3 alternate ways to celebrate the new year
2020 has affected us all in different ways, but I think it’s safe to say, we are all ready to leave this year behind us. While not much will change when the clock strikes midnight, the idea of a new year, a fresh start, seems needed now more than ever. Like many things, celebrating this year might look different, but just because our 2020 friend, Covid-19, steals ALL the fun, there are still a few exciting ways to ring in the New Year!
Try something new
If you made it to the final level of 2020, you can do anything. Why not put my theory to the test and try something new for the New Year. The Whiteface Region is an outdoor enthusiast's paradise. With so many different ways to play outdoors, there has to be something you haven’t tried yet. Ice climbing with a local guide? We got it. Skate on a frozen pond? You bet. It’s always bike season in the Whiteface Region! Whether you are looking to get outside of your comfort zone or take up a new leisure hobby, there is an activity for you! Gear and bike rental shops in nearby Lake Placid are the perfect place to get you outfitted for a new adventure. There are also a lot of local guides, who are experts at their activities, ready to help!
A night in with your pod
I don’t know about you, but every year I host a New Year’s Eve party. I never liked celebrating the day out or at a bar, so being the host was my way of joining the fun, while also staying home. I imagine this year will be the same, except I won’t be filling my home with friends, but celebrating a little smaller with my pod. Hopefully you picked a good pod, because the Whiteface Region is home to so many great motels and B&B’s perfect for spending a night in with friends or family. There are also numerous restaurants in the area offering take out, plus craft beer, wine, and liquor at the North Pole General store for all the party needs.
On a mountaintop
Maybe the best way to leave the year from hell behind and start fresh is by spending a little time with nature. Since we’re all distancing, why not celebrate the New Year looking up at a zillion stars at midnight or with a first day hike? In the Whiteface Region, there are numerous hikes, ranging in difficulty, perfect for a late night stargazing mission or all day adventure. Hikes like Cobble Lookout, Whiteface Landing, or Silver Lake Mountain are perfect for easy star gazing or first time winter hiking. For a longer adventure, try Catamount, or start your year off with a High Peak and do Esther or Whiteface Mountains.
Don’t forget, hiking at night adds a few dangers. Make sure to pack a headlamp, backup batteries, and lots of warm layers. If you hike during the day, those are still good things to have in your pack. If snow depths are over 8 inches, snowshoes will be required and most helpful. Microspikes are also good to have for icy areas and summits. Finally, don’t forget to brush up on the 7 Principles of Leave No Trace and take the Love Your ADK Pledge if you haven't yet!
Ready to kiss 2020 goodbye? Start planning your 'New Year, New You' Whiteface Region getaway today!