Discoveries

5 Cozy Winter Getaways in the U.S.

Does the hustle and bustle of everyday life have you frazzled? Maybe it's time to pack your bags and find a quiet place to relax this winter. Imagine unwinding next to a roaring fire in a secluded mountain cabin or spoiling yourself at a luxurious spa. You deserve a break this winter so check out these 5 cozy winter getaways that will recharge your batteries.

Aspen, Colorado

Maroon Bells, Snowmass, Colorado
Credit: Lana2011/iStock

Aspen is already known as an amazing ski destination, and if you just want to get away from it all this winter and enjoy the splendor of Aspen Mountain, then head to the Little Nell, a 5-Star/5-Diamond boutique hotel that has the city of Aspen at its front door and mountain views to its back. This incredible ski-in, ski-out lodge has everything you need to experience an unforgettable winter retreat. Enjoy fine dining to the extreme with two restaurants and three bars to choose from. Try the truffle fries at the Ajax Tavern or be pampered by their world-renowned chefs. After a great meal, stroll down the streets of Aspen to take in amazing shops and endless possibilities. Aspen will make your winter getaway experience one to remember.

Kennebunkport, Maine

Kennebunkport, Maine, USA
Credit: edella/iStock

Kennebunkport is truly a winter getaway destination. This quaint New England town has so much to see that you will probably want to come back each season to see what’s new. Kennebunkport has gorgeous beaches, scenic lighthouses, coastal cruises and amazing shopping boutiques. You will also find some of the best seafood on the entire Eastern Seaboard. History buffs will go wild with tours of the historic sea captain mansions that line Summer street. It’s no secret that the Bush family has deep roots in the town, so head to Walkers Point and check out the Nott House. There you will find the First Families Kennebunkport Museum, that houses a photographic exhibit of Kennebunkport’s two famous first families. The winter season also features the Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude that kicks off the holiday season. Experience the annual tree lighting, caroling at the Franciscan Monastery, and a weekend filled with local craft fairs, shopping and entertainment.

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Winter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Credit: DenisTangneyJr/iStock

Want another great East Coast getaway? Why not dive into the best line-up of charm, history and beauty in Portsmouth, the nation’s third-oldest city. Settled in 1623, this coastal gem is loaded with top-notch restaurants, boutique shopping, and loads of historic charm. One of the best features of Portsmouth is its walkability—even in the winter. Everything you could ever need for a winter getaway is here. Amazing food, incredible history and tranquil water views make Portsmouth a dream winter wonderland. Skip the scores of big-name hotels and go for the charm of a small family-run guesthouse like the Three Chimneys Inn. It is a favorite spot for anyone who enjoys farm-to-table cuisine, craft brews, riverside weddings and unforgettable good times. Built in 1649, the Inn is one of the oldest homes in the New Hampshire and is listed on the National Register of Historic Homes.

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Santa Fe/Southwest Style: Old Adobe House in Snow
Credit: JannHuizenga/iStock

If you want to enjoy a winter vacation with a southwest flair, head to the beautiful city of Santa Fe where you can breathe in the crystal-clear mountain air, enjoy a huge array of outdoors sports and discover Native American culture. There is no shortage of exhibitions to visit in this city rich in artistic and cultural heritage. The heart of Santa Fe is “The Plaza,” a grassy square full of tourists visiting museums, dining at food vendors serving spicy offerings and enjoying unique street musicians. Pamper yourself to the extreme with a stay at Ten Thousand Waves Spa, a Japanese-style hot springs resort just outside Santa Fe. Relax in your room perched on the hillside and then head for the spa for the full-treatment of facials, massages, wraps and more. Before dinner, enjoy a soak in the comfort of a communal hot tub while the scent of forest pines wafts through the air. If that sounds a little too social for you, book a private tub or spa suite. Complete your Japanese spa experience with an evening at Izanami with their authentic Asian cuisine and artisan sakes served in this izakaya-style restaurant.

Asheville, North Carolina

Aerial view of downtown Asheville at sunrise
Credit: SeanPavonePhoto/iStock

Asheville is the type of a cozy winter getaway that has something for everyone. Head to this charming southern city for a romantic escape. The majestic mountains, panoramic vistas, scrumptious cuisine and luxurious hotels will set the scene for love. Families head to Ashville to celebrate the Christmas holidays. There is not a more magical a place for yuletide festivities than the Biltmore Estate, George Vanderbilt’s 1895 château. The estate goes all out decorating for the holidays—complete with 55 elaborate hand-decorated trees, a thousand poinsettias and miles of garland. This magical setting is the backdrop for live music, with a Christmas flair. Complete this perfect getaway with a stay in the historic Inn on Biltmore Estate. No effort is spared and they offer the finest amenities, service and style. You feel like someone special as you experience the same gracious hospitality enjoyed by personal guests of the Vanderbilt’s.

Enjoy this article? Share it with a friend