Winter isn’t always for everyone, but there are still many reasons to love the season. Sometimes all you need is a reminder of what it feels like to breathe in the crisp air, curl up by a crackling fire, or gaze out across a breathtaking snowy landscape. If you’re longing to spend time in a winter wonderland — or if you just want to make the most of the cold weather while it lasts — consider one of these relaxing winter weekend getaways.
Home to natural red rock formations and ancient indigenous ruins, Sedona will take your breath away. The array of resorts and day spas offers endless options for your relaxing retreat. While you’re there, explore the rich art and cultural scene, including iconic locations like Montezuma Castle or the nearby Jerome State Historic Park. Sedona is also an energy vortex, making it home to endless spiritual retreats, including the annual Sedona Yoga Festival in mid-March.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
There’s nothing quite like relaxing in a natural hot spring, and you can find some of the best at Strawberry Park. Just outside Steamboat Springs, Strawberry Park is home to Hot Springs Creek, one of the world’s best natural mineral springs. The entire place is dedicated to relaxation, rejuvenation, and your overall wellbeing. Spend time in the park’s private massage huts, or book a watsu therapy session in the private pool. If you want to spend more time in the great outdoors, you can explore the park’s gorgeous hiking trails—just make sure you know what you should pack for a winter weekend in Colorado. Of course, you can always just stick to the main attraction: soaking in 104-degree mineral water while enjoying the magical sight of the snow-covered trees surrounding you.
Yosemite National Park, California
Everyone thinks of visiting iconic national parks in the summer, but what about in winter? Yosemite is a place of wonder once the snowfalls. The park stays open, but the crowds disappear, adding an air of tranquillity to the land’s natural beauty. From massive piles of snow to frosted evergreen forests, Yosemite in the winter will take your chilly breath away.
Park City, Utah
Park City is an ideal winter town for your weekend getaway. While it’s best known for its skiing, there are also plenty of eateries, galleries, and other cultural phenomena to experience. Wander down Main Street to get your fill of all this historic mining town has to offer: charming boutiques, award-winning restaurants, and a town history museum.
If a picture-perfect landscape is on your checklist for relaxing winter weekend getaways, then Vermont is the place for you. Head up to Stowe and spend a cozy weekend nestled in Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak. The ski slopes draw in ample attention, but you can also spend your days enjoying the town’s winter resorts. Heated outdoor pools, roaring fireplaces, and relaxing spas are waiting to welcome you to this delightful Vermont town.