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    Nearby Family Destinations That Make For A Picture Perfect Winter Getaway

    By Tiffanie Green

    If you feel like making a last-minute escape to the country side for some rest, relaxation and lots of fun, check out our round up of nearby lodges and inns, perfect for family fun in the winter season.

    Six Flags Great Escape Lodge and Indoor Water Park
    About a two-hour drive from New York City, this resort caters to the
    adventurous family who would rather splash in the water then play in the snow. However,
    you’ll still feel like you’re escaping to a lodge in the Adirondacks, as the venue exudes rustic, winter-y charm. Activities for kids include access to White Water Bay, a 38,000 square foot indoor water
    park, character meet-and-greet throughout the day, arts and crafts activities,
    games, contests and scavenger hunts; meanwhile, parents can indulge in the on-site spa and
    fitness center. The Great Escape Lodge also has a restaurant, ballroom and an
    arcade for extra fun, and gets especially festive for the holidays with
    weekend Breakfasts with Santa and a rockin’ New Years Eve event
    for the whole family. For more info, visit

    Woodloch Pines Resort
    Located two hours outside of New York City, near the Pocono Mountains in Hawley, PA, Woodloch Pines has been a
    family-owned business catering to family-travelers for 52 years. This all-inclusive
    resort has an endless list of things to do ranging from activities in an arts
    and crafts room, bumper cars, the indoor Woodlock Forest soft play area, and an
    indoor pool and a game room, just to name a few. This winter, families can
    enjoy a number of outdoor adventures including snow shoeing, tubing, snowmobiling,
    Winter Olympics-inspired activities, ice skating, ice fishing, the festive
    Festival of Lights hayride and more. Hoping to squeeze in a date night to your
    trip? Woodloch also offers live, Broadway-style performances, a night club, and
    of course, babysitting service available upon request. For more info,

    Hershey Park
    The legendary amusement park and all-around sweet spot pulls out the stops
    around the holidays, transforming into a holiday village with rides, appearances from Santa and
    his nine live reindeer, entertainment, games and shops—and two breathtaking
    light shows. Parents hoping to relax and indulge in some pampering will also enjoy the holiday spa packages where they will enjoy
    a peppermint anti-aging facial, chocolate fondue wrap or a holiday spice
    massage. For more info, visit

    Creek Locks Bed and Breakfast 
    This beautiful Hudson Valley B&B has original 1866 pine wide plank
    floors, private baths, ceiling fans and central air conditioning. Families will
    love touring the Vanderbilt Mansion, which will be festively decorated until
    December 31st, and visiting historic Huguenot Street where they will learn
    about the eclectic history of the Hudson Valley. For more info, visit

    Boardman House Bed and Breakfast
    Just two hours from Manhattan, this scenic B&B nestled in Connecticut is a perfect winter retreat for
    families. Scenically perched on the edge of the
    Connecticut River, visitors to this beautiful inn
    will have the opportunity to explore the historic town of
    East Haddam. The tiny town (pop. 8,333)
    provides big activities like The Godspeed Opera House, St. Stephens Bell
    (widely thought to be the oldest in the
    Americas) and Gillette Castle, which boasts Nutcracker-themed
    decorations for the holiday season. For more info, visit

    Lippincott House

    While not in this countryside, this Philadelphia B&B is still long on
    charm. Your family’s suite in this picturesque inn will be equipped with a
    fireplace, wireless internet and satellite television. In the heart
    of Philly and steps away from
    Rittenhouse Square, there is no shortage of things
    your family can do. Check out the 4.5 acre indoor conservatory filled with
    Christmas trees and other festive greenery in the
    Longwood Gardens or attend a Winter Family Studio at
    the Philadelphia Museum of Art. For more info, visit

    The Inn at Green River
    Hudson Valley inn is a day trip away from Massachusetts and a haven for outdoorsy families.
    Visit the huge estate of writer Edith Wharton, take one of the family holiday
    programs at the
    Norman Rockwell Museum or explore the inns’ grounds.
    Equipped with a cozy library, a large lawn, garden and old apple orchard as
    well as a screened porch, this bed and breakfast is the perfect location to
    view and appreciate upstate
    New York‘s winter landscape. Let’s not
    forget the spacious rooms with a working fireplace, air conditioning—and in
    some suites—a private terrace! For more info, visit

    Hilltop House Bed and Breakfast
    This quaint
    Harlem Valley inn has rooms filled with antiques
    and bedding draped in handcrafted quilts. This cozy retreat offers
    guests a place to relax and unwind this holiday season. Families can visit
    nearby Olana, the majestic 250-acre home of
    Hudson River School painter Fredric Edwin Church, stop by the Culinary Institute of
    America for a delicious holiday meal made by future great chefs or peruse the
    Apple Pie Bakery Cafe for holiday baked goods. For more info, visit

    The Inn at Westwynd Farm
    Just a hop,
    skip and jump away from
    Hershey Park, this polished inn is great for
    families. Children can hop on the Santa Train or the Polar Bear Express at the
    scenic Middletown & Hummelstown Railroad,
    a 1.5 hour trip that children find Santa and receive a special gift while
    taking in the sights of
    Central Pennsylvania.
    Families can also take a trip to the nearby Whitaker Center for Science and
    Arts is also close by where families will enjoy several holiday programs like
    the hilarious
    IMAX film, “Santa
    vs. Snowman 3D.” 
    For more info, visit

    Cooper Beech Inn
    The luxury suites at this inn and its award-winning dining will be a hit with
    parents, while children will love the area attractions such as the Essex Steam
    Train and Riverboat (where children can board the North Pole Express or the
    Santa Special) and the Connecticut River Museum, where the museum is hosting
    it’s 17th Annual Holiday Train Show. For more info, visit

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