30 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways in the U.S.
Want to whisk your sweetie away on a romantic winter getaway in the United States? December, January and February will be here before you know it. So it's time to start planning now. Whether your other half would prefer to curl up in a cozy cabin with a good book or hit the slopes on a ski vacation, frosty fun awaits in big cities, small towns and rural areas across the country. Rather catch some rays at the beach? We’ve also included a few scintillating warm-weather locales that snowbirds are sure to love. And, of course, destinations with mild climates and a plethora of outdoor activities (hello, hiking and biking) haven’t been overlooked either. Scroll on and let the sparks fly.
1. TRUCKEE, CALIFORNIA
Just a three-hour drive from the urban sprawl of San Francisco, Truckee is a picturesque mountain town that’s the perfect home base for exploring the majesty of Lake Tahoe. Fill your days with hiking, snowshoeing, skiing and snowboarding or go for a nostalgic twirl with your partner on the Northstar Village Ice Skating Rink.
Where to stay: We dare anyone not to fall head over heels for the breathtaking vistas, sophisticated ambiance, ski-in/ski-out setup and serene spa (OK, that’s going to be a next-level couples massage) at The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe.
2. MARFA, TEXAS
Are art and Instagrammable sights your love language? Then we’d highly recommend journeying to Marfa. This 1.6-square-mile desert gem in west Texas may be tiny, but it’s packed with creative energy and cool stuff to see. And the vast, arid landscape is nothing short of mesmerizing. Because winter isn’t as popular of a time to visit, you might even get lucky and capture some pics sans other tourists.
Where to stay: As hip as the town it calls home, The Lincoln Marfa has photogenic suites and a no B.S. attitude that’s totally refreshing.
3. NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA
New Orleans has a party-centric reputation and that’s definitely warranted. However, there’s more to the Big Easy than Mardi Gras and Bourbon Street. It’s a rich melting pot of music, cuisine and architecture that’s totally tempting in the winter when the temperature drops yet the offerings remain sizzling hot. If you’ve already done the whole dimly-lit dinner date night thing, why not shake up the after-dark activities with a haunted bar crawl?
Where to stay: A seductive and serene sanctuary in the trendy Warehouse District, Maison de la Luz is the grown-up guesthouse getaway of our dreams.
4. KEY WEST, FLORIDA
Those who self-identify as snowbirds (and really any couple keen to escape the cold that batters most of the country during the winter) should fly down to Key West for a sun-splashed, stress-free weekend of enviable weather, daiquiris, beach strolls, candy-colored sunsets and bar hopping in Florida's southernmost point. Don’t stay out too late because you’ll need to rise early for a snorkeling excursion to North America’s only living coral barrier reef.
Where to stay: After a day of seaside fun, kick back at this breezy bungalow one block from Duval Street.
5. PALM SPRINGS, CALIFORNIA
A *literal* oasis in the middle of the desert and the retreat of choice for A-listers dating back to the Golden Age of Hollywood, Palm Springs still tops the list of weekend getaways for romance and relaxation. With championship golf courses, gorgeous mountain views and some of the most swoon-worthy examples of mid-century modern architecture in the country, it’s easy to see why.
Where to stay: Rent this 1968-built pad in the Indian Canyons neighborhood with vaulted ceilings, modern flourishes, a huge yard and a pool.
6. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS
If you live anywhere in the Midwest, chances are you’re only a direct flight (or, maybe, even a reasonable drive) away from Chicago. While the weather in the Windy City might be a bit unforgiving in the winter months, the abundance of incredible things to do indoors—from visiting world-class museums to splitting a deep-dish pizza with your person—along with seasonal attractions such as Christmas markets make it an enticing urban escape.
Where to stay: Following a multi-million dollar transformation, the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago is even more stylish, vibrant and luxurious than ever. (And we thought it was fabulous even before the refurbishment.)
7. SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA
Winter in Scottsdale is just WOW. It won’t be scorching like the summertime (that’s actually a really good thing because if you’ve ever visited in July that’s a one-and-done situation), but you will get to enjoy clear, sunny skies and plenty of outdoor activities, ranging from hiking to golfing. Don’t forget to add spa sessions and trips to the nearby Desert Botanical Garden to your weekend itinerary.
Where to stay: Planning an extra special weekend away—perhaps an anniversary trip or proposal? It’s got to be The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician, a Luxury Collection Resort, Scottsdale.
8. ASPEN, COLORADO
Heaps of powder turn Aspen into one of the most magical places on the planet. Killer skiing and snowboarding is a given. But that’s only part of the appeal. Thanks to high-end shops, intimate restaurants (candlelight dinner, anyone?), luxury resorts and cultural attractions such as the Aspen Art Museum, you can still have an incredibly romantic weekend without ever even putting on snow boots.
Where to stay: A mountainside retreat that’s steeped in history, Hotel Jerome, Auberge Resorts Collection turns up the romance with this impeccably posh yet warm, Western-y ambiance and what we’re calling luxury cowboy-inspired decor.
9. GRAFTON, VERMONT
The Green Mountain State has so many dreamy winter destinations it’s almost impossible to pick just one. But we’ve got to give it up to Grafton for having the best slogan (“It’s everything you think Vermont should be”) and living up to that promise. This real-deal small town—with a population of just over 600 people—woes travelers with its rolling hills, classic New England architecture and laid-back attitude.
Where to stay: Built circa 1840, this historic home is endlessly charming and perfectly positioned in the west end of the village center.
10. NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND
While the masses may flock to Newport in the summer, this heritage-rich coastal enclave is pretty much guaranteed to reignite passion in December, January and February. A blanket of glittering white snow covers the opulent Gilded Age mansions, there are tons of festive events, a chill in the air invites extra cuddles and it’s way easier to score coveted reservations at beloved restaurants like Clarke Cooke House.
Where to stay: For a great location and beautiful views of Newport Harbor, snag a nautical-themed room at the chic new Brenton Hotel.
11. NEW YORK, NEW YORK
The city so nice (and, can we add, romantic?) they named it twice! Whether you’re skating on The Rink at Rockefeller Center, ambling through the quaint streets of the West Village, snow-shoeing in Central Park, navigating the many masterpiece-filled rooms at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, catching a Broadway show or savoring a candlelit dinner at a Michelin-starred restaurant, New York comes up big in the romance department.
Where to stay: Staying steps from Central Park is the dream for most city-dwelling duos and visitors alike. Plus, we really love the nature-inspired aesthetic of 1 Hotel Central Park.
12. KAUAI, HAWAII
Kauai (aka the "Garden Isle") will steal your heart with its unspoiled beauty—pristine bays, secluded coves, lush rainforests and dramatic cliffs. A helicopter tour over the Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon is a must-do activity when in Hawaii. For active duos, there’s also mountain biking, volcano voyages, ATV tours and snorkeling. Of course, the fact that it’s bikini weather in the winter certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Where to stay: If you’re a sucker for luxury accommodations, sweeping ocean panoramas and golf, make yourself at home at Timbers Kauai Ocean Club & Residences.
13. GALENA, ILLINOIS
When the forecast calls for snow, it’s time to hightail it out of the city to a quaint town. The Midwest is great, albeit freezing, during the frosty season. We’re especially sweet on Galena, a former lead-mining town with preserved 19th-century buildings, antique shops, peaceful nature trails and farm-to-table eateries—basically, all the makings of a very adult and amour-inducing weekend—plus, it’s only three hours from Chicago.
Where to stay: Like so much of Galena, the Jail Hill Inn oozes history and romance. Also, the scratch-made chocolate croissants are legendary.
14. SISTERS, OREGON
Oregon is blessed with tons of beautiful places and charming small towns. Situated near the second-largest wilderness area in the state, Sisters offers couples access to majestic peaks (ever heard of the Three Sisters?), alpine meadows, waterfalls, lava fields, glaciers, freshwater streams, sparkling lakes, forests and all sorts of outdoor adventure. In the winter, that means snowy hikes and skiing.
Where to stay: Woodsy cabins with oversized soaking tubs, king beds and fireplaces bring the romance at FivePine Lodge & Spa.
15. BOZEMAN, MONTANA
Top-notch skiing makes a compelling case for jetting off to Bozeman during the snowy season. But that’s not all! Lovebirds can unwind with a dip in the natural hot springs, sample stouts at local breweries and shop the artisan boutiques along Main Street. For a unique date night, head to the planetarium at Montana State University’s Museum of the Rockies.
Where to stay: Surround yourself with art, books, games and Scandi decor at this stylish, modern house in Bozeman’s historic Southside neighborhood.
16. JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
Jackson Hole entices any time of year. Although, we’ll admit that Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park are both somehow even more breathtaking blanketed in snow. If skiing is your jam, get ready...because the area boasts three winter resorts! Downtown has cute shops, Western-inspired bars and wonderful restaurants. Be sure to snap a photo in front of the famous antler arches to keep as a memento.
Where to stay: Splurge on a room at Amangani (which means “peaceful home”). Up the zen with a stress-melting couple’s massage.
17. CAMDEN, MAINE
Dreaming of stealing away to one of the prettiest small towns in New England for the weekend? The moment you gaze upon Penobscot Bay, the glistening harbor and the well-preserved 19th-century homes covered in fresh flakes, it’ll become abundantly clear why Camden is so special. We’d be remiss not to mention the seafood eateries, local wineries (apparently, Maine produces vino?) and performances at Camden Opera House.
Where to stay: Couples staying at the recently renovated Captain Swift Inn can look forward to rooms with oversized whirlpool tubs, plush robes, fireplaces and showers with multiple spray heads.
18. SONOMA, CALIFORNIA
Wine, food and romance go together like, well, wine, food and romance. During shoulder season in Sonoma, the climate remains mild yet hotel rates drop. And what's sexier than having extra money in your pocket to spend on fresh-from-the-field far and biodynamic vino from a local producer? The Reserve Experience at Hamel Family Wines marries a four-course meal with limited-production Cabernet Sauvignon and other terroir-driven sips.
Where to stay: Kenwood Inn & Spa is a seductive, Mediterranian-style retreat with a relaxed feel that will transport you to Tuscany.
19. SANDPOINT, IDAHO
At first, Sandpoint may not seem like the most obvious pick for a red-hot winter getaway. But its sparkling Lake Pend Oreille, awe-inspiring mountains and 300 inches of snow say otherwise. While you’re there, take advantage of the array of outdoor activities (who’s up for cross-country skiing, ice fishing and snowmobiling?), grab a pint at MickDuff’s Brewing Company and see a concert at The Panida Theater.
Where to stay: Picture you and your loved one snuggling under a blanket on the porch of this peaceful log cabin.
20. MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA
Want to escape the cold? Venture to Miami Beach for sunshine, great food, nightlife, Art Deco architecture and seaside canoodling with your sweetie. The average temp in January is 76 degrees, which means you can spend days basking in the golden rays. What’s on tap for evenings? A candle-lit dinner, followed by sipping cocktails at a swanky lounge, going dancing or hitting up a club.
Where to stay: Nobu Hotel Miami Beach has a sexy, grown-up vibe. And Chef Nobu Matsuhisa's signature rock shrimp tempura (IYKYK) is basically a mouthgasm.
21. CORNWALL, CONNECTICUT
New England nostalgia is very much on display in Cornwall—and a dusting of snowflakes only makes this tiny town in Litchfield County even prettier. The slopes of Mohawk Mountain lures skiers and snowboarders. Rugged and remote, Wyantenock State Forest encompasses 4,000 acres. On a given afternoon in the winter, you probably won’t see another person (besides your partner, of course). The West Cornwall Covered Bridge is also a must-see.
Where to stay: Embrace the old-fashioned charm of The Amselhaus, a serene and romantic guesthouse nestled on the banks of the Housatonic River.
22. LORETTO, KENTUCKY
Why visit Loretto? Beautiful views, country cooking and bourbon! Kick-off your trip with a scenic drive along the Bluegrass Parkway. Take a tour of Maker's Mark Distillery to learn how the famous spirit is made (the heavenly aromas are definitely an aphrodisiac), explore the limestone cellars and slog back a few tipples. Afterward, go sharesies on steak and a loaded baked potato at Missy's Cafe.
Where to stay: Shack up at The Barrel House Bed & Breakfast set on a bucolic family farm and let your troubles fade away.
23. LEAVENWORTH, WASHINGTON
Picture a Bavarian-style village in the Cascade Mountains with fresh alpine air, storybook architecture, beer halls and all the wiener schnitzel you can eat. This fairytale destination actually exists—in the United States, not Germany, no less—and it’s called Leavenworth. The charm level only rises when the flakes fall. Plus, there are awesome ski slopes. So, yeah, it’s a sort of fantasy-into-reality winter vacation spot.
Where to stay: Bed down at this mountain-view condo surrounded by shops and restaurants downtown Leavenworth.
24. CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
You could easily make the case for Charleston being the most romantic city in the South. The weather in the winter is generally mild, so that’s quite appealing (especially for folks in the frosty Midwest and Northeast). Don a light jacket for strolls along The Battery, savor Low Country cuisine at the myriad award-winning restaurants and take couple-y pics in front of Rainbow Row.
Where to stay: Live it up in the lap of luxury at the ultra-glamorous and regal Hotel Bennet that presides over famed King Street.
25. HUDSON, NEW YORK
Located just two hours from the Big Apple, Hudson has established itself as one of the most enchanting (and convenient) places for urbanites to escape city life for a few days. If indie shops, heritage-rich architecture and farm-to-table restaurants sound right up your alley, might we suggest stealing away to this charming country town for a winter weekend? The colder months also bring ample opportunities for fun outdoorsy activities like cross-country skiing.
Where to stay: A newcomer to Hudson's hotel scene, The Amelia, occupies a renovated, 19th-century Queen Anne-style house that’s full of history and fashionable flourishes.
26. PARK CITY, UTAH
Consistently ranked among the best mountain destinations in North America, Park City is a year-round playground for outdoor recreation, but this tourism darling shines even brighter in the winter. It’s no secret that the slopes are epic. You’ll also find fantastic food and upscale resorts. For some perspective-shifting, high-altitude excitement your honey won’t soon forget, book a hot-air balloon ride.
Where to stay: Refined atmosphere, 35,000-square-foot alpine-inspired spa and five-star service, the Montage Deer Valley puts romance front and center.
27. SAVANNAH, GEORGIA
An inimitable combination of Southern charm and grace makes Savannah utterly irresistible. When the thermometer dips, so do the crowds. Meander through cobblestone streets, gawk at the antebellum architecture, do a spooky ghost tour (an excuse to get a little closer to your person, amirite?) and revel in the pleasure of a horse-drawn carriage ride or, if it’s not too chilly, a riverboat cruise.
Where to stay: Rather experience life like a local rather than a tourist? Book this colorful home in the Victorian District near Forsyth Park.
28. LANESBORO, MINNESOTA
Couples venturing to Lanesboro can expect arts, culture and a relaxed pace that seems tailor-made for reconnecting, plus chill weather that encourages getting really close (body warmth is a real thing). There are vibrant galleries, studios and performances by roving thespians. The Commonweal Theatre Company has a lineup of comedies, dramas and musicals.
Where to stay: Hunker down at this rustic log cabin that’s located on the Root River Trail and only a few miles from downtown Lanesboro.
29. VAIL, COLORADO
It’s no secret that Vail is in one of the most charming towns in Colorado. For pairs who enjoy skiing and snowboarding, few places compare to this storied resort destination. Envision yourself sharing gondolas to the top of the summit while the flakes gracefully fall, racing side by side to the base of the mountain and indulging in some après-ski revelry.
Where to stay: With its Swiss-chalet aesthetics and prime location in the middle of Vail Village, Sonnenalp Hotel is the perfect spot to settle in after hitting the slopes.
30. FAIRBANKS, ALASKA
Admittedly, Fairbanks isn’t a feasible weekend getaway for most folks. That doesn’t mean it’s off the table for all couples—especially when you factor in the northern lights. As if the chance to witness this spellbinding phenomenon wasn’t seductive enough, there’s also a splendid mix of active and leisure pursuits. Try dog mushing, heat things up at the thermal springs or plan a day trip to the Arctic Circle.
Where to stay: Reserve this expansive log home and glimpse the aurora borealis from the comfort of the grand outdoor deck.