7 Ridiculously Romantic Winter Escapes to Take RN
We might be big proponents for local bucket lists, but winter's doom and gloom gives us the urge to fly the coop. And while there's nary a holiday on the horizon, anytime is a good time to start planning your next vacation. Ya dig? In our humble opinion, winter is a great time to travel—it not only encourages you to get out of the house, but there are plenty of great deals too be had too. Hello, cheaper flights and hotels (got to love off-season!). What's more, it's the perfect time to explore destinations in the Southern Hemisphere, where summertime is in full swing, or see another side to some of the globe's most stunning locations. Below, we're sharing seven seriously swoon-inducing spots to inspire your next romantic getaway.
Wine Country is always a good idea. The mix of vineyards, restaurants, boutiques and luxe hotels make it the ultimate escape for wine lovers and gourmands alike. Spend your days exploring the area's varied wineries such asCade Winery in Angwin, which produces vintages in a solar-powered space, and your nights indulging in candlelit dinners crafted by award-winning chefs (Bottega Napa Valley is always a treat) followed up by cozy fireside chats.
Hot springs, glaciers and the Northern Lights—what more could you ask for? When it comes to nature, Iceland comes out on top. Off-season brings with it frozen waterfalls, colorful houses capped in freshly fallen snow and Crystal Caves. DO take advantage of all the outdoor opportunities like the Blue Lagoon and ice fields, but don't forget to set aside some time to explore the national's capital, Reykjavik too. City Hall and the all-glass Harpa Concert Hall are must-sees. Eat like a local at Vid Tjörnina, where classic Icelandic cuisine lure locals on the regular and make sure to pop into Stofan Kaffíhús for an afternoon cup of coffee and slice of scrumptious carrot cake. The renovated antique store is a hotspot for local artists, writers and musicians and transforms into an energetic by night.
Comprised of quaint towns, rolling hills and historic farms, the Berkshires exudes New England charm. Take advantage of the natural landscape and snowshoe or cross-country ski through the lush mountain trails, stroll through the streets of Stockbridge, and intimately candlelit dinners at refined old world estates like the Wheatleigh or inviting inns likeThe Old Inn On The Green. For a truly unforgettable experience, stay at the Blantyre Hotel, a late 19th-century estate rich in history, character and comfort set on 117 acres. If the striking architecture and setting don't win you over, the prospect of sleigh rides, ice skating and ice picnics complete with hot chocolate most definitely will.
St. Petersburg, Russia
While undeniably beautiful in the summer months, the former home to Imperial Russia comes into its own during the winter when it's fairytale-like architecture, including the mint-green Winter Palace and Church on Spilled Blood, are dusted in freshly fallen snow. The city's rich history make the landmarks a must, but take time to hit up a few local favorites, like Khochu Kharcho and Restoran on the city's Vasilievsky Island. On the accommodation front, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace captures the grandeur of a bygone era, while Hotel Astoria boasts views of St Isaac's Cathedral and suites named after Russian composers.
Old Quebec, Canada
If you're looking to escape the cold, keep scrolling. Though far from a tropical paradise, Old Québec is as charming as the come. Winding cobblestone streets give way to quaint stone buildings housing artisan shops and cozy cafes in which to while away the afternoon with a good book and piping hot cup of joe. Can't take the cold? Bunker down in a suite at the Hôtel Le Germain, order room service and snuggle up.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Skip winter and head straight into summer with a trip to Buenos Aires, a city known for its culture, food and, of course, wine. Enjoy a quiet stroll through the Costanera Sur Ecological Reserve, pay homage to the city's rich history of writers at the El Ateneo Grand Splendid or catch a performance at the Teatro Colon, the city's legendary opera house. If luxury and old world glamour are what you're after, a stay at the Alvear Palace Hotel is a must; Moreno Hotel Buenos Aires has a more modern, cosmopolitan feel.
Let's be real—Sedona's rust-red mountaintops are stunning any time of year, but the lack of crowds during the off-peak season you and your SO can explore the area's spectacular hiking trails and scenery undisturbed. Up the romance factor with a hot-air balloon ride and sunrise or relaxing treatments at Mii amo spa.