For a low-key wintertime ski trip, but without the lines, visit Ruidoso Ski Apache.

Winter is arguably the most tempting time to stay home, and shamelessly watch endless amounts of Netflix. While that’s certainly on the bucket list for this season, considering Houston has been on the colder side, a getaway is usually fitting during this time as well. With generally cheaper hotel rates and fewer crowds, winter is the most coveted time to take a spontaneous trip to one of these destinations below.   

Tarpon Springs, Florida

Did you know Tarpon Springs is home to the largest percentage of Greek Americans in the United States? Rich in Greek history and culture, Tarpon Springs is an ideal destination for a bit of the tropics as temperatures drop. There are several activities to experience such as indulging in rich desserts at Hellas, learning about locally sourced sponges, sampling Greek and Floridian wines at Wine at the Dock, or exploring the local shops on public bikes. Whether you’re looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway or a new city to visit, Tarpon Springs is a must this winter. 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Escape to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma for a romantic spa day or a variety of couples experiences. One of the most unique things to do in Oklahoma City is stay at the Orr Family Farm. You can stay in one of their Conestoga wagons or in a teepee for a truly unique glamping experience. If glamping isn’t your thing, book a room at 21C Hotel, which is an art museum that doubles as a hotel. For a spa day, visit Udander, a Scandinavian spa with soaking tubs, a dry sauna, and a Eucalyptus steam room. After your spa day, visit OKC's delicious restaurants, specifically Ludivine, which offers multiple courses and a romantic setting to end your day.

Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico

What says “winter” more than a ski trip? Whether you’re seasoned or a newbie, Taos Ski Valley is a wonderland. With several trails, professional instructors, and even the convenience of having a coffee shop on the mountain, you’re in for a magical wintertime stay. Book a room at the Blake for magnificent mountain views and the comforts of staying in a simple lodge, but with added luxuries, like texting the front desk whenever you need something. Unwind those knots at the on-site Taos Spa before venturing out to visit the Taos Downtown Historic District.

Ruidoso, New Mexico

For a low-key wintertime ski trip, but without the lines, visit Ruidoso Ski Apache. After a ride on one of Ski Apache’s 11 lifts, you’ll be rewarded with views of New Mexico deserts and pine trees alike. If you’d rather sit and slide than ski, try tubing at Ruidoso’s Winterpark where you can ride innertubes down paved snow slides. When off the slopes, visit the Sentinel Ranch Winery at Hurd Gallery in Rinconada. Here you can try dishes made with Ruidoso’s famous red and green chiles, while enjoying the backdrop of the snow-capped mountain peaks of New Mexico. And since no ski trip is complete without a warm cabin to return to after a snow day, book one of Ruidoso’s many cabin options with hot tubs. 

Boston, Massachusetts

Boston is well known for its art, history, and the variety of international cuisines. It can be tough to travel by car in Boston, so stay within walking distance of many of the city’s attractions at the Hotel Commonwealth. Then, bundle up as you stroll through Chinatown and sample numerous authentic restaurants while you shop. Experience the Boston Tea Party first hand at the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum. For a more immersive experience, visit Abigail’s Tea Room and Terrace where you can sample the five historic teas that were thrown overboard at the Boston Tea Party. Before leaving Boston, make sure to see artifacts from all over the world at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum



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