Embrace the Cold: 7 Romantic Winter Getaways
Winter can be a hard time: cold and grey, full of the hustle and bustle of long work days and too much to do. In the midst of it all, taking some time away can do a world of wonder, and refresh you for the long push toward spring. And what better vacation than a romantic trip with your significant other? Here are some of the best winter getaway destinations:
Avoid the summer crowds by visiting Reykjavik in the winter. Soak in the hot springs, gaze in wonder at the incredible Northern Lights, take in the picturesque snow-covered landscapes and streets. The city also offers a variety of entertainment and cultural events, such as concerts, festivals, must-see Christmas and New Year’s celebrations, and even a nearby ski resort.
Located in Banff National Park in Alberta, this is one of the most beautiful areas in Canada. There is so much spectacular nature to see: the Canadian Rocky Mountains, lakes, parks, hot springs, forests, and wildlife, all while enjoying the comforts of the town itself. What better backdrop to a cozy winter vacation than the stunning landscapes of Banff?
Well known as a popular skiing destination, this French village is nestled against Mont Blanc, creating breathtaking views of the mountain and valley. Take the Aiguille Du Midi, the highest cable car in Europe, to the summit of Mont Blanc, enjoy the many winter activities on offer (skiing, ice-climbing, and snow-shoeing, to name just a few), spend time in the luxurious spas and leisure centres—not to mention the shopping, the excellent French dining, and the sightseeing trips all around!
This stunning city is absolutely gorgeous in winter. Though the weather is crisp, this city full of stunning architecture, art, and history is not be missed. It is especially beautiful around Christmas time, as decorations and markets abound. Walk through the picture-perfect streets, enjoy the cuisine in the city’s many restaurants and coffeehouses, tour the museums and historical sights…The possibilities are endless.
New York City, USA
We recommend you bundle up when you visit the Big Apple, and get ready for plenty to do in the most populated city in the US. Whatever you’re in the mood for, NYC will have it: museums, art galleries, Broadway shows, concerts, markets, ice-skating…A great time to visit is during the holiday season, for the holiday lights and markets, ice-skating at the Rockefeller Centre, and the famous ball drop on New Year’s Eve in Times Square.
The weather might be cold, but the city has plenty to keep you occupied, with all the famous sights, churches, parks, and museums. We highly recommend you visit during the holiday season (which lasts until end of January, as Russians celebrate Christmas on a different date), while Moscow’s Winter Festival is running and the streets are full of performances, games, crafts, and holiday markets, as well as sledding, skating, and other fun winter activities. Make sure to visit the Christmas Market in Red Square, and see the firework display there on New Year’s Eve.
Prague, Czech Republic
This romantic Old-World city offers plenty to do during the winter months. From December to February, holiday events are ongoing, with the Prague Christmas market, New Year’s fireworks, and Valentine’s Day celebrations, as well as end of winter festivals. Keep warm in the many museums and concert halls in the city, and cozy up with your significant other in the cafes and restaurants. As a bonus, not many tourists attend during the winter months so you can have this city to yourself.