It’s beginning to look a lot like winter. Temperatures are dropping. Everyone is starting to bundle up to go outside. Snow is even in the forecast. So it’s time to start planning your first cold-weather getaway. Here are five winter wonderlands in the United States and Europe to consider this year. A hot beverage will be awaiting your arrival.
Westerly: Begin the holiday season with a stone fireplace, fireside carols and cocktails, the promise of Santa Claus’ arrival, an herbal steam room, a wine tasting, a cooking class, and a four-course dinner at a reconstructed beach hotel in New England.
Stone Harbor: Check out a new spa, a renovated hotel, a sophisticated restaurant, and an affulent beach community during the off-season in the Garden State.
Megève: Find freshly fallen snow, a traditional mountain bistro, a center square reserved for pedestrians and sleds, chic boutiques outlined with twinkling lights, and a rustic-chic restaurant with three Michelin stars in a magical ski town in the Alps.
Lucerne: Discover a classic hotel, great restaurants, cheese and chocolate shops, ski slopes, crisp mountain air, and lots of sunshine around a cobalt freshwater lake in Central Switzerland.
Plitviče Lakes National Park: Have a large national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, 16 interconnected lakes, and slushy trails practically to yourself in one of the most beautiful spots in Europe.