5 Perfect-for-Winter Travel Destinations
It’s no secret that Matt and I are obsessed with traveling. We’ve been known to hop on a plane or in the car on a whim to getaway when we’re in need of a little vacation. We just got back from our honeymoon so besides a quick trip to New York in a couple weeks for work, we aren’t going anywhere right now. But I already have some ideas of spots I want to visit come wintertime.
Read on for perfect for winter vacation destinations for every kind of traveler.
For the Adventurer
Last year, my family and I went to Paws Up, a luxury ranch and resort in Montana. We visited in the summer, so our days consisted of hikes, fun outdoors, horseback riding, and swimming. That said, I have been DYING to visit during the wintertime because I hear it’s just as amazing. Some of the resort’s wintertime activities include skiing, snowboarding, sleigh rides, tubing, snowshoeing, and winter horseback riding. This place is truly made for the adventurer. But it boasts luxury accommodations, amazing meals, a top-notch spa, and more that other kinds of travelers will enjoy, too. I HIGHLY recommend it, especially if you love traveling with family and friends in tow.
For the Relaxation Lover
I’m all about a good spa! So when my girlfriend told me about the Viceroy Snowmass and its incredible spa, I was instantly intrigued. Designed by Kelly Wearstler, this hotel is not only super-chic, but it also features a 7,000 square foot spa, with Ute Indian-inspired treatments, a firepit, cabanas, and so much more. Plus, since it’s located in Aspen, Colorado, where Matt and I spend a lot of time in, it’s surrounded by some seriously incredible boutiques and restaurants. Bonus: it’s a ski-in/ski-out resort (I actually learned to ski there), making it perfect for those on-and-off mountain adventures (after those spa treatments, of course).
For the Peace Seeker
A few months ago, I discovered Blackberry Farm on social media and became enamored with the place. Nestled in the Smoky Mountain Foothills, this romantic farm is the perfect escape from the craziness of everyday. It’s situated on 4,200 acres and offers activities like fly fishing, hiking, carriage rides, fitness classes, farm-to-table meals, and a spa that’s inspired by the surrounding mountains, gardens, and forests (complete with blackberry-infused treatments, of course). The accommodations are warm, hospitable, and the epitome of country chic. I’m hoping to visit someday soon, so stay tuned.
For the Desert Dweller
Since I live in LA, Palm Springs is a spot I frequent pretty often. It’s not only close, but it is also pretty wonderful year-round. While spring and summer are preferred by many, I love it during winter because the weather is spot on. Crisp and cool, yet completely comfortable. It’s the perfect easy escape from the city. One thing I’ve been dying to do in the winter, but haven’t yet, is go to Joshua Tree for the weekend to hike and hang out (it’s a bit of a drive from downtown Palm Springs but is the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot).
I also love that during winter, the city hosts tons of outdoor activities like open air markets and art walks. There are some incredibly talented artists in the area! And of course, there are always the beautiful hotels, pools, restaurants, and shops Palm Springs is known for to make your stay even better.
For the Warm Weather Craver
Matt and I recently visited Tulum and hated how hot it was but loved the idea of the culture and what Tulum could be in cooler temps. The culture, the food, the hotels, you name it. Everything was super laid back and a cool vibe. But the best part? During winter, Tulum’s average temp is 75 degrees with zero humidity. (We definitely experienced that when we went during the warmer months).
Make sure you stop by Campenella Cremerie for everything from pineapple-basil sorbet to waffles covered in fruit, coconut, and nuts. Posada Margherita for ridiculously good Italian food. Gitano for the coolest scene, and Hartwood for local farm-to-table dishes (it’s also one of the world’s 50 best restaurants). There are a ton of incredible hotels, so I’ll let you do some research on that. Oh, and don’t forget to take advantage of the healthy juice spots, yoga classes, and massages right on the beach. They’re reasonable and so, so good.
Do you have any winter travel destinations you love? I’d love to hear your go-to spots.