8 Favorite Day Trips to Escape NYC in Winter

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If you need to escape the city this winter, our agents have you covered. They recommend these top day trip  spots, all of them a short distance away from New York City.

1. Camelback Mountain Resort

Tannersville, PA

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For those looking for an adventure in their winter getaway, Camelback Mountain Resort is the perfect place. Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Christine McAndrews enjoys taking her son snow-tubing there. “It’s fun because they let you snow-tube at night,” she says. “You can also ski and shop around their small town. It’s a blast!” For those new to skiing, the resort offers beginner lessons starting at $35.


2. Cold Spring Village

Putnam County, NY

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This historic and scenic village is filled with natural pathways, antique shops, and cozy coffeehouses. Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Michael Minarik visits every winter to climb mountains, shop, or just sit by the lake. “It’s my favorite place to escape to during the winters. The scenery is breathtaking and there are tons of activities to do.”


3. Asbury Park, New Jersey

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Surprisingly, New Jersey’s beloved boardwalk beachtown transforms into a winter getaway hotspot between December and February. You can find an abundance of winter markets during the holiday season and delicious eats throughout the season. “My favorite activity there is the polar bear plunge, where you jump into the ocean in your bathing suits and run out,” Christine shares. “I did it last year with my son and it was freezing cold but very fun!”


4. Windham Mountain Resort

Windham, NY

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Located in the heart of the Catskills, Windham Mountain has been a longtime favorite destination for New York’s skiers. With over 54 trails, an indoor golf course, yoga studios, spa packages, and numerous restaurants, Windham offers winter fun for everyone. “I love coming here with my family,” says Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Kireolos Zakhary. “I always build at least one snowman there!”


5. Skytop Lodge

Skytop, PA

This mountaintop resort offers skiing, ice skating, and snowshoeing, as well as 16 ziplines that will carry you through the surrounding forest. For those who prefer warmer indoor activities, spa packages are available. Visitors also receive complimentary dinner and high tea every day.


6. Long Island’s East End

Long Island

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Escape the City by heading out to Long Island’s East End and enjoy the natural peace and beauty of the area without the summer prices and crowds. Mirador’s Managing Partner, Karla Saladino recommends, “Renting a beautiful home at a fraction of the cost of peak summer prices…many of the homes have beautiful fireplaces making it a perfect place to relax during the winter season.”


7. Hershey Park

Hershey, PA


While the amusement park is only open on weekends in the winter, the Hershey Chocolate World Factory is open every day. From November to December, children can ride a train through Christmas Candylane and holiday villages. Those staying at  Hershey Lodge can enjoy a game of Chocolate Bingo and snuggle up by the fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate at the Cocoa Beanery.

8. Rocking Horse Ranch

Highland, NY

At the Rocking Horse Ranch, enjoy horseback riding, indoor mini golf, and indoor waterparks, horse-pulled sleigh rides, and even a Magic Carpet conveyor belt ride. Your stay at the ranch also includes three all-you-can-eat meals!