Winter is a wonderful time to explore upstate New York and make beautiful memories with your friends and loved ones. The Hudson Valley, a region that stretches along the Hudson River from Westchester County to Albany, is a great destination for those planning a true winter getaway with warm & cozy evenings by the fire, lots of snow, picturesque mountains, charming towns, and outdoor winter adventures.
This year, make your way to the upper part of the Hudson Valley where it meets the beautiful Berkshire foothills, and stay at our enchanting bed and breakfast The Inn at Silver Maple Farm in the charming town of Chatham, NY. Nestled on a sprawling property, the inn offers cozy rooms, wood burning fireplace, stunning views of the nearby countryside, as well as easy access to all the winter activities and attractions in the area.
The Hudson Valley is famous for its many premier ski resorts, and The Inn at Silver Maple Farm is conveniently located near some of the best skiing in the region.
The nearby Bousquet Mountain Ski Resort is just a short 17-minutes drive from the inn. Bousquet offers over 20 trails for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, as well as snowshoeing and tubing. Whether you're an experienced skier or hitting the slopes for the first time, Bousquet has plenty of terrain to explore and enjoy. For the second year in a row, The Inn at Sliver Maple Farm offers discounted lift tickets to Bousquet Mountain for the guests of the inn. Simply book your stay on the website and add the Ski & Stay package at check out. For more information and details head to the https://www.silvermaplefarm.com/
Within a 30 minutes drive from the inn is another popular ski resort, the Catamount Ski Area, which boasts 36 trails, good for beginners or experienced skiers, 7 lifts, and breathtaking mountain views. Another nearby ski resort within 25 minute drive is Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, which offers 45 trails, 9 lifts, and state-of-the-art snowmaking and grooming equipment. All ski areas offer beginner classes for snowboarders and skiers, fun events, live music, holiday festivities, bars, restaurants & ski shops.
The Land Conservancy of Columbia County, about 12-min drive from the inn, has snowshoeing and cross-country ski trails at Ooms Conservation Area, which is free to the public.
Near-by Lake Taghkanic State Park, nestled next to Lake Taghkanic in the rolling hills and lush forests of Columbia County, offers a wonderful variety of recreational winter activities such as cross country skiing, ice skating, ice fishing, and a plenty of snowmobile trails. Schodack Island State Park, just south of Albany, offers 8-miles of multi-use trails and an ice skating rink during winter season.
After a day in the snow, we cant think of anything better than coming back to The Inn at Silver Maple Farm and unwinding in front of the wood burning fireplace in the Great Room with a cup of hot cocoa or a glass of wine , surrounded by our cozy ambiance, curated book collection, fun board games and comfy furnishings - chat with other guests or simply take in the peaceful surroundings.
Those who prefer less adrenaline-driven activities, would definitely enjoy visiting The Berkshire Botanical Garden in Stockbridge, MA, it has beautiful winter landscapes and offers winter workshops, that are worth a visit. Hilltop Orchards' Winery, just a few minutes up the road from the inn, offers wine tasting in a woodsy lounge all year long and snowshoeing in winter. On your way out, make sure to grab their delicious apple cider and the best apple cider donuts you can find in the region!
For history buffs, there are also several museums, theaters and galleries in the area to explore. Check out the historic Crandell Theater on Chatham's Main street for any upcoming movie showings. The Hudson Opera House hosts a variety of cultural and educational events throughout the year. The Shaker Museum in Mount Lebanon showcases the history and culture of the Shaker community in the region. Indulge in some local shopping at the Bimi's Cheese shop, Chatham Bookstore and the Hudson Valley Mercantile, to name a few. There are a plethora of local options for all types of experiences.
Whether you're an adventure-seeker or looking for a romantic escape, The Upper Hudson Valley offers anything one can wish for during the snowy months - the seasonal charm of nature, epic winter activities, and cozy accommodations.
Thank you for reading,
The Team at Silver Maple Farm