Trendy winter getaways | Houstonia magazine
Winter is arguably the most tempting time to stay home, and shamelessly watch endless amounts of Netflix. While it’s definitely on the bucket list for this season, considering Houston has been on the colder side, a getaway is usually fine 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 that Tarpon Springs is home to the highest percentage of Greek Americans in the United States? Rich in Greek history and culture, Tarpon Springs is a great destination for a bit of the tropics when the temperatures drop. There are several activities to experience like indulging in rich desserts at Hellaslearn about locally sourced sponges, taste Greek and Floridian wines at Wine at quay, or explore local shops on public bikes. Whether you’re looking for a romantic Valentine’s Day getaway or a new town to visit, Tarpon Springs is a must-do 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 to stay at the Orr Family Farm. You can stay in one of their Conestoga wagons or 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, go Udander, a Scandinavian spa with baths, dry sauna and eucalyptus hammam. After your day at the spa, visit OKC’s delicious restaurants, especially Ludivine, which offers multiple dishes and a romantic setting to end your day.
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico
What says “winter” more than a ski holiday? Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a beginner, Taos Ski Valley is a wonderland. With multiple trails, professional instructors, and even the convenience of having a cafe on the mountain, you’re set for a magical winter getaway. Book a room at The Blake for great mountain views and the convenience of staying in a simple lodge, but with added luxuries, like texting reception whenever you need something. Relax at the on-site Taos Spa before venturing into Taos’ downtown historic district.
Ruidoso, New Mexico
For a low-key winter ski vacation, but without the queues, 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. If you’d rather sit and slide than ski, try tubing at Ruidoso’s Winterpark where you can tube down paved snow slides. Off the trails, visit the Sentinel Ranch Winery at Hurd Gallery in Rinconada. Here, you can enjoy dishes made with Ruidoso’s famous red and green chili peppers, while enjoying the backdrop of New Mexico’s snow-capped peaks. And since no ski trip is complete without a warm cabin to return to after a day of snow, book one of Ruidoso’s many cabin options with hot tubs.
Boston is well known for its art, history and variety of international cuisines. Traveling by car in Boston can be difficult, so stay within walking distance of many of the city’s attractions at Commonwealth Hotel. Then, bundle up as you stroll through Chinatown and sample many authentic eateries as 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 during the Boston Tea Party. Before you leave Boston, be sure to see artifacts from around the world at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.