While Aspen and Toronto get all the winter-weather-getaway love, there are so many other more under-the-radar locations that are equally as amazing and chic. We’re suckers for small-town charm and any bar that promises real-life -cowboy patrons, and we know where to find it. Here’s our breakdown of where to stay and what to do in our favorite winter-escape locals.
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Amangani literally means “peaceful home,” and that’s just what this boutique hotel is. Count breathtaking views and indulgent spa packages among its many perks. Pre-book a post-ski massage for maximum enjoyment.
For a hearty pre-ski breakfast, go Corbet’s Cabin at the top of the gondola. For dinner, head to Rendezvous Bistro, known for its raw bar and amazing seafood selection. Get the oysters, thank us later.
If drinking craft beers on leather bar stools is your idea of a good time, you’ve come to the right place. There’s no shortage of watering holes at Jackson’s Town Square. The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar guarantees good drinks, live music and the promise of a real-life cowboy sighting.
In addition to skiing some of Jackson Hole’s 2,471 acres of slopes, do not pass up the opportunity to visit one of Wyoming’s incredible parks. Watch the buffalo roam (literally) or visit Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park.
Head to the Woodstock Inn & Resort for award-winning dining and a 10,000-square-foot spa stocked with local, organic products and treatments like the Hot Chocolate Body Wrap.
We feel inclined to inform you of the Killington Green Mountain ski area’s nickname: “The Beast.” Don’t worry though, there are trails for both beginners and experts. We suggest taking ‘The Stash’ trail off the Skye Peak, which was designed by famed snowboarder Jake Burton.
Take a ride down to the Burlington Waterfront and Church Street for some sightseeing. This charming small town is packed with numerous art galleries, retail shops and eateries with live music.
Do not pass up the chance to dine at Hotel Vermont’s restaurant, Juniper. The farm-to-table inspired, small-plate menu highlights the best of local Vermont, and the cocktail-menu is exceptionally well curated.
Mont Tremblant Resort has been described as “this picturesque place looks like what you’d imagine Santa’s North Pole.” Obviously, this is where you should be staying.
Head to Panache for a critically acclaimed meal in one of the city’s most beautiful locations: a former nineteenth-century warehouse inside the luxurious Auberge Saint-Antoine Hotel. Afterwards, make your way over to Le Cercle for a post-meal cocktail.
J.A Moisan is a sweet, old-fashioned general store with charming wood décor, antiques and amazing delicacies. Our must try? Arctic caribou with mushrooms.