10 Romantic Winter Getaways for Your Honeymoon
When you picture a honeymoon, chances are visions of sunny beaches and fruit-filled cocktails come to mind. The tropics are great; we can’t deny that. But why wait until summer to celebrate your new union? Embrace the winter and explore a snowy city for a trip you’ll remember forever. Whether the two of you are avid skiiers, spa-goers or hardcore adventurers, consider these 10 winter wonderlands for your romantic honeymoon.
1. Prague, Czech Republic: Is this real life or a scene from Frozen? Head over to Eastern Europe with your new spouse and aimlessly wander around this timeless, magical town. Be sure to snap a pic on the Charles Bridge (pictured above), take a tour of Prague Castle and rest your feet for a romantic dinner at Allegro, the first Prague restaurant to win a Michelin star. (image via Gallery Hip)
2. Aspen, Colorado: Head into the Rocky Mountains and spend you honeymoon at the creme de la creme of ski towns. If you’re looking for an even mix of time on the slopes and relaxing spa sessions, this is the perfect spot. The notoriously luxurious town is great for fancy candlelit dinner with your boo followed by a night on the town. If you’re looking for something a little spooky, head over to the easy-to-reach ghost town of Ashcroft, where you can wonder around what used to be Aspen’s biggest rival. (image via Michele Cardamone)
3. Zürich, Switzerland: The fairytale city of Zürich is set on the banks of both a river and a lake, with snow-topped Swiss Alps rising in the background. Head over to trendy Zürich West, a former industrial neighborhood where disused factories now host thrift stores, bars, designers’ studios and cultural spaces. Or you could just spend your entire trip on the fondue tram. We repeat: a fondue tram. Board the tram at Bellevue and enjoy dinner during a two-hour trip through the city. (image via The Arbuturian)
4. Reykjavik, Iceland: Northern lights, hot springs, glaciers… when it comes to nature, it doesn’t get much more epic that Iceland. Game of Thrones has even shot some scenes “north of the wall” here. Definitely make sure to take advantage of the endless outdoor opportunities (like our Creative Director Anj did), but there is so much to see in the nation’s capital, Reykjavik, as well. Be sure to check out City Hall, which was built right on a scenic pond to look like it’s floating, and catch a show at the recently completed Harpa Concert Hall, which is made entirely of glass.
5. Park City, Utah: For you ski-obsessed folks, Park City is one of the best snow spots in the country. School the slopes at any one of the city’s top-notch resorts and warm up in the evening with a cozy stroll along historic Main Street, which is full of delicious restaurants and charming boutiques. To give those leg muscles a break, stop by Gorgoza Park for some winter inner-tubing. If you’re a film buff, head to the city between January 16-26, when the Sundance Film Festival takes over the town. (image via National Geographic)
6. Amsterdam: The canal city is definitely chilly during the winter (speaking from experience here), but there is something about Amsterdam when it’s frosty that’s totally magical – plus hotel rates are usually cheaper during this time of year. Bundle up, grab a bike and cruise the streets. If you need to warm up, stop in at any of the city’s cozy cafes or take a boat tour of the canals (most boats are heated and covered). As far as touristy things worth doing: check out the Van Gogh Museum and take a look around the Anne Frank House. (image via Flickr)
7. Mohonk Mountain House, NY: While you might be hesitant to head to the East Coast amid all the rumors of another polar vortex, a stay at this hotel resort will have you hoping to get snowed in. The 261-room castle is a 19th-century relic that offers tower rooms featuring original Victorian woodwork, wood-burning fireplaces and balconies. Your daily room rate includes three meals plus afternoon tea and cookies. Work off some of that delicious food with ice skating, snow shoeing and cross-country skiing, all available on the grounds.
8. Old Quebec, Canada: Clustered around the city’s harbor on the banks of the St. Lawrence River are the quaint stone buildings and narrow, winding cobblestoned streets of Old Québec. Browse around the artisan shops or grab a cup of joe at one of the many charming cafes. If the weather is just too cold, splurge on a suite at the Château Frontenac, order room service and just take in the view. (image via Deviant Art)
9. Yellowstone National Park: Ninety-seven percent of the 3 million-plus annual Yellowstone visitors arrive in summer, so in the off-season, couples looking for seclusion can pretty much have this 2,219,789-acre park to themselves. Take advantage of all that space by renting snowmobiles to explore the steaming geyser basins and incomparable wildlife viewing. (image via Yellowstone National Park Tours)
10. Antarctica: And finally, for you true adventures out there, head to Antarctica for the most epic of honeymoons. White Desert, a company that guides luxury treks through the Antarctic interior, takes guests out from November through January for a whopping $25,455 per person all-inclusive. You’ll be guided through all the must-do Antarctic experiences, from kite skiing to ice climbing to visiting the 8,000 emperor penguins that colonize the nearby Ekström Ice Shelf. It’s not cheap by any means, but it’s definitely the trip of the lifetime. (image via Wiki Commons)
Are you planning a snowy honeymoon? Where are you and your SO headed? Share with us in the comments below.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)