Unforgettable Winter Weekend Getaways
Find a romantic spot for a winter weekend
Everyone has a different idea of romance and what it takes to make a truly unforgettable weekend getaway. But the key essentials are intimate, quality time together as well as an enjoyable experience. Here are a few of our favorite weekend – or longer – spots to visit in winter.
Whether you choose to head to New York City, or down to Charleston, S.C., or take a wolf safari in Yellowstone, there's something here for everyone.
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Go on a wolf safari at Yellowstone National Park and do something out of the ordinary.
Ninety-seven percent of the 3 million-plus annual Yellowstone visitors arrive in summer, so in the off-season, those who want seclusion have this 2,219,789-acre park to explore almost by themselves. Go wolf tracking in the Lamar Valley, trek to Mammoth Hot Springs, and go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Tauck offers guided packages including an eight-night wolf safari from $4,190.
Charleston, South Carolina
Head south to Charleston, S.C. for a charming town that knows how to treat visitors. There are buzz-worthy restaurants such as Husk, and a thriving art scene. Fall in love with this city on a horse-drawn carriage and explore the streets filled with 19th century mansion. Opt for a picnic at White Point Garden, and then head to the 21-room Wentworth Mansion, which will be decked out in Victorian holiday finery this season. You’ll adore the homemade chocolate truffles left on your pillow, and Lowcountry cooking at Circa 1886, which is housed in a 125-year-old carriage house. It’s been called one of America’s most romantic restaurants.
New York City
There’s a reason why New York City is the sexy backdrop for many romantic holiday movies. The appeal of this place never gets dated, and when the flurries start it’s more romantic than ever. Ice skate in Central Park, shop on Fifth Avenue and enjoy the holiday window displays. And don’t miss Rockefeller Center’s tremendous Christmas tree. Next time you visit, try staying at The Algonquin. You'll be amazed at the courtesy and charm of the hotel staff. And even better, the hotel still pays homage to Dorothy Parker and the Algonquin Round Table of literary giants.
Estes Park, Colorado
Of course any winter getaway list wouldn’t be complete without a skiing destination. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for elk as you roam around this charming town. The views are spectacular, as the town is flanked by Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest. Estes Park entices with stretches of pristine nature and unparalleled wildlife spotting. It’s an outdoorsy haven, where you can sleigh ride, ice skate, snowshoe, hike, or go skiing with unparalleled views. Try staying at the Della Terra Mountain Chateau with its 14 suites with double-sided fireplaces, claw-footed tubs, and private patio hot tubs overlooking the mountain scenery.