Lean into the winter season with seasonal fun, cozy cabins and family-friendly snowy adventures with these always reliable mountain towns. Whether your family skis, snowboards, snowshoes or none of the above, there’s always something to do and entertain in these family-friendly locales.
Beginning with one of the most obvious, Stowe, Vermont, is a beloved mountain town for good reason. With Mount Mansfield, Smugglers’ Notch State Park and Stowe Recreation Path leading to unbeatable mountain views, you’ll have more than enough activity to lure even your most cozy kids outside. Between the endless outdoor adventure, dining, shopping and family-ready activity for all ages and interests, the stunning landscape isn’t the only draw to Stowe.
Your family doesn’t have to ski, snowboard or even sled to love Bend — as long as you enjoy fresh air and stunning natural beauty, your crew will feel fulfilled in this small Oregon city. While a city, Bend feels more like a small town with rugged terrain and landscapes, including Deschutes River, Cascade Mountains and plenty of ski resorts, boasting more than just slopes. Hike Newberry National Volcanic Monument, deep into the Lava River Cave, or just hang out in the resort by the fire with a hot cup of something and a view of the mountains.
For quaint mountain town fun, North Conway, New Hampshire, is one of those welcoming cities with sleepy inns and laid-back outdoor recreation. Perfect for a quiet trip in the mountains with the kids and a welcome retreat from the hectic rushing and planning for the holidays, North Conway offers plenty of activity to entertain, or not.
Synonymous with mountain towns and ski resorts, Aspen boasts year-round attractions, but is especially magical in the winter. Enjoy the beauty of the Colorado Rocky mountains while taking advantage of the ski-ready landscape, lessons for the kids and a variety of slopes for each skill level. If gliding down fresh powder isn’t really your kids’ thing, there’s enough local dining, shopping and historic landmarks to mix into their daily activities.
Christmas lovers, this one does not disappoint. Gatlinburg, Tennessee, boasts small mountain town fun with holiday cheer — picture more lights than even that house on your block. Escape to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and enjoy the wilderness, or head downtown for some city fun. Either way, the extra jolt of holiday cheer may be just what the family needs this winter vacation.
Cruising is among the best ways to see a region’s highlights without the hassle of driving, foreign languages or changing hotels. But veteran cruise passengers often get a lot more value from their experience than first-time cruisers simply because they know the ropes.
While urban wine country might sound like an oxymoron, it’s actually a reality at the stunning City Vineyard in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood. The water-side venue is the perfect host for your next event — whatever that may be, from 20 to 200 guests and from cocktail party to plated dinner.
Flanked by the ski resort-studded Balkan Mountains and situated directly downwind from the fragrant pine forests of the Vitosha mountain, Sofia’s gorgeous landscape and strategic location between Asia and Europe put it at a crossroads where business and pleasure intermingle effortlessly. In recent years Bulgaria’s capital city has ranked as one of the top 10 best places in the world for startup businesses, and the onslaught of new tax exemptions for businesses looking to invest in the country make it an attractive option for many corporations to begin operations within the city.
While large areas of Colorado are experiencing exponential growth with far too many trees being clear-cut (it’s one of the fastest-growing states in the country), it’s still the home for great businesses striving to make the world a little greener. Those businesses include Sherpani, creators of women’s day bags, backpacks and travel bags, including a line of sophisticated, beautifully crafted items made from recycled plastic.
By Hainan Airlines
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.