Winter Wonderland: The 5 Most Magical Destinations


Winter Wonderland Picks: The 5 Most Magical Destinations

Winter Wonderland Picks: The 5 Most Magical Destinations

Winter Wonderland Picks: The 5 Most Magical Destinations

Shimmering fresh coats of snow. Twinkling lights. The feel of catching snowflakes on the tip of your tongue….there’s something truly magical about the winter season, and that’s never been more apparent than at these five resort spas around the globe. These locations will make you think you’ve stepped inside a snow globe—because here, walking in a winter wonderland isn’t just a holiday tune, it’s reality.

Here are just a few of the magical winter destinations that have caught our eye—which ones are your favorites?

Image courtesy of Tschuggen Grand Hotel

Winter Wonderland Picks: The 5 Most Magical Destinations

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac - Québec City, Canada

Winter Wonderland Picks: The 5 Most Magical Destinations

Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac – Québec City, Canada: Within the walls of Old Quebec, overlooking the St. Lawrence River, the delightful Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac is within easy access of the over-the-top and spectacular Québec Winter Carnival; the celebration—one of the world’s largest, complete with night parades, a masquerade ball, snow sculptures, sleigh rides, an ice canoe race, and snow slides—dates back to 1894 and occurs late January through mid-February.

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Amangani – Jackson, Wyoming

Winter Wonderland Picks: The 5 Most Magical Destinations

Amangani – Jackson, Wyoming: This idyllic wintertime nirvana and its surroundings, not far from Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Parks, present myriad outdoor attractions during the colder season, from downhill and cross-country skiing (the resort’s ski lounge can be found in nearby Teton Village; Jackson Hole averages 400 inches of snow annually—piling up to 10 feet in the mountains) to snowmobiling and snowshoeing to half- and full-day dog sledding. Another highlight—horse-drawn sleigh rides into the National Elk Refuge (Amangani calls its dinner sleigh rides a “winter highlight”). Sounds like a winter fairytale to us.

Image courtesy of Amangani

Winter Wonderland Picks: The 5 Most Magical Destinations

Ice Hotel – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

Winter Wonderland Picks: The 5 Most Magical Destinations

Ice Hotel – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden: What could be wintrier than Sweden’s Ice Hotel? Situated nearly 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle, the world’s first hotel constructed of snow and ice attracts 50,000 visitors each winter, who flock to this fantasyland made of 1,000 tons of Torne River ice and 30,000 tons of a snow-ice mixture affectionately dubbed “snice.” Very cool.

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Winter Wonderland Picks: The 5 Most Magical Destinations

The Whiteface Lodge – Lake Placid, New York

Winter Wonderland Picks: The 5 Most Magical Destinations

The Whiteface Lodge – Lake Placid, New York: The Whiteface Lodge in the former two-time Olympic host city of Lake Placid is a winter playground with rustic-chic charm: Not only does it enchant with its Adirondack-style design, but it also entices snow lovers with offerings like the Winter Games Experience Package, which includes two Olympic passports for entry into most Olympic venues, from the speed skating oval to the jumping complex to the museum.

Image courtesy of The Whiteface Lodge

Winter Wonderland Picks: The 5 Most Magical Destinations

Tschuggen Grand Hotel – Arosa, Switzerland

Winter Wonderland Picks: The 5 Most Magical Destinations

Tschuggen Grand Hotel – Arosa, Switzerland: Tucked into a hillside, the five-star Tschuggen Grand Hotel sets the tone for winter magic with breathtaking views of the Alps and easy access to snow-driven pursuits like snowboarding, ice skating, and skiing via its futuristic-style railway, the Tschuggen Express. The express runs directly to the ski region of Arosa; new to the alpine property is a cable-car connection to and from the Arosa and Lenzerheide ski resorts, allowing for nearly 140 miles of snowy slope access.

Image courtesy of Tschuggen Grand Hotel