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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.

sledding

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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