Photo: Jean-François Bergeron
Your honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to splurge on a trip that you and your soon-to-be spouse will remember for a lifetime. And while most people might immediately think of a week with their toes in the Tahitian sand or a cruise through the Caribbean, there's something to be said about a wintery adventure. After all, what's not to love about roaring fireplaces, furry blankets, rich meals paired with delicious wines, and days spent in the softly falling snow? If a snow-capped honeymoon is what you've always dreamed of, here are three destinations that are even better during the colder months.
Looking for a honeymoon where you can perfectly balance exciting activities, relaxing (read: lazy) afternoons, and fine dining — all without a passport? Look no further than Aspen, Colorado. Surrounded by four ski mountains that boast some of the best skiing in the world, as well as miles of cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails, the town is a go-to destination for winter sport enthusiasts. Rewind after a long day at the Aspen Club or the spa at the St. Regis Aspen, or get inspired at the town's museums, galleries, and theaters. Shops sell everything from functional outerwear to designer labels (not to mention a serious supply of cowboy boots!), and over 100 restaurants serving up après-ski cocktails, fresher-than-fresh sushi, farm-to-table specialties, and anything else you might crave. Aspen is truly everything you could want from a honeymoon.
On the edge of a lake in the mountains of Austria sits Hallstatt, a historic salt-mining town that has become a charming destination — and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. So why head to the Alps for your honeymoon? Whether you're tempted by powdery snow or world-renowned ski mountains, indulgent (and cozy!) spa treatments, the sprawling Christmas market, or gourmet cuisine (served with schnapps, of course), this quaint village feels like you've walked out of a fairy tale and straight into a snow globe. The tiny town has less than 1,000 residents, so you'll feel like you've got this retreat all to yourselves.
Find the romance of Europe without the trans-Atlantic flight in Quebec. Historic Old Quebec, surrounded by a towering stone wall, is warm, inviting, and incredibly walkable, encouraging you to get lost amongst the cheerily-decorated shops. Don't miss the ice sculptures at the Winter Carnival or the Nordic spas. Head just outside the city for a dog-sledding adventure, then celebrate your newlywed status at one of Quebec's many restaurants. Be sure to share a plate of poutine before you leave, and don't forget to bring a box of chocolates home with you to keep the honeymoon phase sweet!