Best Places For Winter Weekend Getaways
Fancy a short weekend getaway with the guys? Sun or snow but definitely shots? Well, we’ve handpicked our favourite destinations in the US (or in reasonably close proximity) all ideal for a short three or four-day break. You work hard; you deserve to let off some steam. Whether you’re heading to one of Colorado’s killer winter resort towns or prefer some Caribbean sunshine on your back, we’re guiding you through our top killer winter weekend getaways for men.
If you’ve got a severe case of the winter blues, the make a sunshine pit stop your destination of choice for that winter weekend trip. Just four hours by plane from NYC and you can ditch the suit for your bathers. The Bahamas is full of plantation-style, authentic inns to stay at, packed with colonial heritage and homely charm. Pretty much every activity you can conceive of is available in the Bahamas. Whether you fancy snorkelling, horseback riding or enjoying a private beach barbecue. It’s sure to be one hell of a weekend getaway. So pack your sunglasses, slides and beer koozie and hit the road!
It’s a hell of a town as they say and perfect for a getaway with your guy gang. The only trouble is that with so many standout restaurants and new bars and hotels continually popping up, a weekend will only just scratch the surface of what Chicago has to offer. If you can, make it a long weekend to pack more in. If you’re lucky enough to be staying at The Robey, a new hotel in Wicker Park, try out one of their cocktails at sway bat Up & Up. Seasonal libations include a heady and intoxicating mix of bourbon with toasted marshmallow. Just don’t ask us what’s in it! It’s Grandma Charlotte’s Secret Recipe. Afterwards, if you’re still standing, grab your skates and head for a spin around Millennium Park before catching a comedy act or musical performance over at Pilsen. Finish off the evening with your dancing shoes on at historic Thalia Hall. And don’t forget to pack your walking shoes, cause you’ll do a lot of walking around!
Colorado isn’t just about awesome ski resorts. If your gang are foodies and you all fancy a long weekend checking out the buzzing restaurant scene on offer, then Denver is the place to be seen and eat! Denver is packed with award-winning restaurants where you can feast on the best fine-dining around, then follow up with drinks in a speakeasy-style bar. Rioja restaurant in Larimer is legendary and has well and truly put Denver on the culinary map. While William and Graham make creative cocktails featuring signature ingredients like cucumber beet syrup and corn, which are sure to get the weekend party started!
With an average winter temperature in the high 70’s, Hawaii is a pleasant winter getaway, offering a totally tropical paradise. Lover of golf will not be disappointed with the quality of greens and fairways on offer. The Big Island, as well as the smaller surrounding islands, have a flourishing golf scene so don’t forget to take your clubs. For anyone who loves the outdoors and being at one with nature, Hawaii offers a unique experience. From hiking to zip-lining or taking a helicopter ride, there are so many ways to witness this stunning winter location.
5. Key West
With its pristine beaches, tropical scenery and rich cultural history, Key West is an excellent option if you fancy some winter sun. The snorkelling and kayaking opportunities are excellent plus in the evening, there are plenty of comedy and musical shows on offer too. It’s totally LGBT friendly so as a vibrant and buzzing social scene that welcomes one and all. From sidewalks cafes to open-air bars and a lively nightlife scene, you can relax by day and party at night in Key West. The literary lovers among you will want to check out Ernest Hemingway’s former home which has now been turned into a museum.
There’s something magical about Montreal, especially in the winter season. Just a short hours flights from NYC and you’re a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of the metropolis. Exploring 17th-century cobblestone streets instead while you check out the design district and hunt down cosy bars with real open fires. As you’d expect, there’s plenty for the winter weather thrill-seeker on offer from ice-skating on Beaver Lake to sledging through Mount Royal Park. If you’re heading there between January and February, you are really in for a treat, especially if your group of male friends all have a love of music in common. Igloofest takes place annually down in the Old Port and has been described by many as the biggest winter party there is. Killer ideas don’t come much more fun than that!
7. New York City
You can’t beat a weekend in the Big Apple, but in winter, it shines exceptionally bright thanks to its legendary seasonal events. The Rink at the Rockefeller Centre has to be worth a trip, even if you don’t get your skates on! The city also hosts several winter events that are worth checking out. The Winter Jazzfest is perfect for all you music lovers while for the foodies among you, make sure you plan that getaway for when the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival is going on. No matter when you visit, you can be assured of plenty of entertainment in NYC.
Arizona’s desert has a real sense of magic and Sedona, famous for its otherworldly red rock formations is an adventure traveler’s playground. It also has a fabulous reputation for luxurious wellness and spa resorts where you can chillax in style and forget all about your fast-paced life back home for a few days R&R. All you need do is lay back and soak in the jaw-dropping mountainscapes all around you. The vistas really are something to behold.
For simply stunning snowboarding and skiing opportunities, the twin mountain ski-resort Whistler Blackcomb is hard to fault. Over 200 marked runs will keep you occupied for much longer than a weekend and let’s not forget the lively apres-ski scene. There’s nothing more rewarding than enjoying an exhilarating day on the slopes carving fresh powder, followed by quench thirsting beers. Give yourself at least a day to also check out Vancouver itself. This dynamic and vibrant coastal city has a fantastic culinary scene. Special mention goes to current hot spot, Edible Canada, a bistro with a firm spotlight on farm to table fare.