The Farmer’s Almanac has predicted that the next few months will be a “winter wonderland”! And you know what’s no fun to do in a winter wonderland? Drive! So, it’s time to embrace the chill-scented air, and car-free travel. Cozy or snowy, whatever your ideal winter vibe may be, we have a guide to help you plan.

A diorama at the American Museum of Natural History (Sai Mokhtari)
Mohonk Mountain House
Courtesy of Mohonk Mountain House
  • This one is a bit pricey, but worth it. Mohonk Mountain House is not too far from the end of the Metro-North line, and all you need is 24 hours there to feel like you've been on a satisfying vacation. The price of a room comes with all of your (excellent) meals, and there's plenty to do around the grounds — from forest bathing to a spa to simply reading in a cozy chair by a fireplace. Bonus: they have special winter pricing.

  • Winter is the perfect time to cook and bake — so whether it's for the holidays, or for the long winter months that follow, treat yourself to a cooking class.

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  • There are some new ice skating rinks in NYC this year, including one that sits underneath the Brooklyn Bridge!

  • Psshhh, why ice skate when you could snowkite? That's rhetorical. Get on the LIRR and head to the NY Kite Center to find out what that's all about. We’ve also got a guide to help you explore the region’s ski slopes, ice fishing spots, and so much more.

Jedediah Hawkins Inn
Jedediah Hawkins Inn
  • It’s also (unofficially) speakeasy season, which is to say, a great time to cozy up on a barstool. Here’s a guide to some great spots for just that, located off the LIRR.  Not your thing? Then bring your main character energy to one of these Hallmark Movie-esque towns in the region.

  • Is 2024 the year you take the plunge... into the freezing cold water with a bunch of strangers? The Coney Island Polar Bear Club will be taking their annual New Year's Day dip again on January 1st, but they're also at it every Sunday until April. Join them?

  • Speaking of getting out on those choppy winter waters — you'll be able to spot the winter harbor seal population out in Freeport, LI after the holidays. (And don't worry, the cabins of the Captain Lou fleet are heated.)

  • Meanwhile, up in the air, the winter is a great time to spot majestic bald eagles — here's our guide to finding them in Westchester, right off Metro-North.

  • 'Tis also the season to be passing through a major transit hub. Whether you’re headed out of town on Metro-North, the LIRR or Amtrak, we've got you covered with our Moynihan Train Hall and Grand Central food guides.

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Our events calendar is regularly updated, so keep checking throughout the season for even more events around the region. And as always, check before you head out. 

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