're looking to show off your best moves, shuffle off to Buffalo. The dance floor at Lux heats up the night. Nearby, the annual "World's Largest Disco," held in late November at Fallsview Casino Resort, attracts thousands of retro fans and surprise celebrity guests. The SoHo Burger Bar, in the heart of the Chippewa Entertainment District, transforms from a gourmet burger bar to a nightclub late at night.
After a day of winter activities you might enjoy a soothing massage at one of New York's many spas. In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, Holiday Valley's slopeside Tamarack Club hotel features the new Falling Waters Spa. Speaking of falling waters, Hope Lake Lodge-at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in the Finger Lakes-makes a splash with waterslides, a wave pool, and perfect 84° weather year-round in its Cascades indoor waterpark.
Towns and villages like Hudson, in the Hudson Valley region, and Woodstock in The Catskills are packed with art galleries, antique shops, craft studios and eclectic restaurants. And just a pop fly away, Cooperstown features great Main Street shops along with the world's best-known sports shrine, the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
'TIS THE SEASON TO BE TASTING! - Award-winning wineries across New York are hosting seasonal events as well as tours and tasting throughout the winter. (585/394-3620; uncorkny.com)
For a fun and educational Hudson Valley Wine Tour, board the Little Wine Bus in Manhattan (and other stops including Beacon). Lunch, snacks and entertainment are included (thelittlewinebus.com). Or trade your skis for brewskis with a Hudson Valley Breweries Tour on the Little Beer Bus (thelittlebeerbus.com).
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