By Jana Beauchamp
Dreaming of a family-focused winter escape that’s also super chic and Covid safe? Step into the majestic winter wonderland of Cedar Lakes Estate in Port Jervis, New York. Arriving at the expansive 500-acre property this season transports families directly from the Hudson Valley to the North Pole. It is serene to spend a wintry weekend sledding, snow shoeing or snowmobiling through the snow blanketing the estate, and it’s easy to have the perfect socially distanced, family-fun getaway. Cedar Lakes has all the fresh air and snow day adventures city kids need more than ever this winter. It is cool, fun and breathtakingly beautiful.
The luxurious, all-inclusive stay has everything you could possibly dream of this winter, and it’s magical and picture perfect. Imagine your family spending the weekend snowshoeing and sledding, ice skating and curling, and enjoying bonfires and board games. Winter fun is number one here. You won’t be able to get enough of it all so take a deep fresh breath of the mountaintop air and feel revitalized.
There’s Snow Place Like Home at Cedar Lakes
Cedar Lakes Estate has made a Covid pivot, converting its esteemed event venue into a boutique inn with individual cabins, cottages and homes suitable for all types of families (you can even bring the lucky dog as there are pet-friendly accommodations) or couples looking for an escape. The long-weekend winter getaway includes a four-night stay from Thursday through Monday (allowing for sanitizing and disinfecting during the week). Once on the property, all meals and activities are included in the resort fee.
Head directly to the Canteen (a charming old school general store) for check-in, and then get settled into your home away from home. The Garden Suite is a perfect fit for families, complete with a king, queen, and full-sized bed, as well as a kitchen, dining area and beautiful bathroom. The kitchen table is great for in-room meals and remote school work alike. The kids will love that there are three televisions with Netflix, and grown-ups will love the fireplace for warming up and getting cozy after a day full of icy cool adventures.
Prepare to feel spoiled, as all the staff members really go out of their way to delight guests with impeccable service, wonderful wintry programming and personal attention. Anything you could possibly need or ask for is easily at your winter-gloved fingertips.
The Cedar Lakes property is so expansive that social distancing is pretty effortless; however, Covid safety is always important and visitors must wear a mask when interacting with guests and staff, maintain a minimum distance of six feet, practice frequent hand washing and sanitizing, and follow the outlined Covid safety procedures to keep Cedar Lakes safe.
Explore and Experience Cedar Lakes Estate
Bundle up and have an adventure exploring the grounds, including the hiking trails, scenic lookouts, Great Lawn and the mountaintop for the best sledding hills. Every day is packed with pure magic. Whether you choose trekking through the snow on snowshoes, whirling and twirling on ice skates on the beautiful open-air rink, or trying a new sport in curling, you can’t go wrong. Not sure where to begin? The Canteen is home to the concierges who make all the magic and enchanting experiences happen seamlessly.
If you need to hit pause, head to the Treehouse Lounge to refresh with bonfires, hot cocoa, snacks and vintage board games. It is the perfect place to chill away from the winter chill. For movie nights and other family fun, head to the beautiful Barn. And if that doesn’t sound like enough to keep you busy, additional guest experiences are available for a fee, such as a private ice rink dinner.
For an extraordinary experience, we suggest reserving the mountaintop at sunset. Enjoy exclusive access to the mountainside to soak in the panoramic views and stunning sunset while sledding down the mountain again and again. Sink into Adirondack chairs and snuggle up with the comfy pillows and cozy blankets, while sipping homemade hot cocoa (or hot specialty cocktails for grown-ups) and roasting s’mores with homemade gourmet marshmallows (don’t miss the vanilla), all by your own private bonfire under the stars.
Delight your taste buds with the local and seasonal menus. From the a la carte breakfast in the Pavilion to the multi-course, plated dinners and Saturday Suppers, every bite is sure to be decadent. Definitely opt to add on a cocktail, mocktail or other specialty drink.
For the most enchanted evening dining experience, opt for the add-on Dinner on the Ice. Eating a multi-course dinner on the private ice rink under the twinkling lights and stars is a winter dream come true. The food is top notch, the setting is sublime, and the combination is pure fire on ice. The icing on the ice rink dinner is that families can go for a private skate after dinner.
Families can also pick up a picnic lunch from the Pavilion and a midday snack at the Treehouse. The culinary team works to accommodate any allergies, dietary restrictions and personal preferences, and the kids’ menu will satisfy the pickiest of eaters. There is always a pickup or delivery option for meals throughout the stay.
Once you venture to Cedar Lakes Estate, you won’t want to leave. Its bucolic setting makes for a memorable family getaway and an experience everyone will cherish.