And just like that, fall is over and winter has arrived. From a lovely warm Thanksgiving Day to a Sunday holiday snowstorm, the seasons changed. And now, it is time to embrace the opportunities winter brings in the Catskills, especially in Woodstock. By no means is this a comprehensive list, but I know these are five things we can’t wait to enjoy in the winter, especially once the holidays are over and January’s quiet and slow pace settles in.
- Snowmen, snow angels and snow fun. Yes, before shoveling becomes a duty revel in the magic of a winter wonderland. If we allow it, the first snow in this transformative season brings out the child in even the oldest among us, beckoning us outside to play. Heaving a giant rolled ball of snow on top of each other is amazingly cathartic (And if you’ve been really bad use up those lumps of coal you may have received in your stocking for some eyes.)
- Skiing – downhill or cross country, the Catskills is the place to be. Belleayre’s gondola is proving a big hit for skiers but don’t take just our word for it – look for yourself. And the cross country trails are beautiful and quiet. The nearby Minnewaska state park has trails for all levels. The Woodstock golf course is always a rewarding way to spend a sun-filled day, while the mountain trails offer greater protection if it’s snowing or windy. Upon check in always ask Karen for her recommendations, as she’s often on the trails.
- Art and music. In winter Woodstock’s many galleries have excellent shows and there is time and room to really enjoy these displays. Those in the know visit the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum’s holiday gift giving show in December. But spending a winter afternoon here, at the Center for Photography or at any of the area’s popular galleries is sure to be inspiring. And don’t forget to tap into your own inner artist by taking any one of the many classes offered at the Woodstock School of Art. The music scene comes alive with many talented musicians staying close to home and trying new work at The Colony or the intimate music scene found at Levon’s Rambles is always memorable.
- Delicious dining. The Hudson Valley’s unique Farm to Fork offerings continue to tantalize all year long. There may not be any fresh heirloom tomatoes being harvested, but the area’s skilled chefs know how to make the squash, root vegetables and other winter treasures into meals that will warm your soul, as well as your body. Within walking distance of the Inn Joshua’s and Oriole 9 always have delicious fare.
- Our fireplace rooms. What more needs to be said? Enjoying an afternoon curled up in front of our cozy electric fireplaces is a perfect way to indulge yourself. Dive into a book, watch the flames flicker, relax. Winter days are perfect for melting away stress. It’s a time to slow down, enjoy the quiet of the season and embrace the pace. Before we know it summer shuffles will be keeping us all too busy. Enjoy winter before it fades away.