To escape the ultra high wattage scene of Aspen in the winter, head instead to Vail, a slightly less flashy ski town, but certainly no less glamorous. As North America’s largest ski resort, there will be plenty of fresh powder to carve during the day. Plus, there’s a distinctly Bavarian feel to Vail—it bears striking resemblance to German ski resort Garmisch-Partenkirchen—meaning you can pretend for a minute that you’re in a charming village in the Bavarian Alps. Round out the wintry European fantasy by staying at the Arrabelle, which is perfectly situated in the center of town and just steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola and the Alderhof ice rink.
Ninety miles outside of Washington D.C. (and just 40 minutes from Charlottesville) is the Inn at Willow Grove, a historical property that sits on 40 acres in the heart of Virginia wine country. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate is a short drive away. Season-specific offerings include peppermint oil massages at the spa, special holiday cocktails, and homemade beignets delivered each morning.
Located on 120 acres of pristine, sun-soaked Southern California coastline, the Terranea Resort is a perfect warm weather getaway for the holidays. Expect many festive feasts, world-class golf, and custom spa treatments, plus things for the kids, too, like gingerbread house making kits and ornament decorating.
The thing about Biscayne National Park, located near Florida’s southern tip on the Atlantic Coast, is …