8 Luxury Resorts For A Winter Getaway In New York

Emily Becker

Senior Contributor

Grab your cosiest sweater, and get ready for a luxurious weekend away. Winter in the city can be rough. Between the windchill and climbing through the mountainous snowbanks that are left after the streets are ploughed, it’s enough to make you want to set an alarm, go into hibernation-mode, and not wake up until springtime. However, when that plan isn’t the most plausible, the other option is to grab some blankets and some wine, find a fireplace and embrace the season. Luckily, there are several luxury lodges in upstate New York, some of which are only a few hours outside of the city, that, dare I say it, might even be better in wintertime. Whether you’re looking for a weekend on the slopes, on some trails through the Adirondack mountains or on a luxurious spa retreat, keep reading for your best bets for those weekends when you want to get out of the city but get snowed in.

Whiteface Lodge - Lake Placid, NY

At the foothills of Whiteface mountain, the Whiteface Lodge is surrounded by pine trees and, if you’re lucky, fresh snow. They offer multiple weekend packages, some of which include your choice of spa treatment, a three-course meal at their upscale dining room and a free town car service if you want to spend the evening exploring the downtown area. However, with an on-site bowling alley, movie theatre and ice-skating rink, not to mention the cosy sitting rooms complete with crackling fireplaces, you might not feel the need to leave. Like, ever. 

The Whiteface Lodge - Lake Placid, NY


The Sagamore Resort - Bolton Landing, NY

First opened over 100 years ago, the Sagamore Resort is a historic hotel that encompasses most of an island in Lake George. During the winter, the lodge is only open on weekends, but visitors can enjoy downhill and cross-country skiing, ice fishing, ice skating, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and even an outdoor ice bar carved from 18,000 pounds of ice. There’s plenty of indoor activities as well, and day packages for the on-site spa. 

The Sagamore Resort: Lake George Waterfront Resorts


Lake Placid Lodge - Lake Placid, NY

The snowy forest and frozen lake outside the Lake Placid Lodge are pure magic during the wintertime. Explore the area on foot, skis or snowshoes. Or get your adrenaline pumping on the nearby Olympic bobsled track or on a ride on the Cloudsplitter Gondola to the top of Little Whiteface mountain where you’ll have an Instagram-worthy view of the Ausable River and the Adirondack High Peaks. Each night, the lodge also hosts a bonfire by the lake, complete with hot chocolate and s’ mores. 

Lake Placid Lodge: Luxurious Waterfront Hotel on Lake Placid


Mohonk Mountain House - New Paltz, NY

This resort overlooking Lake Mohonk has been welcoming guests to the Hudson Valley for 150 years. The resort offers three meals at their farm-to-table restaurant, yoga and meditation classes, unlimited activities and nightly entertainment as part of your stay. During the winter, you can ice skate in their open-air pavilion, go hiking in the surrounding woods or curl up with a good book in front of the 39-foot-tall stone fireplace. The resort also takes sustainability seriously and has been recognised by the United Nations Environment Programme for its efforts to protect and enhance the environment. 

Mohonk Mountain House in Upstate New York


Friends Lake Inn - Chestertown, NY

The Friends Lake Inn is smaller than other lodges in the area but still offers a luxurious weekend getaway. The boutique hotel is close enough to Gore Mountain that you can go skiing during the day and still be back in time for a five-course meal designed to match your favourite beer, wine or bourbon. If you’re looking for a little romance, you can also book a horse-drawn sleigh ride across the snow that ends with a candlelight dinner at the Inn. 

Friends Lake Inn in Upstate New York


The Otesaga Resort Hotel - Cooperstown, NY

This baseball-centric town trades its bats and gloves for glasses of wine and crackling fires during the winter. Located on the edge of Otesaga Lake, the Otesaga Resort Hotel offers luxury and elegance any time of the year. Spend some time in the Otesaga’s heated pool, at the Hawkeye Spa, or visit the art galleries, local breweries and National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum in downtown Cooperstown. Many of the suites at Otesaga include a private parlour, which is perfect for taking in the views with your morning cup of coffee

The Otesaga Resort Hotel: Luxury Cooperstown Hotel


Mirror Lake Inn - Lake Placid, NY

Owned by the parents of an Olympic skier who trained on the slopes of nearby Whiteface Mountain, Mirror Lake Inn is an award-winning resort on Lake Placid. Skiing with Olympian, Andrew Weibrecht, is one of the many activities offered at the inn during the winter, as well as snowshoeing, skating on the private rink, and lounging in one of the heated pools. Cooking classes that showcase local ingredients and products are also offered throughout the year.  

Mirror Lake Inn Resort & Spa in Lake Placid, NY


Glenmere Mansion - Chester, NY

Once the country home of industrialist Robert Goelet, the Glenmere Mansion is now a luxury hotel and spa that overlooks Glenmere Lake. Spend the afternoon in front of your own in-room fireplace or on your private terrace that overlooks the estate’s 150-acre gardens that are exquisite even in winter. The hotel is within driving distance of two local wineries, or book a massage and facial at the Glenmere Mansion’s spa. Either way, you’re guaranteed to leave the hotel counting the days until you can return. 

Glenmere Mansion, Boutique Hotel and Gourmet Restaurant in Upstate New York


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