Looking for a peaceful and picturesque getaway this winter? There are plenty of worthwhile destinations around the United States offering beautiful scenery and cozy accommodations. To help you plan a perfect itinerary, here are some suggestions.
Hocking Hills, Ohio
The close-knit community of Hocking Hills offers guests a cozy home away from home. Stay at the Inn at Cedar Falls and opt for one of their rustic cottages or cabins, handmade from locally-sourced wood. Their charming restaurant serves up gourmet cuisine using locally-sourced ingredients as well as tasty organic beers from Rockmill Brewery. Surrounded by Hocking Hills State Park, it’s easy to explore the area’s beauty through hiking, zip-lining, repelling, lantern cave tours, forest storytelling with Shawnee Indians and exploring the state’s many free-to-enter parks.
West Townshend, Vermont
Located in southern Vermont, this tiny village is central enough that it’s only about 30 minutes from Brattleboro but remote enough that you shouldn’t expect cell service. Stay at Windham Hill Inn, a luxury bed & breakfast set in a restored barn. Touches like locally-made teddy bears and antiques add to the charming ambiance. In the restaurant, you’ll notice the meals taste like they were picked straight from the garden. This is because they are, and you can join Executive Chef Graham Gill each day around noon to pick the ingredients for the day’s dishes. Onsite, there are award-winning gardens as well as various forest and waterfall hiking trails that allow you to explore the beauty of the area. And if you’re too cold to go outside, enjoy a wine pairing dinner or tasting workshop, as wine director Dan Pisarczyk takes the time to source quality local and international varietals, which are housed in their expansive cellar.
While known for its beautiful beaches, Kennebunk, Maine, is also a picturesque and peaceful getaway during the winter. Filled with charming bed and breakfasts, nature preserves and opportunities for winter sports, the town provides the perfect place to escape the city and get back in touch with life’s simpler pleasures. Stay at the White Barn Inn, an intimate 26-room hotel, restaurant and spa. Picture cozy rooms with fresh flowers and fruit, plush robes, romantic fireplaces and a bountiful homemade breakfast each morning. Eat a gourmet meal in their candle-lit restored barn with floor-to-ceiling windows, or indulge in a tailer-made spa treatment. To help you explore the outdoors, the property offers free bikes and canoes. Moreover, local Gooch’s Beach and Mother’s Beach are just as beautiful in winter as they are in summer.
A haven for adventure-enthusiasts, Ouray is touted as the “Switzerland of America” due to its placement at the narrow head of a valley, enclosed almost entirely by steep mountains. Once a mining town, now-quiet Ouray was home to 30 active gold and silver mines at one time. We recommend staying at Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs Hotel, where you can warm up with a soak in one of their naturally curative tubs. During the day take in 360-degree mountain views, while at night you can clearly make out the constellations of the stars. To explore the beauty of the area, take a scenic drive over the Million Dollar Highway or Highway to Heaven. You can also opt for some outdoor adventure, like ice climbing, skiing or trekking.
Picture yourself immersed a world of vibrant and unworldly red rocks dusted with snow, and you’re in Sedona. Often touted as one of the most beautiful towns in the country, Sedona has much to offer the traveler looking for a winter getaway. Stay at Casa Bed and Breakfast Inn Sedona to take in views of Thunder Mountain, Chimney Rock, Coffee Pot Rock, Airport Mesa, Cathedral Rock and other red rocks while sipping hot cocoa by your in-room fireplace. To explore the outdoors, go trekking in Red Rock State Park, enjoy tastings at local wineries or get an aerial view with a hot air balloon ride over the colorful landscape.