Whether you consider yourself an avid skier, or just want a scenic winter getaway within about 3 hours driving distance from Central New York, this might be the place for a great winter's weekend.  Whiteface Lodge near Lake Placid is listed as one of the top 16 ski lodges in The U.S.

Not only does this beautiful resort offer access to great skiing on Whiteface Mountain, theactivetimes.com tells us the lodge has outdoor hot tubs, an ice skating rink, a spa, movie theater and game room.  There is also a free children's program that is said to keep the kids safe and entertained while the parents have their own fun.

I checked late January rates at Whiteface Lodge, and they start a $425 a night on the weekend.  However, the resort is open year-round, and if you don't care about skiing or the winter scenery, you might consider late spring, when the nightly rate is considerably cheaper.