20 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways in the U.S.
Want to whisk your sweetie away on a special winter weekend getaway? Romance awaits at wondrous winter destination. Think: cozy cabins, romantic restaurants and frosty fun. Of course, we’ve also included a few scintillating warm-weather locales snowbirds are sure to love. Scroll on and let the sparks fly.
1. Fairbanks, Alaska
Journey to Fairbanks for prime northern lights viewing. As if the chance to witness this spellbinding phenomenon weren’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 Modern Riverside Residence and enjoy the view of the northern lights from the comfort of the private deck.
2. Park City, Utah
Park City is a year-round playground for outdoor recreation, but it really wows in the winter. It’s no secret that the slopes are epic. You’ll also find fantastic food and upscale resorts like the Montage Deer Valley. For an added treat, surprise your honey with a hot-air balloon ride.
Where to stay: Take a dip in a heated pool or spend a romantic night inside cozied up near the fire at this cozy studio apartment.
3. Grafton, Vermont
“It’s everything you think Vermont should be.” That’s the slogan for Grafton. And, no, it doesn’t overpromise. This real-deal small town—with a population of just over 600 people—steals hearts with its rolling hills, historic houses and laid-back attitude. What more could you ask for?
Where to stay: What better place to nestle into than this luxurious historic home in the west end of the village center?
4. Newport, Rhode Island
While the masses may flock to Newport in the summer, this coastal enclave is pretty much guaranteed to reignite passion from December to February. The opulent Gilded Age mansions are covered in snow, there are tons of festive events, and it’s way easier to score coveted reservations.
Where to stay: For a great location and beautiful view of Newport Harbor, stay in this cute apartment on Thames Street with a private roof deck.
5. New York, New York
The city so nice they named it twice! Whether you’re skating on The Rink at Rockefeller Center, ambling through the streets of the West Village or splitting a candy-coated milkshake at Black Tap, New York comes up big in the romance department.
Where to stay: For a romantic stay, we recommend a true New York City loft—like this beautiful one-bedroom in the Lower East Side.
6. Vail, Colorado
For pairs who enjoy hitting the slopes, few places compare with Vail. Envision yourself sharing gondolas to the top of the summit, racing side by side to the base and indulging in après-ski revelry before cuddling up by the fire in your suite at the Arrabelle.
Where to stay: Marriott's StreamSide resort in Vail is the perfect place to settle in after hitting the slopes.
7. Sisters, Oregon
Contemplating a jaunt to Sisters this winter? With its rugged terrain, rustic cabins and cold-weather recreation, a weekend in this amour-inducing town is nothing short of sublime.
Where to stay: For a picture-perfect couples retreat, book the "Romance Cabin" at the FivePine Lodge, which is tucked away in the Deschutes National Forest.
8. 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 soak in the natural hot springs, sample stouts at local breweries and shop the artisan boutiques on Main Street.
Where to stay: Surround yourself in art, books and unique decor at this modern, stylish house. Not only is it right next to a gorgeous private golf course, but it’s also a short bike ride (or drive come winter) to downtown Bozeman for shopping and dining.
9. Lanesboro, Minnesota
Couples venturing to Lanesboro can expect arts, culture and a relaxed pace that seems tailor-made for reconnecting. There are vibrant galleries, studios and performances by roving thespians. Plus, the Commonweal Theatre Company has a lineup of comedies, dramas and musicals that are sure to impress.
Where to stay: Spend the night in this remarkable home, which is fewer than three miles from the Root River State Trail and only six miles from Lanesboro.
10. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is enchanting no matter when you visit. Winter is generally mild, which is quite appealing—especially for folks in the Midwest and Northeast. On the agenda? Stroll hand in hand along The Battery, savor Low Country cuisine at the myriad award-winning restaurants and stay in a historic inn.
Where to stay: Imagine yourself sipping coffee on the charming patio of this historic home surrounded by shops, restaurants, cafes and more.
11. Kauai, Hawaii
The least-developed Hawaiian island, Kauai delivers a major dose of unspoiled beauty—pristine bays, secluded sand dunes and swaying palms. For active duos, there’s mountain biking, volcano voyages, ATV tours and snorkeling. Of course, the fact that it’s bikini weather in January certainly doesn’t hurt either.
Where to stay: If you’re a sucker for a pool bar and hot tub, make yourself at home in this top floor condominium at Islander on the Beach.
12. Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Jackson Hole entices any time of year. Although, we’ll admit that the Tetons are somehow more breathtaking blanketed in snow. Downtown has cute shops and Western-inspired bars. Don’t forget to snap a pic in front of the famous antler arches. Wondering where to snooze? Splurge on a room at Amangani.
Where to stay: Located just a few blocks from Jackson Town Square, this one-bedroom condo provides easy access to shopping, restaurants, museums and more.
13. Camden, Maine
The moment you gaze upon the well-preserved 19th-century homes and glistening harbor, it’ll become abundantly clear why Camden is so unforgettable. Start the day with a hearty breakfast at Boynton-McKay Food Co., an old-school apothecary turned beloved diner, before heading to the High Street Historic District.
Where to stay: This delightful cottage is situated directly across from the Camden Yacht Club entrance and is steps away from downtown shops.
14. Cornwall, Connecticut
New England nostalgia is on display in Cornwall. And a dusting of fresh flakes makes this tiny town even prettier. Mohawk Mountain lures skiers, while the state forest offers frosty trails and scenic photo ops. Speaking of, the West Cornwall Covered Bridge is also a must-see.
Where to stay: Embrace the old-fashioned charm of The Amselhaus, a serene guesthouse nestled on the banks of the Housatonic River.
15. Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley tempts travelers year-round, but during shoulder season prices drop. And what's sexier than having extra money in your pockets to spend on wine?
Where to stay: In the heart of Napa Valley sits this grand home in Saint Helena. The perks? A gorgeous pool, patio, fireplace, fire pit, outdoor basketball court and planted Cabernet vines. Seriously, it oozes luxury.
16. Sandpoint, Idaho
At first, Sandpoint may not seem like an obvious pick for a red-hot winter getaway. But its sparkling lake and snowcapped mountains say otherwise. While you’re there, grab a pint at Laughing Dog Brewing, and take in a show at The Panida Theater.
Where to stay: Picture you and your loved one sipping a glass of red on the porch swings of this private studio dwelling. Just be careful not to spill!
17. Savannah, Georgia
An inimitable combination of Southern charm and grace make Savannah utterly irresistible. When the thermometer dips, so do the crowds. Meander through cobblestone streets, gawk at the antebellum architecture and revel in the pleasure of a horse-drawn carriage ride or, if it’s not too chilly, a riverboat cruise.
Where to stay: With floor-to-ceiling windows that look out into a peaceful garden, this apartment in the Thomas Square neighborhood is an ideal location to enjoy the city.
18. Loretto, Kentucky
Visit Loretto for country cookin’, idyllic drives and bourbon! Take a tour of Maker's Mark Distillery to learn how the famous spirit is made, explore the limestone cellars and slog back a few tipples. Afterward, why not grab a bite at Star Hill Provisions?
Where to stay: Spend the night at The Barrel Head bed and breakfast located on a lovely family farm.
19. Aspen, Colorado
Heaps of powder turn Aspen into one of the most magical places on the planet. Outdoor activities abound. Adding to the allure are chic shops and intimate restaurants. Candlelight dinner, anyone? And you can bed down at a luxurious retreat like The St. Regis Aspen Resort.
Where to stay: Turn up the romance by watching the sun set over the western slope of the Rocky Mountains from this luxury downtown condo.
20. Miami, Florida
Want to escape the cold? Head to Miami for sunshine, salty breezes 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 and nights sipping cocktails at rooftop bars.
Where to stay: If you and your partner are interested in nightlife, food and sunshine — try South Beach! This gorgeous hotel suite is just a quick walk to the beach!