Thanksgiving by Zoom is over. Christmas gifts have been bought. And, post holidays, a pall sets in, intensified by the persistent and growing danger lurking in crowded restaurants and bars, in Broadway and movie theaters, in gatherings with friends and family. The walls are closing in, you’ve watched every single Netflix series, and those “Guides to your Kitchen and Living Room” posts aren’t funny anymore.
You’re going stir crazy. What to do?
Well, if you live in New York State, opportunities abound to get away for a change of scene within its vast borders — without the need to quarantine. (Just do not leave home if you feel ill, have tested positive for asymptomatic COVID-19, or have been exposed to someone who has).
In fact, some upstate destinations, with reassuring Covid protocols, plan to stay open through the darkest of winter days, including the village most known for its “Boys of Summer” — Cooperstown.
For the first time in its 111-year history, Cooperstown’s venerable Otesaga Hotel will stay open after Thanksgiving and throughout the winter season. According to a news release, “Visitors should be prepared to experience the snowy serenity of the village of Cooperstown, which offers a warm winter welcome and a certain stillness that might truly be appreciated this year.”
Other small towns from the Hudson Valley to the Adirondacks are likewise offering a snowy serenity and warm winter welcome during this pandemic. Hotels and attractions sited below adhere to sanitizing, social distancing, masking, and other health and safety protocols. (No housekeeping service after check-in, no minibars or magazines, all bedding, including comforters/duvets, laundered after each guest leaves, staff wear masks, guests must wear masks in common areas).
As of this writing, all destinations, attractions, and hotels recommended are open and in compliance with health and safety standards. Of course, things can change now day to day, so please double-check before you leave home.
Cooperstown, New York
The Otesaga Hotel
4 1/2 hours from mid-LI
As mentioned above, the lakeside Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown plans to stay open for the winter for the first time in its 111-year history. There are abundant snowshoeing trails on its 18-hole Leatherstocking Golf Course, and the Baseball Hall of Fame Museum, in town, plans to remain open this winter. Special Package: Curl Up and Unwind Jan. 1 through March 31, 2021, from $149, includes accommodations, breakfast, signature hot chocolate mix kit (handcrafted by The Otesaga’s culinary team), Wi-Fi, parking, no resort fees.
Beacon, New York
Roundhouse @ Beacon Falls
2 hours from LI
Beacon is a favorite getaway for Manhattanites, as Metro-North trains come right to town. And, it’s