Not everyone wants to escape the snow and cold come winter.
For some, the frosty season is the most wonderful time of year. And sometimes, winter is best enjoyed in quaint, charming towns where your days are spent perusing snow covered streets, before retiring to cozy, log fire cabins. Of course, hitting the snowy slopes for hours on end before indulging in après-ski activities by the fire might just top our list.
From Ontario’s premier wine country to Colorado’s merry resort town, here are 6 unexpected North American cities for winter travel.
1/ Prince Edward County, Ontario:
Known as Ontario’s fastest growing wine region, what could be better than a winter getaway among the vineyards of Price Edward County? Choose between 40 wineries, and spend your days sipping vino and eating farm fresh food from the town’s local eateries. If you’re looking for some adventure, make your way to Sandbanks Provincial Park for 11 kilometres of brisk, cross country skiing, and spend your nights at the highly gabbed about Drake Devonshire Inn.
2/ Camden, Maine:
This is as picturesque as it gets! Camden is a small town that comes to life during the wintertime. Situated along the bay, snow coated trees and mountains offer a breathtaking view. The bustling main street has fewer crowds come winter, so you can enjoy it at your own pace. Spend your days on the slopes, or indulge in a yoga class every day of your vacation. Maine is a hot spot for yoga and has plenty of studios to meditate and practice.
3/ Cape Breton, Nova Scotia:
In Cape Breton, you can expect heavy snowfall and a truly relaxed atmosphere, ideal for winter travel. The ultimate winter wonderland, it offers groomed nature trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and a snow mobile trail that runs thousands of kilometres through gorgeous, winter landscapes. Downhill ski or snowboard at Ski Ben Eoin, and stay in one of Cape Breton’s cozy cottages or bed and breakfasts.
4/ Williamsburg, Brooklyn:
For some, the perfect winter vacation comes with exploring local bars and eateries, perusing shops, and getting lost in art galleries while the snow falls outside. The quaint town of Williamsburg offers some of New York’s best bakeries and brunch spots, indoor markets and gallery tours. Away from the hustle and bustle of the heart of NYC, spend your days gallivanting at your own pace, and relax at the end of the day at one of the borough’s breweries.
5/ Jasper, Alberta:
While some Canadians head to the West Coast to ski the slopes at Whistler, the town of Jasper offers its own winter wonders. Surrounded by the snow-capped Canadian Rockies and over 10,000 kilometres of mountain wilderness, you can hike, ski, ice skate, and even hitch a sleigh ride or dog sled. Take accommodation in one of the towns log cabins for a soothing, relaxing getaway from all the stress of the holidays.
6/ Aspen, Colorado:
Located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, not only is Aspen a ski resort town, it’s also one of the most charming winter escapes. The renowned strip of Cooper Avenue boasts public s’mores roasts, cookie exchanges and top-notch hotels and dining. Take your stay at Hotel Jerome, known for its relaxed elegance and hosting of holiday carolers. Sip on hot chocolate après-ski and bundle up by a crackling log fire.