20 Romantic Winter Weekend Getaways in the U.S.
Want to whisk your sweetie away somewhere special? A weekend of romance awaits at wondrous winter destinations from Aspen to Sandpoint. 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.
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.
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.
“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?
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.
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.
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. Stay at FivePine Lodge—voted Central Oregon's most romantic getaway—to take advantage of Champagne, chocolate and bubble baths.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Napa Valley, California
Napa Valley tempts travelers year-round, but during shoulder season prices drop. And you know what’s sexy? Having extra money to spoil your bae with Michelin-starred dinners at Auberge du Soleil and world-class bottles of wine.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.