Top Winter Travel Escapes

Courtesy Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

Destinations that are even better when it’s cold outside.

It’s true that the
temptation to hibernate until winter’s end is difficult to resist. And when
we’re actually motivated to pack our bags and head out of town, the siren song
of warmer weather often wins. Yet we’d argue there’s a sensible approach to
winter travel: What if we set out to visit destinations that are actually
improved by the chill? Places with snow-covered paths, piping hot chocolate,
wood-burning fireplaces and old-timey sleigh rides. The kinds of places Santa Claus might visit on frequent-flier miles.

With this in mind, we
found a surprising number of honest-to-goodness winter wonderlands. The best
international spa in Prague is tucked inside a Renaissance chapel.
Switzerland’s premier chef is just steps away from an ice-skating rink. Ski
destinations in Park City, Breckenridge and Deer Valley are heating up their
services; those cities also have you covered if you only après-ski. If you are
a snowboarder, Japan is where it’s at. If you are a shopper, venture to New
York. And adventures can often be had via seasonal transportation. Ride a
snowcat in Oregon to reach a memorable meal, or board a train in London.

Herewith, ten
destinations worth escaping to when the temperature drops. Whatever you do,
don’t let summer have all the fun.