The Most Romantic Getaways to Take This Winter

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From Christmas markets embellished with twinkle lights to store windows brimming with good cheer, these iconic winter locales offer traditional festivities and far-flung adventure, making them ideal destinations for creating new, not to mention romantic, holiday memories. Read on for the best places to get away this December.

Quebec City, Canada

With its cobblestone streets and 17th-century architecture, Quebec City evokes all the romance of Europe without the trans-Atlantic travel times. The city turns up the charm during the holidays, when garlands grace the stone buildings in the Historic District, twinkle lights hang from every tree, and winter carnivals and festivals hit their stride. If the chilly temperatures give you goose bumps, hole up at Auberge Saint-Antoine, a converted 18th-century warehouse on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Though tastefully appointed rooms offer plenty of creature comforts, slow-cooked specialties like wild-mushroom lasagna and roasted duck with squash gratin at the hotel's Chez Muffy really do the trick.

Lapland, Finland

Sleigh riding takes on new meaning in the snowy environs of Lapland, where reindeer replace horses and starry skies are supplemented with the methane glow of the aurora borealis. Some 155 miles north of the Arctic Circle, Hotel Kakslauttanen’s log cabins and glass igloos allow you to take in all of the natural splendor from the warmth of your own room, some complete with a private sauna, fireplace, and kitchenette; snow igloos are available for those who really want to snuggle under the covers. Days are spent in heart-pounding endeavors of another sort: snowmobiling or dog-sledding through wild terrain, ice-fishing on a frozen local lake, or cross-country skiing nearly 125 miles of ungroomed trails.

The Berkshires

It’s not hard to see why winter is the best time to visit Massachusetts’ Berkshire Mountains. Like something out of a Norman Rockwell painting, the region's small towns—with their evocative red barns and church steeples—dot the snow-covered landscape, forested slopes glisten in the afternoon sun, and heart-racing cold-weather activities like snowshoeing and cross-country skiing make cuddling up by the fire all the more enticing. For stargazing worthy of a Romantic poem, opt for the horse-drawn carriage ride and the Gianduja hot chocolate at Blantyre Inn, an ivy-draped 1901 Tudor inn that was inspired by a Scottish castle.

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