Not far from some of the area's prettiest villages, including Phoenicia and Woodstock, the popular family-friendly Belleayre Mountain Ski Area is a great destination if you have more on your mind than skiing and snowboarding. Here you'll have easy access to great dining and lodging options, so you can combine time on the slopes with some memorable meals.
Many of the hamlets surrounding Belleayre have been experiencing a resurgence, spurred by an influx of city folk escaping the rat race. Pine Hill—a stone's throw from the ski resort—is your best choice if you want to be close to the slopes. In Margaretville, 10 miles west of Belleayre, interesting boutiques and upscale restaurants draw weekend visitors. Before you reach Margaretville you'll pass through Arkville (blink, and you’ll miss it), home to the Delaware & Ulster Railroad.