of the greatest things about winter is that it's the perfect opportunity
to relax - and what better way to relax than taking a winter rendezvous.
getaways close to my home on the East Coast, I enjoy the Catskills
and Adirondacks, both in Upstate New York. When skiing at Windham
or Hunter I stay at the Catskill's Friar Tuck Resort or Scribner's
Hollow Lodge. However, my all-time favorite Catskills getaway is
Mohonk Mountain House - a breathtaking castle resort decorated in
elegant Victorian style. I was fortunate to find these places thanks
to the friendly folks at www.CatskillsReservations.com. The last
time I visited the Adirondacks, I stayed at Fort William Henry Resort
in Lake George, a beautiful property adjacent to the lake, within
walking distance to many restaurants, shops, and nightlife. However,
my all time favorite Lake George paradise is the Sagamore, situated
on its own private island.
tad farther from home I prefer Beaver Creek, Colorado. It
is a charming village that reminds me of something out of
a storybook. Then of course there are my other Colorado favorites
- Vail and Aspen, which, like Beaver Creek, are also great
for skiing, snowboarding, and winter recreation. When I'm
looking for fun festivals and unsurpassed skiing excitement,
I go to Vail. When I'm looking for luxury, it's Aspen all
And then there are my other West Coast winter favorites - Lake Tahoe
and Seattle! Lake Tahoe is one of my favorites for its skiing and
the non-stop excitement of its casinos. That's right
destination with Vegas-style casinos - inconceivable!
charm of Seattle's waterfront area coupled with the warmth of the
downtown shops make for a romantic getaway. My favorite Seattle
experience is taking a horse-drawn carriage ride down the festively
decorated streets after savoring dinner at the Icon Grill.
When I'm looking to escape the cold, my top winter vacation is Punta
Cana, Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is truly a luxurious Caribbean
paradise. I stayed at Secrets Excellence on my honeymoon and highly
recommend it to anyone looking for a one-of-a-kind experience that
will last a lifetime. I suggest using a Caribbean specialist such
as PuntaCanasBest.com to ensure you are getting the best place for
the best price.
course when push comes to shove, my preferred winter destination
is actually right here at home in the Poconos. I love sitting beside
the crackling fireplace on my laptop looking for the latest and
greatest festivals, concerts, skiing, and restaurants right here
in the Pocono Mountains on www.PoconosBest.com.
next time, Happy Travels!
2015, Jessica McDonnell for GoldenTravelGuides,
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