10 Affordable Getaways to Take This Winter
Despite all the happy moments, the holiday season can be mentally and physically exhausting, so a relaxing escape and some quality R&R might be just what you need after the festivities are over. Given that you’ve knocked it out of the park gifting everyone on your list, your bank account may be looking a little weak. It’s no reason to despair, though, because there are plenty of winter getaways that are absolutely delightful and mercifully low-maintenance. Ahead, 10 favorites we think are worth exploring. Bon voyage!
Popular for its proximity to Table Rock Lake, Branson nails the wintry cabin vibe with aplomb. Depending on the year, weather may remain mild (by Midwestern standards) through February, allowing for some sunshine and fishing.
Stay: Tucked deep in the Ozark Mountains, Big Cedar Lodge is simply picturesque.
Now, for something completely different. Looking for a city getaway that will totally surprise you? Yes, Minneapolis is home to The Mall of Americas. It’s also host to many independent theaters, a slew of gorgeous lakes as well as state parks, and the Walker Art Center.
Stay: The swank Le Méridien Chambers Minneapolis will quench any thirst for culture you may have (its interiors display contemporary art curated by the hotel's full-time art director).
Accessible by ferry from Seattle, Vancouver—with its gorgeous flowing together of mountains and sea and vertical sprawl of urban density—offers so much, be it outdoorsy activities, shopping, or farm-to-table and international cuisine.
Stay: The Victorian Hotel, a newly remodeled boutique hotel in a beautiful Victorian-style brick building dating back to 1898.
This Bavarian-style village is something of a tourist destination—and for good reason. Nestled on the Eastern edge of the Cascades, Leavenworth transforms into a winter wonderland at first snowfall.
Stay: Stick with the theme and stay at the Bavarian Lodge, where the amenities are “city,” and the charm purely country.
This picturesque ski destination, with its 2,000-plus acres of terrain and sleepy, surrounding ski town, is what we imagine Aspen was like before it out-fancied itself, so come for the juxtaposition of luxury and rugged roots. Drive or fly into Montrose, CO (about one hour and 30 minutes out from Telluride).
Stay: The Mountain Lodge Telluride, with homey, condo-like units and ski-in/ski-out access.
Santa Fe boasts some of the country’s oldest history as well as one of its most active contemporary artist communities. The result is a city rich with culture; galleries, art festivals, and more are commonplace. Without the blazing heat of the summer months, the city is quieter, allowing more time to savor each experience.
Stay: La Fonda Santa Fe is the city’s oldest hotel. Since updated, the rooms still call to mind this very old city’s history.
Mendocino is the essence of Northern California: beautiful redwood forests, rolling vineyards, jagged shoreline, expansive ocean views, and, yes, local and organic everything.
Stay: The beautifully relaxing and private Glendeven, with a sister farm-to-table restaurant just across the street.
Jutting inland off the California coast just near Santa Barbara (barely two hours from Los Angeles), Ojai is something of a sleepy, country-inflected escape, with scenic meditation outlooks and orange groves aplenty.
Stay: The Ojai Rancho Inn isn't just the new, hip kid on the block. It is also very affordable and a showcase of a new wave of local art and design talent.
A longtime retreat for harried Manhattanites, the Hudson Valley is home to rivers and creeks, changing foliage and fresh air, mountains, and other such magic. Six stops on the Metro North or 60 miles of scenic drive, Hudson has a small-town charm melded with the sophistication that comes with being so darn close to New York City.
Known for lobster and lighthouses, Portland has in recent years welcomed an influx of local, farm-to-table-style eateries that make it a destination year round.
Stay: The Danforth Inn, which dates back to the early 1800s and has since been lovingly refurbished.
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