Editors' Picks: Coziest Winter Getaways

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas, hitting the slopes or staying warm by a fireplace ... preferably with a view? Check out our top picks for snowy winter destinations.
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Reykjavik, Iceland

"It may seem counterintuitive to consider Iceland in winter, but hear us out. It's the off season and therefore surprisingly affordable. The mere 6 hours of daylight only up your chances of witnessing the majestic Northern Lights. And the 40-degree temps shouldn't stop you from taking a dip outside -- it's famous geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon, offers mineral-rich waters averaging 100 degrees." -- Sara Gilliam

Telluride, Colorado

"Most places in Colorado offer top-of-the-line skiing and first-class resorts -- Telluride is no different. However, for those who don't ski (like myself) and are still looking for a cozy winter getaway relaxing by a warm fire with a nice glass of scotch or a some hot apple cider, look no further then the Franz Klammer Lodge at the Fairmont Heritage Place. Boasting an impressive private spa, fire pits, an outdoor heated pool, several hot tubs and much more, this may just be the perfect place to keep warm in the cold face of winter." -- Ben Breslerman

Winter Park, Colorado

"The epitome of cozy, the Zephyr Mountain Lodge is comprised of rustic condos situated right at the base of Winter Park Ski Resort and located mere feet from the lifts. With outdoor hot tubs and plenty of fireplaces to gather around with a cup of cocoa, this resort is a perfect escape in the snow-covered mountains of Colorado. And as the gateway to the Winter Park Village, there's no shortage of things to do, from shopping to ice skating." -- Amanda DiGiondomenico

Hot Springs, Montana

"Skip glamping, skip glowing posh fireplaces at cozy winter resorts, it’s time to get back to nature... and warm up naturally! This coming winter, I’ll be hot spring-hopping through Montana. Lots of hot springs dot the Big Sky winter landscape, and offer a welcome reprieve when temperatures plummet to 20 degrees … and below. On my list so far are Bozeman Hot Springs, White Sulphur Springs, Chico Hot Springs, Mammoth Hot Springs, the Firehole River Swimming Area and Norris Hot Springs. Bring your bathing suit, no wetsuit needed." -- Lisa Singh

Quebec, Canada

"If you're not afraid of a little cold, then Quebec City is a beautiful place to visit in winter. Last January, I visited this cozy (albeit bitter cold) Canadian city, during a blizzard no less, and even was convinced to spend a night in an ice hotel! While sleeping in an igloo might not sound so inviting, the historic area of Quebec City, surrounded by fortified city walls, is brimming with charming bistros and cafes, and super friendly French-speaking locals. Right outside the old city gates is an ice rink, worth at least one skate around in all your thermal layers." -- Kathleen Rellihan

Beaver Creek, Colorado

"For the quintessential ski village, my family chooses Beaver Creek, CO. Roughly two hours from Denver International Airport, the resort is large enough to cater to the entire family, especially young children – offering activities like Cookie Time, tubing, ski and snowboard lessons (ages 3-14) and a play school and nursery for the young ones (ages 2 months to 6 years)." -- Rani Robinson-Kiganda

Grand Marais, Minnesota

"Grand Marais is the perfect winter getaway for those who enjoy outdoor activities, including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing. In addition to its quaint lodges, shops and pubs, this small town is a popular destination for spectators who come out to see mushers and their dog teams make the 400-mile trek along the Gunflint Trail for the annual John Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon. Take the two-hour drive from Duluth, along the North Shore Scenic Route, to see amazing vistas overlooking Lake Superior." -- Kwin Mosby

New Paltz, N.Y.

"Steal away to Mohonk Mountain House, a stunning Victorian castle resort surrounded by more than 2,000 acres of natural beauty, nestled along the banks of Lake Mohonk in New York’s Hudson Valley. Bundle up and sip your morning coffee from one of the rocking chairs that line the resort’s many porches, skate into the sunset at the open-air skating pavilion, or drink in the house’s turn-of-the-century elegance as you cozy up in front of one of the many stone fireplaces." -- Allee Sangiolo

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