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Cold Weather Getaways

Cold Weather Getaways

by Rakhee Bhatt

Snow-capped mountains, hearty comfort food, fresh blue air and naturally rosy cheeks are just a few reasons why winter serves as an idyllic time of year for a vacation for travelers looking to embrace the seasonal solitude, plunge feet first down its powdery slopes or some combination of the two. Here, six cold weather destinations around the world to visit right now.

Lake Placid, New York

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Whiteface Lodge

Considered America’s first winter resort, Lake Placid is tucked between two lakes and lined by the Adirondack Mountains that brilliantly show off their snow-dusted peaks. The upstate New York destination proved to be a favorite for the Olympic Games, which choose it as the site for the 1932 and 1980 winter games. Cozy up in one of the Whiteface Lodge’s deluxe suites, which garner inspiration from the surroundings to adorn their retreat with Adirondack furnishings and accessories, before venturing outdoors to take turns around their ice-skating rink or have a glass of cognac by the fire pit.

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Banff, Canada

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Fairmont Banff Springs

Dating back 130 years, the Fairmont Banff Springs castle façade feels like a winter fairy tale come to life. Located in the heart of Banff National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this resort provides a plush place with suites overlooking the surrounding vistas to unwind in after experiencing local ice-friendly activities like private guided fishing on the Spray Lakes Reservoir and instructor-led climbing on the mountains. Enjoy a different perspective on the winters here by taking an alpine helicopter tour that flies above the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

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Lapland, Finland

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Levin Iglut

Gaze up at the stars as you drift off to sleep at Levin Iglut, where glass igloos allow guests to sleep under the dreamy arctic night sky. Outside of the starry sights from these huts lies one of the crème de la crème of experiences for travel aficionados: the Northern Lights. Produced when the solar wind moves charged particles from the sun to the Earth’s atmosphere that then collide with gas molecules, the resulting Northern Lights shimmer in wavy shades of green, yellow, blue, purple and red all across the sky.

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Tokyo, Japan

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Hoshinoya Tokyo

Mount Fuji may be a sight to behold at any time of the year, but the snow blanketing the natural wonder makes this volcanic cone especially magical. While neighboring areas such as Hakone and Kamakura can offer more picturesque perspectives, observation decks such as the Bunkyo Civic Center in Tokyo serve up views on clear days. Visitors can also experience an authentic Japanese-style stay at Hoshinoya Tokyo, where accommodations are done in the tradition of ryokan that involves sleeping on a futon bed on a tatami (straw mat) floor, bathing in a communal hot-spring bath and eating a multi-course meal in a kimono.

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Darby, Montana

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Darby, Montana

It’s easy to see why Montana is dubbed “Big Sky Country,” especially while wandering among the roaming buffalos and elks in the vast expanse of the Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Rockies. The crisp air and natural beauty of the wintertime here provides the perfect backdrop to experience snowy excursions like fat tire biking, dog sledding and horseback riding. Settle into one of the ranch homes at the Triple Creek Ranch in Darby to experience a luxury respite—complete with private hot tubs—in the great American West.

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Strasbourg, France

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Strasbourg, France

An intricate maze of canals, lanes and bridges leads to various awe-inducing points in this rich architectural capital of Alsace, which lies on France’s border with Germany and fuses both cultures together to create a new one all its own. Foodies may be familiar with Strasbourg as the birthplace of the now controversial foie gras, but other local dishes such as the beloved tarte flambée—made much like a pizza using a flatbread crust covered with toppings like bacon, cream and onions—and the choucroute—made with fish or braised pork and served on bed of sauerkraut—are well worth tucking into. Stay in one of the suites at the Cour du Corbeau Hotel that overlooks their inner courtyard for an enchanting winter experience.

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