With the winter season right around the corner, it’s time to start planning the ultimate winter getaway. Travelers looking to embrace the cold should keep New York’s Finger Lakes region in mind.
Under-the-Radar Ski Destinations
According to a recent survey from Vacasa, the nation’s leading vacation rental platform, 61 percent of respondents are planning a ski/snowboard trip that was postponed, so prepare for busy slopes this year. If you are looking for under-the-radar spots to shred, check out the Finger Lakes in New York. This region contains lesser-known, less-expensive and less-crowded ski mountains. Cortland, New York, is home to the area’s largest ski resort, Greek Peak Mountain Resort, offering 55 trails, six aerial lifts and two surface lifts, as well as day and night skiing, a beginner’s slope and more.
Best Winter Villages
Embark on a weekend getaway to downtown Rochester, New York, to experience the Finger Lakes’ annual Roc Holiday Village. Dec. 3–19, guests will be immersed in a winter wonderland complete with fire pits, ice skating, unique shopping and a bar with tasty food and holiday drinks. Guests can also enjoy visits with Santa, tree lighting, live music and handcrafted goods.
If New York knows one thing for sure, it’s that waterfalls aren’t just a summer thing, and Ithaca is the prime example. The area boasts more than 150 impressive waterfalls within a 10-mile radius. This winter, visitors can participate in The Waterfalls Challenge, which allows hikers to virtually check in to each waterfall and earn rewards. One thing about Ithaca that stands out to travelers is the balance between city and nature. After experiencing the falls, head into town for some high-quality cider tasting at Finger Lakes Cider House and explore the iconic International Rutabaga Curling Championship.
Choose Chicago and United Airlines currently collaborate on an Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Apprenticeship Program, also with support from Tourism Diversity Matters. United Airlines fully funds the program in 2022, and one lucky candidate will be selected to complete the competitive pilot program.
Santa Fe County, New Mexico, recently announced the launch of the Santa Fe County Experience app to exhibit the many sites and businesses found in the county through different itineraries. Visitors and locals using the app can easily plan trips in the county and explore both well-known and hidden features found in Santa Fe County.
Four new properties are set to debut in New York City and Los Angeles in 2022 from developer and real estate investor Lightstone and Moxy Hotels. Two new Moxy hotels will open in New York: Moxy Lower East Side and Moxy Williamsburg. One new Moxy hotel and one dual-branded Moxy and AC hotel will open in Los Angeles: Moxy Los Angeles Downtown and AC Hotel Los Angeles Downtown.
The nation’s oldest and largest celebration honoring the first president of our country, Washington’s Birthday Celebration, returns to Laredo, Texas, for the 124th year. A celebration lasting more than a month, Jan. 21–Feb. 27, this party includes more than 28 events, such as a jalapeno eating contest, a Martha Washington Colonial Pageant and Ball and more. The month-long celebration draws a crowd of more than 400,000 people and offers some of the most well-known social events in South Texas.
Conrad New York Midtown partnered with Veuve Clicquot to launch a limited-time winter wonderland experience. The Winter Suite is housed in the hotel’s one-of-a-kind ATRIUM Suite, which is a chalet-style, glass-domed accommodation. Book your Winter Suite stay through Feb. 28.