Winter Vacation Ideas to Start Planning Now

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When it comes to winter weekend getaways, it’s all about making the most of the cold conditions. Once you marry magical ice and snow with cushy amenities like roaring fireplaces, access to fresh powder, or a glistening ice-skating rink, the season will feel vibrant and full of fun. Whether you’re looking for a snow-filled ski retreat, an ice fishing adventure, or a cozy cabin to hide out in, these ten enchanting destinations offer something special for every type of seasonal traveler. If the cold isn’t your cup of tea, don’t worry we included some warm retreat options for you as well.

Gstaad Palace

Nestled in a sweeping, snowy valley in the Swiss Alps, Gstaad Palace is one of Switzerland’s most glamorous ski hideaways and a longtime hotspot for celebrities, royalty and international travelers. The Saanenland region is a world-renowned winter sports destination, boasting picturesque trails for every skier from beginner to expert. This winter season, guests looking to enjoy the fresh snow without the use of skis or hiking boots can enjoy the Palace’sLunch by Helicopter — Between Heaven and Earth.

This new, over-the-top experience allows guests to climb into a helicopter for a flight to the Matterhorn, one of the highest mountains in the Alps and a Swiss landmark. Once there, guests will enjoy a champagne aperitif on the move and lunch at almost 9,000 feet above sea level. Afterwards, guests are invited to warm up by the fireplace in the iconic Lobby Bar with a bevy of delicious seasonal cocktails to choose from and enjoy.

Montage Deer Valley

Set in the heart of American ski country in Park City, Utah, Montage Deer Valley is a top winter travel destination for 2019. Just steps from the slopes, this favored luxe ski resort offers a true ski-in/ski-out accessibility with access to six mountains, more than 20 lifts, 100 trails, private ski tutorials and an annual 300 inches of fresh snow.

Guests can warm up after a day on the slops at the property’s Après Lounge, a collaboration with Veuve Clicquot offering savory gourmet bites such as caviar, local cheeses and white truffle popcorn, stylish mountain-style furnishings, a roaring fire and plenty of Veuve Clicquot.

Grand Resort Bad Ragaz

Settled in the Swiss Alps, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is Europe’s leading medical wellness center and the perfect destination to renew in the new year. Running on natural thermal water from the nearby springs at Tamina Gorge, Grand Resort Bad Ragaz’s Thermal Spa is at the center of the resort and the waters are a key component to many of the spa treatments designed to refresh and rejuvenate. Grand Resort Bad Ragaz is one of 12 Swiss Olympic Medical Centers, which allows both beginners and athletes to hone their skiing skills while receiving guidance from the sports medicine department on improving overall performance.

Professional and recreational skiers that are guests of the resort are offered an extensive array of services ranging from preventive check-ups through performance diagnostics and medical examinations, to personal training, fitness coaching, and special and rehabilitation training following injury. Also unique to the resort’s Thermal Spa are the signature Haki Treatments, which are sensory treatments designed to eliminate both physical and emotional pressure through adding a new dimension of treatment rituals.

Thompson Zihuatanejo

Thompson Zihuatanejo is the newest property by Thompson Hotels and the first luxury boutique property in Zihuatanejo — the hotel’s beachfront location along Mexico’s Pacific coast, variety of guestroom options most with a private plunge pool, regionally inspired cuisine, spa and fitness facilities, and lively day-to-night lifestyle programming makes it an ideal destination for a relaxing holiday beach getaway. During the day, guests can also enjoy the property’s two pools, including one with a swim-up bar, try their hand at local cuisine with the hotel’s cooking class inclusive of a guided tour of the local market, or just lay on the pristine sands of Playa La Ropa. At night, the property comes alive with creative culinary programming including a pop-up taco stand, tequila and mezcal tasting, live music, and of course, must-try signature cocktail menu.

The Cape

The Cape, a Thompson Hotel is situated along one of the most desirable stretches of white sand in Los Cabos: the world-renowned surfers’ paradise known as Monuments Beach. The all-new luxury hotel features 161 guestrooms, all with unobstructed views of the Sea of Cortez and the destination’s famed icon, El Arco — a stunning natural phenomenon of granite carved into an arch by centuries of wind and sea exposure. The first Thompson hotel to open in Mexico, The Cape effortlessly blends the brand’s upscale urban aesthetic with a distinct 1960s Baja-meets-Southern California vibe.

Guests enjoy two pools, including an infinity pool with swim-up bar and another built within a natural rock formation found on property; a sixth-story rooftop lounge and garden with unmatched views of the city and sea and a rotating roster of live and DJ-driven music; an intimate spa and fitness center with a private outdoor cabana for treatments with an ocean view; and a diverse array of chef-driven food and beverage destinations (including a signature restaurant from acclaimed Mexican Chef Enrique Olvera).

Hotel Commonwealth

The hotel’s “HibernATE — Warm up & Wine Down” package includes all of the essentials necessary to burrow in for the night, including cozy robes and slippers, locally made chocolates, sparkling wine and Netflix. The best part? You don’t even have to step outside as the package also includes up to $250 in meals and cocktails at some of Boston’s top restaurants — Island Creek Oyster Bar, Eastern Standard Kitchen, and The Hawthorne Bar — all of which are accessible from the same building. Topped off with a late checkout, this package is perfect for anyone who wants to snooze the snow away.

WB Studio Tour

At the top of 2019, Awards Season is in full swing, and there’s no better place to travel to than Los Angeles, the heart of Hollywood culture. Even if travelers aren’t able to attend the award shows, there’s still plenty of ways to get in on the award-season action.

Two of this year’s biggest Blockbusters, Crazy Rich Asians and A Star Is Born, are nominated in various award categories for the Golden Globes (which A Star is Born just won for “Best Original Song”), Grammys (airs 2/10) and SAG awards (airs 2/24), and now visitors can get up close and personal with props and costumes from the films at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood.

Fans can see the colorful Missoni gown worn by Constance Wu, the wedding dress worn by Sonoya Mizuno, Bradley Cooper’s bedazzled guitar, the dress worn by Lady Gaga during the unforgettable scene at The Grammy Awards, handwritten lyrics from “I’ll Never Love Again,” and so much more.

The Confidante

The Confidante, which is part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, is a playful oceanfront oasis in Miami’s mid-beach neighborhood that combines the vibrant glamour of Miami’s past with the sophistication and amenities of modern day. The Confidante’s vibe is warm, welcoming, unpretentious — similar to a friend’s beach house, which is akin to the meaning behind the name, The Confidante: a best friend, trusted insider. The mid-century modern hotel features 354 guest-rooms and 14 suites with a 1950s-inspired design that reflects Miami Beach’s Golden Era.

The Eliza Jane Hotel

The Eliza Jane is a thoughtful blend of elegance, combined with just the right mix of fancy and funky. This one-of-a-kind boutique hotel is built within nine historic warehouses that stand distinct on the outside, but have been united inside to create sizable guest accommodations in addition to a 2,000 square-foot open-air interior courtyard.

Inspired by the buildings’ rich history, the hotel’s design team drew inspiration from many of the buildings’ original occupants: part of The Daily Picayune, the Gulf Baking Soda company, as well as the Peters Cartridge shop and Peychaud Bitters factory.

Holston House

Holston House is an homage to the adventurer in each of us a celebration of the city that nurtures the bold, creative spirit. Set in a celebrated Art Deco building in the heart of downtown, boasting interiors reimagined by noted design firm Stonehill & Taylor, the hotel features 191 guest rooms, including plush One Bedroom Suites and two 12th floor Bungalow Suites.

Thoughtful amenities, a timeless sensibility, and a passion for all things well-crafted — from the carefully-sourced décor to the locally-sourced food and beverage — define the soul of Holston House.

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Tony Bowles is one of the youngest sought out journalists in the media world. He focuses on lifestyle, travel, entertainment, food and more! Based out of NYC.

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