By Morgan Millogo of Villas in Woodstock
Winter is here!
Many know this is the special time of year to get outside and experience the world in white wonder.
Imagine waking up in a cozy queen sized bed. A coffee maker in a modern kitchen awaits you. You and your partner enjoy making breakfast and checking the news for the weather report on the flatscreen TV. With wifi, your devices provide all the email updates and directions you need as you get your snow gear on and head to the mountain of your choice from The Carriage House Loft right next to the heart of Woodstock.
Perhaps, it’s not just you and your partner. Maybe you have invited another couple, or it’s a family weekend getaway. The Carriage House sleeps five complete with a cozy fireplace, kitchen and wifi, or choose the divine Hot Tub Suite which also includes a hot tub and steam shower.
Snow gear on? Let’s go!
The winter sports options are many, and it’s player’s choice for where to adventure.
Want to hit the slopes? Belleayere, Windham, and Hunter Mountains all provide skiing and snowboarding lessons and trails fit for any level. Hunter is the biggest and busiest out of the three, but all provide opportunity for fun.
Not into Skiing? Try Snow Tubing! Perfect for kids, and a great source of fun and play for couples! Hunter Mountain has two hour sessions, and a warm, cozy cafe to sip hot chocolate afterwards.
Up for a wilderness adventure? Emerson Resort rents snowshoes and cross country skies. Instead of racing down a slope, you can take your time to glide over the snow and catch glimpses of the gorgeous local wildlife. Also, Emerson Resort is home of the World’s Largest Kaleidoscope, a not to be missed amusement.
Want to enjoy looking out at the snow instead of being in it? Emerson Resort Spa offers a luxurious spa, perfect for some R&R while the cold outdoorsy types brave the chill. With every spa treatment, you will have access to a relaxation room, quiet room, steam room, sauna, hot tub, and pool. Also, Emerson Resort and Hunter Mountain provide many shops and restaurants to keep you warmly occupied inside.
At the end of the day, come home to Woodstock to fulfill your quaint winter village desires.
Change out of your snow gear and walk minutes into the heart of the village to enjoy our many shops,restaurants and bars which love to feature live, local music.
Get some warm comfort food made from local, organic, and seasonal ingredients at Shindig. A tasty local craft brew or cider and some Tinker Tots will get you started as you decide which burger, melt or salad you need. We highly recommend the grilled which has cheddar, fontina and havarti cheeses with date preserve, sautéed arugula and soup sip. Makes your mouth water just reading it right?
Vegetarian and Vegans will feel in heaven at The Garden Cafe, which uses all organic and non GMO food. A friendly place with a kids menu, juice and smoothie bar, and featuring craft beers, specialty cocktails, and organic wines. Breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, drinks, The Garden Cafe has you covered and it’s so delicious even your meat eating friends will find it yummy.
Winter can create cravings for noodle soups, and you can get your udon fix at Yum Yum. An excellent choice for those who have meat eaters and vegetarians to please. Yum Yum has a separate Vegetarian Menu with as many options as the meat eaters menu! Though your separate orders may not be for sharing, the hot sake is!
Country Chic describes the atmosphere of Cucina, a contemporary Italian restaurant featuring local and seasonal ingredients. Located in a restored farmhouse, you can choose to sit at the big, beautiful wooden communal table, or have a private table in the dining room. A wonderful way to warm your winter and your belly.
Since your Villas in Woodstock accommodations feature fantastic kitchens, perhaps you would rather stay in and cook. Woodstock has superb places to pick up your produce, meat, and fish needs.
Sunflower features all organic and non-gmo produce and products. Shop for all of your ingredients and snacks and perhaps even stock up on your vitamins and herbal supplements in their extensive healthcare section.
Sunfrost is an organic wholesale, market, and cafe. Sip a smoothie while you pick out organic produce from various local farms.
Woodstock Meats has all natural, anti-biotic free meats. They also feature pasture-raised meats from the Hudson Valley. Stop in to see what they have to offer from beef, lamb, pork, chicken, and fish. You can also check out their selection of craft beers to enjoy while you are cooking in the kitchen.
Need a wine to pair with your cooking? Woodstock Wine and Liquors is a lovely country shop that can help you choose exactly what you need, whether it’s a wine from around the world, organic wine, cider, or liquor. They will set you up to stay in.
With the many theater and music venues in the area, you could even take in a show!
Mere minutes away is the Bearsville Theater, which has live music every weekend. Surrounded by The Bear Cafe and The Little Bear and the independent radio station Radio Woodstock, plus a beautiful creek, you can sit and enjoy a drink or meal while being enriched in art and nature.
Woodstock Playhouse features music and theater. Home of the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra and excellent theater productions, the Woodstock Playhouse was built in 1938 and has been a part of the community for almost 80 years!
Upstate Films will turn the Angelika into a distant memory. Featuring indie and foreign films that you would never think would make it to small town America, Upstate Films has been around for decades hosting films, filmmakers, activists, and workshops. Check to see if your showing also features a Q&A.
Go ahead and sleep in the next morning. Take your time. Another soak in the hot tub will be perfect, read by the fireplace, walk to Bread Alone to get a latte and breakfast. Stop into Mirabai for a book, crystal, and maybe a tarot reading. Hey, it’s Woodstock. You can’t leave without a little spiritual something. ;)
Book now and discover winter in Woodstock is just as fine as summer.
For more information and bookings, please visit villasinwoodstock.com