This spring, North America will be in the path of a total solar eclipse. Solar eclipses have proven to be a great excuse for a vacation, in order to experience being in the “path of totality”—and an experience like this won't come again to the continental US until 2044. During the afternoon of April 8, 2024, the moon will pass between the sun and Earth, blocking the face of the sun and creating a shadow over locations within its path. This “path of totality” will be directly underneath the most significant part of the moon’s umbra, or shadow, plunging these locations into darkness during the normally bright afternoon hours. Plan your vacation to catch this historic date at one of the destinations below. Enjoy the beauty of the mountains in Lake Placid, New York Sunset in the Adirondack Mountains in New York by Eva Darron - Unsplash The Adirondack Mountains, in upstate New York, offers some of the best opportunities for outdoor recreation in a beautiful, natural setting; it is within a day’s drive for 25% of the entire North American population, making it an easy vacation destination. It is anticipated that, due to ease of travel to the region, its open spaces, expansive vistas and unobstructed views of the sky, many people will choose to travel to the region ahead of the eclipse. In anticipation of increased travel, local businesses, attractions and communities are beginning to plan events, determining optimal places for viewing, and establishing various activities throughout the region. 2024-eclipse.com will serve as a central location for sharing information about these activities and events, as businesses, attractions and communities prepare. Visitors, potential visitors and those interested in learning more about the solar eclipse are encouraged to refer to the site ahead of their visit. High Peaks Resort is offering their Total Solar Eclipse package bookable online here. In addition to the eclipse viewing on April 8, High Peaks Resort is throwing a lawn party from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM with food, drink, and entertainment at Lake House. In addition, Lake Placid will host a variety of events and activities for all ages. From educational workshops to outdoor activities and celebrations, there's something for everyone to enjoy. The resort is the perfect place to make a homebase while exploring the Adirondacks, with easy access to Whiteface Mountain (35-minute drive), the Olympic sites, and many other top attractions in the area. The resort offers three unique lodging experiences, from a traditional hotel experience in the High Peaks Resort, to a modern retro-vibe in the Lake House, to privacy and serenity in the Waterfront Collection (including suites with fireplaces!). Guests enjoy sweeping views of the Adirondack mountains, arts and crafts, family movie nights, s’mores building and marshmallow toasting, birds of prey demonstrations and dining specials in Dancing Bears Restaurant. Plan a family-friendly celebration in Columbus, Ohio Skyline of Columbus, Ohio - courtesy of Experience Columbus Columbus invites visitors to experience the near totality (99.6%) in Ohio's capital city. For the first time since 1806, Ohio will be in the direct path of a total solar eclipse. From unique viewing parties at rooftops downtown to an Eclipse-inspired craft beer from Land-Grant Brewing Company, here's what's happening in the 14th largest city in the U.S.: Eclipse viewing party at the #1 science museum in the country: Celebrate the eclipse at COSI, named the #1 science museum in the country for four consecutive years by USA Today 10Best. Located downtown in the path of near totality, the museum is hosting a day of fun, hands-on activities. They are also giving away thousands of free eclipse glasses. For those who cannot attend in person, COSI will live-stream the eclipse, supported by expert commentary and explanations during the event. Say cheers to the historic event with an eclipse-themed craft beer: One of Columbus' favorite craft breweries, Land-Grant Brewing Company, is celebrating the occasion with a special beer in honor of the eclipse. Totality is a Black IPA and an exclusive COSI collaboration. Visitors can try the beer on tap during their viewing party starting at 11 a.m. The watch party includes free eclipse glasses, interactive experiments with the COSI team, cosmic-themed music and food from local food trucks. Step into the path of totality at the zoo: Located in nearby Delaware County, the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium is in the path of totality where experts anticipate the totality will last around 2 minutes and 35 seconds. Join them for a special Solar Eclipse Solar-Bration from noon to 4 p.m. and take in the historic sight amidst the wonders of wildlife. Visitors will get viewing glasses and enjoy character greetings and hands-on activities. Attend other watch parties at top attractions: In addition to COSI and Land-Grant's watch parties in Downtown Columbus, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum will host a viewing party on their expansive rooftop. Grab glasses at Columbus' visitor centers: Experience Columbus is selling glasses so you can safely enjoy the solar eclipse for just $1. Stop by and grab a pair at the Visitor Centers located at Easton Town Center or in the Arena District. Stay in Columbus' celestial-themed hotel: Whether you're planning to enjoy the near totality in downtown Columbus or drive the short distance northwest from Columbus into the path of totality, consider making Columbus your home base and staying at the celestial-themed Hotel LeVeque. Located in the historic 47-story LeVeque Tower, once Amelia Earhart's aerial lighthouse, the hotel boasts celestial details from lobby to guestrooms. Each of the 149 rooms features a telescope, ensuring a unique stargazing experience, and visitors can enjoy nightly turn-down service with a star machine projecting the night sky onto the ceilings. Or choose from one of dozens of other hotels in Columbus. Book a two-night stay through Experience Columbus and you'll get the choice of a $100 Delta voucher (stay must be a minimum of $250+), two tickets to the Columbus Zoo & Aquarium, two tickets to the Franklin Park Conservatory & Botanical Gardens or a $25-$50 Lyft credit. Special solar science kits: No matter where you live you can learn more about the solar system with COSI Connects Solar Kit. Recommended for grades 2-5, the kit offers a fun way for kids to learn about our solar system's star—the sun. Explore the science of light and magnetism and make your own artwork showing the corona during a solar eclipse. Every kit includes solar glasses. Escape city lights at campgrounds in the eastern states Moonlight falls on a campsite by Tim Foster - Unsplash The rare event will be viewable at nine Spacious Skies Campgrounds in the eastern US as the eclipse travels along a diagonal trajectory from Mexico to Maine. Campsites and glamping accommodations such as cabins, yurts and retro trailers – which are sure to be popular on that very special day – are now available for travelers to book. “At Spacious Skies Campgrounds, the stars are more than just a backdrop—they're part of our story,” said Ali Rasmussen, co-founder of Spacious Skies Campgrounds. “Imagine watching a solar eclipse here. It's not just a spectacle, it's a shared celestial experience. Our approach to camping is star-studded, literally. We've woven the cosmic theme into everything: our dedicated Cosmic Crew, the playful Cosmic Canine Commons, engaging activities for Cosmic Kiddos and perks for our Cosmic Camper loyalty members. Experiencing a solar eclipse at our campgrounds? It’s not just fitting, it’s an unforgettable cosmic celebration.” Located in the states of New Jersey, New Hampshire, North Carolina (three campgrounds), Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, the campgrounds are situated near national and state parks as well as charming towns. All offer a variety of outdoor recreational opportunities like hiking and fishing as well as amenities such as sport courts and playgrounds. The maximum view of the eclipse varies from campground to campground. For specific details on the view from each location, visit this site. Campgrounds near the path of the Total Solar Eclipse include: Belle Ridge, Monterey, Tennessee, 2:05 p.m.Savannah Oaks, Savannah, Georgia, 3:08 p.m.Hidden Creek, Marion, North Carolina, 3:10 p.m.Bear Den, Spruce Pine North Carolina, 3:10 p.m.Peach Haven, Gaffney, South Carolina., 3:10 p.m.Sandy Run, Fayetteville, North Carolina., 3:14 p.m.Shenandoah Views, Luray, Virginia, 3:18 p.m.Country Oaks, Dorothy, New Jersey, 3:23 p.m.French Pond, Henniker, New Hampshire, 3:29 p.m. Spacious Skies Campgrounds offer a variety of accommodations choices in addition to RV sites. Most locations feature cabin options, and many also offer glamping accommodations such as yurts and retro trailers. Members of the Spacious Skies Loyalty Program, called “Cosmic Campers” can save up to 12 percent on all RV sites, cabins and other accommodations. The annual fee to join the program is $31.90. While the Loyalty Program discount cannot be combined with other discounts, the discount with the greatest savings is rewarded, providing campers with the best possible deal on their stay. Spacious Skies Campgrounds also offers seasonal camping deals and other specials.
New Hampshire ski areas are ready to welcome visitors during looking for a late-season ski trip. Over 875 alpine and Nordic trails are currently open and covered side to side and top to bottom with snow, offering thousands of acres of varied terrain suitable for everyone from beginners to experts. Additionally, resorts are offering a multitude of other family-friendly activities like tubing, snowshoeing, and ziplining, along with special events and après-ski festivities for both kids and adults. Ski New Hampshire provides a listing of both alpine and cross-country ski areas on its website at www.SkiNH.com/resorts. Here, visitors will find information on ski areas of all sizes, each with its own vibe, level of difficulty, and off-slope offerings. Those looking for hidden gems with short lift lines and lower ticket prices can often find both at smaller ski areas. Currently, Ski NH has $25 tickets available at Dartmouth Skiway and McIntyre Ski Area that are good any day for the rest of the 2023-24 ski season, including February vacation weeks. Ski NH's Conditions page provides information that guests typically want to know in advance, including snow conditions, the number of open trails and lifts, links to resort web cameras, and click-through links to area websites for more detailed snow reports. Regarding tickets, ski lessons, and more, people should be aware that some ski areas will sell out of certain products or services during holiday and vacation periods. Ski NH suggests calling in advance to ensure availability, and in some cases, advanced purchases or reservations may be recommended or required. Night ski and save Skiing in New Hampshire - coutesy of Ski NH Another way vacationers can save on the slopes is to consider skiing under the lights at night. Many areas like Gunstock Mountain Resort, King Pine, McIntyre Ski Area, Pats Peak, and Crotched Mountain offer night skiing and riding from mid-afternoon until 8 p.m. or later. Crotched Mountain is normally open Tuesday-Saturday until 9 p.m., but is also open for night skiing until midnight on March 2. Find the latest information on night skiing at SkiNH.com. Go Nordic Nordic (or cross-country) skiing is a great choice to beat the crowds and get a great workout. At many Nordic centers, visitors can also snowshoe. The state has many choices for cross-country skiing that offer diverse terrain options, from beginner to expert, and some with sweeping views across open fields and others through wooded trails. Cross-country skiing is a lower-cost alternative to downhill, has a shorter learning curve, and is another great way for the entire family to enjoy time on snow this February. For those who have never tried cross-country skiing before, most areas offer lessons; one lesson can build confidence and get new skiers on their way to enjoying many miles (or kilometers, as measured by Nordic areas) of trails. Try a non-skiing mountain adventure Snow tubing has become increasingly popular, especially for kids, for those who don't ski, or as an activity to complement skiing and riding while on vacation. Snow tubing facilities vary; some are lift-serviced while others require a short hike up the hill. NH resorts offering snow tubing include Bretton Woods, Cranmore Mountain Resort, Franconia Inn XC, Great Glen Trails, Gunstock Mountain Resort, King Pine, Loon Mountain Resort, McIntyre Ski Area, and Pats Peak. Many NH ski resorts offer additional activities on and off snow, including fat biking, canopy tours, skijoring, mountain coasters, and taking a snow coach up the famed Mount Washington (the highest peak in the Northeast) where you can either ride the coach or snowshoe back down. Find more information on these unique non-skiing activities at SkiNH.com. Don't forget the après A child eats a s'more - courtesy of Ski NH For those who enjoy live music and hanging out with friends and family after skiing and riding, most NH alpine ski resorts offer live music on weekends or certain afternoons along with hearty appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, drinks, and more. During the February 17-24 vacation week, several ski areas will be serving up live music daily, while others will be hosting live acts Friday and Saturday at either end of the vacation week. A variety of events will take place at NH ski areas during the vacation weeks. For the kids, Cranmore Mountain Resort will be hosting its Cranapalooza family-friendly events daily from February 17-23. On February 24th and 25th, it's Good vs. Evil at Mount Sunapee's Superheroes and Supervillains Weekend! Come dressed as your favorite superhero or supervillain or make up your own and enter to win a pair of Oakley goggles at either Guest Services location. For those who enjoy competition, on February 25th there is “North America’s Toughest 10K." The Ski, Shoe & Fatbike to the Clouds 10k course uses 4k of the Great Glen Trails system, and then 6k on the snow covered Mt. Washington Auto Road with an average grade of 12% and an elevation gain of 2,200 feet (pre-registration required). Other events include live music, s'mores, guided snowshoe tours, and more; details on these and many more events can be found at www.skinh.com/events.
One of the best-kept ski secrets in upstate New York is that the Adirondack Mountains have a handful of hidden gem ski resorts ideal for novice to expert skiers, including two ski areas that offer skiing free of charge. Nestled into historic mountain towns with a distinct Adirondack feel, all of these under-the-radar ski areas offer visitors the opportunity to ski, snowboard or snow tube on uncrowded slopes with the spectacular scenery for which the Adirondacks are renowned. Many of these fun, smaller hills also offer ski schools, snowmobile trails, snowshoeing or Nordic skiing. And adding to the appeal of these charming ski areas, many offer extremely affordable ski experiences that make snow sports more approachable for all. Some ski passes start as low as $15, in addition to ski areas that welcome guests free of charge. Beat the crowds at these slopes Winter in the Adirondack Mountains by Susan Jones - Unsplash Among the variety of ski areas in the Adirondacks, visitors from novice to expert can find everything from destination resorts to community ski hills. And while many are familiar with larger ski resorts like Whiteface and Gore mountains, there are ski areas to explore. Below are some of the less-explored ski areas, with tips on accommodations and local eats: McCauley Mountain (Old Forge): A charming resort near the Adirondack wilderness. Get a great night’s sleep at the Adirondack Lodge Old Forge, stop by Keyes’ Pancake House for breakfast and Tony Harper’s Pizza and Clam Shack for lunch/dinner.Mt. Pisgah Recreation Center (Saranac Lake): A welcoming community ski hill with night skiing and tubing, with half-day weekend ski passes available for $15. Kick off your boots at Traverse Lodge or Hotel Saranac, and enjoy dinner at nearby Bitters & Bones.Oak Mountain (Speculator): A hidden treasure with varied terrain since 1948. Check out Lake Pleasant Lodge or Cedarhurst Motor Lodge for accommodations. And grab a bite at Logan’s Bar & Grill or Lemon Tree Brewery.Titus Mountain (Malone): A family-friendly ski gem a short drive from Plattsburgh, Lake Placid, Watertown and Northern Vermont, with terrain for all levels. Check out the rustic cabins at Deer Valley Trails (and stay for dinner) and stop by The Pines Tap & Table for evening revelry. Elevating the affordability and fun of skiing in the Adirondack region, three of these hidden gem ski resorts participate in the “SKI NY Passport Program”, which offers free skiing for third and fourth graders (from any state or country) with an adult purchase. McCauley Mountain, Oak Mountain and Titus Mountain participate in the program. Find free skiing for all experience levels A skier navigates deep snow by Johannes Andersson - Unsplash In addition to the large and medium-sized ski resorts in the Adirondacks, there are two additional ski areas that offer free skiing – which is a rare treat for newbie and experienced skiers alike. Newcomb Ski Slope is an ultra-local and community-owned ski hill which offers free skiing. For the last 50 years, the town of Newcomb has owned and operated this two-run ski slope, where generations of residents have learned to ski. The hill also boasts a trail through the adjacent woods along its 200 vertical feet. At this low-elevation summit, skiers are treated to a view of the snowy High Peaks.Indian Lake Ski Hill also offers skiing free of charge, with the local feel and charm of a community-owned establishment. The recreation area comprises a small hill, two ski trails, a t-bar lift and even ice skating. Use the money you saved on the slopes to book a weekend getaway: The Adirondack region in upstate New York is just a few hours' drive from the New York metro area and Boston, making for abundant transportation options. The expansive region also is within a day’s drive for 25% of the entire North American population.
If adventure is on your list of things to do in the new year, look no further than the destinations below for thrilling outdoor experiences in uniquely beautiful locations across the country. Get a bird's eye view of eastern Tennessee, explore the wilds of Alaska, and camp in and around one of the most beloved national parks, Yosemite. But don't worry—if you're a beginner looking to ease into this "outdoor adventuring" thing, there's also a couple accommodations options to keep you a little more comfortable, too. Take to the skies in Tennessee Rolling mountains in Tennessee by Mike Lento - Unsplash Experience the enchanting beauty of Northeast Tennessee from a whole new perspective as you launch on a mesmerizing hot air balloon ride. Drift gently through the skies, suspended in a wicker basket, and behold the stunning vistas of the mountains, rivers and lush greenery in this beautiful region. As the gentle breeze carries you across the landscape, you'll be treated to a breathtaking view that captures the essence of the mountains and the charm of the Tennessee countryside. Experienced pilots ensure a safe and tranquil journey, providing a unique blend of excitement and serenity perfect for all ages. Not too far south, and for an equally thrilling adventure, visitors can also try paragliding in the Sequatchie Valley, Tennessee. With its stunning panoramic views, gentle rolling hills, and pristine natural beauty, the Sequatchie Valley is the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable paragliding experience. As you soar through the crisp, open air, accompanied by the rush of wind beneath the parachute, you'll be treated to an awe-inspiring vista of the valley below, with its breathtaking foliage, meandering rivers and majestic cliffs. Experienced instructors ensure a safe and exhilarating journey, guiding participants through an unforgettable flight that combines the thrill of flight with the tranquility of nature. Trailblaze through Alaska Denali, Alaska by Jacob Vizek - Unsplash Infinite Adventures, a trailblazer in small group adventure experiences, is thrilled to unveil its latest offering, the "Alaska Highlights Adventure." This exceptional 13-day expedition is designed for adventurous and active travelers who crave the exhilaration of exploring Alaska's rugged wilderness, all while enjoying the luxury of resting in a comfortable bed each night. "Our new Alaska Highlights Adventure is tailor-made for those who live for adventure and crave the thrill of the great outdoors," expressed David Patrick, Co-Founder of Infinite Adventures. "We understand that our travelers are active, eager, and appreciate a good night's sleep after a day filled with excitement. This new offering allows them to experience the best of both worlds." Infinite Adventures is a leading small group adventure company specializing in immersive, sustainable, and unforgettable journeys in the wilds of Alaska. Alongside the Highlights Adventure, the company also offers the 9-day Kenai Adventure, 12-day Denali Expedition, and the epic 20-day Salmon Run Adventure, perfect for those who relish an active and adventurous experience that takes you deep into the heart of Alaska. Those trips are geared towards travelers that enjoy camping and are also suitable for family/small group adventures. For more information and to book this unique adventure, please visit www.infiniteadv.com. Explore the wilds of Yosemite Yosemite in the amber glow of the sun by Dave Herring - Unsplash Like getting together with an old friend, the feeling of visiting Yosemite National Park is unchanging. Looking up at the El Capitan in wonder as you stand at its base, pondering the ancient life span of the Giant Sequoias, connecting with our pioneering ancestors in historic Gold Rush communities and museums. The impacts of these momentous moments hit the same if it's your first visit or your 12th. Starting in March 2024, a new glamping experience arrives in Mariposa County, California. Wildhaven Yosemite will offer glamping tents and cozy cabins on a beautiful property with mountain and valley views just outside Yosemite National Park. Located less than a mile from the historic town of Mariposa, the extra-large, safari-style tents, and modular cabins with baths feature comfortable beds with linens, electricity, heaters, and all the furnishings needed for a comfortable night's sleep. Wildhaven provides the comfort, cleanliness, and customer service of a hotel while being immersed in nature. Reservations are available now. Additionally, after a few years of closures due to COVID-19 and then record snowfalls in the winter of 2022 and 2023, the Yosemite High Sierra Camps plan to open again in summer 2024. Nestled high in the wilderness and surrounded by nature, the five camps are only accessible on foot or by mule. Guests are free to explore the backcountry, carrying only a day pack as they head out each day. Camps are spaced 6 to 10 miles apart along a loop trail and for those new to wilderness travel, guided mule and hiking trips are available. The lottery for 2024 spots is open now. Reservations are via lottery only. In addition to camping options, The Redwoods In Yosemite is celebrating 75 years of incredible hospitality in 2024. In 1949, dozens of homeowners in the Wawona area of Yosemite National Park came together to preserve their family homes and share the wonder of these cabins with the public. The 120 homes are still individually owned and range in size from studios to 6 bedrooms, offering an incredible Yosemite experience for all kinds of explorers. The Redwoods In Yosemite operates like a hotel, offering a front desk, housekeeping and concierge-style services.
The wilds of Minnesota are a dream for nature lovers, but most especially for those who live for cold weather and snowy escapes. Using Minneapolis as a base, visitors can enjoy both the relaxation of the city and easy access to the thrills of several outdoor winter activities and cold-weather sports, such as ice fishing and skiing. This season, the Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis continues a five-month-long celebration of winter. It makes the perfect place to stay for relaxation after an adventurous day; enjoy dining and shopping in the Nordic Village or a guided sauna experience at The Spa. Additionally, to keep guests warm and cozy throughout their activities of choice, the Hotel will be offering a selection of winter wear on loan from Canada Goose—so if you were worried about fitting all those jackets and gear on your carry-on, don't be. So go ahead and plan a trip filled with some of the incredible outdoor experiences below—everything is within 45 minutes from the city—but don't forget to schedule in some relaxation after all that action-packed fun. Ice fish on Lake Minnetonka Few things are as Northern as standing in the cold, waiting for the fish to bite. But, RĒL Fishing provides the glamping version of an ice-fishing adventure. Located on Lake Minnetonka, this endearing village of ice houses is well-equipped with everything one needs to catch fish in comfort and style. Explore magical, wintry trails Nordic skiing in Minnesota - courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis Offering a healthy workout and unique access to winter nature, cross-country skiing is a popular Minnesota sport for all ages. The trails at Theodore Wirth Park – headquarters of The Loppet Foundation – are world class; Olympic gold medalist and Minnesota native Jessie Diggins has skied here, and the park will host the COOP FIS Cross-Country World Cup in February. A snowshoe excursion along the trails of Fort Snelling State Park allows guests an opportunity to revel in the quiet beauty of winter, take in the tranquil scenery and access the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi Rivers – a sacred place that marks the origin of the Dakota tribe. Finally, visitors can explore the natural landscape just north of the Twin Cities while enjoying the great outdoors – and a bit of adventure. Snowmobiles can cover a large amount of varied terrain, from lakes to park reserves to unique Minnesota towns. Snowmobiling in Minnesota - courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis Try curling at Frogtown Curling Club The Twin Cities are home to more curlers than anywhere else in the country, and they play this unique sport as much for the strategy and skill as the post-game socializing. Visitors will spot signatures from former US team skipper Debbie McCormick and John Landsteiner, member of the 2018 Olympic team, on the Frogtown Wall of Fame. Ice skate outdoors Ice skating in Minnesota - courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis At 110,000 square feet, the Guidant John Rose MN OVAL is the largest refrigerated outdoor rink in North America. Whether figure skating, speed skating or playing pond hockey – a Minnesota tradition – the evergreen-lined loop welcomes skaters of all ages and abilities. Olympic speed skaters Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansenhave skated the loop. Alternatively, head to Centennial Lakes Park. Nestled in the tiny suburb Edina, this charming 24-acre park features a large pond. Offering a warming house and skate rentals, popular restaurants sit just steps away for post-skate refreshments. Snow tube at Buck Hill Located just beyond the Twin Cities, Buck Hill has been the training ground for Olympic skiers like Lindsey Vonn, Tasha Nelson McCrank and Kristina Koznick. While visitors can take to the steep ski hills, tubing is a family-friendly way for the young and young at heart to satisfy a need for speed. Relax in luxury at the Four Seasons Nordic Village at Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis - courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis Get the best of both worlds by returning to the Four Seasons Hotel Minneapolis after a long day spent adventuring outdoors in the cold. A collection of cedar cabins on the hotel's fourth floor alfresco space, Nordic Village is open for dinners, private events and buyouts Wednesdays through Sundays through March 31, 2024, and local shopping on winter weekends through January 28, 2024. Minnesota's own MartinPatrick3, an internationally recognized boutique dedicated to building a one-of-a-kind experience, designed and decorated the cabins, while area curator Mich Berthiaume facilities the markets. Those who dine in Nordic Village unlock seasonal savings on an overnight stay – and suites include a bottle of Dom Pérignon. Reservations become available one month at a time on Tock. Just beyond Nordic Village, The Spa is offering a guided sauna experience as part of its commitment to nourishment through nature. This 75-minute service is curated for each guest with their unique wellness goals in mind. Appointments for one to eight people may be made online. Finally, if you're looking for a special dining experience, try the hotel's Mediterranean-inspired establishment, Mara. Seasonal events include two meals on Christmas Eve (December 24), all-day dining on Christmas Day (December 25), four courses on New Year's Eve (December 31), a new prix-fixe menu for New Year's Day (January 1) and a signature event – A Winter's Table (February 1) – during The Great Northern Festival. Reservations are available on Tock.
Looking to heat things up this winter? It may be a long way until summer is here, but there's plenty of sunshine and fun to be had at the southern destinations below. If you're looking for the perfect honeymoon spot or couples getaway, there's something for every type of traveler at the destinations below: from a tropical island paradise and beachside adventures, to a unique desert oasis and a vibrant city center. Book a romantic getaway to St. Barts The Christopher Hotel in St. Barthelemy by Shanna Camilleri - Unsplash Located in the French West Indies, St. Barts invites couples of all interests to relax and experience true romantic bliss with the island’s vast selection of excellent accommodations and numerous hotel honeymoon offerings - ensuring a true lover’s paradise. With some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, there is no spot more romantic to enjoy with a loved one. See below for details on each of these St. Barts hotels, their romantic packages, experiences and why they are prime destinations for the dreamiest honeymoons. For dreamy and indulgent experiences, stay at Cheval Blanc — Discover one of the most beautiful bays of the Caribbean - Colombier Bay - aboard your choice of a private yacht, a sailing boat or a catamaran. The sunrise to sunset "Great Blue' sea experience, offers guests of Cheval Blanc St Barth the privacy of the ocean and its most pristine, quiet beaches while in the hands of the Maison's team of 'Ambassadeurs' to cater to every need. The day starts with a snorkeling experience among sea turtles and exploring all the underwater sights of the island, before dropping anchor near the pristine white beach of Colombier Bay, where an elaborate picnic display of French-Caribbean delicacies and Champagne awaits. At sunset, sip a last cocktail accompanied by delicious amuse-bouche facing the sublime white sandbank of Colombier. Sail back along the coastline before returning to your room or to enjoy the tranquility of the Maison’s tropical gardens with a Guerlain spa treatment in the Tropical Pavilion. For the eco-minded and adventurous, try Le Barthelemy — Nestled on a quiet bay, set back from the island buzz, Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa, is the quintessential milieu for honeymooners. The conscious wellness-minded couple will love it here, with private yoga sessions overlooking the Natures Reserve, ethically-sourced cuisine and zero-waste cooking classes with the head chef at AMIS St. Barth, ancient water healing experiences like Janzu, Nordic water therapy and aquatic sound therapy and sailing and snorkeling trips around the island on the resort’s private boat. Le Barthelemy’s long-standing partnership with Coral Restoration St. Barth not only supports the regeneration of the surrounding natural reef but creates a special undersea adventure for couples to snorkel and dive to replant coral and leave their mark in St. Barts forever. The hotel’s butler-style service creates an elevated sense of personalization, including everything from monogramming bathrobes to delivering champagne to the suite with a touch of a button--literally there is a ‘champagne please’ button on the room phone.Foodies will love a trip to Rosewood Le Guanahani — Epicurean couples can embark on a romantic culinary journey imbued with the flavors of the Mediterranean with the resort’s bespoke dining experience. In this one-of-a-kind offering, Chef Ollivault and his team will create a custom menu for couples to enjoy in their preferred venue, from aboard the resort’s pontoon boat overlooking Margot Bay to the beach with their feet in the sand. The resort’s culinary master classes welcome couples to join the world-class culinary team of Beach House St. Barth to learn new skills, or sharpen existing ones, in a fun, interactive atmosphere centered around the art of island cuisine. This is an incredible opportunity for couples to live in the moment, sip a glass of wine or mocktail, and create a delightful dish of their choosing, all while surrounded by the island’s stunning natural beauty. Similarly, the team at Bar Mélangé offers mixology classes for couples to broaden their knowledge of cocktails and learn the art of mixology under the guidance of professionals. From the fundamentals of ingredients to the proper handling of utensils, this class imparts couples with new skills to share on their next adventure behind the bar.The ultimate in relaxation can be found at Hotel Christopher — Hotel Christopher offers the ultra-unique, ultra luxurious Journey for Two spa experience. Combining different massages, rituals and relaxation techniques, a romantic experience is guaranteed. The Sisley Spa has been elected Caribbean’s Best Hotel Spa and St. Barts Best Hotel Spa by the renowned World Spa Awards and offers a selection of different experiences sure to promise unparalleled relaxation. For more information regarding the romantic Journey for Two Package visit here. Splurge on a wilderness retreat in Death Valley, California The rolling, sandy hills of Death Valley, California by Nick Ricket - Unsplash Ancient waters bubble up from the ground to support an entire ecosystem at the Oasis at Death Valley, a secluded resort tucked into one of the world’s most dramatic desert settings, the 3.4-million-acre Death Valley National Park (the largest park in the Lower 48). This wondrous winter vacation destination in America’s great desert is just two hours from Las Vegas and a little more than four hours from Los Angeles. It offers spring-fed pools averaging a comfortable 87 degrees, the lowest USGA golf course on earth, cascading bougainvillea-adorned Xanadu Gardens, and spring-watered groves of stately date palms. It’s also a natural haven for wildlife: kit fox, desert cottontail, coyotes, roadrunners, and various species of birds all thrive on or near the oasis. Dating to 1927, the historic property encompasses two lodgings: the luxurious AAA Four-Diamond The Inn at Death Valley and the family-friendly The Ranch at Death Valley, both part of the recent $200 million renovations. The historically accurate restoration preserved the original design, materials and colors of the buildings, while updating the infrastructure to modern standards. Also, for the most budget-friendly option, try a stay at the property's third lodging option: the Fiddlers Campground. The result is a return to the elegance of Old Hollywood, when the Inn attracted likes of Marlon Brando, Clark Gable, and Carole Lombard — and more recently, the cast and crew of Star Wars. Accommodations at the 66-room Inn marry classic decor with modern amenities. Fine-art color landscape photographs bring the splendor of Death Valley right into the rooms. Want total privacy? Stay in one of 22 new Inn casitas or 80 new Ranch cottages. In the evening, dine on classic fare regionally flavored with cactus, citrus, date, and even pomegranate from the garden, while gazing at the desert salt pans and majestic Panamint Mountains. Watch a glorious sunset from one of the stone patios or admire the Milky Way from the Stargazers Deck in this internationally recognized Gold Tier Dark Sky Park. And hoist a cold one at the Last Kind Words Saloon, a cowboy paraphernalia-festooned throwback to the Old West. No wonder basketball Hall of Famer and broadcaster Bill Walton has been a regular guest at the Inn for more than two decades. “It’s everything I love. I love nature, I love the changing light, I love the desert air here,” he says. “The spring that feeds this resort is just phenomenal. The quality of the water.” “They took paradise and they made it better,” he adds. “They’ve made the hotel even nicer while maintaining the culture and the tradition and the history, the architecture, and the stonework. “Every time I come here, it’s such a healing place, it’s such an inspiring place…a place of enlightenment and imagination and creativity. You’re just awestruck by the magnificence and the grandeur of nature in Death Valley.” Enjoy seasonal festivities in Mexico City, Mexico Christmas decor in Mexico City, Mexico - courtesy of Mexico City Tourism Board Secluded retreats into the wilderness or on an island may be a travel dream for many couples, but not for the most social pairs. If you're looking for a bustling and vibrant city to explore in the winter, look no further than Mexico City. This colorful metropolis will show off its best during the December season with more than 264 must-see events and activities for national and international tourists of all ages. Head to the "City that has it all" for some of the most exciting celebrations of the Christmas season. There will be posadas and pilgrimages in the 16 neighborhoods that make up Mexico City, at no charge from December 16th to 23rd, with traditional Mexican fruit punch and the symbolic 7-spike piñatas. On Paseo de la Reforma, the emblematic avenue of Mexico City, the Christmas Eve Flower Festival will take place, with the presence of flower farmers who will dress the city in red and offer unbeatable prices; Let us remember that 59% of the land in Mexico City is conservation. Also in Reforma, the Christmas Tourism Festival will take place from December 12th to 17th, with all 32 States of Mexico bringing their crafts and cuisines. At the Casitllo de Chapultepec, the Amalia Hernández Folkloric Ballet will perform, with the show titled “Christmas in Mexico.” The Christmas Craft Festival will be held at the Casa del Risco Museum; and the Coffee and Chocolate Festival, at the Palacio de Minería. In the heart of the Historic Center, visitors can enjoy the Verbena del Zócalo, with its Christmas fair and its spectacular and colorful Christmas lighting; live music and pastorelas, which will be free and will start mid-December and run until the first days of January 2024, from Monday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. To end the year, the countdown will be celebrated in Latin Times Square style, at the Ángel de la Independencia, with music, food, plus the must-see New Year's Eve concert. Santa Fe, Paseo de la Reforma, Chapultepec, Zócalo, the Monument to the Revolution, Coyoacán, San Ángel and the Basilica, as well as Xochimilco and Polanco, are some of the metropolitan areas with the greatest tourist attraction and have prepared recreational activities. Sports Tourism has been growing in Mexico City and will be represented with the “Santa Run” race, which will be attended in costumes and with a mascot. The Christmas Bazaar will also be held at the World Trade Center, an emblematic business location; and where the famous San Silvestre race will take place. Additionally, about six million parishioners are expected to attend on December 12th, to celebrate the Virgin of Guadalupe, in La Basílica, the second most visited Marano temple in the world. Six Flags, one of the busiest amusement parks and known by national and foreign visitors, began Christmas celebrations on November 24, 2023, and will be running until January 14, 2024. On Christmas Day, the amusement park with its stages, lighting and ornaments inspired by Christmas in which the music, songs and dances are enjoyed, as well as the Mexican traditions of the season – posadas and piñatas, included.
Colorado has long been renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and year-round outdoor adventures, and during the holidays, it transforms into a winter wonderland. Colorado's allure during this special season lies in its ability to seamlessly combine timeless traditions with thrilling new adventures. From annual events to celebrate the season and memorable winter activities to festive lodging packages and dining experiences, Colorado is the place to celebrate the most magical time of the year. See magical sights and light displays Snow, Christmas lights, and the tree during the day in Denver, Colorado by Colin Lloyd - Unsplash Most trips begin with a flight into Denver, Colorado. Make sure to take in all the magical sights that the Mile High city has to offer this time of year. Stop by Denver's Union Station for a glance at the 40-foot tall Christmas tree. Just south in the suburb of Littleton, visitors can see the Trail of Lights at Chatfield Farms (November 24 – January 1), a 1-mile path that is illuminated with thousands of Christmas lights and epic lighting displays synchronized to music, creating a magical atmosphere on the 1880s Hildebrand Ranch homestead. Then, on December 10th is the Cherry Creek Chanukah Celebration; an outdoor menorah is lit and attendees can enjoy festive treats, face painting and crafts. Also, through January 7th, the Denver Botanic Gardens hosts Blossoms of Light, an annual holiday light extravaganza that transforms the gardens into a shimmering wonderland with a 360-degree immersive light experience. Don't miss The Colorado Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, a cherished holiday tradition offering joy and merriment to visitors as they kick off the season. Several holiday markets also pop up across the state during the holiday season. The Denver Christkindl Market (November 17 - December 23) transforms Civic Center Park into a miniature German village with live music, holiday shopping and food vendors serving traditional German Christmas market specialties such as gingerbread biscuits, grilled sausages and the beloved gluehwein. Heading north from the city, be sure to stop at the Garden of Lights (December 8 - 23) in Fort Collins, one of Northern Colorado's favorite holiday traditions featuring a half-mile loop of perennial flower beds, sculptures, a holiday village and other garden creatures—all crafted entirely from holiday lights. There's also Loveland's Winter Wonderlights (November 18 - January 1), a captivating free light show that enchants visitors with over 200,000 lights, live reindeer, ice sculpting, music and dance performances. Over in Telluride, the Christmas Eve Torchlight Parade showcases ski resort employees gliding down the mountain with torches, making it a unique and unforgettable spectacle. Take a mountain train ride Telluride, Colorado turns into a winter wonderland in the snow by Thomas Kelley - Unsplash For a touch of nostalgia, Colorado's historic trains take travelers on a journey through winter wonderlands. The Leadville Railroad Holiday Express offers a magical ride through snowy mountains with scenic views. The Santa Express Train with the Royal Gorge Route Railroad leads passengers to the North Pole and back, complete with a visit from Santa. The Polar Express Train Rides at the Colorado Railroad Museum and the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, both offer unparalleled holiday experiences. The Georgetown Loop Railroad's Winter Holiday Trains are one of Colorado’s most authentic living history experiences and offer timeless adventures through scenic vistas decorated with more than 300,000 holiday lights. Experience the Royal Gorge Bridge at its most festive For the second time, America’s highest suspension bridge will become a winter wonderland. In December, the Royal Gorge Bridge will transform into an interactive drive-thru holiday lights experience, The Bridge of Lights. Cookies and cocoa are also available for purchase as you enjoy the drive across the sparkling bridge. Stay a night in the backcountry A trail through Crested Butte, Colorado by Taylor Brandon - Unsplash In Crested Butte, those seeking outdoor adventures can embark on a cross-country ski or snowshoe trip into the serene backcountry. The Magic Meadows Yurt, heated by a wood-burning stove, is accessible only on skis or snowshoes through a 1-mile groomed trail. Visitors can warm up with cocktails or enjoy local brews while savoring a Colorado-inspired meal and live music. For equally festive accommodations that are less rugged, the C Lazy U Ranch transforms into a snowy paradise for the holidays offering a delightful combination of Rocky Mountain scenery and festive fun, including gingerbread house making, Christmas karaoke and a special visit from Santa via horse-drawn sleigh. Enjoy merry, seasonal dining experiences Indulge in a unique Snowcat Dinner at Aspen's Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, where a picturesque cabin in the Rockies serves exquisite dishes with breathtaking views. If you find yourself in Arapahoe Basin for New Year's, try the New Year's Eve Moonlight Dinner Series; it combines chairlift rides, chef-prepared global cuisine and mountain vistas for an unforgettable celebration. In Grand Junction, The Hotel Maverick’s restaurant, Devil’s Kitchen will transform its rooftop terrace into an amazing snow globe dining experience against panoramic views of the Grand Mesa and Colorado National Monument. Cozy up and enjoy a festive meal of regionally inspired dishes and specialty craft cocktails in private illuminated igloos and gondolas. There's also Miracle on 7, Estes Park's own Christmas-inspired pop-up cocktail bar that transforms Cousin Pat's Pub & Grill into a festive atmosphere with kitschy holiday decorations, expertly crafted cocktails and more. The Ramble Hotel in Denver will transform Death & Co’s intimate Suite 6A into an elegant holiday bar with floor-to-ceiling décor and a festive selection of specialty cocktails and bites only available in the pop-up ski lodge-inspired suite. Also in Denver, The Brown Palace is an iconic hotel renowned for its holiday offerings including a traditional holiday afternoon tea (November 13 – January 21) and special Christmas and New Year's Eve dining events. Get a taste of holidays past with historic activities A cold winter evening in Glenwood Springs, Colorado by Nate Hughes - Unsplash The historic Fort Restaurant in Morrison, designed to resemble an 1800s fur trading post, offers a unique holiday dining experience serving traditional dishes like bison and game meats. Also in Morrison, the Tesoro Cultural Center's Las Posadas (December 24) is an annual Christmas Eve celebration that reenacts Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem, featuring children's participation, traditional music, piñatas and complimentary treats like biscochito cookies and Mexican hot chocolate. For a cozy and rustic adventure, 2 Below Zero in Frisco offers mule-team-driven sleigh rides with chuckwagon dinners and live music, while Steamboat Springs provides a Wild West touch with its Haymaker Sleigh Ride Dinner. In Glenwood Springs,Hotel Colorado provides an enchanting and classic Colorado Christmas experience, where visitors can immerse in the rich holiday tradition that dates back to 1893 featuring beautifully decorated fir trees, half a million holiday lights, an annual tree lighting ceremony, breakfasts with Santa and festive touches around each corner. Celebrate the holiday season in Victor and Cripple Creek as the Gold Camps come alive with dazzling holiday lights adorning mine headframes (November 24 – December 31). Enjoy a festive self-guided tour, complete with holiday music and beautiful light displays in this historic mining region. Finally, experience the unique charm of the holiday season in Denver before 1924 by touring the beautifully decorated Center for Colorado Women's History and enjoying a delightful tea service during their Holiday Tea special events (November 25 – December 16). Head outdoors for snowy excursions A herd fo elk in Estes Park, Colorado by Greyson & Thomas - Unsplash Located in Granby, between Winter Park Ski Resort and Rocky Mountain National Park, true to its name, YMCA of the Rockies -Snow Mountain Ranch is the ultimate winter wonderland. The 5,100-acre property offers Nordic skiing and snowshoeing on 85K of groomed, world-class terrain, private and group cross country ski lessons and rentals, dog sled experiences, winter horse drawn sleigh rides, ice skating, indoor archery and rock climbing, indoor swimming, nostalgic roller skating, and much more. Accommodations include hotel-style lodge rooms starting at $104 per night and Nordic ski-in and ski-out, pet-friendly cabins starting at $199 for a 2 bedroom. There are several activities to participate in during the winter season: New this year, the Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center will offer full moon ski and snowshoe experience, with lights on the trail and hot chocolate.. The full moon events will take place on Friday, January 26, 2024 and Friday, February, 23, 2024.The Snow Mountain Ranch Nordic Center offers 85K of groomed, world-class country ski terrain meandering through pine forest, wide meadows and along a mountain creek. An annual tradition for many families and friends is the Christmas Tree Cutting Experience. Purchase a tree-cutting ticket and head out on a winter adventure to find the perfect Christmas tree. Overnight guests can cut down a tree for free.Meet the team, including the six new Snow Mountain Ranch dog sled puppies, and tour the beautiful property on a Snow Mountain Ranch dog sled adventure. Reservations are required for both the long and short sled dog rides. There's also the YMCA of the Rockies Estes Park Center (in Estes Park). Guests can enjoy a number of on-site, seasonal activities during the day – including sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, roller skating, indoor swimming or rock climbing and more – and return to their cozy lodge room or private cabins at night. And the town of Estes Park itself is a must-visit winter destination – with its annual Catch the Glow holiday festival, local boutique shops, and charming restaurants. Ice skating is a favorite winter tradition at the Estes Park Center. This year, guests can grab their free skate rentals and twirl, glide, and jump to their heart’s content. For a warm-up on select dates, they can stop by the new rink side Hot Cocoa Truck (the resort’s winter iteration of its popular summer ice cream truck).The Mootz Family Craft and Design Center will feature seasonal crafts alongside their popular regular offerings. So, guests can make a holiday-scented candle, mosaic, or piece of jewelry for a gift that really comes from the heart. And, new this year, the craft center will offer gift wrapping. YMCA of the Rockies is known for its guided hikes, included with a stay. Area experts will lead guests through the winter wonderland of Rocky Mountain National Park on snowshoe adventures that range from beginner to expert. At the end of the day, guests can relax and share stories of their day around a private bonfire with hot cocoa and s’mores. — Colorado invites all to embrace the holiday spirit and create treasured memories in a snow globe setting. For more details, please visit www.colorado.com.