Most Beautiful Winter Destinations in New York

If you are getting stir crazy, pack up the RV and head out to visit some of the most beautiful destinations in New York. Yes, it’s cold, but the RV will keep you nice and warm; and when you bundle up to go out, you can look forward to a big, steaming cup of hot cocoa when you get back to the RV.

Oheka Castle

This castle is located in the middle of North Shore; and was built for Otto Kahn in 1919. The Oheka Castle has 127 rooms and is in the middle of a French-inspired garden. The castle was Xanadu in Citizen Kane.

Ludlowville Falls

To see one of the most beautiful frozen waterfalls, visit Ludlowville Falls. Even in the winter, you can hike the area and if you’re really adventurous, try ice climbing.

Beardslee Castle

If you really like castles, visit Beardslee Castle, a replica of an Irish castle. This castle was built in 1860 and then rebuilt twice because of fires. Now, it is a restaurant near Little Falls and is covered by ivy vines that seem to glow when it’s lit up at night. To get the prettiest pictures, visit right after it snows.

Mohonk Preserve

If you like hiking and exploring, even in the winter, visit Mohonk Preserve. The preserve features 8,000 acres of cliffs and forests.

Locust Grove Estate

Head out to Poughkeepsie to visit this 200-acre estate and historic lawn farm and a museum pavilion – and some of the most gorgeous views of the state. Take a tour or take a hike on many of the hiking trails. You’ll need snowshoes if you go when it snows.

Bear State Mountain Park

Since the bears are asleep in the winter, visit this park without worrying about them. Go skating on the outdoor skating rink from October through mid-March. Go hiking and just enjoy the scenery.

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols New York

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols to pick up any winter camping accessories you may need; or walk through the many floor plans in our RV showroom if you’re ready to buy a new RV.


Stay Warm in Your RV This Winter!

When you choose to brave the cold to go RVing in the winter, you’ll want to be sure to pack things to keep warm in the event that the heater goes out, you run out of propane, or even if the propane bottle freezes up – yes, that’s happened before!

Pack Extra Blankets and Clothing

Since camping in the winter is unpredictable – you could get snowed in, you’ll want to bring extra food and extra blankets. If you run out of propane before you can get out, you’ll need the extra blankets to keep warm.

It’s also a great idea to pack extra winter jackets, hats, scarves and gloves. If one set gets wet, you’ll have something dry to wear next time you go outside. Extra sets of clothing, including thermal underwear, flannel shirts and sweaters or sweatshirts will also come in handy.

Emergency Kit

While most campers keep an emergency kit in the RV, when you go out in the winter, you should not only be sure that everything is up to date and that nothing is missing, you should add some extra items to the emergency kit.

Add extra food for a week in the event that you can’t get out of where you’re staying because of unexpected inclement weather. Include extra bottled water. Do not rely on the water in your holding tank – you could run out of drinking water because the water in the tank is the same water that goes to the sinks, shower and toilet.

Add flares and thermal blankets for everyone; and make sure the emergency kit has at least two flashlights and plenty of extra batteries. Since you are in an RV, you can carry significantly more than if you were in a car, so don’t scrimp on the extras.

First Aid Kit

Be sure to have an extensive first aid kit, not one that just contains the basics. This includes splints, gauze, tape, eye wash, tweezers, scissors, stitches, crazy glue and more.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through our many RV floor plans if you are in the market for your first RV or if you are upgrading. If you are getting your RV ready to go out this winter or early spring, be sure to give our RV service department a call for an appointment for maintenance.


The 2016 Fleetwood Bounder at Jim’s RV

If you are in the market for a new Class A gas RV, stop by our Nichols showroom to take a test ride in the new 2016 Fleetwood Bounder 33C. This model features a large 100-gallon fresh water tank and sleeps up to six people. Some of the features the Bounder has includes an energy management system, full HD video system, LED lighting, two 6-volt deep cycle house batteries, solid divider doors for privacy, multiple water pump switches, and a whole-coach water filtration system.

The Floor Plan

When you first walk in and look to the right, you’ll see the cab with comfortable captain’s chairs. Immediately to your left, you’ll find the kitchen, which features a three-burner stove, oven, double sink and large residential fridge. The dinette, which shares a large slide with the L-shaped sofa, is directly across from the kitchen.

The television is angled so that you can see it clearly from the sofa or the dinette. As you move toward the rear, you’ll pass the bathroom, which features a large stand-up shower, sink and foot-flush toilet. The bedroom features a queen bed, wardrobes and dressers and a television. The head of the bed is contained in a slide so that you have plenty of space to move around in the bedroom.

Exterior Features

The exterior features a 5.5 kW Onan MicroQuiet generator, ABS wheel well trims, 50-amp service, dual battery charge control, an electric patio awning with an LED stripe, dual pane windows with screens, fiberglass front and rear caps, heated fresh water and holding tank compartments, frameless flush-mount windows, a park cable receptacle, utility compartment with an exterior shower and a patio receptacle.

Visit Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to take the 2016 Fleetwood Bounder 33C for a test ride, to choose your colors and to learn more about this model’s features. Be sure to ask your salesperson about available options including a washer and dryer and a rear ladder.


February Events in Nichols

If you were considering attending events, but found that hotels close enough to an event were hard to get or just cost too much, stop by our showroom to walk through the many RV floor plans we have available. We have RVs to fit any budget, and taking an RV to an event is less expensive than staying in hotels.

Teatown’s Hudson River Annual EagleFest

On February 6, 2016, the 12th Annual Teatown Hudson River Eaglefest will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Heave over to Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Ave., Croton in the Hudson to learn about bald eagles. Enjoy eagle viewing, bird walks, live raptor shows, children’s activities and more. Attend educational shows and listen to live music all day. Tarrytown’s RiverMarket and Ossining’s Wobble Cafe will have food available for purchase. Admission is $10 to $15 and children are free. For more information visit or call (914) 762-2912.

Lake George Winter Carnival

Head over to Beach Road, Lake George, New York for the Lake George Winter Carnival from February 6 through February 28, 2016 on Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy pony rides, a polar plunge, helicopter rides, cook-off competitions, ATV races, snowmobile races, truck races and more. There will be fireworks on Saturday.

Winter Wonderland Hudson Valley Helicopter Tour

From now through February 29, 2016 daily, take a helicopter ride. The helicopter lifts off from Westchester County Airport, 18 Hangar Road, Suite 200, White Plains, New York and flies over the Hudson Valley. You’ll see crystallized trees in Harriman State Park, the icy Hudson River and Bear Mountain. Rides are 30 minutes and cost $240 per person or $330 per person for a 45-minute trip. For more information including information about group rates and RV parking, call (914) 202-3440.

Visit Jim’s RV Center of Nichols New York

If you don’t have an RV and think that attending events without having to worry about hotels, stop by Jim’s RV Center of Nichols, New York to walk through our many RV floor plans. If you have an RV and need help getting it ready for the spring season, give us a call for a maintenance appointment.