Head to the Catskill Mountains for a variety of winter activities

STATEN ISLAND, NY — To Ski Or Not To Ski? That question is easy to answer in the Catskill Mountains, where you can experience the beauty of winter in dozens of ways and travel only a short distance from New York City.

If your family is like most, the passions differ between the group – some prefer a gentle hike or snowshoe adventure, while others want to descend a mountain at top speed. There is plenty of choice in winter fun for everyone in the family in the Catskills.

If downhill skiing isn’t your thing, you can explore backcountry trails on Nordic skis or snowshoes. Or make lasting memories as your family descends a huge hill.

Of course you can always relax in a beautiful basic lodge while the kids run down the mountain one more time.

The Catskill Mountains are close enough to New York City for a short weekend trip, but you may find that there is so much to do that you want to spend an entire vacation.

Off-mountain activities include snow tubing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling. Enjoy the icy winter landscape on a walk, or for indoor relaxation, visit one of the dozens of cafes and coffee shops, brimming with charm with your favorite hot drink.

The area is home to New York State’s best ski resorts, but there’s never been a better time to rent a private home that fits your needs.

Here are a few options we found in the Catskill Mountains:

This secluded two bedroom cottage has views and sleeps eight people, creating an idyllic mountainside escape offering everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Cozy cottage

This one Secluded 2 bedroom cottage with a view and sleeps eight, creating an idyllic mountainside escape, offering everything you need and nothing you don’t.

It sits at the base of Slide Mountain and is surrounded by the Panther, Cornell, and Wittenberg Mountains.

Step inside and retreat to its naturally lit open floor plan and mountain views. Outside, explore the beauty of the mountainside decorated locally as “God’s Country”. Hike nearby trails, look for waterfalls, breathe fresh mountain air and relax. A few minutes drive will take you to the cute town of Phoenicia, and a 20 minute drive will take you to Woodstock or Hunter Mountain.

This small house has been completely renovated and furnished. WiFi is available if you wish to bring your laptop as there is no TV. The cottage works comfortably for a couple of couples to stay as there are two separate bedrooms. A brand new dishwasher and laundry are available for use. The front deck offers a grill. Book the cottage here.

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Visit Outsiders Guesthouse for a bit of history. Built in the late 1800’s, it has been recently renovated into four units, two of which are available to rent.Thanks to VRBO

Outsiders Guesthouse

Visit Outsiders Guesthouse for a bit of history. Built in the late 1800’s, it has been recently renovated into four units, two of which are available to rent.

A 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom unit features a balcony and mountain views. It is located just off Route 28 in Arkville, just minutes from Margaretville and 15 minutes from Roxbury, walking distance to Union Grove Distillery, Arkville Bread & Breakfast, Brother’s Pizza, Delaware & Ulster Railroad, Just Shop Boutique and the Catskill Recreation Center.

It is a 10 minute drive to Belleayre, 20 minutes to Plattekill, shopping, farmers markets, restaurants and all the outdoor adventures.

This bright and inviting, multi-room, two-storey suite features a fully equipped kitchen, dining area, outdoor balcony with mountain views, and a living room with a seating area and TV.

Bring the kids! This suite is perfect for two adults, with kid-friendly sleeping arrangements of a CordaRoys beanbag bed and a full-size sofa bed. The newly renovated suite is close to skiing, hiking and restaurants.

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This six bedroom home, in the foothills of Hunter Mountain, is located on a quiet, cul-de-sac. (under the Belt Parkway ski route).

House with six bedrooms

This six bedroom home in the Hunter Mountain foothills is on a quiet, cul-de-sac (below the Belt Parkway ski route). It’s not a ski in/out, but it’s only a two minute drive to the mountain, and it’s a mile from the main street and village center.

The house features six bedrooms, three full baths, two full kitchens, a fireplace, a large patio, a flat circular driveway and plenty of play space for the kids.

The ground floor can be used as a self contained enclosed apartment with two or three bedrooms, one bathroom, full kitchen and living room with wood burning stove.

The upper part of the house has four bedrooms, two bathrooms, a renovated kitchen, a living room with fireplace, a large terrace and a washer and dryer. The house rents for $1,200 per night during peak season.

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You can choose a room at the Captain’s Inn Point Lookout. Each room has a mountain view and free wifi.

Captain’s Inn Point Lookout

You can choose a room at the Captain’s Inn Point Lookout. Each room has mountain views, free wifi – and breakfast is included. Each room sleeps two people and is available for $150 per night. The inn is located in East Windham, near Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain Resort, while nature lovers can enjoy Kaaterskill Falls. To book a room at Captain’s Inn Point Lookout, visit Travelocity.com.

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The Hotel Mountain Brook offers cozy accommodations and a great breakfast, according to guest reviews.

Hotel Mountain Brook

If you want to stay three nights, Hotel Mountain Brook is located in Tannersville, a short drive from the Kiwanis Ice Arena. The Mountain Trails Cross Country Ski and Snowshoe Center is an eight minute walk, while the Mountain Top Arboretum is a four minute drive. Hunter Mountain and Kaaterskill Falls are both about eight minutes’ drive away.

According to guest reviews, the breakfast is excellent. Check availability and rates here.

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