11 Best Winter Getaways to Lock in NOW
We know you'd rather not think about the depths of winter just yet. But booking your dream deep-winter vacation now—whether it's skiing the Rockies, exploring a tropical volcano, or just hanging on a pristine beach—can nail down a price that's within your reach.
Stay: Domina Home Alaska is centrally located in Cortina d'Ampezzo and offers complimentary breakfast and a fitness center (39 Largo delle Poste, Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, hotels.com, doubles from $150).
SMUGGLER'S NOTCH, VT.
With incredible ski destinations in the American west and the mountain ranges of Europe, it's easy for easterners to forget that there are some awesome slopes under their noses. For one-stop shopping, Smugglers' Notch, in Vermont's Green Mountains, is convenient, affordable, and regularly ranks among the top favorites of ski enthusiasts. Here, a little more than an hour's flight from New York City, you'll find weeklong packages that include a mountainside condo, lift tickets, snow tubing, and a family entertainment and recreation center.
Get There: Round-trip flights from New York to Burlington, Vt., on United start at $152.
Stay: Smugglers' Notch ski lodge basic packages include a studio condominium and lift tickets (4323 Vermont Route 108 South, Jeffersonville, Vt., smuggs.com, doubles, including lift package for two, from $297).
NHA TRANG, VIETNAM
The Perfect Beach
Yeah, the airfare to Vietnam from the U.S.'s West Coast is not cheap, averaging between $900 and $1,300 round-trip, but once you get there, food and lodging can be quite reasonable. The beaches of Nha Trang, on the country's south central coast, are a major wintertime draw, and many visitors are more than happy to skip major cities like Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) and Hanoi in favor of this laid-back beach town. Besides superb surf, scuba, and sunbathing, Nha Trang offers a number of temples dating as far back as the 9th century and Vietnam's signature cuisine, which blends French Colonial influence with traditional Southeast Asian claypot and noodle dishes.
Get There: Round-trip flights from Los Angeles to Nha Trang, Vietnam, on China Southern start at $991.
Stay: Novotel Nha Trang has an outdoor pool and a spa (50 Tran Phu St., Nha Trang, Vietnam, novotel.com, doubles from $82).