Family-Friendly Lodge with Indoor Waterpark, Spa, and Outdoor Adventure Center
Once winter arrives in the New York’s Finger Lakes region, the focus at Hope Lake Lodge and Conference Center switches to the nearby Greek Peak Mountain Resort, the lodge’s sister site. Hope Lake Lodge offers shuttle service to and from Greek Peak, where the ski and snowboard season tentatively starts December 1. Skiers can explore the mountain’s 32 trails, ranging from pleasant paths for beginners to steep slopes for experts. There’s even a Cross Country and Nordic Center for those with snow shoes or cross-country skis. For a different kind of outdoor thrill, you can ride the Nor’Eastern Mountain Coaster through an alpine forest at the resort’s outdoor adventure center.
If you’re looking for a break from the outdoors, visitthe Cascades Indoor Waterpark. Hop on a tube on one of two slides and you’ll wind from inside the waterpark to the hotel itself, and then back in the park again before splashing into a crystal-clear pool. There’s also a wave pool that undulates with 67,000 gallons of water. In the kiddie section, Little Bear Falls, kids can splish-splash on a swing set or pint-size waterslide. Outside, unwind in a heated pool and a pair of hot tubs. Or, feel free to head to the Waterfalls Spa, which has a menu featuring naturally infused hydrotherapy and Vichy treatments.
The resort resembles an alpine lodge with its thick wooden timbers and a crackling, 40-foot-tall stone fireplace. Hope Lake Lodge’s suites are also trimmed with knotted wood accents. Amid the rustic decor, each included suite has all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen and a flat-screen TV. In the morning, visit the Acorn Grill for farm-fresh eggs, scrumptious cinnamon rolls, and other breakfast fare.
This deal includes water-park passes, but additional activities may cost extra.
Finger Lakes, New York: Rolling Vineyards, Deep Gorges, and More Than 1,000 Waterfalls
Upstate New York's Finger Lakes region is known for its long, thin lakes and more than 1,000 waterfalls that cut through the area's famous rocky gorges. About 25 miles west of the resort lies Ithaca, which borders the longest of the Finger Lakes, Cayuga Lake, and is home to Ithaca Falls. At more than 100 feet high, the falls cascade down a terraced cliff . Closer to the hotel, you can hike and mountain bike through groves of hardwood trees at Tuller Hill State Forest.
The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail has more than a dozen wineries, many of which stay open into November. Apart from its beautiful scenery, Ithaca is known for home to Cornell University and Ithaca College. And like many of the villages in Finger Lakes, Ithaca's easily walkable downtown region draws visitors for its bistros, boutiques, and taverns housed in historical buildings.
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