October 26, 2008, Road Trip Journal: Windham, NY - The Land in the SKY

Located in the Catskill Mountains, on the edge of Catskill Park is the quaint town of Windham. This small resort community offers numerous outdoor amenities and seasonal festivities. Three hours north west of New York City, one hour south west of the state capital Albany, Windham is a great destination for a day trip or weekend get-a-way. Take your family on a vacation that won't break the budget but will still deliver fun and relaxation for everyone.

Traveling east along Route 23 from the NYS Thruway, you wind your way up the mountain. The views from this mountain side drive are spectacular, offering a five state view. On a clear day you can see Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut and, of course, northeastern New York.

This mountaintop community offers cooler temperatures in the spring and summer, a welcome relief from city heat. Camping, fishing, hiking and mountain biking opportunities abound since Windham is surrounded by thousands of acres of forest preserve offering miles of trails. Other summer activities include, golf, swimming at CD Lane Park, mountain invasion paint ball, Summer Concert Series put on by the Windham Chamber Music Festival, plays by the Schoharie Creek Players, and even a Vineyard for the wine connoisseur.

Fall is a beautiful time of year to take a road trip to Windham. The breathtaking scenery of autumn leaves changing on the mountainsides provides a spectacular view. Usually held in mid-October, the Autumn-A-Fair is an event not to be missed. All along Main Street, this fall festival features a variety of artisans, crafts, children's games, local flavor and more. Live music and the energetic atmosphere provide a celebration for the beauty of fall. Stroll along visiting the delightful shops and art galleries through out the town.

Winter is just as fun as the rest of the seasons with down hill & cross country skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating, and snowmobiling. Windham Mountain, a world-class, family-oriented ski and snowboard resort, offers a wide variety of terrain for all ages and abilities. If you enjoy winter road trips and are a novice skier or have wanted to try snowboarding, Windham Mountain offers you an environment that is just right for your skill level. The base lodge includes a ski school, rentals, day care, cafeteria, fine dining and more.

If you plan an extended stay in Windham, there are many beautiful and inviting bed and breakfasts and hotels located within the town and surrounding areas. Adding to the experience of the relaxing atmosphere, there are many fine restaurants for your dining pleasure.

Located in Greene County, there are numerous area attractions within a short drive of Windham. The Hudson-Athens Lighthouse is open for summer tours, Howe's Cavern's, hiking to Kaaterskill Falls, New York's highest cascading waterfall, kayaking on North Lake, and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Riverside orchards, farmer's markets and roadside stands offer fresh fruit, produce and baked goods. There are many art galleries to browse through, museums, even a waterslide park.

With year round events and attractions, scenic mountain top views and each season just as exciting as the last, Windham is a great destination for your next family road trip.

Nothing is more freeing than the open road! For generations, Americans have enjoyed the wind in their hair traveling from coast to coast seeking romance and adventure. Road trips are as American as baseball and apple pie. If you have always dreamt of taking that journey, Road Trip Journal has the information you need to plan that rite of passage. Visit us today at http://www.roadtripjournal.com

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