Ski resorts make easy romantic getaways. Snowy slopes create a picturesque wonderland, cozy fires crackle in lodges and restaurants roll out tasty cuisine and bubbly. Add a trip to the spa, and you may not even need to buy roses and chocolates.
Here are 11 top Eastern and Midwestern picks for ski resorts where romance combines easily with your favorite outdoor sport.
1. Sugarloaf, Maine
For those who want most of the romance on the snow, stay at the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel and walk right out the door to ski the Loaf via the SuperQuad. With the largest acreage in the East, the resort offers plenty of runs to for several days of exploring. Take a private coaching lesson together, and then go chase each other down your favorite runs.
2. Stowe, Vermont
When skiing Stowe Mountain Resort, go for a leisurely romantic lunch with a view at Cliff House. Follow up your day on the hill in the elegant spa with a couple’s massage and a couple’s soak in hot tubs. Relax in the serene setting. Then, check into the slopeside Stowe Mountain Lodge for a plush, luxurious stay.
The Omni Mt. Washington Hotel lights up at night.
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3. Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Ski Bretton Woods by day, and tuck into Mt. Washington Hotel by night. Splurge for a luxury room in the National Historic Landmark from 1902. The hotel fills with elegance from a bygone era where you and your honey can twirl together on ice skates, cuddle in a sleigh ride and dance the night away to swing or waltz music from a live orchestra.
4. Whiteface Mountain, New York
At Lake Placid in the Adirondacks, Whiteface Mountain mixes the historical ambiance of two Winter Olympic Games. Ski the East’s biggest vertical, and stay at Mirror Lake Resort and Spa. Snuggle up to the fireplace in The View for the full recipe of elegant romance with nightlight scenery, fine wine and gourmet cuisine.
5. Granite Peak, Wisconsin
What better place for romance than on a chairlift named the Cupid Express. Sneak a smooch on the new high-speed quad at Granite Peak, and warm up in the Historic Chalet in front of its huge stone fireplaces. Then retreat for the night to Wausau, one of the few homegrown ski towns in the Midwest.
Create your own romance at Lakeview Hotel, Shanty Creek Resorts.
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6. Shanty Creek Resorts, Michigan
Summit, Schuss and Cedar River provide the basecamp winter villages for skiing and snowboarding Shanty Creek. Lakeview Hotel at Summit has condos to create your own private après. Hunker in for some alone time: crack open a bottle of chilled champagne, soak in your own Jacuzzi and cozy up to your own fireplace.
7. Afton Alps, Minnesota
Nighttime lights always bring out the romance. Lovers from the Twin Cities can ski under the stars seven nights per week at Afton Alps. Full moon nights create a special glow.
Sun soaking at Mont-Sainte-Anne.
8-10. Mont-Sainte-Anne, Stoneham & Le Massif, Quebec
Add more skiing fun to your love adventure in Quebec. A new multi-resort lift ticket lets you decide in the morning where to ski: Mont-Sainte-Anne, Stoneham or Le Massif de Charlevoix. Spend the night in Quebec City’s old town. The ambiance of French inns and intimate cafes make for easy romance in the World Heritage Site.
11. Tremblant, Quebec
Outside Montreal, explore ski runs down the four different sides of Mont Tremblant. The Euro-inspired village of Tremblant takes on the classic romantic aura with lights, snow and bistros. For a different style of romantic evening, ride the gondola to the summit for a guided snowshoe tour to a log cabin where you share in fondue together.