Wish List: Five Luxury Winter Resorts to Check Out

By Deborah Jeanne Sergeant

Whether you enjoy cocooning by a fire with a warm beverage and watching the snow fall from indoors or you want to gear up to engage in thrilling winter sports, New York’s luxury winter resorts have just the locales you need for a decadent getaway. Most are near top ski venues and offer numerous on-site activities as well.

1. Mohonk Mountain House

New Paltz. Tucked in 40,000 acres of forest, this Victorian-styled National Historic Landmark checks all the boxes, with close on-site winter sports, a day spa, fitness and special events. Enjoy skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter hiking, snow tubing and special events. Through the month of December, experience holiday events such as Victorian costumed carolers performing.


2.The Sagamore Resort

Bolton Landing. It is perfect for a family that wants to go out and also enjoys staying in sometimes. Guests can explore its 70 acres of wooded terrain or stay in to enjoy the fitness center and family-friendly rec center, which offers ping pong, table games, video games, wiffle ball, and indoor basketball court and mini-golf course. The Sagamore includes a mobility-accessible room with features such as a lowered peephole and grab bars.


3.Whiteface Lodge

Lake Placid. It is conveniently located in a top-shelf ski area but for when staying in sounds better, also includes all the luxury appointments such as three-course dining in its upscale dining room, on-site bowling alley, movie theatre and ice-skating rink and day spa. Conde Nast Traveler ranked the resort’s spa as among its top 100 in the nation.


4.Lake Placid Lodge 

Lake Placid. It is where rustic meets luxury with its tasteful lodge aesthetic in the heart of the Adirondacks. Snuggle in a carved wooden bed in front of a stone fireplace or head outdoors for snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing, skating, and ice fishing. Olympic experiences also await history and adventure buffs. Downtown Lake Placid is also home to a variety of quaint shops and eateries.


5. The Point

Saranac Lake. It offers numerous winter sports including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, skating, curling, and ice fishing. Guests can wind down in front of a crackling fireplace, play games and take a dip in the indoor pool. The four log buildings offer 11 rooms with lake views and fireplaces. Oriented toward guests 21 and older, The Point offers numerous complimentary bars. Its variety of fine dining options includean elegant seven-course evening meal with formal attire required.