Less tourists come winter than betws. More shops. More pubs. More hotels Steam railway Snowdonia is still only an hours drive to hills. Berwyns to bike/walk Llandegla to bike Chester nearby Lots of scenery
Porthmadoch – just had a long weekend there. Beaches and coastal walks around, Purple Moose, steam railways to see the stunning countryside while drinking your Purple Moose. 30 mins to Antur or CyB. Castles nearby, Portmerion for a quirky day out (the combined bistro lunch/entry ticket seemed fair value)
Dolgellau is a nice night out, locals are friendly, there’s a good restaurant and the pubs are cheap. Anything from a sensible meal and couple of pints to getting absolutely shit faced. CYB and Cadir v close. That said Mach sounds nice but not stayed there.