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We know, we know. Fall in Dallas has barely begun, so why bring up winter? Because it's never too early to start planning your next vacation.

Check out our top destinations, all of which are an easy drive or flight from Dallas.

Mexico

Sayulita Nayarit, Mexico

A secluded beach town on the Pacific coast of Mexico, Sayulita is miles from more urbanized and overcrowded spots like Cancun and Cozumel. And this is the type of place where you can be totally low-key (reading a book with your toes in the sand) or totally not (learning how to surf).

Where to stay: Villa Amor; 619-819-5969 or villaamor.com

DogSledding

Winter Park, Colorado

Sure, you can ski here. But you'll want to take advantage of the other adventures in Winter Park, which is located just 90 minutes west of Denver. Activities like dog sledding, sleigh rides, snowmobiling and snow tubing should be on your agenda. Fair warning: They book up fast.

Where to stay: Handpicked Homes; 844-773-9268 or naturalretreats.com

HotSprings

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Quaint. Charming. Relaxing. Haunted (yup). These words best describe this town set deep in the Ozarks. You can pamper yourself at one of the many spas and thermal baths. Or partake in one of the many ghost tours--if you dare.

Where to stay: Arlington Resort Hotel & Spa; 501-623-7771 or arlingtonhotel.com

SantaFe

Santa Fe, New Mexico

There's a reason New Mexico is called the Land of Enchantment, and Santa Fe is no exception. Browse the local galleries full of Native American artwork, eat innovative Southwestern fare and take in pueblo-style architecture. Winter is chilly and dry, so you can even experience some of the region's best skiing, if you're into that sort of thing.

Where to stay: La Posada de Santa Fe; 505-986-0000 or laposadadesantafe.com

Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina

With its slow pace, friendly residents, colorful stucco houses and tree-lined paths, this quintessential Southern city couldn't be more welcoming. Go with a big appetite, though, since it's home to some of the best restaurants in the country--like Husk and Fig.

Where to stay: Planters Inn; 843-722-2345 or plantersinn.com

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