The Best Upstate Spots to Cozy Up this Winter

With winter nearly here, now is the perfect time to plan your cold-weather trip. Curl up by the fireplace with a good book, glass of wine and a warm blanket at one of these cozy destinations throughout the Catskills and Pocono areas. From local spots to further away places, these hotels and inns offer a restful retreat.

The Arnold House
839 Shandelee Road, Livingston Manor, NY (845) 439-5070
Best for: A real country retreat
The Tavern at the Arnold House is a lively spot for groups of friends to gather. Sit around the fireplace, or play a game of pool, all the while choosing tunes on the jukebox and indulging in the sumptuous fare. The inn has nine guest rooms, so you’ll get the experience of staying at a friend’s house.

Hotel Fauchere
401 Broad St, Milford, PA (570) 409-1212
Best for: Modern luxury
Wake up with a freshly baked croissant from the hotel’s patisserie (you’ll want to cozy up in bed with your significant other for as long as possible). It’s just one of three eateries on site–try the Delmonico Room for romantic, fine dining or Bar Louis for an entertaining and intimate evening.


Woodloch Pines (Photo: Sandy Soohoo)

Woodloch Pines Resort
731 Welcome Lake Rd, Hawley, PA (570) 685-8000
Best for: Indulgent relaxation
Nothing says cozy like a relaxing massage in this resort’s world-famous spa. Their spa experts specialize in body treatments, massages, facials and salon services, where you can take a moment for yourself. Afterwards, spend the afternoon lounging in front of the fireplace in the lobby or take a long swim in their gorgeous indoor pool.

The Settlers Inn
4 Main Ave, Hawley, PA (570) 226-2993
Best for: Historic charm
The common room in this authentic 1920’s Arts and Crafts inn is the definition of cozy. Plentiful seating surrounds a roaring fireplace where you can play a game of chess. You won’t have to leave to eat as the lodge has an award-winning farm-to-table restaurant.

Hasbrouck House (Photo: Lawrence Braun)

Hasbrouck House (Photo: Lawrence Braun)

Hasbrouck House
3805 US-209, Stone Ridge, NY (845) 687-0736
Best for: Strolling the grounds like you’re in a Jane Austen novel
The property centers around an 18th century Dutch Colonial stone mansion featuring 20 modern rooms within the main house, and nearby carriage and stable houses. Try a house-made biscuit and gravy at the on-site restaurant Butterfield that serves brunch and dinner with a menu that pays homage to locally-sourced Hudson Valley cuisine.

Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, NY (845) 765-3286
Best for: Outdoor adventure
This Victorian castle sits on Lake Mohonk and is surrounded by 85 miles of hiking trails. After an active day outside, come indoors to warm up by the fireplace; most rooms have one. And if your muscles are sore get a massage in the luxury spa.

Photo Courtesy: Deer Mountain Inn

Photo Courtesy: Deer Mountain Inn

Deer Mountain Inn
790 Co Rd 25, Tannersville, NY (518) 589-6268
Best for: Rustic beauty
Fireplaces abound at Deer Mountain, a six room lodge that blends turn-of-the-century design with modern elements. An outdoor fireplace sits on the property’s 168 wooded acres, and inside in the restaurant’s cozy dining room that serves dinner and hand-crafted cocktails. 

Rivertown Lodge
731 Warren St, Hudson, NY (518) 512-0954
Best for: Retro style with hand-crafted design
Once a movie theater from the 1920s to 50s, the property you see now is a collaboration of the owners and the New York design studio Workstead brought to life by a local community of craftsmen. From the light fixtures to the bar, everything is custom-made. Rivertown’s open-plan lobby is a comfortable spot for working, lounging, eating or drinking in front of wood burning stoves.