Best winter wonderland destination!

Nov 9th, 2008, 07:43 AM
Original Poster
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 347
Best winter wonderland destination!

My wife and I would like to spend a few days visiting a winter wonderland. How do we define: most beautiful inn/resort/hotel with wonderful views, plenty of snow, great food/restaurants, outdoor activities, etc.

We will not be skiing so that is not an issue. Price is also not an issue. We live in flat, warm South Texas so are interested in a few days of beautiful winter.
Philip is offline  
Nov 9th, 2008, 10:03 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,726
Aspen has it all.

A non-skier can certainly enjoy a visit there.

Byrd is offline  
Nov 9th, 2008, 01:10 PM
Join Date: Apr 2005
Posts: 5,871
Quebec for the ice festival.
gyppielou is offline  
Nov 9th, 2008, 04:52 PM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 7,365
Beaver Creek might also fit your requirements.
fmpden is offline  
Nov 9th, 2008, 04:58 PM
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 2,473
I've heard the Homestead Resort in northern Michigan is really nice, but I haven't been there. It would also be a bit of driving to get to from a major airport.

But Michigan is gorgeous in the winter time.
kelliebellie is offline  
Nov 9th, 2008, 05:25 PM
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 12,848
The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, NC, is fabulous at Christmas and a bit closer. Plenty to do and see, both inside and out, but you can't be sure of snow until January.

kswl is offline  
Nov 9th, 2008, 06:20 PM
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 1,525
Come to Canada and stay in the largest log cabin in the world:

If you come in February, you would also be able to enjoy the Ottawa Winterlude.

cdnyul is offline  
Nov 10th, 2008, 09:29 AM
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 10,556
Aspen, for sure. Stay at the Hotel Jerome, right in the heart of classy, old Aspen. Get a suite, with corner windows, a fireplace, etc. It's a small, historic hotel that is very well-managed and gorgeous, with great customer service. Also a wonderful restaurant or two, and a bar.

From the Jerome, you can walk through downtown Aspen with its high-end shops, and to the base of Aspen ski mountain.

We loved Quebec, too, but not in it's wintertime bitter cold. It would feel much colder than Aspen, I believe.
PeaceOut is offline  
Nov 10th, 2008, 02:56 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,425
I checked out that website - It looks amazing! I checked to see about New years eve and it was booked solid!

I am definitely going to check this out some more!!!
annesherrod is offline  
Dec 12th, 2008, 10:57 AM
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 147
Your definition has an answer: Telluride, Colorado
Awesome 5 star resorts and dining--historic town with free gondola to upper village.
kakiebell is offline  
Dec 12th, 2008, 12:14 PM
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,834
Lake Louise, Canada
padams421 is offline  
Dec 12th, 2008, 12:32 PM
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 7,840
Several mentioned that are great.

We enjoy Jackson Hole, Wyoming. The beauty of the Tetons with the snow, elk herd, etc is just stunning. The mountains seem to rise up right in front of you.

Aspen is nice but I like the feel of Jackson Hole better. Haven't made it to Telluride yet but it's coming very soon!

Banff would be another choice. Stay at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise.
BeachGirl247 is offline  
Dec 12th, 2008, 12:36 PM
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,568
Winterlude in Ottawa ( and the Quebec Winter Carnival ( both offer a great deal of outdoor activities and several indoor ones so you can escape the cold for a while.

The 2008 winter carnival in Montreal was canceled because of a labor dispute. I don't know if they've recovered for 2009.
Citylghts is offline  
Dec 12th, 2008, 10:30 PM
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 146
There's only one place and it's called: Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello. It's in Quebec, Canada. Here's their web site. The place speaks for itself.
Unbelieveable place!!!!
zztopz is offline  
Dec 16th, 2008, 02:55 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 6,001
If you're considering Chateau Montebello, note that there's a difference between Quebec City and the Province of Quebec.

The Chateau is more or less mid-way between Montreal and Ottawa and is right beside the Ottawa River.

It's probably about an hour drive to each city for a quick one day visit.

Myer is offline  
Dec 18th, 2008, 09:29 AM
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 361
Another suggestion--Estes Park, CO. The Stanley Hotel is where Stephen King got his inspiration for the Shining. Mary's Lake Lodge has accomodations and wonderful restaurants. Or look for a rental cabin at
There is lots of hiking/snowshoeing in Rocky Mountain National Park.

sjde53 is offline  
Dec 18th, 2008, 01:20 PM
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,061
The Montebello looks fabulous!!!

Would love to visit that place
sunbum1944 is online now  
Dec 18th, 2008, 04:06 PM
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 1,707
I went to the Montebello in the 80s on a big family vacation. I don't remember it that well but I do remember that it was gorgeous and heaps of fun. Thanks for reminding me about that place!
Skiergirl is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy -


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 04:25 PM.