Winter Activities in Upstate New York

A visit to Franklin, New York in the winter offers an escape into a snow-covered wonderland just two and a half hours from NYC. The crisp, clean air carries the scent of wood-burning stoves, the surrounding countryside is covered with snow, and the ponds freeze, offering opportunities for peaceful outdoor adventures and cozy escapes. Enjoy the following winter activities within an hours drive of The Roost.


Snow tubing & Sledding

0 min from The Roost

The hill at Dunk Hill is getting cleared for some fun sledding & tubing. Book your stay at The Roost then step right outside for your own private hill. No long lines! Sled & tube supplied! 

Snow Shoeing & Hiking

20-45 min from The Roost

Take a tranquil snowshoeing hike across snowy paths and forests in the pristine wilderness of the Catskill Mountains. The quietude of the snowy woods and the occasional sight of wildlife tracks in the fresh snow make snowshoeing a magical experience for those seeking a winter escape in a peaceful and scenic setting.

Visit any of the hiking trails mentioned in my guidebook for snowshoeing. 

cross country ski

Cross Country Skiing

Connect with nature in snow-covered landscapes while getting a full-body workout with a cross country ski session at either Oquaga Creek State Park or Delhi Golf Course.

40 min from The Roost

20 min from The Roost

Ice Skating at Sheldon Park

Free ice skating, and free ice skate rentals. Located at Sheldon Park in Delhi, NY. Go for a skate then cozy up around the fire pit. 

2 Sheldon Drive
Delhi, NY 13753

20 min from The Roost

ice skating
plattekill mountain

Snowboarding & Skiing

Plattekill Mountain is 1 hour drive from The Roost. With 39 trails to ski, snowboard, and tube. 

1 hour from The Roost

Ice Harvest Festival: Horse drawn sleigh rides & Ice fishing

The Ice Harvest at Hanford Mills Museum offers a captivating glimpse into historical ice harvesting practices, providing visitors with a hands-on experience of an essential winter activity from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Taking place in the charming setting of Hanford Mills in East Meredith, New York. Participants get to step back in time and learn how ice was collected, stored, and transported before the advent of modern refrigeration.

Festival also includes ice carving, ice fishing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowman village, hot soup buffet, food trucks, blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations, and exhibits by local businesses and farmers. 

27 min from The Roost

Cozy restaurants

Now there are multiple excellent restaurants but these two have those cozy, upstate, winter vibes.

Sloan's New York Grill

30 min from The Roost

sloans restaurant

The Ponds

20 min from The Roost

the ponds

After your snow filled outing, head back to the cabin and enjoy hot chocolate by the fire, cuddle up on the couch and read your favorite book or watch your favorite movie or play a game.

Whether you seek outdoor thrills or peaceful moments by the fire, I hope you’ll stay and create unforgettable winter memories in this welcoming and idyllic setting. 

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Things to do in Franklin, NY

Experience an authentic taste of rural life in the Catskills.

Escape to the charming town of Franklin, New York, for a relaxing getaway in this rural setting. Enjoy a scenic drive through winding roads, past farmlands with mountain views.  Nestled in the northwest Catskills, Franklin, offers the perfect spot to unwind and reconnect for those seeking an escape from the hustle & bustle of daily life and experience an authentic taste of life in the Catskills. You don’t have to go far from The Roost, located in Franklin and just a 10 minute drive to the village of Franklin, to have an amazing getaway. Here’s a list of fun things you can do in Franklin:

The yokel Deli & Market

Located in the village of Frankling, grab lunch and shop for dinner at this deli & market.  Offering a taste of authentic small-town hospitality with a friendly, community-oriented vibe. The menu highlights the flavors of the region, incorporating fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. The sell meat, dairy (including the local dairy farm, Clarks), vegetables, breads, and other staples to help you prepare dinner back at the cabin.

Stony Creek Farmstead

While this is not actually located in Franklin, it’s located in the adjacent town of Walton, NY and just 5 minutes from The Roost. Stony Creek Farm has an on farm store where you can pick up beef, pork, chicken, lamb, eggs & more. Visit Stony Creek Farmstead website to place an order. Pick up or have it delivered! Prepare your meal in our fully stocked kitchen with large workstation sink and Blackstone Griddle.

Saturday nights, May-October, Stony Creek Farmstead lights up their wood-fired brick oven and invite neighbors, friends, and guests to make pizzas with local ingredients, and sit around the campfire. Call, text, or email to let them know ahead of time that you’ll be coming. Get the details here.

"We adhere to rigorous free-range, beyond organic, pasturing practices for all of our animals. Our cows and sheep are 100% grass fed. Pigs and poultry supplement their pasture diets with locally grown certified organic grains."

North Star Blueberry Farm

Northstar Blueberries are grown on seventy-four acres overlooking the village of Franklin, New York. They are open for blueberry picking mid-July through mid-late August. They supply buckets for picking and freezer bags so that you can take your berries home. View their recipes and info here, and head back to the Roost to make some delicious blueberry pie or summertime blueberry crumble!

Blueberry on the bush
good taste epicuran market

Good taste epicurean food market

Behind the Yokel is Good Taste Epicurean Food Market. Stop by the market where the owner, Mark can help you pair the perfect wine & cheese and put together the ultimate charcuterie board.
franklin edible walking trail

Franklin Edible Walking Trail

The “Edible Walking Trail” is a unique experience for food enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. This trail offers a delightful walk, where visitors can sample a variety of locally grown and foraged edible delights along the way. As you meander through the scenic landscape, you’ll have the opportunity to pluck fresh herbs, taste ripe berries and edible flowers. Head to Main Street in Franklin to find the trail.


Visit Mercantile on Main & do some shopping! This shop is filled with farmhouse style decor, hand picked furniture, hand poured candles, artisan jewelry, paintings from local artists, local made maple syrup, goat milk soap, holiday decor and way more! You will also find antiques & art at Blue Farm Antiques & Letterpress, Kabinett & Kramer, and LAVA.

Franklin Stage Company

Franklin Stage Company: Catch a show at the professional theater of the great western catskills. The Franklin Stage Company is a vibrant, community-driven cultural institution in Franklin, New York, dedicated to offering diverse theatrical productions and fostering cultural enrichment through accessible and engaging arts experiences. Visit their website for more info.

Franklin Stage Company

Franklin Farmers Market

The Farmers market brings together local farmers, artisans, and food producers who offer a wide array of fresh, seasonal produce, homemade baked goods, artisanal crafts, and more. Visitors can shop for locally sourced ingredients, savor homemade treats, and connect with the farmers and artisans who contribute to this vibrant marketplace, creating a lively and authentic representation of the region’s agricultural and artisanal heritage. View the Franklin Farmers Market Facebook page for more info.

Tulip & the rose cafe

The Tulip & the Rose features cuisines from across the world. Turkish, Indian & Mediterranean as well as traditional American & Continental European specialties. Visit the Tulip & the Rose Cafe on Facebook for menu, hours, and directions.

Come explore scenic Franklin, NY, with charming farms, rolling hills, and a warm small-town atmosphere. Enjoy nature, history, and local cuisine.

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