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.
This Labor Day, spend the weekend with a long, relaxing trip to the U.S. Virgin Islands. The destination no longer enforces pandemic restrictions or COVID-19 tests and doesn’t require passports for U.S. citizens.
United Airlines remains firmly committed toward sustainability in aviation. The latest development in its eco-conscious goals includes working with Oxy Low Carbon Ventures to commercialize the production of sustainable aviation fuels (SAF) with biotech firm Cemvita Factory. Cemvita looks to develop a revolutionary new way to produce SAF by using carbon dioxide and synthetic microbes. Additionally, United Airlines Ventures (UAV) recently announced an equity investment in Fulcrum, and United has invested more in SAF production than any other airline in the world.
PUBLIC, an Ian Schrager hotel in New York City, recently created a curated gourmet picnic experience for guests to enjoy this summer and early fall. Called chicnics, a cool kid term for chic picnics, guests can bask under the New York sun and soak up these last few weeks of summer before fall arrives.
This year marks the 100th anniversary of James Joyce’s Ulysses and where better to celebrate the iconic novel and author than in Dublin? If you’d like to enjoy a luxurious, James Joyce-inspired stay in the city, but aren’t sure where to start, The Shelbourne has you covered with its Sauntering with Joyce experience, available through Aug. 31. The experience is an easy way to add a little literary flair to your trip without needing to join a group tour or dedicate an entire trip to just one type of fun.
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