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Nearby Getaways Can Help Get the Most Out of Winter's Remaining Weeks

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If you're looking to make the most of the remaining weeks of winter, TWC's Valarie D'Elia has info about a few winter getaways that aren't too far away. She filed the following report.

Mother Nature has been more than generous with snow this season, but when she's a bit stingy, there's snowmaking on all of the trails at Mountain Creek, just an hour outside New York City in Vernon, N.J., ensuring good conditions for both skiers and boarders.

Here's a D'Elia's Deal: from now through the end of the season, get $10 off a lift ticket or learn to ski/board package by clicking on

Visitors to Litchfield Hills, Conn. can find rejuvenation from cabin fever with the same reputed health benefits of Himalayan salt crystals and vapors enjoyed a world away.

Located in Ridgefield, the man-made Saltana Cave Spa simulates the conditions inside a natural environment that exist in Europe and Asia.

"Recline on zero gravity chairs, listen to music, and naturally breathe in all 84 trace mineral elements," says Anna Hustee of Saltana Cave.

Cave sessions last about 45 minutes for $40. For more information, .

Ice, at least a foot thick, is making it possible for guests at the Lodge at Woodloch in the Poconos to fish their way through the end of the season.

"I'm pretty determined, so I might stay out here for another hour or so until I catch something, and then, I'm going inside to the spa and the whirlpool, relax inside before dinner," said one person fishing.

If catching a bass turns out to be a bit more challenging than, say, spotting a bald eagle, you can do that, too. Eagle-viewing is also on the activity schedule with three-hour guided tours. On a media visit, I spotted at least a half a dozen, with just a few calories burned.

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