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Our Favorite Romantic Getaways

Kelly McCombs - Friday, January 20, 2017

                                                            (Photo from www.thesagamore.com)


With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, now is the time to plan that romantic getaway! Whether you want to stay close to home or travel a few hours out of town, we have put together a list of some of our favorites!



First up is The Inn at Five Points in Saratoga Springs, NY. Owned by James and Eilis Petrosino, the Inn is a beautifully restored Victorian Bed and Breakfast nestled right in the heart of Saratoga. Centrally located and within walking distance to all that Saratoga has to offer, this would be a very special place to visit with your loved one for a romantic overnight, yet one that is still close to home. The Petrosino's serve a delicious breakfast every morning, in true Bed and Breakfast fashion, with everything being locally grown and sourced. If you would like a true taste of all that Saratoga has to offer, this is the place to do it!



For something a bit farther out of town, head south to The Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, NY. Architecturally impressive, this castle-like resort is situated right on the banks of Lake Mohonk. Surrounded by beautiful views of the mountains and forest, The Mohonk Mountain house offers a few different packages for your romantic getaway. Whether you want a relaxing spa package for two or a luxurious “Special Occasion” package, they have something to fit everyone’s needs. There are a plethora of activities here even in the winter, from ice skating to snow tubing, so you will never be bored!



Heading back up north, The Sagamore in Bolton Landing on Lake George is one of those hotels that many people know and rave about. Another stunning resort, The Sagamore has been inviting guests to stay with them since 1883. They are offering a lovely Valentine’s Weekend Getaway package which includes breakfast and dinner for two, along with complimentary champagne and chocolates. They also have a beautiful spa which should be high on the list of priorities if you choose to stay with them. There isn’t anything more romantic than relaxing time spent together!



One of my favorite places to go on Valentine’s Day is a little farther than the others, but very much worth it. Niagara Falls during the winter months is one of the most beautiful places. Even if you have been there before in the warmer months, seeing it in winter adds a whole new dimension. The mist from the falls coats everything in a layer of ice, making for some really beautiful ice sculptures. Make sure you dress warmly! Even though this may not be one of the coziest romantic getaways, you will surely make some wonderful memories with your loved one!



We hope you are able to take a little time away from your everyday life to be able to enjoy one of this beautiful places with your loved one. Even if it isn't for Valentine's Day, they all are wonderful places to visit any day of the year!


Winter in Lake Placid

Kelly McCombs - Saturday, January 07, 2017

(Photo from whiteface.com)


The next stop on our travel adventures is a perfect one for those winter enthusiasts...Lake Placid! A quaint village nestled in New York State's Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid is the perfect destination for a romantic couple's getaway or a fun family vacation. There is a plethora of exciting activities to take part in, especially during the winter months. We have put together a list of our favorites!

One major thing to know about Lake Placid, is that both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympic Games were held there! When a large event like the Olympics comes to town, the buildings and infrastructure of the town needs to improve and change. Many new buildings and sporting venues were constructed before the 1980 games, and many of them are still open for public viewing today! The cross country ski center, the ice skating rink, the ski jump complex...you can even take a ride in a bobsled! If you are a fan of watching the Winter Olympics on TV, then this should be right up your alley.

You can't plan a trip to Lake Placid and not plan on spending at least one day skiing or snowboarding Whiteface Mountain. With nice, easy trails for any beginner to much more complex Diamond trails for the expert, Whiteface has something for everyone. Cold and tired from a long day on the mountain? Head on in to one of the lodges for a nice hot cup of cocoa by one of the fireplaces. This is one activity you will not want to miss. Don't worry if you don't own skis or a snowboard, Whiteface also offers daily rentals. They even offer lessons for those that have no experience! There is no excuse!

For the less adventurous traveler, Main Street in Lake Placid is the perfect place to take a few hours to leisurely stroll through the many shops. They have everything from name brand stores that you will be familiar with, to more unique boutiques where you can purchase items that can only be found in Lake Placid. It's a great place to find a keepsake to bring home to remember your trip! There are also many shops leading in to and out of the village of Lake Placid, so make sure to hop in your car to visit those!

If you are a die hard winter sports enthusiast, there is truly a huge number of things you can do in Lake Placid. We have already mentioned the skiing and snowboarding on Whiteface, but you can also go snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, ice skating, tubing and fat tire biking. For some extra excitement for the whole family, take a dog sled ride on Mirror Lake. This is a unique activity that many people never have the chance to experience. Hop on the sled next to the musher and away you go!  


(Photo from lakeplacid.com)

Looking for something to fill your down time? Lake Placid may be known for its winter activities, but they also have some of the best spa experiences in the state. Two of our favorite spas are located at the Mirror Lake Inn and Whiteface Lodge. There is nothing quite like a relaxing massage after a full day of exhilarating outdoor activities!

We hope you get the chance to visit Lake Placid this winter! They already have a ton of snow so now is the perfect time to go and make memories with your family and friends.



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