Winter Wonderlands

Winter Wonderlands

Embrace romantic, luxurious winter revelry from sea to shining sea.

 There’s no better way to make lifelong memories with loved ones than to experience the unique wintertime pleasures of destinations across the United States—from the Pacific Ocean, to the Rocky Mountains, to the heart of the Big Apple.

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Climb aboard a stylish, horse-drawn carriage for a private, romantic tour of Central Park. ThŽen, channel your inner Holly Golightly and visit the Tiffany & Co. flagship store, a Fifth Avenue gem since 1940. Not only is it home to treasures such as the company’s whimsical window displays and one of the world’s largest yellow diamonds, it remains a popular spot to pop the question. Finally, experience a contemporary twist on afternoon high tea at the luxurious Langham Place hotel, also on Fifth Avenue. Imagine decadent delights such as mini king crab rolls; warm Scotch eggs with chopped pork, chorizo and curry mayonnaise; and chocolate-dipped, cheesecake-filled strawberries.

Courtesy Vail Resorts

Courtesy Vail Resorts

Colorado
Enjoy a couple’s massage at the Spa at the Four Seasons Resort Vail, complete with eucalyptus steam room, whirlpool, fireplace and outdoor terrace, then take a starlit, snowcat-drawn sleigh ride to Zach’s Cabin in Beaver Creek. Experience America’s highest-altitude restaurant (nearly 12,000 feet) at intimate Alpino Vino in Telluride, and stroll hand-in-hand while sipping wine at the ArtWalk in Crested Butte. You also find deep relaxation in the state’s natural hot springs, whether you’re exploring the 23 pools at the boutique Springs Resort in Pagosa Springs, renting a charming cabin at Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort near Buena Vista, or celebrating après-ski romance at Strawberry Park Natural Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs.

Haleakala, Courtesy Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

Haleakala, Courtesy Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

Hawaii
While Hawaii might only have snow atop its three tallest volcanoes, it’s the perfect winter destination for couples who prefer to enjoy their vacation in an island paradise overflowing with tropical cheer, thoughtful luxury and, yes, romance. Here, you can watch the sunrise from Mount Haleakala’s 10,000-foot summit, hike past Hawaiian temples to an idyllic waterfall in Waimea Valley, and stargaze at Maunakea, one of the world’s most renowned astronomical sites. While it’s easy to be seduced by the natural beauty, Hawaii’s cultural beauties abound as well. ŽThe Kaanapali Beach Hotel offers an “Aloha Passport for Kids” that guides young guests around the property to learn about Hawaiian culture and rewards them with special treats. Of course, there’s also lei-making, surfing, ukulele lessons and luaus.

David Thimmesch

David Thimmesch is a Contributing Writer for Here & Beyond. He prides himself as a jack of all trades who is passionate about learning and experiencing a little bit of everything life has to offer. His desire to explore and understand has guided him to camping on the beaches of Florida, biking through the streets of downtown Chicago, rock climbing off the cliffs of Colorado, and wandering through the walkways of old Philadelphia. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he honed his skills in advertising and copywriting at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and the Chicago Portfolio School.