Placid Lakefront Resort Near Miles of Woodland Trails
North Woods Inn & Resort sits along the banks of Fourth Lake in upstate New York’s enormous Adirondack Park. From the property’s natural-wood patio, you can see the spring-fed body of water, the densely pined bluffs on its opposite shore, and the Adirondack Mountains just beyond. Come winter, the frosty scene is just as picturesque: you can ice-skate on the frozen lake, or explore nearby paths on cross-country skis or snowshoes. There are also several snowmobile trails that crisscross near the property and offer direct access to the Adirondacks. Of course, you can choose to stave off the cold entirely and spend the afternoon snuggled up in front of the crackling fireplace.
For onsite dining with lakefront views, Lakeside Tap Room’s large-screen TV and live weekend entertainment accompany casual eats and $1 Pabst Blue Ribbon drafts. Guests staying in the jacuzzi suites can enjoy a complimentary bottle of wine while soaking in the en suite jetted tub.
Old Forge, New York: Snowmobiling Trails and Creative Arts Center
The tiny hamlet of Old Forge is tucked away in upstate New York in the heart of the Adirondacks. The town bills itself as “the snowmobiling capital of the East” thanks to hundreds of miles of local snowmobile trails, which are professionally groomed each day. Around town, you'll find close to a dozen snowmobile-rental shops and tour outfits. With an average annual snowfall around 220 inches, Old Forge is also a popular destination for downhill and cross-country skiing. At McCauley Mountain, just 10 miles from the hotel, beginners ride rope tows up to the bunny hill and experts navigate the narrow channels of black-diamond trails.
For a break from the blustery weather, head to View, an interactive multiarts center in Old Forge. The center aims to preserve the creative spirit of the Adirondacks with musical performances, art exhibits, and workshops ranging from woodworking to memoir writing.