There is nothing quite like a winter wonderland getaway. While some people like to escape the cold of winter and flee to places like Belize, St. Barths and Punta Mita, others like to embrace the chill in the air and the snow falling to the ground. If you are someone who loves a cold winter, the following 6 places are my top favorite holiday getaways around the world. Just be sure to pack the appropriate weather rated gear to stay warm.
Aspen is a ski resort town located in Colorado. While it is a year round tourist destination for outdoor activities, Aspen truly shines in the winter months. With four mountains for skiers and snowboarders to choose from, top of the line restaurants and runs for beginners and experienced alike, Aspen is the perfect place to come for a romantic getaway, or a trip with friends and family.
When visiting Aspen, there are a variety of hotel options to enjoy. Whether you prefer the St. Regis chain of hotels or Auberge Resorts, there is no shortage of luxury in this ski town. The W Hotel in Aspen offers and onsite ski and snowboard shop which is perfect for those who enjoy snow sports.
Winters in Quebec are cold! If you live in California, the wind chill and snow may be a bit shocking. But, Quebec is one of the most beautiful places to visit if you want a true winter wonderland getaway. From cobblestone roads to maple syrup and steaming poutine, there is no shortage of tasty food or charming scenery in this city. Don’t forget to pack long underwear and plenty of layers. The freezing cold is amazing to walk around in when you are dressed correctly, but could keep you confined to your room if you are not.
If you enjoy skiing or snowboarding, there is no better place to stay than Fairmont Tremblant. The ski-in/ski-out hotel is the perfect getaway for those who love snow sports. With hotels from Auberge, Four Seasons and the Ritz Carlton, there is no lack of luxury in Quebec.
If you are a true lover of the Christmas season, there is no place more magical than Berlin. While temperatures regularly reach below freezing, if you dress right, there is nothing quite like visiting the Berlin Christmas Markets and Christmas Garden during the winter. When you’re ready for a break from the cold, head inside to a cinema or museum while sipping some hot chocolate.
The Waldorf Astoria is absolutely the place to stay in Berlin. With floor to ceiling windows and rooms that overlook the city, this hotel is the perfect home base for a winter wonderland trip to Berlin.
Lapland, Finland is most famous for being the home of Santa Claus. No wonder it’s magical beyond belief! From ice cold temperatures with regular snowfall and views of the northern lights against the black skies, this is a true winter wonderland experience. Anything is possible in Lapland from sledding with huskies and reindeer to enjoying a traditional sauna.
One of the best places to stay near Lapland is Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort. These glass domes allow for views of the northern lights when the conditions are right. This resort offers true luxury in the middle of a winter wonderland. Whether staying in glass igloos or chalets complete with private saunas, there is something for everyone interested in exploring the winter magic.
Iceland is another amazing location to take your chances at seeing the northern. While most people hope to see the northern lights, if the conditions aren’t right during your trip, it doesn’t mean failure. Iceland truly is a winter wonderland and places like the Blue Lagoon or activities like sledding will definitely make your trip worth it.
A stay at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland is definitely worth adding to your trip. While it doesn’t need to be your home base throughout the entirety of your vacation, spending a couple days at the resort and enjoying this unique and relaxing experience is definitely a highlight on any trip to Iceland, especially one during the winter.
Bergen is the second largest city in Norway that is surrounded with fjords and mountains. Most Bergen hotels are within walking distance of shopping centers and restaurants since the city is so compact. Colorful wooden buildings make Bergen the perfect Norwegian town for a photo op.
Opus 16 is a beautiful hotel walking distance from the city center. The historic building offers a luxurious restaurant, bar and cafe in house. Whether you are interested in taking a fjord cruise, visiting the Bergen Fish Market or wandering around KODE (one of the largest museums for art, design and music in the area), Opus 16 is an excellent home base for your time in Bergen.