If your idea of the perfect romantic vacation includes cuddling in front of a roaring fire while snowflakes gently fall across a landscape of pristine, white snow or a winter storm whips up crashing waves onto a wild, scenic coastline, these destinations are sure to make for an unforgettable getaway that is practically guaranteed to reignite the spark of love.
Estes Park, Colorado
Estes Park sits at the eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, a charming town filled with elegant mountain-style cabins often featuring upscale amenities like claw-footed tubs or in-room Jacuzzis, a cozy fireplace and even private hot tubs on a deck overlooking a tranquil river or the park. Here you’ll find practically endless stretches of pristine nature and incredible opportunities for wildlife viewing – elk even roam the streets of the town while bighorn sheep can be spotted on hillsides. Outdoor enthusiasts can go snowshoeing, sleigh riding or ice skating.
Yellowstone National Park
As many as 97 percent of Yellowstone’s more than three million annual visitors arrive during the summer months, which means during the winter, couples have the opportunity for peace and seclusion in this 2.2-million+ acre park. Here, discover some of the most unique and spectacular scenery on the planet with more wildlife than people. Cuddle up at the historic Old Faithful Snow Lodge in a bed blanketed with thick quilts in the evening, and during the day spend time together enjoying active pursuits like snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on the miles and miles of trails found throughout the park – passing brilliantly colored mineral pools, frozen waterfalls and erupting geysers. Or, you can always strap on a pair of ice skates and glide across Yellowstone Lake holding hands.
Chena Hot Springs Resort, Fairbanks, Alaska
Watching the Northern Lights together can make for an especially romantic, unforgettable experience. At Chena Hot Springs Resort in Fairbanks, Alaska, guests can watch the dazzling light show from the soothing hot springs. As the region’s cold weather produces unusually clear skies, the Aurora Borealis is frequently seen from August through May. Other activities here include dog sled rides, massage and flight-seeing, with guests flying north over the Arctic wilderness across the Arctic Circle.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs is transformed into a picture-postcard winter wonderland with some of the most stunning mountain scenery on earth. Take a horse-drawn sleigh ride, getting cozy together under the blankets while gliding through the fresh powder on an especially memorable journey. Many sleigh ride tours include hot cocoa and some even feature a candlelit teepee dinner. Afterward, head to Strawberry Park Hot Springs where you can soak in the soothing hot springs surrounded by the frozen landscape. You can even choose to stay in the establishment’s most unique accommodations, a renovated train caboose that features a gas fireplace.