If you’ve resolved to get outside and explore more of what nature has to offer this year, you’re in luck. From one of the world’s largest wildlife expos in South Carolina to 15 miles of picturesque hiking just a short distance from New York City, we’ve got a few ways you can learn and explore more of the outdoors this winter.
Winter trekking in the Lower Hudson Valley
Just an hour north of Manhattan in the Lower Hudson Valley, you can put on hiking boots and explore Teatown: a 1,000-acre nature preserve and education center. Teatown offers nearly 15 miles of trails for hiking, jogging, cross-country skiing or snowshoeing along with family-friendly activities, too.
In nearby Greenwich, Connecticut, you can also join the Audubon Society’s Great Backyard Bird Count (February 17 to 18), where you’ll be able to stretch your legs in the open air and help researchers get an accurate idea of the area’s winged resident population.
Not far away, Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester caters to guests looking for an easy escape to the natural surroundings of upstate New York. After a day outdoors hiking and viewing wildlife, enjoy a soothing massage at the Four-Star spa or tuck into a cozy armchair at The Lounge for a casual drink next to the fireplace.
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in Charleston, South Carolina
Get inspired, learn and discover your next wildlife expedition at the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, taking place in the Holy City this February 17 to 19. The three-day showcase has everything, from wildlife art to up-close looks at birds of prey and other animals, bringing together artists, exhibitors and wildlife lovers from around the world.
In between the busy schedule of activities, from fine art exhibitions to fly-fishing demos, lectures on timber management and special chef demonstrations, enjoy some downtime by staying at nearby Forbes Travel Guide Recommended French Quarter Inn. The charming inn offers all the Southern hospitality you might expect, done in a classic style with a modern elegance. From the welcome flute of champagne to the warm cookies and milk at turndown, you’ll feel right at home.
Get outdoors in Spokane, Washington
While Spokane in itself is an exciting destination for shopping, entertainment and sampling local beer and wine, it’s also a great jumping off point to get out and explore the surrounding region’s natural playground.
Through the winter, enjoy Mt. Spokane Ski Park, Bear Creek Lodge or Silver Mountain Lodge, which offer skiing, snowboarding, tubing, hiking and snowshoeing.
When it comes to overnight fun, the Autograph Collection brings two great options: the Four-Star Historic Davenport Hotel’s rich history and grand architecture delivers a classic-traditional atmosphere, while The Davenport Grand Hotel, Autograph Collection Hotel provides a modern, contemporary experience.
Through the late winter and spring, explore the area’s 76 lakes and rivers, by way of Riverfront Park, the Spokane River and the Centennial Trail, all within walking distance of the Davenport properties.