Outdoor Recreation, Cultural Attractions and Fun Events Highlight Options For Visitors To Washington County, NY This Winter

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Miles of snowmobile trails, downhill skiing, cultural attractions, performances, local shops, galleries and fun outdoor events highlight the winter vacation options in scenic Washington County, New York.

Miles of snowmobile trails, downhill skiing, cultural attractions, performances, local shops, galleries and fun outdoor events highlight the winter vacation options in scenic Washington County, New York. Located where the Hudson River Valley meets the mighty Adirondacks, Washington County features scenic country roads, farms, covered bridges, museums and charming towns and villages to explore.

Visitors can snowmobile over 900 miles of trails throughout the county with trails through open space farm land, along the Champlain Canal and in wooded terrain. Nine snowmobile clubs support the trails within the county. Visitors can go to http://wcasc.snowclubs.com for conditions and trail information.

Visitors can enjoy family skiing, snowboarding and tubing at Willard Mountain. Willard offers packages including lift tickets, lessons and rentals for all skiing and snowboarding levels. The popular family ski area also has a tubing park, restaurant, snack bar and lounge. For more information, visit http://www.willardmountain.com

The Winter Raptor Fest features live Birds of Prey in flight, educational programs, youth snowshoe races, horse drawn sleigh rides and much more. The 2012 Winter Raptor Fest will be held on March 10 and 11. For more information, visit http://www.winterraptorfest.com.

The rural landscape of Washington County is home to a wide variety of accomplished performing art centers and presenting organizations where you will find world class chamber music, Cabaret and Theater, with performers that include Tony nominees, Broadway and TV talents, and original productions with local performers. The magical performances take place in unusual places - converted barns, century-old Opera Houses, an 1840 Church, and a prison. A full listing of events can be found on line at http://www.washingtonnycounty.com/arts/performing.php.

With several local museums open throughout the winter, visitors interested in history and heritage will have several options to choose from. The Slate Valley Museum features the local history of slate mining in both Washington County and the surrounding area. For more information on The Slate Valley Museum, visitors can go online to http://www.slatevalleymuseum.org. The Pember Museum showcases the natural history of the area and offers a collection of 10,000 artifacts as well as ongoing exhibits. For a full schedule of activities, visitors can go online to http://www.pembermuseum.com. The Skenebourgh Museum in Whitehall located on the Champlain Canal highlights the birthplace of the U.S. Navy and the silk industry. Visitors can look across the canal and see the last remaining structure of the seven sisters – Skene Manor.

Washington County is also home to many art galleries and locally-owned shops featuring local artisans. Stroll through a scenic village or stop by a gallery to find a unique treasure or artwork. For a full list of Washington County artists and galleries, please visit http://www.washingtonnycounty.com/retail/artantique.php.

These are just a few of the fun winter events and activities in Washington County this season. To learn more about Washington County, New York’s winter weekend getaway opportunities and vacation packages, please visit http://www.washingtonnycounty.com.

About Washington County, New York
Uniquely located where the Hudson River Valley meets both the Southern Adirondacks and the Green Mountains of Vermont, scenic Washington County offers visitors charming country roads, covered bridges, agri-tourism and farm experiences, local artisans and cultural activities, charming boutiques for shopping and so much more. Visitors can learn more about Washington County at http://www.washingtonnycounty.com.    

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