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When most people visit New York, they stay confined to the city limits. But while the Big Apple has its charm -- who doesn't love exploring SoHo or taking in the craziness of Times Square? -- true New Yorkers know that driving upstate results in some of the region's most lovely scenery, great outdoor activities, and interesting historical significance. Whether you want to take a swim in Lake Placid or go hiking in the Catskills, here are some of our favorite hotels in New York State: Located in the heart of Lake Placid, this 133-room lakefront resort manages to feel both central and secluded at the same time. Most rooms offer scenic views over Mirror Lake (don't miss the stunning sunrises), as well as modern amenities and noteworthy bathrooms compared to neighboring properties. Downtown Lake Placid is steps away with plenty of shopping, restaurants and cafes -- and the Olympic Center, site of the 1980 Olympics, is a mere four blocks away.

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Traveling Beyond NYC: The Best of Upstate New York (1 of 8)

 When most people visit New York, they stay confined to the city limits. But while the Big Apple has its charm -- who doesn't love exploring SoHo or taking in the craziness of Times Square? -- true New Yorkers know that driving upstate results in some of the region's most lovely scenery, great outdoor activities, and interesting historical significance. Whether you want to take a swim in Lake Placid or go hiking in the Catskills, here are some of our favorite hotels in New York State:
Located in the heart of Lake Placid, this 133-room lakefront resort manages to feel both central and secluded at the same time. Most rooms offer scenic views over Mirror Lake (don't miss the stunning sunrises), as well as modern amenities and noteworthy bathrooms compared to neighboring properties. Downtown Lake Placid is steps away with plenty of shopping, restaurants and cafes -- and the Olympic Center, site of the 1980 Olympics, is a mere four blocks away.
When most people visit New York, they stay confined to the city limits. But while the Big Apple has its charm -- who doesn't love exploring SoHo or taking in the craziness of Times Square? -- true New Yorkers know that driving upstate results in some of the region's most lovely scenery, great outdoor activities, and interesting historical significance. Whether you want to take a swim in Lake Placid or go hiking in the Catskills, here are some of our favorite hotels in New York State:
Located in the heart of Lake Placid, this 133-room lakefront resort manages to feel both central and secluded at the same time. Most rooms offer scenic views over Mirror Lake (don't miss the stunning sunrises), as well as modern amenities and noteworthy bathrooms compared to neighboring properties. Downtown Lake Placid is steps away with plenty of shopping, restaurants and cafes -- and the Olympic Center, site of the 1980 Olympics, is a mere four blocks away. The elegant Diamond Mills is one of the most upscale hotels in the Catskills area. It features 30 beautiful rooms with rustic European decor, balconies or terraces with views of the Esopus Creek falls, high-end amenities, and bathrooms with radiant floors. The Tavern serves a contemporary menu in a gorgeous dining room, and the adjacent bar offers a wine and cheese hour five times a week. A small fitness center, great freebies (Wi-Fi, parking, continental breakfast), and in-room massages are all perks. And reasonable rates don’t hurt either. The 106-room Hope Lake Lodge is practically a town unto itself in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Guests have access to an attached water park (for a fee), and free access to a pool and whirlpools. Ample activities in the area abound, as the property sits next to the highest point in the county -- the ski resort -- which is attached to a year-round adventure center for zip lining and snow tubing, to name a few. While it's easy for kids to stay entertained, adult activities include signature cocktails next to the lobby's cozy fireplace and spa treatments. The property has a Northwoods decor throughout, and many details were crafted from vendors in the area. The Kaatskill Mountain Club is a mid-range property on Hunter Mountain. Its ski-in/ski-out access; rooms with wet bars (and in most cases full kitchens); year-round heated pool; and nice spa makes it a solid pick both for outdoors enthusiasts and for families. It also has great proximity to the hiking trails, ski slopes, and attractions in Hunter Village. This comfortable resort in Lake Placid stands out from other hotels bearing the same Crowne Plaza name. The hilltop setting takes advantage of beautiful lake and mountain views, and it also owns and operates the Lake Placid Club, which includes 45-holes of golf, a private beach on Mirror Lake, tennis courts and cross country ski rentals. There are 249 rooms, suites and chalets to choose from, as well as four restaurants and an English-style bar. Accommodations are clean and cozy, especially in the Adirondack wing where most are equipped with large balconies and gas fireplaces. The Thompson House is easily one of the most family-friendly hotels in the area: It offers tons of activities for kids -- including bocce, tennis, putting golf, and pool tables -- a great outdoor heated pool, and a policy that lets children under 10 stay free. Rooms are spacious and bright, with simple, slightly dated decor, and free Wi-Fi. Most have balconies overlooking the mountain or the golf course, but a few still feature old tube TVs and not all have air-conditioning and mini-fridges. While this is a great pick year-round, note that many of the kid-friendly features close during the winter months and the property becomes geared more toward skiers and hikers. This alpine-style Best Western has a great location across from the Olympic Center and blocks from downtown Lake Placid and Mirror Lake beach. Overall this self-proclaimed "rustic" hotel is in need of some renovations, but most have outdoor balconies and chairs, and some offer mountain and partial-lake views. Free breakfast and Wi-Fi are added bonuses at this family-run hotel that's one of the more budget-friendly options in town. The Roxbury is one of the funkiest hotels in the Catskills region. All of its 27 rooms have bright, bold decor, flat-screen TVs, microwaves, and mini-fridges; Theme Studios have style inspired by movies, cartoons, and TV shows from the 1960s and '70s. The inexpensive spa with relaxation and treatments areas; free Wi-Fi; free continental breakfast; and central location within easy driving distance of skiing, hiking and ziplining, are all highlights.
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