Winter is more than just skiing or snowboarding. Some destinations are at their best during the winter season. If you are still looking for a nice retreat for the upcoming winter season for yourself, your family, or with your loved one, you may get lost with the great number of destinations that exist. We pulled together a collection of some winter retreat destinations that you may take into account. Here are eight winter retreat resorts to spend your next holiday.
1. Rovaniemi, Finland
Finnish Lapland is almost synonym to a magical winter vacation. The pristine Arctic wilderness in a snowy landscape is one to treasure. Spend your holiday in a log cabin complete with sauna and wood-burning fireplace. Don’t forget to look outside as you might see the Nothern Lights.
2. Budapest, Hungary
In an idyllic location at the foot of Vajdahunyad Castle and surrounded by trees, lies the largest outdoor skating rink in Europe. Speakers provide atmospheric music while the inhabitants of the Hungarian capital glide across the ice. If it gets too cold, go to one of the thermal baths where Budapest is known for.
3. L’Espace Killy, France
This huge ski area near Tignes and Val d’Isère is a guarantee for snow in Europe, because of the two glaciers that lie there. It is also one of the most varied winter sports areas, with opportunities for skiers and snowboarders of all levels – including facilities for freestylers. Go to Val d’Isère for a sophisticated atmosphere and great gastronomy, and to Tignes to stay in a cozy village of wooden chalets.
4. Mammoth Lakes, California
When thinking of California, a winter retreat doesn’t exactly pop up in your mind. No, the state is primarily known for its warm climate and beaches, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t any places to spend the winter. The slopes near the Mammoth lakes are an idea for wintersport activities including skiing and snowmobile rides.
5. Reykjavik, Iceland
It may be one of the coldest places in Europe, but there are enough hot springs in Iceland to heat up. The annual Winter Lights Festival, which takes place in February, celebrates winter in a spectacular way. Many of the cozy coffee houses sell the local delicacy rúgbrauð – a dark, sweet bread.
6. Quebec, Canada
Are you a city person? Then Quebec might be your destination for a winter retreat. Stroll along the snow-covered cobblestone streets and enjoy the winter cityscape. Spend the night in the Hotel de Glace, Canada’s Ice hotel made entirely of snow and glass.
7. Munich, Germany
No better place to catch the Christmas spirit than a good old Christmas market. Germany is world-renowned for having some of the largest and most magical Christmas markets. Enjoy the snowy landscape in one of Germany’s finest cities and warm yourself up with a glass of glühwein or a hot sausage.
8. Fairbanks, Alaska
Few places are more pristine than the wilderness of Alaska. Highlights of the winter in Alaska are the famous Iditarod dog sled race or the World Ice Art Championship, but there is more than that. Go on an outdoor winter adventure with snowmobile or dog sled and look up the sky to witness the natural wonder of the northern lights.
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