We are a family of four (2 adults + 2 kids - 6&10 yo) from Argentina.
We are arriving to JFK on Feb 14th, 2016. We'll be in the area for 16 nights, and as we have already visited NYC a couple of times, we wanted to do something diifferent, ending our stay in Manhattan.
Doing some research on the area, I came across Minnewaska State Park, and absolutely loved it.
I know it will be freezing and snowing, but there is no alternative because those are the dates we have.
Please, I kindly ask for your advise on this itinerary:
Feb 14th 8AM - Arrive at JFK
- Rent a Car and drive to the area (New Paltz, Poughkeepsie, etc.)
- Spend a couple of nights.
- During that stay visit Minnewaska park and get a glimpse of the area.
Feb 16th drive to Boston
- Spend 3 nights and get to know the city
Feb 19th drive back to NYC
- Return the car in Manhattan and spend 11 nights there.
We are not winter sports people, but we love the possibility of combining city vacations with nature. The winter pictures we saw of the park were absolutely breathtaking.
So, here are my doubts:
a) Is it possible to drive during that time of the year to New Paltz (or near) from JFK? I drive a lot but have no experience on snow.
b) Where would you recommend to stay (hotel) to be near the park and other suggested things to do? Already checked Mohonk Mtn House. It seems very nice, but the price really hurted. Is there an alternative to it?
c) How do you get access to the park? Do you have to drive up there? Is it possible with snow / ice? Or do you park in a common area and make your way up by trekking?
d) What do you think about the combination with Boston?
All seem like relatively short drives. I assume that the complication may come from weather conditions and that's where I need advise.
I've already posted questions on other TA forums, but I was not very decided / clear on what we wanted. So, now with some better idea, I figured I'd come back.
Thanks in advance for your time and input.