15 Cozy Romantic Retreats for the Winter in North America from 15 Cozy Romantic Retreats for the Winter in North America
15 Cozy Romantic Retreats for the Winter in North America
15 Cozy Romantic Retreats for the Winter in North America
Romantic holidays are always in season but there is something about the white-powdered snow, cool and crisp air, and cozy sweaters that make winter the best time for such getaways. So run far, far away with your significant other to the belly of the wintry beast and stay in cottages built two centuries ago. The outdoor vibe of mountain towns – popular or lesser-known – gives you energy like nothing else. They offer plenty of thrilling adventures.
The Ranch at Rock Creek – Philipsburg, Montana
The Ranch at Rock Creek is one of America’s most spectacular glamping destinations. It combines Big Sky scenery with its cozy yet luxurious accommodations to provide visitors with a truly memorable experience. Home to authentic log cabins, historic barn accommodations and deluxe canvas cabins, this all-inclusive resort was one of three U.S. lodges featured among National Geographic’s “Unique Lodges of the World.”
Field Guide – Stowe, Vermont
You get to stay in downtown Stowe, one of the most charming places in New England. If you are looking for a low key getaway with outdoor access, this hotel in a town situated in a valley between peaks of the Green Mountains, is your destination. Hike to a beautiful waterfall or drive the back roads to Mount Mansfield for gorgeous views. The hotel features modern rooms and luxury cottage suites with bathtubs, hot tub, heated pool, crackling fireplace, vintage games, and lots of hanging-out space.
Dunton Hot Springs – Dolores, Colorado
This is one of the best hot springs in the world. Once a ghost town left to rot in the 1800s, Dunton is now a world-class resort set among the San Juan Mountains. The hot spring pools take on a miraculous red color due to a combination of iron, manganese, calcium-bicarbonate and lithium. The waters range in temperature from 85 to 106 degrees, giving guests the choice of experiencing a cool soak or a piping hot dip. Stay in a cabin with your own hot spring inside or outside, or a private soaking pool out back.
The Wickaninnish Inn – Tofino, British Columbia
The inn’s motto is “Rustic Elegance On Nature's Edge,” and it’s not hard to see why. Guests can experience Vancouver Island’s nature at its wildest, and stay at a place with stunning ocean views overlooking and Chesterman Beach. Nestled between the forest and the ocean, the Ancient Cedars Spa at the inn is a popular feature. It offers a full range of treatments with an emphasis on relaxation and rejuvenation inspired by natural surrounds. Bonus: This is a pet-friendly hotel.
Sol Duc Hot Springs Resort – Washington
You’ll appreciate the fact that there is no cell phone service (neither are Internet or TVs). The resort is in Olympic National Park, one of the most popular national parks in the country. It has three unique environments – mountains, coasts and rainforests. Hiking the park feels like you are in an imaginary world. There are no roads to spoil the natural beauty.
The Landing Resort & Spa – South Lake Tahoe, California
This place was voted North America’s Top Boutique Hotel. Guests love the restorative spa packages and modern European design, including marble bathrooms with heated floors and heated toilet seats. The waterfront location in South Lake Tahoe is hard to beat. All rooms feature stone fireplaces, and many have spectacular lake views.
The Sagamore – Bolton Landing, New York
This is a historic AAA Four-Diamond resort on Lake George nestled in the regal Adirondacks, which provides world-class skiing, and outdoor winter adventures. Even less adventurous couples will love the opportunity to go on a hike and breathe fresh mountain air. Guests will enjoy culinary demonstrations, wine tastings, history tours, indoor sports at the Rec, and swimming in the indoor heated pool.
Chena Hot Springs Resort – Fairbanks, Alaska
Witnessing the Northern Lights is an unforgettable and very romantic experience. See the stunning lights while you’re relaxing in a hot spring. Founded over a century ago, Chena Hot Springs is the most developed hot springs destination in Alaska. Make sure you visit the famous Aurora Ice Museum, a year round geothermal technology wonder. Get out in the wilderness and explore the remote location by dog sledding.
Manoir Hovey – Eastern Townships, Quebec
This fascinating and charming mansion, established in the 1900’s, will captivate you with its rural Francophone atmosphere. Manoir Hovey presides over 30 acres of woods and gardens along 650 yards of prime lakeshore on scenic Lake Massawippi. Most rooms offer panoramic views across and down the lake. Enjoy the gas fireplaces and whirlpool tubs. The more active couples will love hiking and biking in Mont-Orford National Park.
Knob Hill Inn – Sun Valley, Idaho
Sun Valley is a winter wonderland and home to one of America’s top skiing destinations. The hotel offers transportation services that will take you anywhere in Sun Valley or Ketchum. Relax in the indoor heated pool or wind down in the hot tub or sauna after hitting the slopes or exploring the more than 20 miles of top-notch cross-country ski trails. Your personal concierge will help make your day unforgettable.
Tanque Verde Ranch – Tucson, Arizona
Some of Tanque Verde Ranch Resort’s recognitions include being named “Best Dude Ranch in Arizona” by Arizona Republic in 2012 and winning the Silver for Outstanding Southwestern Cuisine by Tucson Lifestyle Magazine in 2013. Nestled amongst the Rincon Mountains and adjacent to Saguaro National Park and Coronado National Forest, this is one of America’s old time cattle and guest ranches. Go on a Jeep adventure, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, or take a long easy stride on a horse around the Ranch, taking in a whole new view of the desert landscape.
Tsylos Park Lodge – Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada
Tsylos offers you a real chance to disconnect. You’re not available by cell phone, Facebook or even email. You have the perfect excuse to take a true vacation that allows youa mental, physical, and emotional break. The place says it doesn’t have cell phone access for any reason, unless it’s an emergency.
The Lodge at Glendorn – Bradford, Pennsylvania
This luxurious lodge, located about 17 miles from Allegany State Park, features a redwood house built in 1929 and 16 distinct accommodations, most of which are set apart as standalone cabins. Spend your day cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice fishing, sledding or curling; then relax with pampering spa services; and spend the evenings around the campfire or outdoor fire pits.
Blue Bell Lodge – Black Hills of South Dakota
Be a cowboy for a few days but stay at a modern lodge. Every cabin has a fire pit outside, so you can end your day stargazing around the campfire. During the day, saddle up for a trail ride through some of the park’s most gorgeous areas. Custer touts itself as one of the few remaining wild sanctuaries in the country. Elk, mountain goats and nearly 1,300 buffalo roam there. You can also try an all-day horseback ride led by seasoned cowboys. The room has vaulted ceilings and stone fireplaces.
Emerald Lake Lodge – Yoho National Park, Canada
This is another place with no cell phone service. Rooms have private baths, balconies and wood burning fieldstone fireplaces; the hotel is even very pet-friendly. But there is no cell phone reception. Enjoy a truly relaxing vacation in the absolutely stunning national park. Vertical rockwalls and dizzying peaks draw hundreds of thousands of visitors. Hiking along stunning summits and humongous glaciers is exceptional; majestic waterfalls including the popular Takkakaw Falls offer a unique glimpse of Canada’s natural wonders.