You know, this time of year, when we think of "travel" we usually think of fleeing the cold. But some people don't mind getting into it. And I mean really into it! Here, some of the world's most amazing "ice destinations," where you can eat, drink, sleep, and most of all chill on vacation!
Hotel de Glace, Quebec. Bundle up and "get a room" before it's gone! Built out of solid ice each winter, the elegant Hotel de Glace takes a few weeks to assemble and stays in business until spring breezes start to melt it away. You'll find furniture made of ice, a bar, and even paintings hanging from the ice walls! Don't forget to enjoy Quebec city itself, which feels like an escape to France (with crepes, pastries, and great wine included) just across the border! Stay: Hotel de Glace from $152 per night, including sleeping bag, complimentary cocktail, breakfast, and hot tub!
Chena Hot Springs Ice Museum, Alaska. America's finest museum of ice sculptures, outside of Fairbanks, Alaska, features a great museum of sculpted ice that changes from year to year, depicting wildlife like polar bears and salmon, jousting knights in armor, and even giant chess pieces made of ice. And don't miss the Northern Lights in one of the best viewing locations on the planet! Stay: Chena Hot Springs Resort from $199 per night.
Minus 5 Ice Bar, NYC. Bottoms up! A cover charge of $20 will get you a jacket, gloves, and admission to one of Manhattan's truly unique experiences. Everything here is made of ice, including your drink glass, the bar, and seats! Located inside the Hilton in midtown, this is a place even jaded New Yorkers have to see to believe! Stay: Budget Travelers enjoy the incredibly value-priced and ultra-hip Jane hotel when in Manhattan, from $69 per night!
Niagara Falls. It takes a polar vortex to make the falls freeze in their tracks, and lately people have been flocking to the fabled honeymoon destination to see the frozen falls. One dude even climbed them the other day! Stay: The Marriott Fallsview has jaw-dropping views of the falls right outside the window of your cozy room, from $111 per night.