Sunday December 16, 2012
four romantic winter getaways
by MK Burnell
Some places just seem to reach their full potential when the snow starts to fall. Whether you're window shopping together over hot cocoa, hitting the slopes for some adventure, or just curling up by a crackling fire, there's something special about a winter romance. These picturesque cold-weather destinations will help you take full advantage of this magical time of year.
LAKE PLACID, NEW YORK
Nestled in the heart of the Adirondacks, Lake Placid boasts a charming town center and an Olympic legacy that keeps it bustling year round. Browse the shops, stroll around stunning Mirror Lake, ski nearby Whiteface Mountain, or try snowshoeing in the pristine High Peaks. To warm up, stop in for a wine tasting at local Goose Watch Winery's main street location!
STAY AT: The Mirror Lake Inn, a beautiful hotel and restaurant with old-style elegance.
The whimsical, colorful village of Mont-Tremblant is a fabulous destination for a couple looking to practice their French! The unique Quebecois culture provides a romantic backdrop to a ski vacation in the Laurentian mountains. Visit picturesque St. Jovite and take in the breathtaking views.
STAY AT: Hotel Quintessence, a 5 star boutique hotel where you're sure to be well taken care of.
The Western United States are home to some fabulous winter getaways. One of Colorado's premiere ski resort towns, the town of Telluride does not allow commercial chain stores; every shop, cafe and restaurant is a unique local experience.
STAY AT: Lumiére, a luxury adventure boutique hotel with unsurpassed service and accommodations.
It's a well kept secret that the city of Venice is at its most enchanting in the winter. Snow is rare, but the city's infamous summer humidity gives way to a crisp chill; fewer tourists crowd the streets and canals; sidewalk trattorias become irresistible havens. Quaff a prosecco with lunch and lose yourselves in the mysterious fog that settles over the labyrinthian alleyways. Plus, the famous Carnival of Venice begins in February!
STAY AT: Ca' Pisani, a small, Art Deco boutique hotel set in the cultural heart of the city.
Don't run away from the cold this year. Instead, discover the true beauty of winter and heat up your relationship by embracing the ice and snow.