Winter is one of the most beautiful times of the year in a place that is known for its beauty. Whether you’re here for an extended stay or taking a winter day trip to the Hudson Valley, there is a wide variety of things to do, both indoors and outdoors. See below for our suggestions on some of the best Hudson Valley winter activities! For even more information on year-round attractions and points of interest, download our free Vacation Guide. It’s filled with recommendations for everything from excellent restaurants to top-notch entertainment.
Outdoor Winter Activities in the Hudson Valley
The winter months in the Hudson Valley bring with them soft falls of snow that blanket everything, transforming the already scenic landscape into a breathtaking winter wonderland. There are so many outdoor things to do in the Hudson Valley that you could spend weeks here and still not see everything. Below are some of the kinds of outdoor recreation popular during the winter.
Go on a Brisk Hike
Pack your boots and warm clothes and take to the trails! Hudson Valley winter hikes have a distinct beauty all their own. There is an abundance of state parks, nature preserves, and mountain ridges to explore; here are just a few.
Head over to the Hudson Highlands State Park and enjoy the spectacular backdrop of the Hudson River and Hudson Highlands as you meander through the snowy trails. Trek through the Mohonk Preserve to viewpoints high over the valley. The Minnewaska State Park Preserve provides several scenic trails that pass by forests and lakes. Both the Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park Preserve offer trails that follow portions of the Shawangunk Ridge.
At the Franny Reese State Park, you’ll discover the ruins of a 19th-century estate, and an overlook that has views of the Mid-Hudson Bridge and the Walkway Over the Hudson. Bear Mountain lies a bit farther from Saint Hubert’s Lodge at just under an hour’s distance, but it is worth the trip. You can hike a portion of the Appalachian Trail to the Perkins Memorial Tower to see sweeping panoramic vistas.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Many of the places where you can hike also allow for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, including Mohonk Preserve and Minnewaska State Park Preserve as well as countless other hiking trails. Alpine Endeavors is a local guide service that can take you on guided snowshoe hikes through snow-covered pines and by frozen waterfalls.
A classic romantic activity, ice skating is a fun way to spend some time outdoors. Bear Mountain maintains an outdoor rink from early November through mid-March, and Bowdoin Park has a portable rink available for use seasonally. There are also indoor skating rinks nearby, including the Ice Time Sports Complex and McCann Arena. Some rinks require you to bring your own skates, so be sure to check beforehand.
This wintry spin on the popular local pastime of rock climbing is not for the faint of heart. Alpine Endeavors also offers ice climbing excursions at each of their home locations as well as other areas around the Northeast. All needed equipment is supplied through them.
Indoor Winter Activities in the Hudson Valley
Some of the following suggestions are great year-round, so if you’re searching for rainy day activities in the Hudson Valley or a way to escape the heat during the summer, these apply then, too. However, winter can be the best season for some of these experiences.
Warm up With Libations
There are plenty of top-notch wineries and breweries and even a handful of distilleries in the Hudson Valley. They offer places sheltered from the elements where you can warm up with a refreshing beverage. Try some iconic Hudson Baby Bourbon for a guaranteed way to warm up quickly.
Visit a Spa
Choose from a variety of local spas to thoroughly warm up, whether it is via a luxurious sauna or relaxing massage. The Spa at Buttermilk Falls is one of our favorites! It is close by and has a full range of spa services.
Take care of your holiday shopping while staying warm! The Hudson Valley hosts a range of malls, shopping centers, boutiques, and unique shops like bookstores and record stores.
Explore Historic Sites
The Hudson Valley is rich in history, and there are many places you can visit to learn about that history. From president’s homes to museums displaying artifacts and interactive exhibits, you could easily spend days delving into the past of the Hudson Valley. The West Point Visitors Center and Museum are also nearby, with daily tours open to the public.
Stay at Saint Hubert’s Lodge
There’s nothing quite like staying in an elegant lodge during the wintertime. Warm hues of wood and crackling fireplaces provide a cozy atmosphere upon your return from a day spent in the snow. Our property is a secluded oasis on 165 acres in the Hudson Valley where you can enjoy full privacy while still being close to area attractions.
However, there is plenty to do here on our grounds as well. There are three tranquil ponds and an apple orchard onsite, all as beautiful during the winter as they are during other seasons. When you are a guest here, you also have access to our championship Sporting Clays Course.
Choose from luxurious accommodations in our Main Lodge, Rose Cottage, Caretaker’s Quarters, or Rustic Log Cabin (available seasonally). Regardless of which you choose, you are sure to have a relaxing stay at Saint Hubert’s Lodge.