In the fantasies of the coming honeymoon, many dream of sun-drenched beaches, swimming pools and tropical drinks. But, winter lover, I know you’re out there. They’re the ones who prefer snow to water-skiing, prefer sweater bikinis, and reach for a hot, spiked libation instead of a piña colada. If snow seems sexy to you and your lover, put on large coats and frolic in the middle of the white fabric. When the world opens up soon, this icy place will melt your hearts. Note: Please check COVID restrictions before booking a honeymoon or meal.
The Bucket List Stay: Ice Hotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
Imagine a work of art to sleep in, an ice palace designed by architects and artists that is rebuilt every fall and then melts every May. The world’s original, chic igloo lodge, the Ice Hotel, deep in the heart of Swedish Lapland, 125 miles north of the Arctic Circle, changes every year. It is an ornate, fabulous oasis with 85 rooms carved from 3,000 tons of ice. It includes details such as carved columns, vaulted ceilings, an ice crystal chandelier, arches, stunning ice art, reindeer skin beds, art suites, a ceremonial room and an ice bar that serves drinks – what else? – chunky ice glasses. Put on the hotel’s free winter outerwear to comfortably enjoy the indoor temperatures between 16 and 25 degrees. Dog sledding, snowmobiling, reindeer meetings and other winter experiences define the day. To extend your honeymoon in the north, but in cozy warmth, complement your visit with fully heated chalets, hotel rooms and the Ice Hotel 365, also on the property.
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Aurum food + wine – Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Steamboat Springs is a popular haven for Colorado locals just three hours from Denver. It offers excellent slopes, an enchanting ambience in a mountain village, countless unique restaurants and historic hot springs that are ideal for a post-snow bath. Known as Ski Town, USA, Steamboat has hosted more Winter Olympics than any other city in North America thanks to its protected champagne powder snow. Turn off 169 trails and nearly 3,000 acres of ski at the prestigious Steamboat Ski Resort. End the day with a socially distant dinner in one of the four outdoor yurts at Aurum Food + Wine. The cozy, heated restaurant offers seasonal dishes from the region. A multi-course menu by a special chef with amuse bouche and mignardise makes the mark.
Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel – Santa Monica, CA.
Always relax for the holidays. The luxury oceanfront Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel repeats its annual Miracle on Ocean Avenue vacation program from November 25th through January 3rd. It includes the usual top-notch Christmas decorations, festive drinks, and the upside-down Christmas trees and a private igloo dining experience is added this year. The frosty six-person cube sits on the oceanfront terrace at Blue Streak, one of the Loews’ unrivaled restaurants. It accommodates the Pacific Ocean and the legendary Santa Monica Pier. The $ 200 fee includes a bottle of wine and a sausage platter. Open every day (check for COVID changes), the igloo experience can be reserved at Resy.
Gurneys Newport Resort & Marina – Newport, Rhode Island
Eating every meal in an igloo – in Rhode Island? You bet. The igloos are a pop-up experience at Gurney Newport Resort & Marina and can accommodate four people. They can be reserved for two hour slots. Overlooking Newport Bridge and Narragansett Bay, the classic local menu interpreted with flair includes fried lobster kimchi rice, butternut squash love letters, sack of tuna, charred squid, soy chilli calamari, and lobster buns. Let yourself be pampered elegantly at night in the hotel, which is considered one of the most fascinating on the east coast.
Miner Brewing Company – Hill City, South Dakota
With big skies and beautiful nature, South Dakota calls outdoor enthusiasts. Those who also have a taste for the past and a thirst for craft beer can indulge themselves at the Miner Brewing Company in South Dakota, which pays homage to the 19th century gold rush miners of the Black Hills. Grab a Brewski, a blanket and your darling to snuggle up in the snowy expanse – all visible from the transparent panorama walls. During your one and a half hour reservation, drink the most popular local beers such as Black Currant Maibock, Campfire Cocoa, Chokecherry Brown Ale or Elderberry Kombucha Berliner.