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11 Perfect Vacations for People Who Love Winter Activities

When the temperatures drop, don't run away from the cold, embrace it with one of these perfect winter wonderland escapes (no skis required).

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Try snow tubing at Montage Deer Valley

Sure, you know Park City, Utah has some of the best skiing in the country, but the popular Montage Deer Valley resort also has its own snow tubing park. The tubing hill has a magic carpet feature to scoot you back up the hill as well, and the park is open from 2 p.m. until dusk. Nearby, you’ll also find sleigh rides, a toboggan-style alpine coaster, and a winter zip line across the snow. Don’t miss these destinations that are even better in the winter.

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Perfect-Vacations-for-People-Who-Love-Winter-ActivitiesCourtesy Wine Marketing Association of Ontario

Sip winter’s sweetness at the Ice Wine Festival

This chilly January festival at Niagara on the Lake, Canada can reach temps of 40 degrees below zero but, as long as you can feel your fingers and toes, you can sip ice wine—made from frozen local grapes—from the ice bar in the town square. When you’re ready to warm up, sign up for a vineyard tour and go from winery to winery sipping and tasting small food pairings. (Words of wisdom: It’s hard to beat rich cheesecake topped with poached pears when it comes to ice wine matches.) Don’t miss the nine small American towns you’d swear were from Europe.

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Snowbird, UtahCourtesy Dylan VanWeelden

Ski around Subaru WinterFest

The cold in Snowbird, Utah won’t keep you from enjoying the abundance of activities there are to partake in at this great winter destination. Subaru WinterFest is the perfect annual event for anyone who loves adventure. During this premier lifestyle/outdoor event skiers and visitors alike are encouraged to learn about the brand through live demos and enjoy music, food, raffles and learn about how Subaru is helping the environment in between ski runs. Once the sun sets, you can head inside at Snowbird Ski Resort and fuel up on delicious food at one of their many restaurants.

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See an ice-skating show at Madeleine Hotel

Telluride, Colorado is famous for skiing—they have everything from Alpine to Nordic to back country. But right outside this gorgeous Madeleine Hotel is a massive ice-skating rink with rentals (hockey skates and figure skates) as well as lessons, shows, and even special DJ nights. Can’t travel? Here’s how to bring the spirit of winter into your own home.

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Perfect-Vacations-for-People-Who-Love-Winter-Activitiescourtesy Taj Boston

Light up the night at the Taj

Here’s one perk you would never expect from an urban hotel—the Taj in Boston has 40 guestrooms with their own wood-burning fireplaces and a fireplace butler to build the perfect blaze for you. You can pick whether you prefer cherry or oak and, best of all, the property has a menu of s’mores and hot chocolates to choose from, plus a hot toddy that’s made with honey from the hotel’s own rooftop hive. Want to make your own marshmallow treat when you get home? Check out our recipes for s’mores.

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Perfect-Vacations-for-People-Who-Love-Winter-Activitiescourtesy Kohler Co.

Bowl on ice at the American Club

In the courtyard of the Tudor-style American Club in Kohler, Wisconsin, you can try your hand at bowling on outdoor lanes made of ice. There’s also Bavarian Curling, and patio heaters to keep you comfortable while you challenge your friends. The courts stay open through March and require 48-hour notice for reservations. Winter isn’t all fun and games, however. Here’s how to stay safe in the coldest of temps.

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Courtesy Hotel de Glace

Sleep on ice at the Hotel de Glace

The unforgettable Hotel de Glace in Quebec City, Canada is made of ice and offers fantasy one-night stays from December through March. Sign up, and you get a sleeping bag-topped bed, and a back-up room at a nearby hotel for when you want to warm up. They even have packages that include ice cider cocktails and dogsledding. These cozy quotes about winter will get you in the mood.

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Perfect-Vacations-for-People-Who-Love-Winter-Activitiescourtesy The Hay Adams Hotel

See the monuments by night at the Hay-Adams Hotel

The historic Hay-Adams Hotel is so close to the White House that many rooms offer better views than you can get from anywhere else in the city. Sign up for the property’s tour of the monuments at night and you can avoid walking through the cold—your private guide will drive you right up to the Capitol Building, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Jefferson Memorial, after dark when the white marble gleams in the moonlight and the wintry selfies make the best holiday cards. The gem-like basement bar, Off the Record, has a roaring fireplace waiting for when you get back.

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Celebrate maple at the Au Pied De Cochon Sugar Shack

Come to this restaurant in St. Benoit de Mirabel, Canada from mid-February until the beginning of May, which is sugar season, for a multi-course dinner celebrating maple sugar in a farmhouse that’s usually surrounded by snow until the spring thaw. The dishes change, but desserts often include maple cotton candy, maple rimmed coffee, and maple taffy you roll in a plate of snow. Want to make a full weekend of it? The restaurant even has its own five-bedroom cabin you can rent.

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Perfect-Vacations-for-People-Who-Love-Winter-Activitiescourtesy The Pitcher Inn

Play dress up at Pitcher Inn

This 11-room inn in Mad River Valley, Vermont is decadent as can be (with Champagne brunches and afternoon tea by a fireplace) but the rooms have more of a sense of humor than you’d expect at such a seriously luxurious place. The lodge room has a giant fireplace in front of the bed and a steam room in the marble bathroom, but we suggest making your own fun inside when it’s cold outside by checking into the School Room, designed to look like a one-room country schoolhouse, complete with slate chalkboards and chalk. Have a laugh with these silliest snow day superstitions from childhood.

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Perfect-Vacations-for-People-Who-Love-Winter-Activitiescourtesy Lake Placid Lodge

Hit the hills at Lake Placid Lodge

The Adirondacks in New York are a winter wonderland, once the home of the winter Olympics, and has everything from bobsledding to tobogganing, dog sledding, ski jumping, and ice-skating. At the end of the day, check out one of Lake Placid Lodge‘s famous snow bonfires, best admired with hot cocoa and s’mores. Love the snow, but want to ski? Check out the best places in the country to hit the slopes.

Sherri Eisenberg
Sherri Eisenberg is an award-winning glossy print veteran for top travel, bridal. food, and lifestyle magazines who is equally deft with digital, social, mobile, and branded content. She has written for Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler, and Bon Appétit, and has served as cruise editor for Travel and Leisure and Travel Holiday as well as and She has also been a columnist for The Los Angeles Times and, as senior travel editor of Condé Nast's Brides, she won the Lowell Thomas Gold Award for best travel coverage in a non-travel magazine. Sherri is the author of "The Food Lovers Guide to Brooklyn," which was published by Globe Pequot Press in 2010 and covered by everyone from The New York Times to Time magazine. She keeps a bag packed at all times and has no plants or pets so she can hop on a plane — or a ship — at a moment's notice.

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