A winter wonderland in Upstate New York

Dec 13th 2017
Snowshoeing couple in the snow

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and we think you should have a wonderful time with the variety of winter activities to enjoy around the inn! Plan your snowy escape to Upstate New York with these top 10 winter activities.


Go dashing through the snow with a set of our complimentary snowshoes! We’ve got a variety of snowshoeing trails near the Inn, such as our 2.5-mile trail near the lake, or you can head out into nature at the Basha Kill Wildlife Refuge to add some wildlife watching to your snowshoeing adventure.

Sledding and tubing

Around here you’re never too old to play in the snow! While we do have sleds available for your use, many guests enjoy taking the easy 20-minute drive to Holiday Mountain for sledding and tubing at the resort.

Cross-country skiing

Get an excellent workout in with cross-country skiing in the Catskills with our complimentary cross-country skis, boots, and poles for your adventure. If you want a bit more downhill action with your skiing, check out Holiday Mountain or take a scenic, but longer, drive to Hunter Mountain, Windham Mountain Resort, or the Belleayre Ski Center.

Go on a horseback ride

Our friends at Bridle Hill Farm offer horseback riding year-round and you can even book a semi-private or private lesson with them for an affordable rate.  

Bird watching

Though you can catch sight of our more than 220 species of birds in the Basha Kill Wildlife Refuge at almost any time of year, January is an exceptionally fun time for bird watching as more than a hundred eagles make their way toward the Upper Delaware National Park for better winter habitats and fishing.

Take a scenic drive

Soak up the wintry views and snow-covered landscapes on a scenic drive in the Catskills. You can enjoy beautiful views and find great little towns and shops along your route for your breaks.

Go shopping

Find a unique antique to add to your home in 2018 or pick up some tasty treats or fresh produce at a farmers’ market with a shopping trip in Upstate New York this winter. 

Get a workout in

Whether you’re getting a jumpstart on your health-based resolutions or just want to make room for more treats and wine during your Catskills getaway, our guests enjoy complimentary day passes to the Monticello Fitness Factory.

Visit the wineries

Stay warm from the inside out as you tour the 15 wineries along the Shawangunk Wine Trail – perhaps not all in one day – or visit one or of the two wineries within an hour of the Inn, either Bashakill Vineyards or Eminence Road Farm Winery.

Make s’mores around the fire pit

Get cozy with your partner as you make s’mores around the fire pit and perhaps indulge in another glass or two of wine. On a clear winter’s night, you can lean back and gaze up at the star-studded sky twinkling above.

You can start planning your winter escape to the Catskills by finding the perfect room at our lodge or in the carriage house at Inn at Lake Joseph!

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