In the depths of winter, it’s only natural to daydream of sun-filled beach days. But why not embrace the chilly temperatures (there are 90 days of winter, after all) and jet off to the perfect snow day destination. Think mineral springs, steaming hot toddies, and a view of the Northern Lights.
Colorado is known for its ski resorts and acres of ranches. But nestled between the Rockies’ towering peaks is a small mining town with an authentic winter vibe. The intimate community of Ouray is sure to beat those winter blues. Whether you prefer to bundle up and peruse the Victorian storefronts, hunker down for a craft beer, or venture out for a day of ice climbing, you won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget to defrost in the natural hot springs!
Lyngen Fjords, Norway
Located in the northernmost region of Norway’s Arctic Circle is the Lyngen Fjords. These high alpine glaciers create a dramatically beautiful scene perfectly viewed from the Lyngen Lodge. Bundle up for a fine dining experience featuring local ingredients such as reindeer, fresh fish or local lamb and end the evening gazing at the Northern Lights.
West Yellowstone, Montana
This national park has its summer perks, but West Yellowstone turns into a snow-capped wonderland in the winter months. The Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins is only accessible by an over snow vehicle, but once you have arrived (at about 7,300 feet) the options are endless. Soak in the steaming hot springs, embark on a dog sledding journey, or take a tour of the Upper Geyser Basin.
Top photo credits: Vincent Rush of Cincinnati, Ohio (vincentrush.wordpress.com)