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Quick Winter Weekend Getaways To Book Right Now

In January 8, 2019

With the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind you, the long, cold winter months may start to look a little gloomy. Sometimes the cold and short days can really put a damper on your mood. A great way to perk yourself up and bring some much needed relaxation to the new year is to consider winter weekend getaways. These short, fun, relaxing and enjoyable mini vacations are just the ticket to perking up your senses and getting in a refreshing break. From warm beach vacations to the perfect ski resort complete with hot tubs and cozy fireplaces, planning a quick winter getaway will make those dreary winter months just melt away. We’ve put together a list of blissfully refreshing winter weekend getaways to recharge your mind and body.

Winter Weekend Getaways

  • Miami, FL – While the temps are going to be slightly cooler than in the heat of summer, if you’re looking to escape the snow and really cold weather, consider Miami. Great lodging options, near the water, tons of fun city things to do. The weather averages around 75° during the early months of the year, which for many, is perfect for a day on the beach. Enjoy local cuisine, grab yourself a cute AirBnB and kick back and relax!
planning a winter getaway
Check out Miami for a nice winter weekend getaway this year! Warm sun, beaches, city life, Miami has it all.
  • Charleston, SC – A classic destination any time of year, what sets Charleston apart from other weekend getaways in winter is the explosion of color that splashes across every garden in the early part of the year. Camellias are in full bloom in January, which also happens to be the best time for BBQ, oyster roasts and a host of other traditional activities. While the weather is a bit cooler in Charleston in winter, you’ll be happy to know temps stay around the upper 50°s and are best combated with a nice sweater and a scarf. You can check out the South Carolina Aquarium, or the Nathaniel Russell House for those days that are a bit too balmy for your taste.
  • Tannersville, PA – It may not sound like a hot map destination, but what Tannersville offers in entertainment make it the perfect winter weekend getaway location. Nestled in the Poconos, Camelback Resort’s Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark lets you and the family enjoy the thrill and indoor enjoyment of splashing wet fun during the day. Boasting as home of the nation’s longest indoor water coaster, Tannersville may just tempt you to adventure indoors on this trip. Don’t fret though, there’s still skiing, snowboarding, and tubing if you want to tackle the cold. 
pocono winter vacation
A quick trip to Pennsylvania Poconos can leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated.
  • Denver, CO – If cute mountain towns and lots of snowy mountain tops are what you want to fit in on your winter weekend getaway, you might consider checking out Denver.  You can find decent and affordable lodging if you stay near the city. Since most ski towns are about an hour or so drive from Denver, your winter fun options are limitless. Dog sledding, sleigh rides, skiing and snowboarding, unlimited dining options and all the amenities of a large city with the comfort of mountain getaways at hand.
  • Jamaica – If you’re interested in traveling a little bit farther from home, Jamaica is a must see. Warm weather, beaches, plus loads of gorgeous cultural sites and museums to keep you busy your whole trip, you won’t regret checking out this tropical winter weekend getaway. 
  • Sydney, AUS – When most people think of a weekend getaway, they look a little closer to home. But if you’ve got the opportunity to stretch out your trip to add on a few days worth of international travel, considering Sydney, Australia for your winter getaway might be a great idea. Winter in the U.S. means warm and sunny summer down under. With its fair share of cultural icons like the Sydney Opera House and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney can offer you enough great food, beach time and a night life to keep you busy.
Sydney Australia winter vacation
If your quick winter getaway takes you to the land down under, be sure to check out the Sydney Opera House during your stay.
  • Vancouver, CAN – Some people look for winter getaways to get away from the cold, but there are plenty of people who just want to hit the slopes and enjoy that fresh powder! Vancouver is a great and easily accessible winter weekend getaway for those looking for the perfect snow escape. If hitting the slopes is what you’re after, Vancouver has epic runs a plenty. If you’re looking for something a little less strenuous, check out ice skating on Robson Square Ice Rink, get in touch with your wild side at the Vancouver Zoo, or keep warm and dry while flexing your brain at the Telus World of Science. No matter what you’re seeking out on your quick trip to Canada, Vancouver has plenty to do for everyone.
Vancouver winter getaway
Vancouver is a great place to take a long weekend winter vacation. Outdoor sports and tons of sights to see.

Maybe one of these destinations or activities holds a spot on your adventure travel list, or maybe one of your new year’s resolutions was to travel more, so don’t waste any time! Quick weekend getaways are a great way to refocus yourself and give your brain and body a much needed reset. When planning your trip, make sure you have the proper travel documents before you get going. With big changes coming to commercial air travel regulations due to Real ID laws, be sure you know where your state stands with federal compliance.

Keep in mind that international travel will always require a passport, and the processing time for a new or renewed passport can take several weeks. Be sure you have certified copies of your birth certificate on hand if you’re looking to apply for either a Real ID or a passport. Once you’ve squared away the details with your travel documents, get to planning that perfect long weekend getaway. Your mind and body will thank you!

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