Who says you need to skip town for a tropical paradise when the temps drop and the snow starts to fall? Lots of cities around the country make winter their business — here are just a handful of locales that thrive in the cold weather.
It’s no surprise that this ski capital is a great place to hit the slopes and enjoy a hot toddy or two, but there’s plenty here to enjoy even if winter sports aren’t your thing. With tons of upscale shops, restaurants, and entertainment options, you could easily spend an entire week here without strapping on your skis. Historic charm abounds, too; the beautiful Wheeler Opera House was built in 1889 and still hosts shows in its elegant space.
Sun Valley, Idaho
While it’s a resort destination year-round, Sun Valley is especially magical in the wintertime. There’s no shortage of food and entertainment around town, including a movie theatre and several beloved restaurants, including Ram and Konditorei. Just want to get away from it all? Take your pick of relaxing treatments at The Spa at Sun Valley.
For a quintessential New England experience, look no further than Stowe. Home to numerous cozy bed-and-breakfasts, lots of antique shops and boutiques, the quaint town comes alive in winter months. Snow bunnies head to Mt. Mansfield, which holds the title of highest point in Vermont. When you’ve worked up an appetite, head to popular restaurant the Cliff House to can take in stunning panoramic views.
New York, NY
There’s no skiing to be found here, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more festive place to visit during the holidays. From the brilliant lights of the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree and the adjacent ice skating rink, to the sparkling window displays of retail stores on 5th Avenue, there’s cheer everywhere you look. Top it all off with a visit to Radio City Music Hall to catch the world-famous Rockettes in their Christmas Spectacular.
If you aren’t cut out for the harsh winters of the Northeast, Asheville offers a milder alternative that’s still chock-full of outdoor and cultural activities the whole family can enjoy. While it’s located in the Blue Ridge Mountains and hiking opportunities are abundant, the city offers a bustling downtown that’s known for its independent, funky vibe. You’ll also find America’s oldest home, the Biltmore Mansion.