Who needs a summer fling when you can have a winter love affair? If you and your sweetheart want to experience a beautifully snowy vacation, here are just 10 places that will get the job done.
1. Nagano, Japan
The best thing about Nagano isn’t the snow. It’s the natural hot springs that are hidden in the snowy mountains and tended by resort owners who are always on hand with towels, tea and tatami mats. If you’re looking for a place to cozy up with your lover on a cold winter evening, consider the hot springs of Nagano.
2. Fairbanks, U.S.A.
Alaska is known for its freezing temperatures, but what some people fail to realize is that the local population has embraced the cold. They don’t hide in their houses all winter; they host dog-sled races and ice-sculpting competitions. If you and your sweetheart want to have a good time despite the chill, hit up Fairbanks.
3. Reykjavik, Iceland
There’s nothing like an Iceland honeymoon to start your marriage the right way, and Reykjavik offers everything that you could want in a romantic trip overseas. Not only can you enjoy city amenities in the form of shops, restaurants and hotels, but you can also travel north to see the natural splendor of the northern lights.
4. Prague, Czech Republic
Prague is always beautiful, but something magical happens to the city in the wintertime. Maybe it’s the freshly-falling snow on the cobbled streets where lovers hold hands as they walk. Maybe it’s all of the holiday festivals and parades that spring up around Christmastime. You’re sure to have a blast in Prague either way!
5. Kiruna, Sweden
You’ve probably heard of Europe’s famous “ice hotels” where all of the rooms are sculpted out of ice and snow, but Kiruna is home to one of the most remarkable. Not only is it a gorgeous, ice-filled palace, but it’s also unique to every visitor. This is because the hotel melts in the spring and must be rebuilt every single year.
6. Patagonia, Argentina/Chile
Most people think of South America as a warm, dusty place, but Patagonia is a southern region with temperatures that reflect the nearness of the Antarctic Circle. Between glaciers, icebergs and snow-covered mountains as far as the eye can see, this region of Argentina and Chile must be seen to be believed.
7. Duluth, U.S.A.
There are endless places to enjoy winter sports in America, but if you want to avoid the crowded slopes of Colorado, try Minnesota instead. Duluth is just one of many snowy destinations where you can ski, snowboard, ice skate and even dogsled to your heart’s content. If you want to get your heart pumping despite the cold, this is the place to do it!
8. Quebec City, Canada
Quebec City in the wintertime is like something off a postcard. Snow falls on quiet, winding streets; cafe windows give off a golden glow of welcome; street lamps are decorated with wreaths and tinsel. If you’re looking for a place where every step will feel like a winter miracle, check out Quebec City.
8. Hallstatt, Austria
Often called one of the prettiest villages in the world, Hallstatt is so important to Austria that it’s officially recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Don’t worry about trampling anything, however; visitors from all around the globe flock to Hallstatt in the winter months. It’s a must-see destination for anyone who loves authentic winter villages.
9. Tallinn, Estonia
This medieval town becomes something out of a storybook when snow covers its domes, temples and old-fashioned defense towers. Not only will you enjoy the sights, but if you have a lover on your arm, you’ll be able to create memories of kissing on its bridges as well.
10. Bavaria, Germany
Have you ever wondered about the castle that inspired Sleeping Beauty? It’s called Neuschwanstein Castle, and it’s a piece of 19th century architecture that sits on a hill in Bavaria. While it’s open to tourists throughout the year, it’s an absolutely majestic vision in the wintertime. You’ll never forget its snowy walls, gates and cornices!
These are just a few winter wonderlands that you might enjoy with a loved one. Have fun, traveler!
Meanwhile, here’s a video of my snowy winter fun in New York: