Wednesday, January 18, 2017

WINTER GETAWAYS-NY FUN: Adirondacks

Part 2


The perfect counterbalance to arguably the greatest city -is the largest pristine wilderness preserved area in the lower 48-in the same state...and that would be the 6 million acre" sized,  easily accessed Adirondacks area...home to majestic mountains/lakes and recreational facilities that are Olympic worthy and tailored to thrill seeking kids of all ages/sizes... and challenging for dedicated backpackers-as well as more leisurely pursuits for those looking to relax and calmly experience the outdoors.

Where to stay? Roughing it - camping out spots are numerous- or indulge in the luxurious plush accommodations at the acclaimed mega star  log cabin cozy The Point- Saranac Point. In between---loads of options from hotel chains to quaint B+Bs.

Tip: Book ahead for the popular Whiteface Inn -in Lake Placid-minutes from the Whiteface Mountain slopes (that can challenge top skiers with the "the Slides"off piste terrain- as well as providing FUN for those looking to learn and perform tricks (6 terrain parks
!!!). There are multiple accommodation sizes, a soothing spa and on site eateries that practically make this iconic landmark-all inclusive for those not wanting to budge.

Gore Mountain-sunset pic
Another worthy ski resort-nearby-GORE MOUNTAIN-has day and nighttime skiing/snowboard...plenty of affordable stay/play options including Friday departing-Sunday returning- unique rail getaway packages that will delight adventure seekers, ski and rail enthusiasts alike. This winter, the Saratoga & North Creek Railway and its depot transforms into an exclusive and cozy Adirondack ski lodge with front row seats to Gore Mountain. This one-of-a-kind journey features transportation from New York City (Penn Station) or Saratoga Springs in meticulously restored Pullman cars complete with renowned Pullman Sleeping Company service setting the standard for hospitality in the last century. The Pullman Ski Train package pairs rail transportation, rail car accommodations, two day ski lift passes, some meals, transfers to the slopes, a pop-up Lodge with locally-made furniture provided by the Hudson River Trading Company and the surrounding beauty of the Adirondacks. Wow. For more info: www.travelpullman.com