Winter Staycations for a Weekend Getaway in WNY

Photo courtesy of Holiday Valley

Stuck in the same old winter routine but can’t commit to a full blown getaway? Well we know just the solution: a winter staycation.

Our region is full of outdoor winter activities with cozy hotels to come back to after a long day of fun. If you’re looking to avoid the cold at all costs, that’s cool too. These stays include tons of indoor relaxation and activities to enjoy. Whether you are looking for a destination for the whole family or a romantic weekend for two, these places are sure to give you a little escape from reality and have you recharged for the week ahead!


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1. Sheraton Niagara Falls

300 3rd St, Niagara Falls, NY / More Info

Located in the heart of Niagara Falls, the Sheraton is just minutes away from Niagara Falls State Park. At the Sheraton you’ll find The Reef Beach Club featuring Niagara’s largest indoor pool, and tropical fish tanks with more than 25 unique species of fish. Grab dinner at the Rainforest Café and the kiddos can enjoy the At the Falls Arcade. The Niagara Aquarium is located 3 blocks away, and endless hiking options are available around the region for an outdoor adventure. For a date night, head over to the Casino Niagara through the hotel’s tunnel connection and then return for a relaxing evening cozying up by a fireplace in the spa suite.

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2. The Giacomo Hotel

222 1st Street Niagara Falls, NY / Website

Like the Sheraton, The Giacomo Hotel is also located in downtown Niagara Falls making access to Niagara Falls State Park an easy walk from the hotel. Within the hotel you’ll find the Giacomo Lounge which features top-shelf liquors, specialty martinis, and small plates for a fine dining experience. For a drink with a view, head up to the 19th floor and see the city from the Skyview Lounge. Whether you are planning a couples weekend, or a girlfriends getaway, The Giacomo has a variety of packages to choose from.

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3. Great Wolf Lodge

3950 Victoria Ave, Niagara Falls, ON, Canada / Website

Located just across the border, Great Wolf lodge is a must for families. This woodsy destination is like an upscale camping retreat with an indoor water park. The kids can have fun going down water slides, playing in the Ten Paw Bowling alley, or gaming in the Northern Lights Arcade. While the kids play, book a spa day for yourself at the Elements Spa Salon.


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4. The Mosey Hotel

5195 Main St, Williamsville, NY / website

Located on Main Street in Williamsville, The Mosey Hotel is in the prime location to enjoy the local shops, boutiques, and restaurants in the village. On the main floor of the hotel is Hooked, a local restaurant with a focus on seafood and craft cocktails. As far as amenities go, The Mosey Hotel has an indoor swimming pool and a day spa for the ultimate relaxation.

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5. The Delavan Hotel

6461 Transit Rd, Lancaster, NY / More Info

As part of Salvatore’s Hospitality, The Delavan Hotel is a full luxury stay for a couple’s getaway or girl’s retreat. Here you can enjoy fine dining at Salvatore’s Italian Prime and enjoy a cocktail and live music at the Chandelier Bar. The salon at the Delavan specializes in hair, nail, massage, and body services.

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6. ALoft Hotel at 500 pearls

500 Pearl St, Buffalo, NY / More Info

The ALoft Hotel on Pearl Street has floor to ceiling windows offering guests a breathtaking view of downtown Buffalo. As part of the 500 Pearl building, the ALoft Hotel allows for easy access to dining at The Fresh Catch Galley Lounge or Vice, grabbing a drink at the W XYZ Bar or Patrick’s Rooftop, and a fun game of bowling at Spare Lanes. Other amenities include an indoor pool and steam room to relax and unwind.

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7. Curtiss hotel

210 Franklin St, Buffalo, NY / More Info

The historic Curtiss Hotel is a boutique hotel in downtown Buffalo within close distance to Buffalo’s Theater District. This prime location is great for catching a winter performance at Shea’s or seeing a concert at The Tralf or Town Ballroom. The hotel itself is home to Chez Ami Restaurant, Vue Rooftop Lounge, the Harlow Spa, and their hot springs.

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8. The Westins

250 Delaware Ave, Buffalo, NY / More Info

Located within 43North, The Westin, like the Curtiss Hotel is within close distance to musical theater as well as the night scene of Chippewa. For food and drinks within walking distance of The Westin is Bacchus Wine Bar and Restaurant, The Chocolate Bar and Frankie Primo’s +39. In the 43North building, guest can also enjoy dining at Patina 250 for an elevated experience, and grab breakfast at Jake’s Cafe.

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9. Buffalo Marriott at LECOM Harbor Center

95 Main St, Buffalo, NY / More Info

The Buffalo Marriott at Harborcenter puts you right in the excitement of Buffalo’s Canalside. In the winter months this is great for catching a show or game at Key Bank Center, ice skating at the Canalside Rink, or heading over to the Explore & More Children’s Museum. Also within Harborcenter you can enjoy the sports bar atmosphere of Southern Tier Brewing Co., grab something quick on the go at Tim Horton’s, or stay awhile and experience fine dining at Panorama on Seven.


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10.Holiday Valley

6557 Holiday Valley Rd, Ellicottvile, NY / More Info

Head on down to ski country with a stay at Holiday Valley. For thrill seekers you’ll find skiing slopes, the Sky Flyer Mountain Coaster, and tubing hills. After a day of outdoor fun, relax around a fire or heat up in the outdoor hot tub on the premise. Around Ellicottville you’ll also find great shops, bars, and restaurants to complete the weekend experience.

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11. Peek’n Peak resort

1405 Old Rd, Clymer, NY / More Info

Peek’n Peak is a winter lover’s paradise. For the outdoor adventurers Peek’n Peak has snow activities for everyone. Enjoy a day on the slopes downhill skiing or spend time as a family hitting the tubing hill. At the resort, guests can enjoy dining at Bistro 210, relaxation at Serenity Spa, and swimming in the indoor/outdoor pool and hut tub.

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