Family-Friendly Lodge with Spa and Indoor Water Park
Winter in New York’s Finger Lakes region means ice fishing on Cayuga Lake, cross-country skiing through the region’s pristine trails, and wine tasting when the wineries are less crowded. At Hope Lake Lodge and Conference Center, you can enjoy the season hitting the slopes at nearby ski resorts or snow tubing down the hills at the resort’s Adventure Center. The Adventure Center—as well as its indoor water park—helped Hope Lake Lodge earn a spot on TripAdvisor’s list of the Top 25 Large Hotels & Resorts for Families in the World.
At Cascades Indoor Waterpark onsite (passes are included with this getaway), you can hop on one of two tube slides that wind from inside the water park to the hotel, and then back in the park again before splashing into a crystal-clear pool. There’s also a wave pool that surges with 67,000 gallons of water. At Little Bear Falls, kids can splash on a swing set or pint-size water slide. Later, you can unwind at Waterfalls Spa, where the service menu includes naturally infused hydrotherapy and vichy treatments.
The resort resembles an alpine lodge with a crackling, 40-foot-tall stone fireplace and walls made of thick timber. Suites are trimmed with knotted wood accents and equipped with full kitchens and flat-screen TVs. In the morning, visit the Acorn Grill for farm-fresh eggs, scrumptious cinnamon rolls, and other breakfast fare.
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 the 100-feet-tall Ithaca Falls. Also in town: Cornell University, one of New York’s two Ivy League schools. Like many of the villages in the area, Ithaca has a walkable downtown filled with bistros, boutiques, and taverns housed in historical buildings.