If your snowflake image strikes you, and everyone else thinks of tropical beaches and clear skies, then you are not alone. You don't have to let the changes of the seasons prevent you from going on vacation-and in many cases, it is better to enjoy the cold weather than to be afraid.
These picturesque destinations, from the coast of Maine to the French Alps, make it easy to spend quality time even in the harsh winter. So put on your warmest sweater, light up the fire, and start dreaming of the perfect winter vacation.
Kennebunkport is a year-round destination for a reason. From the quaint coastline to the charming downtown shops, the charm of this beautiful town goes far beyond the beach walk season and lobster rolls.
St. Moritz, Switzerland
This premium mountain resort town is more than just a ski resort; it is a year-round attraction for outdoor enthusiasts. Due to the long history of the area (the birthplace of Alpine tourism), the area has an ancient charm, and the town itself is expanding, making it an ideal starting point for an idyllic holiday.
Lyon’s iconic festival of lights is held in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, enough to allow you to visit this vibrant French city. The French celebrate the Virgin Mary in the Lyon tradition every winter, that is, placing candles outside the window to make the whole city emit a weird and unified light. Place des Terreaux and Fourviere Cathedral also have spectacular light shows, which are sure to delight tourists and locals alike.
The Cayambe volcano in the Ecuadorian Andes is the only place where snow always crosses the equator, making it an ideal winter destination for explorers. Leisurely climbing or hiking along the lake will almost certainly be accompanied by the magnificent view of the snow-capped mountains.
Big Bear Lake, California
The famous Bear Mountain Ski Resort and Snow Peak Ski Resort helped turn the sleepy town of Big Bear Lake into a popular winter destination. Big Bear Lake Village is the central business district of the ski resort, full of quaint shops, restaurants and boutiques, where visitors can enjoy the winter weather and get warm from nature.
Holland Peak Ranch is a great starting and ending point for visiting the picturesque town of Camden, Montana. This idyllic resort has three luxury villas spread over 1,000 acres of gorgeous plains; suitable for all four seasons. Camden is a quiet unincorporated village, an ideal place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life and enjoy a wonderful and pleasant holiday.
Lake Bled, Slovenia
Lake Bled is located in the Julian Alps in Slovenia and is a beautiful water area surrounding Bled Island. Although the lake is beautiful all year round, in the winter months it becomes an incredible sight where visitors can ski and other attractions such as Vintgar Canyon, caves and waterfalls.