Skiing should be romantic. There's you and your loved one, sparkling snow, a hot
tub and fireplace at the end of the day.
You don't have to look far to find nooks with the right dose of downhill skiing
and après ski ambiance for a romantic getaway. Book a trip for you and your
sweetheart at one of these charming spots just a Cupid's arrowshot from the
slopes. Your winter resort rendezvous will have you looking like a Harlequin
novel hero or heroine. Here are some top ski resort
destinations for romance!
Stowe Stowe is known as “The Ski Capital of the East,” for its history (dating back to
the 1930’s) and heralded Front Four trails: Liftline, Goat, Starr and National.
I think this highest ski peak could also be cast as “romance resort of the
East,” for its softer side, snow-covered sidewalks in the shadows of the church
steeple, outstanding eateries and abundant après ski pubs. Stowe has an alpine
elegance that you just don’t find in most ski towns. Splurge on a slope view
room, and spa treatments, at the Stowe Mountain Lodge. The Alpine Concierge will
fetch your skis, wine and cheese, just about anything you please.
is a postcard perfect kind of place in The White Mountains, just beyond North
Conway - quieter and more peaceful. Ski the quaint
slopes of Black Mountain, or the larger slopes of
Attitash, or Cranmore - taking in the extraordinary
Mt Washington scenery by day.
Then stay at the lovely Wentworth Inn or
the Eagle Mountain House. You’re 15 minutes to four New Hampshire ski areas. A romantic room
in either of these historic Jackson hotels, followed
by fireside dinner await your return from outdoor exhilaration. Or you can hit
NH's best après ski and live
entertainment at the nearby Shovel Handle Pub, Wildcat Tavern or Red Parka Pub.
Bretton Woods Bretton
Woods, NH’s largest ski area, is a treat for the eyes and the skis,
featuring well-groomed snow, a good variety of gentle glades, and dramatic views
of the highest peak on the Eastern Seaboard, Mount Washington at 6,288’. After
schussing the slopes, stay at the spectacular 1902
Washington. Watch the Alpenglow over cocktails, succumb to treatments at the
Presidential Spa, then savor dinner and dancing in the ballroom followed by
nightlife in the Cave. You’ll feel like a prince and princess in a snow-covered
The Mad River Valley has those magic romance factors - covered bridges, cutesy
Vermont shops, and rolling hills blanketed in sparkling snow. Add to the mix two
ski mountains interconnected at Sugarbush - Lincoln Peak and Mount Ellen, and
you have yourself a winter winner. In fact, the Slide Brook Express swiftly
transports skiers between
Sugarbush’s two ski areas over
bear mating territory – which has been a hot topic for environmentalists. This
could make for an interesting chairlift chat.
ripping turns on Ripcord, or just enjoying the views on Jester, you can stay slopeside at Clay Brook. Or head to
The Pitcher Inn in Warren, a lovely Relais
and Châteaux property where no two rooms are alike. I recommend the Ski Room.
Across the street is the classic Warren Country Store and the posh Alta Day Spa
– owned by Winn Smith along with a share of
Sugarbush ski area. There’s no
nightlife here, just an elegant candlelit dinner at the Inn, followed by a
Jacuzzi and a crackling fireplace upstairs in your room. That should do.
The scenic, historical hamlet of Woodstock is a super setting for a romantic
winter weekend. The Woodstock Inn is the place to stay – the Inn owns Suicide
Six alpine ski area (dating back to 1934) and its own Nordic facility, plus
you’re just a 20-mile drive to Killington’s ski lifts. Staying at the 1969
Woodstock Inn, you are treated to elegant four-diamond lodging, four-star
dining, and live jazz in the 1793 replica Tavern. Relax by the Inn’s 20-foot
fireplace, and read up on the love story of Laurence S. Rockefeller and Mary
Billings French –founders of Vermont’s only National Park in Woodstock.
Okemo Okemo has great groomers, delicious on-mountain food, and a regal Castle to cap
off your day of downhill. The Castle Hill Resort and Spa is a gorgeous 1905
stone Castle, built for the wealthy Vermont Governor Fletcher (1912-1915) as his
turn-of-the-century party palace. The Castle is richly decorated and perfectly
preserved with a mahogany paneled library, private dining room and wine cellar,
plus regal guest rooms upstairs. Ski and stay packages at the
Castle Hill Resort
and Spa include Champagne and Belgium chocolates in your room, a four-course
dinner and breakfast, and use of the Aveda Spa facilities with outdoor heated
pool and hot tub. If you prefer slopeside and first tracks, then
Okemo's Jackson Gore Inn is perfect.
Killington is the biggest ski resort in the East, with tons of
terrain, ski lifts and great après ski
on the Killington Access road. To find a little romance and a real Vermont
retreat from the hustle and bustle of skiing at
Killington and the nearby slopes of Pico Mountain, we recommend the charming
Red Clover Inn just down Route 4 for
beautiful lodging, and the best dining in the Killington valley.
Book a penthouse room in the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel so you and your sugar-pie
can hang out slopeside. You’ll be walking distance to Sugarloaf’s famed
ski and nightlife at the Bag, Gepettos, and the Widowmaker (a great dance spot
with live music despite the name). Sugarloaf’s lift rides can be cozy as you
snuggle up together at this typically chilly Maine Mountain. A romantic snow cat
ride takes you to dinner at mid-mountain Bullwinkles makes for a dreamy
Sunday River Sunday River is a sure bet if you and your
sweetie like to ski hard, party hearty and sleep slopeside. After carving The
River’s buttery white cord with your BFF, head to the
Foggy Goggle for an après ski,
and folks dancing in ski boots. Of the two hotels that book-end the 3-mile
sprawling ski resort, both feature big outdoor pools and hot tubs, I prefer the
Grand Summit Hotel for its central locale and cozy Camp restaurant. Select
Saturday nights, the Peak Lodge is transformed to a magical mountain restaurant
reached by gondola, a lovely ride under the stars under a blanket.
Over the Border choices:
Quebec City Quebec City is like a European city, sans jetlag. The French “joie de vivre”
permeates the cool air along the cobblestone streets and cafes of Old Quebec,
and the scenic snowy slopes of Mont Sainte Anne
and Le Massif, under and hour from the City.
Stay at the landmark Château Frontenac (not the Ice Hotel – brrr) or
Hotel Le Germain Dominion and savor
après ski in this legendary 17th century city that celebrates winter with
Carnival or stay slopeside at the Château Mont Sainte Anne for first tracks, dog
sledding and fondue dinners by the mountain at Le Brez on our
Top Ski Resort Dining List.
Tremblant Tremblant in Canada is another Euro-mantic ski spot –the perfectly planned
Intrawest (now Fortress) ski village seems plucked from the snowy Alps. Once you have made the
drive, past Montreal, you can walk to the ski lifts, the boutiques, the gourmet
bistros, and the bars that rock till late. Tremblant is a happening place, busy
during weekends and holidays but wonderfully romantic if you can steal your
little bon bon away midweek.