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So many couples forgo the warm weather honeymoon and opt to take their honeymoon around the holiday season instead. With more vacation days at play, newlyweds are bucking with traditional and discovering the appeal to a winter honeymoon. And for some couples, it isn’t merely a matter of extra time off. Certain newlyweds delight in the chance to snowshoe across white covered hills, ice skate on Olympic worthy rinks or even partake in more unusual winter activities like ice climbing. No matter your winter sports, the U.S. is crawling in wintry destinations that love to keep active during the winter months. If you are considering a winter honeymoon and love winter sports in the process, these destinations across the U.S. are right up your slopes.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Around 160 miles northwest of Denver, honeymooners can happen upon what is frequently referred to as Ski Town, U.S.A. Steamboat Springs garners quite the reputation for winter sports. In fact, the small mountain community has sent more athletes to the Winter Olympics than any other ski town in the country. With its Victorian era buildings lining Lincoln Street, Steamboat Springs lends that quaint Western charm along with a treasure trove of activities for playing in the snow. It remains the birthplace of organized skiing in the state of Colorado.
You can night ski on top of the 8,000-foot Christie Peak. Five trails are all lit up so that you don’t have to stop skiing when the sun goes down. In addition to skiing in Steamboat Springs, the town also makes it possible to go on snowmobile tours with the area offering prime conditions for snowmobiling. Other winter activity staples in Steamboat include horseback riding, gondola rides, and sleigh ride dinners.
Where To Stay
Thanks to all of the wintry activities available in Steamboat Springs, you’ll want your accommodations to facilitate relaxation at the end of the day. Just outside of Steamboat Springs, couples can retreat to Home Ranch. It boasts a Western-themed main lodge with six unique rooms with stunning views of the mountain peaks. For honeymooners, Home Ranch also offers 8 private cabins to choose from on your stay. And the winter activities don’t have to end when you check in for the day or night. Home Ranch hosts a whole slew of winter sports including tubing, horseback rides, and sleigh rides.
The Berkshires, Massachusetts
Littered with small towns and open roads, the rural New England corner of western Massachusetts has long been a favorite escape of those from Boston and New York. Known as the Berkshires, the area of Massachusetts is also a bit of a winter lover, with loads of mountain trails to go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. The pastoral landscape ideally positions between two mountain ranges, the Taconic and Hoosac. In winter, skiers relish in the slopes of the Catamount Ski Area, home to Catapult, the steepest run in the Berkshires. In addition to skiing, you can also snowshoe in the area, cross-country ski and even go snow tubing.
Where To Stay
To treat yourself on your honeymoon, most check into to Blantyre. Modeled after a castle in Scotland, the sophisticated 1902 manor house lords over 117 acres of manicured lawns and woodlands in the Berkshires. Rooms take on a classic vibe with four-poster beds and Victorian bathrooms. The luxury accommodations truly sing in the winter months. Boasting its own ice-skating rink, Blantyre can even set up ice picnics and snow bar-b-ques. Blantyre even boasts an entire menu dedicated to hot chocolate. The luxury property also claims snowshoeing trails and cross-country skiing trails. You can consult the resident Snow Concierge for all of your winter sports questions and concerns.
Wedged in the Northern Rockies of Montana, Missoula might seem a bit out there in terms of honeymoon destinations. However, thanks to its positioning surrounded by seven wilderness areas and at the confluence of three rivers, Missoula makes for a prime spot for winter sports lovers. Aside from its vibrant downtown, the area offers loads of winter activities from ice fishing on Flathead Lake, the largest natural body of freshwater west of the Mississippi River, to ice skating on the indoor and outdoor rink at Glacier Ice Rink to skiing at Snowbowl with its vertical drop of 2,600 feet. In addition, Missoula and its surrounding area offer hundreds of square miles of cross-country skiing terrain within 30 miles of town. Snowmobilers delight in more than 500 miles of groomed snowmobile trails too.
Where To Stay
When you need a luxury honeymoon escape in the Missoula area, we are partial to the Resort at Paws Up. Settled on 37,000 acres in Greenough, roughly 35 miles from Missoula, the resort provides an unfiltered wilderness experience with well-appointed residences for both privacy and comfort. Not only can you unwind in accommodations with hot tubs and wide front porches after getting after the snow in Missoula but you can also keep the wintry activities going on site. The Resort at Paws Up offers dog sledding, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, tubing and hundreds of miles of wilderness trails to explore. Around the holidays, the resort kicks it up a notch, offering special events like old-fashioned tree trimming parties, gingerbread house building and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
With its old-fashioned main street and compelling views of the surrounding mountains, it is no wonder that Stowe appeals to honeymooners in the winter months. Considered one of Vermont’s first winter destination areas, Stowe has kept up its original character, all while utilizing the centerpiece of the region, Mt. Mansfield, as a launching pad for winter sports. Skiing is mostly Stowe’s order of the day in winter and the sport bears deep roots in the community. Skiing first arrived at the Stowe area in 1930. Often referred to as the Ski Capital of the East, Stowe appreciates an average snowfall of 22 feet from mid-November to April, lending couples all the reason to head to this corner of Vermont to play. Loads of tours are offered from Stowe geared toward winter sports fans from dog sledding to ice fishing. Stowe also boasts hundreds of kilometers of groomed and backcountry trails for cross-country skiing. However, the main reason you’ll come to Stowe in the winter is to glide down one of the 13 lifts at the Stowe Mountain Resort, home to more mile long lifts than any other resort in the east.
Where To Stay
For a boutique hotel experience while in Stowe for your winter honeymoon, you can check into Field Guide. Offering up 30 spacious inn style rooms, the boutique hotel sits right in the heart of downtown Stowe. With its fun luxe lodge design, Field Guide blends rustic woodsy elements and modern and luxury touches to lend a plush yet distinctively Stowe accommodations experience. You can curl up by the stone fireplace in the guest lounge or retreat to your room, suite or cottage suite equipped with luxury linens and blackout curtains.
Located in Washington’s Methow Valley, Winthrop provides all the Old West charm your honeymoon might require. Set on the North Cascades Scenic Byway, Winthrop was designed in keeping with an old west town with wood boardwalks and plenty of western charm. Aside from its many, original turn of the century buildings, Winthrop draws couples seeking winter sports too. In fact, Winthrop is home to the nation’s largest cross country ski area with over 200 kilometers of groomed interconnected trails. If cross-country skiing isn’t your cup of tea, Winthrop also has a knack for snowmobiling and the bit more unusual, fat biking. You can also experience moonlight sledding in the Winthrop area.
Where To Stay
For cross-country skiing couples honeymooning in Winthrop, most stay at Sun Mountain Lodge. With lodge guestrooms featuring striking vistas of the North Cascades or extensive territorial views of Methow Valley and the National Forest, the lodge lends that back to nature feel. Sun Mountain Lodge also offers lakeside cabins with full kitchens and gas fireplaces for couples seeking a bit more privacy. The winter sports also don’t end when you check in to Sun Mountain Lodge. There are 60 kilometers of skiing trails right outside your door, sleigh rides drawn by mammoth draft horses on the property and even ice skating.
Lake Placid, New York
When you were the home to not one but two Winter Olympics, you can bet you have your skis on straight when it comes to winter sports offerings for honeymooners. Set up in the Adirondack Mountains, Lake Placid, New York hosted both the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. To this day, you can still play the part of Olympian and shoot down an old ski slide in a toboggan, hurtle down a bobsled run or take a stab at Whiteface Mountain, the longest vertical drop of any ski mountain on the Eastern seaboard. Other area winter attractions include ice climbing on ice-covered cliffs and frozen waterfalls or exploring miles of cross-country skiing trails.
Where To Stay
On the shores of Lake Placid in the heart of the Adirondacks, Lake Placid Lodge presents couples with honeymoon worthy accommodations. Across several rooms and private cabins, you can appreciate beds carved by local artisans and stone fireplaces. Built in an Arts and Crafts tradition, Lake Placid Lodge also serves up a laundry list of winter activities. You can borrow snowshoes and cross-country skis and go exploring or come for the nightly snow bonfire down by the lake.
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