Once those winter months settle into your bones, there is always that ache to get away from it all. Maybe you love the cold and would like to go on a skiing holiday or perhaps try out ice fishing. Some of you prefer to thaw out and are drawn to the sun like a moth to a flame. Here are some of HBC's favorite winter destinations.
This is your quintessential Swiss town. The snow capped mountains in the background surround this picturesque village and all of its glory. What could be better than cross-country skiing in these ideal surroundings? Whether you are an old pro or just starting out the trails are designed with you in mind. As an added bonus, there are English-speaking ski schools in case you need a helping hand. Check out the wonderful Kandersteg hotels.
Steamboat is one of the best ski destinations North America has to offer. There are close to 3,000 acres for you to ski, which means you will find the perfect trail for you to explore. The town itself is also a fantastic reason to come. The restaurants, clubs, galleries and shops all add to the Steamboat experience. After a visit here you will quickly see why its slogan is 'Ski Town, USA'. There are a number of fantastic hotels in Steamboat Springs. Whether you are looking for a condominium, a luxurious resort or a place to rest your head, HotelsByCity has a great selection for you.
If you have never been on a snowmobile before you may not understand why it is so addicting. However, if you have gone even just one time you quickly come to realize why it is such a fantastic winter activity. You get to see nature up close as you create your own trails or follow the scenic paths already marked out. Plus, you can do it with a crew of friends. Deadwood has great trails for you to explore. Check out the Hampton Inn Deadwood if you are interested in a snowmobile vacation.
One of the best things about visiting a cold destination is that you can snuggle up by the fire with a loved one. The Snow King Resort is a wonderful hotel that prides itself on great service all the while providing you with a relaxing atmosphere. Or, you could experience a taste of France right in North America. The Fairmont le Chateau Montebello located in Quebec, Canada, is a fantastic retreat to get away from it all. Claiming to be the biggest log cabin the world, how can you go wrong?
Ice fishing is definitely a unique winter sport. Whether you are an avid fisherman during the non-snow months or just want to try something new, ice fishing is a fun wintertime activity. What better place to enjoy this experience than up in Anchorage, Alaska? The sheer number of lakes available is reason enough to come. However, the absolutely beautiful scenery that surrounds you is definitely another. As with most fishing holes it is important to note that a fishing license is required. The Hilton Anchorage hotel is in the heart of Anchorage and a wonderful treat after a long, but great, day of ice fishing. HotelsByCity has more great Anchorage hotels for you to choose from as well.
An ideal beach destination should involve sun, palm trees, warm breezes and a refreshing body of water. What fits the bill? Hawaii of course. This tropical destination is definitely a favorite winter getaway. Although there are many fantastic islands and towns to explore one of our favorites is Honolulu. If you would like to read more about Honolulu visit our Honolulu Travel Guide. HotelsByCity has a great selection of Honolulu hotels for you to choose from. Need some help? Try out the amazing Royal Hawaiian where you will feel like you have entered paradise.
Considering its slogan is the 'Sunshine State' it wouldn't seem right to not include Florida in our Top Ten Winter vacations list. There are so many reasons to come but one of the best is its legendary Daytona Beach. However you spend your time at Daytona you will quickly come to see why it is one of Florida's most popular destinations. Stay at the fantastic Daytona Beach Oceanside Inn and you will be right on the beach for your entire trip. Other Daytona hotels can be found here.
We realize that Florida already has some representation on our list but it couldn't be complete without having Disney World on it. Once you step through those magical gates you are transported to a place where fun and family adventures are the only tasks for the day. Check out the Caribe Royale Orlando or one of the many other fantastic hotels located nearby.
You can't get hotter than the desert and that is why we have listed Phoenix. There are a number of luxury hotels that can provide you with a fantastic oasis to get away from it all. Golfers and shoppers alike flock to Phoenix each winter to improve their game and take home the latest trends. One of its most popular hotels is the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa. It is a fantastic hotel to get rejuvenated and revitalized.
Rounding out our Top Ten Winter vacations is Cancun, Mexico. Complete with white sand beaches, fantastic water activities and lots of sites to see, Cancun is a great way to spend your holidays. Read more about Cancun here. If you are looking for a hotel to help make your vacation complete, try out the impressive Le Meridien. HotelsByCity has close to one hundred other Cancun hotels for you to choose from as well.