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Winter getaways within reach

Break the season’s monotony without breaking the bank with these weekend escapes

All of Cooperstown gets into the act for the annual Winter Carnival, held this year Feb. 10-12.

All of Cooperstown gets into the act for the annual Winter Carnival, held this year Feb. 10-12. Cooperstown Winter Carnival

The Adirondack-themed Lodge is warm and inviting, with its open vaulted lobby featuring a two-story stone fireplace.  Once inside, you never have to brave the cold again until you check out, with three restaurants to choose from – including a Johnny Rockets, an arcade, a day spa and a fitness center all on site. Go to www.sixflagsgreatescapelodge.com for information.

For a Winter Wonderland experience

Two hot spots on this list have a healthy mix of indoor and outdoor activities to give your family both a change of scenery and a dose of history.

Located less than 75 miles west of Albany is Cooperstown, a gem of a town any time of year, and best known for its Baseball Hall of Fame.  While that American icon is open year-round and a must see for baseball enthusiasts, there is so much more to this little town. Multiple breweries and a cider mill offer tours and tastings year round, and Glimmerglass State Park is among New York’s prettiest. When there is enough snow, tubing is offered at Glimmerglass on the weekends through Feb. 2,. Rates are $5 per person per day. There is a kiddie tubing area for the young riders, a concession stand and a warming hut. In a separate area, there is a free outdoor ice-skating rink that is under a shelter.  While there are no winter camping accommodations at Glimmerglass, their sister park, the Betty Wilbur Davis State Park, just 18 miles away, has year-round luxury cabin rentals starting at $309 for the weekend.    

According to Doris Cronin, from the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, the time to visit in the winter is when the whole town celebrates the annual Winter Carnival, taking place this year the weekend of Feb. 10-12.  This year’s theme is Carnivale, and will feature lots of townwide celebrations,  food contests, as well as a 5K, 10K, snowman-building competition and sled races.  

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