Hibernation Hideaways – January 2013

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Once the excitement of the holiday season has come and gone, having a trip to look
forward to can help get you through the long winter season.

The beautiful and wonderfully-relaxing Mirbeau Inn & Spa in Skaneateles makes a great romantic getaway to recharge and reconnect with that special someone. If you’re not into winter sports, this is a great place to unwind, while strolling the streets of the quaint town.

For something different, why not rent a vacation home? You’ll have the privacy and space you crave and can even invite a group of family and friends to share in the fun.

Skiing, skating, sledding and snowshoeing are the “four S’s” of upstate winter activities and Lake Placid is a perfect spot to enjoy them. Only two hours from the Capital Region, you can rent a beautiful home on the shores of Mirror Lake in the heart of the Olympic Village

Mirbeau Inn & Spa

To find the Mirbeau Inn & Spa in the Finger Lakes region of Skaneateles you need only head west toward the sunset for a few hours to experience this lovely resort. Upon arrival I felt that I was literally walking into a Monet painting, with the ponds, the lilies pads floating over the Koi, the French Chateau-style buildings and the many weeping trees surround this magnificent property. The setting is nothing short of dazzling, but not over-stimulating; it is the perfect hideout from the winter blues.

Given the distinction of “Top 20 small U.S. Resorts” by Conde Nast Traveler, you can enjoy excellent food, wine and a most magnificent spa.

The French Steakhouse and Wine Bar serves up creative cuisine and has itself received 4-Stars by Forbes Travel Guide. The homemade breads are out of thos world and can be purchased to take home. They have a house-made charcuterie and very fresh oysters to whet your appetite and wonderfully-aged beef (along with other options) to complete the 4 Star meal.

The wine bar is unique for our region and is similar to a wine bar that you would find in France or Italy, with options for tasting full glasses, half glasses, as well as tastes.  These options give you a chance to taste without sinking a chunk of money on a glass of wine that you may not like; although from what I tasted, that may be unlikely! You may be in the Finger Lakes region, but the wines range from New York State to French wines and Italian block-busters. What fun it is to taste outstanding wines and leave without a headache.

The Spa also holds its own well-deserved distinction of “Top 5 Spas for Couples in the World by Spa Magazine”. A vast variety of treatments inspired by herbs and flowers, and even wine, can help you unwind and nourish your skin and body.  I had a wine-inspired massage that I enjoyed very much, but the spa itself is truly the scene-stealer. The resting area is large and well-appointed with a sunken heated foot pool; I felt I could melt away without even being touched. Outside on a terrace is a hot plunge whirlpool nestled between rocks that is truly one of the prettiest settings for a whirlpool I have ever seen. The treatment rooms have fireplaces and heated floors for your comfort.  They, of course, have saunas and steam rooms, but at Mirbeau, herbs infuse the steam rooms.

Exploring the area
The Skaneateles area, located in the central part of our state, is a terrific setting in itself; the quaint town is set on a pristine lake and it is home to a thriving residential and business community and host to thousands of visitors and vacationers each year. It is a destination for many seeking to stay close to the Capital Region, as well as many from the entire country.  On a trip here a few years ago, I saw Bill and Hillary Clinton, and a few of the famed Baldwin brothers.

In the historic downtown district, shops and galleries are housed in restored buildings dating back to 1796. You can browse for unique foods, fashions, original art, home accessories and antiques. The historic Sherwood Inn sits across from the lake and has a restaurant and tavern worth checking out. This is a truly elegant little town that has much to offer during a winter getaway, or any time of year for that matter.

A weekend at Mirbeau Inn & Spa could do much to inspire and relax as well as fortify for the winter ahead.
For more information visit www.mirbeau.com

–The greatful traveler

Enjoying the Adirondack Winter Scene
Driving by the ice-covered cliffs and frozen waterfalls throughout the Adirondacks are magnificent, and there are many hearty and healthy souls climb them!  More popular than ever, ice climbing can certainly be an adrenalin rush while area parks and lakes are terrific for the tamer sports like ice skating, and cross-country skiing.

The number of transportation options certainly open up during the winter months; in Lake Placid you can opt to go dog sledding or grab a pair of snow shoes and walk across Mirror Lake.  You can even arrange and pay for the mushers in the village.  Now that is traveling in style and your family will always remember it.

For old fashioned fun, why not bundle the entire family up and enjoy a sleigh ride or downhill sledding?  The rewards are happy and healthy children with rosy red cheeks who will sleep well that night.  The air is fresh and clean and good for winter exercise.

Snowmobiling and ice fishing, as well as world-class skiing can fill your days while an Adirondack rental property can be the perfect back drop for elegant evenings by a roaring fire.  Renting a property for a week or two can open up a world of opportunities for you and your family. The ability to accommodate the entire family under one roof in comfortable surroundings can certainly allow for a healthy and happy hibernation hideaway.

This ideal vacation retreat on Mirror Lake will have you relaxed in no time, be it in front of the wood-burning fireplace or soaking in the jetted tub. If cooking eases your stress, you’ll enjoy creating a cozy meal in the updated kitchen with new appliances and granite countertops.

Invite a big group – this house has three levels, five bedrooms and three bathrooms!

For more information on this property or more like it visit www.lakeplacidcondos.com/lakehouse.html

 

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