We could all use an escape right now, and one of the quick weekend winter getaways in NJ and surrounding areas could be just what you need to lift your family’s spirits and give you a change of scenery. Luckily, you can find diverse escapes in and around the Garden State in under three hours. Want to get tropical without leaving the state? Plunge in the heated indoor and outdoor pools at Crystal Springs Resort in Hamburg. Want activities to keep the kids active? Let them loose at an indoor playground at Woodloch Pines Family Resort in Hawley, Pennsylvania. Want to feel like you crossed the pond to another country? Enjoy European elegance at the castle-like Mohonk Mountain House at New Paltz, New York. Scroll down for ideas on winter getaways in NJ and the tri-state area—and if you are looking for more places to stay this winter, check out the best cabin rentals In NJ. (featured photo credit: Crystal Springs Resort)
Here are the Best Winter Getaways In NJ And Beyond
Winter getaways in NJ
Crystal Springs Resort
This may be the closest you get to having a tropical vacay in NJ, with the lush indoor Biosphere pool, where the temps are always balmy, and 100% sunlight peers through, giving you a warm-weather feel. Or take a frosty plunge into the steamy outdoor pool that stays open even when it snows. Kids and their parents will have a ball taking part in the daily roster of resort activities, and oh, did we mention the skiing and tubing at Mountain Creek?
1 Wild Turkey Way, Hamburg, NJ 07419
Renault Winery Resort
Stay overnight and play all day in a Vintner Wonderland in Egg Harbor City. Try the Fire Place Experience with up to 8 guests, glide to their Silent Night Skate and pick your playlist while you skate with earphones on, or take in a family-friendly movie on the ice rink. With award-winning wines for mom and dad, hot chocolate for the kids, and gourmet treats, this is one of the unique winter getaways in NJ.
72 North Bremen Avenue, Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
Ocean Place Resort & Spa
Want to take an overnight escape by the sea? Ocean Place Resort & Spa boasts rooms with ocean views, a spa with herbal soaking tubs and tons of pampering services, a relaxed atmosphere, and so much more. Kids will love swimming in the indoor pool, and later, head out on the boardwalk to Pier Village to grab a bite, hop on the carousel, try one of the boardwalk games at the arcade, and glide along with the ice skating rink.
1 Ocean Blvd., Long Branch, NJ 07740
Beach Plum Farm
If your family wants to get a feel for farm living, book a stay at one of these dreamy cottages and barns. Spend your days sitting by the fire and biking around the 62-acre working farm, where you can stop to feed the chickens, meander down the Woodland Marsh Trail, and pop into the Farm Market and Kitchen for a fresh sandwich and shopping. Or, if you want to be within walking distance to the downtown, head to the Victorian-style Congress Hall (reopening in mid-February).
140 Stevens Street, West Cape May, NJ 08204
Winter Getaways in Pennsylvania
With 13 water slides to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a family vacation to the Camelback Resort. The Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark is open year-round and allows you to enjoy 84-degree water in the middle of the winter. You can also spend your day at one of the five indoor activities such as Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, and Laser Tag. Up for skiing? The easy access to Camelback Mountain makes it a cinch to hit the slopes if it snows.
193 Resort Drive, Tannersville, PA 18372
Great Wolf Lodge
If you’re thinking of a theme park vacay but don’t want to hop on a plane, take a trip to PA to this Indoor Waterpark with themes and thrill areas for all ages. When you’re out of the water, there’s plenty for kids to do with character visits, Magiquest Adventure (an interactive game all over the resort), Indoor Ropes Course, and a bowling alley. Did we mention Build-a-Bear is a part of the lodge too?
1 Great Wolf Drive, Scotrun, PA 18355
A Poconos tradition, Skytop Lodge has been entertaining families for generations. From snowshoeing to skiing to tubing, ice fishing, and swimming, there’s something for everyone at this grand-style resort set on 5,500 beautiful acres. At night, dine at one of the gourmet restaurants and roast marshmallows by a roaring fire.
One Skytop Lodge Road, Skytop, PA 18357
Woodloch Pines Family Resort
No matter what the season, family-friendly activities are the focus of this picturesque location, including an indoor Splash Zone, an indoor playground, and an EZ-Glide Synthetic Skating Rink. Make sure to sign up for the meal plan, which lets you dine at three on-site restaurants.
109 River Birch Lane, Hawley, PA 18428
Winter Getaways In New York
Mohonk Mountain House
If you want to feel like you’ve just landed in England, head to Hudson Valley’s most iconic Victorian castle resort, nestled 90 miles north of New York City. With views of Mohonk Lake and tons of activities to enjoy with the fam, including ice skating, hiking, nature walks, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and so much more.
1000 Mountain Rest Road, New Paltz, NY 12561
Rocking Horse Ranch
Looking for classic winter fun? At this resort, ice skating, ski equipment rentals and instruction, snow tubing, trail rides, and a horse-drawn sleigh are all included in your stay. And for a hint of summer, kids will have a ball inside at the Big Splash indoor water park, where the temps are always set to 85 degrees.
600 State Route 44/55 Highland, NY 12528
Winterclove Inn & Resort
A heated indoor pool, game room, cross-country skiing, sledding, and Hunter Mountain Ski resort nearby make this an excellent choice for a winter getaway. When you have had your fill of winter fun, get cozy inside by the fire, or visit nearby Artist Falls, with a picturesque waterfall and covered bridge.
577 Winter Clove Road, Round Top, NY 12473
Scribner’s Catskill Lodge
With distinctive architecture, an indoor swimming “grotto,” contemporary decor, 38 guest rooms, and suites, and over 20 acres of mountainside to explore, a winter getaway to Scribners feels like you’ve taken a cool trip to the West Coast. Kids will love to skate with views of the Catskill Mountains, and after a day of skiing, enjoy a festive outdoor Apres Ski with a DJ, food truck, and cocoa (spiked if you choose).
13 Scribner Hollow Road, Hunter, NY 12442
Which winter getaways in NJ, PA, or NY are your favorite? Let us know!
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