The Innsider: January 2022

New York’s Hudson Valley is a popular spot to visit throughout the year. Wintertime in the Hudson Valley is a special season because of all the fun things to do. If you’re planning to visit the Millbrook Inn and Dutchess County during the winter, you’ll want to check out these great events and things to do near Poughkeepsie. Our Hudson Valley guide to winter activities is sure to lead you to some memorable outings.

Thunder Ridge Ski Area
  • Location: 137 Birch Hill Road, Patterson, NY
  • Distance from us: 19.8 miles

Are you a fan of winter sports? Thunder Ridge Ski Area is just the place for you to enjoy some great Hudson Valley winter activities. This ski resort is home to 22 trails, three chairlifts and four magic carpets. The trails range in difficulty and are welcoming to all levels. The next time you are looking for some things to do in the Hudson Valley in the winter, stop on by Thunder Ridge.

Holiday Craft Fair
  • Location: Dutchess Community College, 53 Pendell Road, Poughkeepsie, NY
  • Distance from us: 18 miles

The Holiday Craft Fair is a great way to ring in the holiday season. The event typically runs near the end of November, providing a chance for all to see some exquisite handcrafted items. The crafts carry a holiday theme and are a perfect way to prepare for the coming season. Be sure to stop off at DCC for one of the best things to do in Poughkeepsie.

Hudson Valley Rail Trail Winterfest
  • Location: Hudson Valley Rail Trail Depot, 101 New Paltz Road, Highland, NY
  • Distance from us: 22.7 miles

The Hudson Valley Rail Trail’s annual Winterfest is a great activity for the whole family. This event is often slated for late January or early February. Regional restaurants gather to compete for the Best of Fest award for best chili in both the meat and winter categories. The event also will have several free games and activities for kids. Children will also like the wagon-drawn hayrides and other food and beverages. Warm up on a cold winter day in the Hudson Valley with this great event.

Sinterklaas Send-off Celebration and Festival
  • Location: Rhinebeck, NY
  • Distance from us: 28 miles

In early December, Rhinebeck plays host to a celebration of Sinterklaas, a legendary Dutch figure based on Saint Nicolas. This one-day event embodies the spirit of the holiday season with children’s workshops, dance, theatre and music. The event also has a parade that runs down Market Street. What better way to enjoy a Hudson Valley winter than by visiting Rhinebeck for this seasonal activity.

Pawling Decemberfest Tree Lighting
  • Location: 59 Charles Colman Blvd. Pawling, NY
  • Distance from us: 15.5 miles

Wintertime in the Hudson Valley means the holiday season is upon us. Pawling hosts a festival that kicks off the season with a tree lighting, parade and a visit from Santa Claus. There’s a lot to do and see here for all ages. Since the event is outdoors during the winter, there are plenty of goodies to warm you up such as hot chocolate, cookies, soup and hot dogs. Tree lightings are always exciting and this one is a top option for Dutchess County events.

There are many winter activities to try on your next visit to the Hudson Valley, regardless of your preferences. The Millbrook Inn is perfectly situated in the Hudson Valley and in close proximity to all of these winter activities. Start your adventure by booking a stay with us.

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