9 Most Romantic Winter Vacations Slideshow
Take a tour of the opulent Parliament Building, admire the architecture of Saint Peter’s Basilica, and relish the warmth of the Hotel Gellért baths all day long if you want. Budapest is rich in history, romance, and mouthwatering cuisines that you must try; seriously, don’t leave before you’ve had traditional Hungarian gulyás.
Unlike many Christmas markets that close right before or after Christmas Day, the market in this Austrian city stays open until February. Have a romantic day at the Aqua Dome Spa, or spend time discovering castles in surrounding areas. In the evening, make your way to Stiftskeller for some wonderful Austrian staples like Tafelspitz or Wiener Saftgulasch. Adding to the city’s magical winter atmosphere, Innsbruck’s buildings are illuminated at night.
Wyoming may not be the first place you think of when you think “romance,” but trust us on this one. Take a dog-sledding tour on the Iditarod Trail with your partner this winter, or find romance on a snowmobile tour instead. There’s something for all couples in this wintry destination, with spas, museums, galleries, and fine dining. Speaking of which, spend an early-evening meal at the Granary Restaurant if you’re looking for a picturesque date night with beautiful mountain views.
Lake George, N.Y.
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Stay in a cottage, rent a house, or spend a few days at a bed and breakfast for a romantic vacation in Lake George. In the Adirondack region of upstate New York, Lake George offers plenty to do in the winter, including horseback rides, ice fishing, snowshoeing, and winter farmers markets. For a great fine-dining experience with amazing views, make a reservation at Château on the Lake in nearby Bolton Landing.
Although winter is the low season in Napa Valley, it’s also cabernet season and the region has some of the most perfect bed and breakfasts for a romantic escape during these cold months. Milliken Creek Inn and Spa is a particularly endearing place, with private balconies, in-room fireplaces, and breakfast delivered anywhere on the property. You’ll want to tour some wineries, of course, and if you’re vacationing in January, you can take part in the valley’s Restaurant Week (Jan. 22–29) or the Truffle Festival from Jan. 13 to 16.
Québec City, Canada
The small-town feel of Québec City, with the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac on one side and the Saint Lawrence River on the other, makes it a romantic destination all year round, but even more so with a layer of white covering the city. Grab some popcorn from Mary’s Popcorn Shop and walk the city’s winding, cobbled streets with your partner.
The days in Iceland may be short, but the mere chance of catching the Northern Lights during the winter months is enough of a reason to visit for a romantic vacation. Reykjavik is a beautiful city that becomes even lovelier under the winter snow. And if you’re visiting March 1 to 5, you’ll have a chance to experience the Food and Fun Festival.
The Berkshires, Mass.
The Berkshires are scattered with small, charming towns that are perfect for a romantic trip away. You can stay at a bed and breakfast in Lenox, or go on a couples’ retreat at Canyon Ranch. Winter in the Berkshires is great for skiing, but is also a prime time for exploring itineraries such as the Arts Heritage Trail, for antiquing and sightseeing, and for dining at some of the area’s most delicious farm-to-table restaurants.
This small town in Vermont makes for an intimate winter vacation. One of the most charming places to stay is the Woodstock Inn and Resort, which even offers a romance package for couples. If you prefer doing your own thing and don’t want to be tied down to a package, wander the shops and restaurants on Main Street or do some sightseeing at the farms and museums in the area.