I’m getting super excited for a mini babymoon that I planned with my husband for later this month. But, in order to make a decision on where we should go we had to take a number of things into account. My decisions were based around the presence of Zika and what activities I would be up for at nearly 7 months pregnant. It got me thinking that this decision tree style of thinking for planning a vacation might be helpful for all of you. I’ve taken the stress out of the process and created a little quiz to get you to one of six different destinations. So the question of where to go on a Winter Getaway in 2018 is pretty much answered!
After you take this little quiz, scroll down for more details on your chosen destination. I have some of my own personal recommendations for a handful of these. While some of the other locations are on my own personal bucket list. But, don’t worry I’ve linked you to some resources to get you started on the planning!
Cold Weather Locations:
I went here last year for a New Years getaway. It’s got that beautiful mountain backdrop with endless activities. Head to the moutain to get your fill of skiing, snowboarding, or tubing. Rent some snowmobiles for a little “off” road experience. Go ice skating at Summit Pond and then have dinner in their warm, lodge style restaurant, The Foundry at Summit Pond. It has a casual bar area or a more formal dining room (reservations suggested). My suggestion would be to rent a condo through airbnb (use my code for first timer discount: www.airbnb.com/c/missys6). You’ll get to lounge by the fire at night and be ski in and ski out all day!
I’m heading here for a little Babymoon getaway in late December. While Newport is gorgeous in the summer, that doesn’t mean it loses it’s appeal come the winter months. Not only do you get the New England winter air you’ll potentially get to see some of those mansions all lit up and covered in snow. The mansions are still open for tours and they even have some great events lined up (Their Winter Festival runs through February). Get a spa treatment, go boutique shopping, and head the The Black Pearl for a famous cup of chowder. Check back for more Newport details after my trip in January!
Jackson Hole, WY:
This is a definite bucket list location for me. I am not a pro-winter sports athlete but, it’s one of those winter locations that has something for all. Not to mention the views are a bit awe-inspiring. and yes, they have all the normal winter activities but add in things like dog-sledding, sleigh rides, and mountain gondola rides and you really have something for everyone. Here’s some resources to help get you started on planning your trip:
Warm Weather Locations:
Here’s another bucket list location. My husband recently spent a boys weekend here and had nothing but good things to say. It has mild winters, so you’ll be enjoying some 70’s temperature. You can enjoy some great BBQ, head to Sixth Street for some partying and entertainment, or head to Lady Bird Lake for some waterside activities. But, don’t take it from me, I haven’t been there yet remember! Here’s some planning links:
Tampa Bay, FL:
Tampa is a great place for a long weekend getaway in the winter. Why? It’s close to beaches, you can head to a spring training baseball game, and you’ve even got amusement park’s like Busch Gardens. If you’re flying from the NJ/PA area, look for CHEAP Allegiant Airline tickets out of Trenton Airport (I’m talking less than $100 roundtrip!). I’ve gone down a few times over the past few years in the winter months and always have a blast. Here’s a few links from my travels a bit outside the city as well as some for in town.
Montego Bay, Jamaica:
You have a week to max and relax. Well, Montego Bay is the perfect place to be. The winter months are warm and beach ready. And if you go to the all-inclusive resort I went to on my stay you’ll have your choice of activities and food during your time. I’ll let you read all about it on your own here: My Stay at Secret’s Wild Orchid Resort
There you have it, a complete outline of ideas to chase those winter blues away! Happy and safe travels everyone!
…all for the love of the dish