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Winter Camping Without the Chill

Around Buffalo, sometimes getting away in the winter is difficult if you're on a budget, especially with winter vortexes dropping temperatures to extreme lows. Most getaways in a reasonable radius don't sound too enticing when you're beginning to wonder if you ever really knew what warmth felt like and when an all-inclusive trip to Florida is just out of your price range, options start to feel limited.

Alleghany State Park is a perfect solution with reasonable rates and heated cabins that are suitable for a family trip or a weekend away with friends to just unwind.

The park is about an hour and a half outside of Buffalo and myself and about a dozen other friends recently made the trip there for a weekend. The drive is simple and takes you through some of Western New York's more scenic areas as you approach the park.

According to the park's website, cabins are roughly $140 a night meaning that you can leave straight from the office on Friday and get back Sunday evening for less than $300.

One of the real money saving keys to this trip is that once groceries and gas are purchased, you're likely not to spend another dime through the weekend. For people looking to save even more money, a cabin can easily be split among friends, and the bill, likewise, as each cabin has four beds arranged as two bunks.

In addition to the beauty of having heated cabins which allow you to spend some time outdoors in the winter, the cabins also come with a refrigerator and stove as well as electrical outlets if you simply can't cope with a weekend away from your Keurig.

The park offers trails perfect for day hikes, but come prepared with good boots. Bear caves and the Thunder Rocks are just two things to explore while trekking and members of our group make an annual commute to the Fire Tower on our camping trip. The park's webpage describes it as, "a restored 1926 fire tower sits on one of the highest peaks in the Red House Area".

Perhaps the only downside to this trip comes at the expense of those who are not traditionally campers, in that there are no bathrooms in the cabins. But worry not, there is a heated building which provides indoor plumbing and showers.

A weekend in the woods is a great way to beat winter time stagnancy blues for the Buffalo-area traveler.

For more information, check out the website.

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