The holiday seasonBest Luxury Travel Destinations is upon us, and while it's time to start thinking about completing that Holiday shopping list, it's never a bad time to start planning your luxury winter vacations.

Now, when I was asked to write my recommendations for winter vacation recommendations, some people may have thought that I would give you destinations like Hawaii, or Southern California.

Au Contraire!

This year, go out and enjoy a true winter vacation, whether it be in the mountains, in the countryside or in the city.

Here are our 25 recommendations for luxury travel this winter season...

1) Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado

Luxury Travel in Vail/Beaver Creek, Colorado

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Vail and Beaver Creek is one of the Rocky Mountain hotspots in Colorado.

Located about two hours west of Denver, Vail and Beaver Creek are best enjoyed by staying at their respective villages.

Vail Village is a Bavarian-themed destination, with plenty of fun restaurants and unique shops, and of course, the beautiful Arrabelle hotel, which features ski-in/ski-out access.

Beaver Creek is 12 miles west of Vail, and offers a less touristy atmosphere, but the hotels aren't as nice.

You can't go wrong with Beaver Creek, however, especially if you stay at the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa, which features the luxurious Allegria Spa.

2) Aspen/Snowmass, Colorado

Deeper into the Rocky Mountains of Colorado is beautiful Snowmass.

While some people haven't heard of Snowmass, all luxury travelers have certainly heard of Aspen, which features plenty of high-end shopping and luxury hotels.

After skiing on Snowmasses' countless runs, drive over to Aspen and stay a night or two at The Little Nell, a popular spot for winter honeymooners!

3) Whistler, British Columbia

Travel Locations in Whistler, British Columbia

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Whistler is one of Canada's most beautiful destinations.

A week at Whistler Blackcomb not only offers amazing skiing, but also stunning views.

If you're not into skiing, take a "Peak 2 Peak" gondola ride, gliding you along one of the most impressive panoramic scenes in the world.

And make sure to visit Whistler Olympic Park — a great attraction, especially for families.

4) Telluride, Colorado

Telluride might be Colorado's best-kept secret.

Tucked away about six and a half hours southwest of Denver, Telluride offers that old mining town feel, but filled with luxurious properties.

For a reasonable price, you can stay at the Lumiere Hotel, which has the cutest bar, easy-access to ski lifts and impeccable service.

Some have called it the crown jewel of Telluride.

5) Crested Butte, Colorado

Another fun ski resort in Colorado's Rocky Mountains is Crested Butte Mountain Resort, which features reasonably-priced lodging and some of the state's best skiing.

This old coal mining town is only home to about 1,500 people, and holds up its small-town feel nicely.

Here's a fun fact: Crested Butte actually hosted the Winter X Games.

The longest ski run at the resort is nearly three miles long.

6) Lake Tahoe, California

Top Luxury Travel: Lake Tahoe, California


When most people think of California, they think of the south — Los Angeles, San Diego and Sacramento.

But one of California's most beautiful areas is Lake Tahoe.

Home to the largest freshwater lake in the Sierra Nevadas, Lake Tahoe offers stunning views, awesome hiking trails in the summer — and simply amazing ski runs in the winter.

There's also plenty of luxury shopping to enjoy while in Lake Tahoe, including many unique boutique shops.

7) Mammoth, California

Like Lake Tahoe, Mammoth is another luxury mountain town in Northern California.

You'll take plenty of photos of Mammoth Peak, enjoy a dog-sledding race and stay at some pretty luxurious hotels.

The Westin Monache Resort has its own ski lift and modern rooms that are large enough to accommodate big families — including your dog!

Make sure to eat at The Lakefront Restaurant.

This French/American restaurant offers an extensive wine selection and elk meat, which is quite tender and delicious.

8) Lake Placid, New York

Luxury Vacation Rentals: Lake Placid, New York

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If you're going to make the trip to Lake Placid, NY, you must either stay at the Lake Placid Lodge (probably the nicest place in town) or the Whiteface Lodge (the second nicest place).

Both hotels offer stunning views, plenty of luxurious amenities and so many shopping and restaurant options.

Go to the Olympic Ski Jump Complex to see professional athletes training for their winter sport season; take in a show at the Lake Placid Center for the Arts; and snowshoe Jack Rabbit Trail — just be careful not to get lost!

9) Stowe, Vermont

Located in the valley between Mount Mansfield and the Green Mountains, Stowe, Vermont, is an absolutely stunning — and luxurious — winter getaway.

Of course, go skiing on Stowe Mountain, but make sure to take a classic sleigh or carriage ride on the town's beautiful scenic trails.

Finish off the day with dinner at the Blue Moon Cafe.

It may not look it on the outside, but this restaurant offers a romantic setting inside.

10) New York City

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Ah, the first destination that has you scratching your head.

The best part about winter in New York City is that you can do a lot outside without feeling so cold.

Maybe that's because of all the people and traffic, but what difference does it really make?

New York City is the ultimate "let's do something amazing" city.

Each trip is different from the last.

If you're going in December, make sure to sneak a peak of Rockefeller Square and the massive Christmas Tree on display.

And then go frolic on 34th Street while it lightly snows outside.

New York is certainly a city filled with miracles!

11) Toronto, Canada

Cheers to our second metropolitan city on this list.

Take a trip up the platform of the CN Tower and marvel in the snow-covered city.

If you — or your spouse — is a hockey fan, take a trip to the NHL Hall of Fame.

But most importantly, make a trip over to Niagara Falls.

Sure it's going to be really cold, but seeing those magnificent falls with snow-covered evergreens serving as the perfect backdrop is simply stunning.

12) Deer Valley, Utah

While some may argue against this notion, the Flagstaff Mountain, where Deer Valley Resort is located, rivals the Rocky Mountains in beauty and in ski-ability.

While the skiing is great in Deer Valley, the spa at The Montage is to die for.

Take advantage of the Peace of Mind: Surrender treatment for pure relaxation.

13) French Alps

Luxury Travel Destinations in French Alps

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Ah, the first destination in Europe!

The French Alps offer mountain towns and resorts that make you feel like you're the only one in the vast abyss of the mountains.

Chamonix, France is literally located in the middle of the mountains and features plenty of high-end boutique shops and swanky restaurants.

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14) Paris, France

Welcome to the city of love, Paris, France.

There's nothing more beautiful than gazing at an icy Eiffel Tower as snow sprinkles onto your nose.

There's plenty of winter holiday festivals and romantic restaurants to split a bottle of the wine over.

And winter is the low-season, which means less tourists and more elbow room.

15) Tuscany, Italy

While many believe Tuscany is at its best in the fall (and it very well might be…) it's also a treat in the winter.

Less people means you get a more authentic Tuscany, filled with plenty of community and all of the wine that wasn't consumed during the harvest season.

Plan boutique winery tours and there's a good chance the owner of the winery will want to meet with you.

He might even ask why you're crazy enough to visit Tuscany in the winter.

Then who knows.

Maybe dinner with that winemaker?

16) Bern, Switzerland

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The Capital of Switzerland is filled with history and plenty of high-end shops to keep you busy.

You're close to the mountains, but you'll just love taking in the charm of Bern.

Sip a cappuccino at a nearby café then retreat back to your room at the Bellevue Palace, an exquisite property with amenities that can only be described as the best-of-the-best.

17) Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Jackson Hole is beautiful in the spring, fun in the summer and relaxing in the fall.

Come winter, it's simply amazing.

You can ski, shop, eat, spa-out, work your photography skills and so much more.

Make sure to stay at the Four Seasons.

It's the best hotel for skiers (you get ski valet and ski school for beginners!).

And if you just want to check out the scenery, take a gondola ride up and down.

18) Sun Valley, Idaho

Sun Valley is a unique place.

And you would never think of Idaho as a luxurious state.

Go snowshoeing at the Sun Valley Nordic & Snowshoe Center, which is located at the 58,000 square-foot Sun Valley Club.

Enjoy some drinks, take in that fresh mountain air and love that chilly winter weather.

19) Chicago, Illinois

Another great city is an absolute treat in the winter.

Book a long weekend at the Peninsula Chicago, one of the city's most luxurious hotels.

And make sure you have reservations at Everest, Chicago, where the average check is nearly $600.

During the winter is a great time to take advantage of the many museums, as there won't be a ton of people in your way.

20) Frankenmuth, Michigan

Luxury Travel Sites: Frankenmuth, Michigan

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Out of all the locations on this luxury winter destination list, you'd never expect to see Frankenmuth, Michigan.

You're probably wondering where Frankenmuth is even located, or what's so special about it.

Well, if you're planning a vacation in the midwest in December, make a trip to Frankenmuth, about 100 miles north of Detroit.

It's claim to fame?

The world's largest Christmas Store.

If you stretch out the entire store, it would span more than five football fields.

If you go in February, you can take in the world-class Snowfest — an international snow and ice sculpting competition.

21) Winter Beach, Florida

A list of winter destinations isn't complete without a beautiful beach vacation.

And what more appropriate than Winter Beach in Florida?

Wiggle your toes in the sand and sip a daiquiri at a tiki lounge.

It might be February, but it's absolutely beautiful here.

You've been warned, however.

Expect plenty of snowbirds from Michigan, Ohio and everywhere else in the Midwest.

22) Amsterdam, Netherlands

Amsterdam is a unique location.

Plenty of twinkling lights, fun bars and pubs and so much history.

Tourists will flock here in December, but those crowds die down come January and February.

23) Venice, Italy

Venice, Italy Travel Destinations

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The New York Times may have put it best:

"In winter, you wake up in this city, especially on Sundays, to the chiming of its innumerable bells, as though behind your gauze curtains a gigantic china teaser were vibrating on a silver tray in the pearl gray sky. You fling the window open the room is instantly flooded with this outer, peal-laden haze, which is part damp oxygen, part coffee and prayers."

There isn't much more to say about Venice.

24) Prague, Czech Republic

Like most non-skiing destinations, you need to get creative on what to do during the winter.

Prague is no different.

First, it doesn't matter what season it is, as long as you're staying at the Hotel Le Palais — a five-star boutique that offers timeless furnishings.

During Christmas time, you can take in countless Nativity scenes, both live and stationary.

You also have plenty of high-end shops (obviously!) to finish up that Holiday shopping.

25) The Maldives

Best Places to Travel in the Winter: The Maldives

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After reading about all these great winter destinations, you might just be saying, "This isn't for me."

Come January 1, you might want to go somewhere that has some ocean, plenty of beach and a warm sun over your head at all times.

The Maldives is the ultimate luxury getaway.

But if you're a beach expert, you already knew that.

Did we miss your favorite winter getaway?

Let us know in the comments below!