Vail, ColoradoJosef Pittner /Shutterstock
Step foot in Vail and you’ll feel like you’ve entered a fairy tale come to life. Tucked in the White River National Forest, Vail is a small town at the base of Vail Mountain, which opened in 1962. With world-renowned ski trails, innovative cuisine, and chic après-ski spots, the area attracts travelers from all corners of the globe. The town is dripping with old world Alpine charm with outdoor skating rinks, pedestrian-only shopping areas, and heated streets. The Lodge at Vail, A RockResort was the original hotel in the town. But don’t worry, thanks to a recent renovation of its International Wing, the hotel is better than ever. Dogs are also welcome at the hotel, so bring along your pooch for some snowy fun. Don’t miss the 9 small American towns you’d swear were from Europe.
Stowe, VermontDonLand /Shutterstock
A picture-perfect village in northern Vermont, Stowe, is overlooked by Mount Mansfield, known for its trails and ski slopes. Whether you want to snowshoe, ski, snowboard, or just get your cheeks rosy in the fresh winter air, this is a great place to do it! Rent a cabin in the woods, go to the Ben & Jerry’s factory, and sit by the fire at Idletyme Brewing for a comforting bowl of truffle mac & cheese and a refreshing craft beer. Stowe is also known for its awesome Oktoberfest, come fall.