Today’s post comes from inspiration for my upcoming travels the next two weekends! I always feel like it’s so common to jump at every chance to take little summer trips but winter vacays aren’t as common.
Personally, I adore winter weekend trips. Honestly there is nothing better than exploring somewhere new with your significant other or girlfriends and then ending the day bundled up with a glass of red wine by a cozy fire. I’m so excited to be tagging along with my sister, Sarah, this weekend on one of her work trips (it’s going to be freezing… stay tuned!).
Then, the following weekend, I’ll be heading back to the cold, this time with Edwin, to stay at Annie Selke’s new inn, 33 Main, in The Berkshires. It will be my first time to both weekend destinations so I simply cannot wait! Expect full travel guides to come from both destinations but, in the meantime, keep reading to discover the 5 best winter weekend getaways easy for anyone on the East Coast (in my opinion, though it was hard to narrow down to just 5!).
Best Winter Weekend Getaways: East Coast
Edwin and I went to Kennebunkport 3 summers ago and fell absolutely in love. We still talk about Maine with big hopes of someday spending a whole summer there. It’s magical in the summer but also supposed to be a best kept secret in the winter (particularly Kennebunkport). You might be surprised to hear that Kennebunkport is the “Most Christmassy Town in America” but there are still a lot of reasons to visit Kennebunkport the rest of the winter too (in February, the seaside village is alive & well with its “Paint the Town Red” festival).
Stay at the Kennebunkport Inn for lots of charm and an amazing location in the center of town (note: The Breakwater Inn and The Boathouse Inn are also both open year round). Kennebunkport in the winter is so serene and special. You can walk deserted misty beaches and visit the historic Cape Neddick lighthouse. Which is so picturesque when covered in fresh snow. P.S. follow Jackie Greanie & Paul Havel if you want to see beautiful Maine on your Instagram feed everyday.
Quebec City, Canada
Quebec City is the colonial-era town that every Francophile needs to visit asap to get a healthy dose of French food + culture without traveling across the pond. The charming city is comprised of cobblestone streets, quaint little cafés, and winter wonderland snow. This year, the city’s Carnival runs through February 11th so you still have time to book a weekend getaway before the winter celebration ends.
Stay at Auberge Saint-Antoine for a luxurious boutique hotel experience filled with spiced wine, “farm-to-fork” dinning, unique bedrooms and more or at the Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac on top of a hill for spectacular views of the old city and the Saint Lawrence River (p.s. Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and William Lyon Mackenzie King met at this hotel in 1943 to plan World World II strategy!).
Eat: Bistro Sous le Fort, Chez Muffy, La Maison Smith, Chez Jules, L’Affair est Ketchup, Echaide, and Le Chic Shack. Spend an entire afternoon wandering around Old Quebec City, specifically the Petite Champlain Quarter, window shopping and admiring the gorgeous architecture. You’ll also love the Parc de la Chute-Montmorency, a huge frozen waterfall (bigger than Niagara Falls!). Just outside of the city, you’ll also find cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding, and snowmobiling.
I mentioned above that Edwin and I are heading to The Berkshires at the end of the month. It’s our first time! I’m so excited because I’ve never been to this part of the country before but I have done my research so I can’t wait to experience a quintessential New England winter.
First and foremost, the place to stay is 33 Main in the Berkshires town of Lennox, MA. It promises to be extra cozy, comfortable, and luxurious (the bathroom products, oh my!). While in The Berkshires in the winter, ski at Butternut in Great Barrington, stop by the Arcadian Shop to rent snowshoes or cross-country skis, visit the Norman Rockwell Museum for a patriotic afternoon in Stockbridge, and indulge in spa treatments at Cranwell Spa. We’re planning to eat at Nudel, Brava, and Bistro Zinc. I also suggest shopping at the Annie Selke Shop. Can’t wait to share more on The Berkshires in a full travel guide in a few weeks.
For a winter ski-in/ski-out weekend away, look no further than Stowe, Vermont. The colonial town is one of the premier ski destinations on the East Coast! Stay at Stowe Mountain Lodge because every room has it’s own fireplace and private balcony. When not skiing, plan to eat at Harrison’s, Hen of The Woods, Prohibition Pig, Cliff House, Solstice, McCarthy’s Restaurant, and Michael’s on the Hill.
Asheville, North Carolina
Edwin and I went to Asheville, North Caroline for one night back in October to see some fall foliage and go apple picking. While it’s a great destination in the fall, it’s also beautiful in the winter… if you’re lucky it will snow while you’re there! Stay at The Windsor Hotel or the Inn at the Biltmore. Without a doubt, eat at Cúrate… it was one of the best meals I’ve had in awhile! Also eat at Tupelo Honey Cafe for breakfast, White Duck Taco Shop for lunch, and The Admiral for dinner. Enjoy the local brewery scene at Wicked Weed and be sure to bundle up if you want to sit outside. Lastly, no trip to Asheville is complete without a visit to The Biltmore Estate or a drive along The Blue Ridge Parkway!