Self Care

7 Winter Wellness Travel Destinations (Including Budget-Friendly Ideas)

When you need a mind and body reset in the midst of winter.

By: Lexy Parsons

Summer is often considered the peak season for travel, however, the winter season can be a great time to get away and rejoice in some R&R. Despite the many warm-weather winter destinations, there are so many cold-weather vacations that are home to some of the best wellness experiences. The good news is that we’ve done the research for you! Meaning, we’re here to help you plan your trip with ease by sharing the best winter wellness travel destinations and the note-worthy features of each city. Get lost in the natural beauty of the season, stay active with outdoor activities and excursions, and spend some time relaxing to rejuvenate your body and mind.

The 7 Best Wellness Destinations For Your Next Winter Vacation

Aspen, Colorado

You can’t think of winter wellness without thinking of Aspen, Colorado! Renowned for its world-class ski resorts, this quaint town offers endless opportunities for health and wellness enthusiasts. Hit the slopes for a day of skiing or snowboarding, unwind at one of the many luxurious spas, or check out the outdoor dining scene at Bonnie’s for a cozy and scenic experience inside a private igloo.

Park City, Utah

While notoriously a winter sports hub (with activities such as skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, dog sledding, tubing, and more), there’s so much more to this quaint city! Head to the Utah Olympic Park for a winter bobsled experience, stretch it out at one of the many yoga studios, or rent a private mobile sauna

Additionally, you can relax and rejuvenate at one of the many wellness spas, like the Waldorf Astoria’s spa, for something more luxurious. And if you time your trip right, you could even celeb-spot around town during early January as the Sundance Film Festival takes place!

Big Bear, California

A winter wellness paradise that doesn’t break the bank! Nestled in the San Bernardino Mountains, head to Bear Mountain or Snow Summit in Big Bear, California, for affordable winter activities like skiing and snowboarding. With both family-friendly and advanced slopes, it’s perfect for all levels. For more of a scenic excursion, hit the tranquil trails at Big Bear Lake for hiking or snowshoeing.

Looking for a cozy cabin experience? Book a stay at Midnight Moon Cabins, a picturesque (and insta-worthy) mountain getaway! And while in town, visit local shops like The Copper Q and Big Bear Coffee Roasting Company for fresh roasted coffee and artisanal goods.

Steamboat, Colorado

A haven for hot springs, locations such as Strawberry Park offer a warm respite in the winter. While famous for its skiing and snowboarding, you can also enjoy snow biking, dog sledding, ice fishing, and even sleigh riding! Indulge in local dining, warm up with a week pass to Out Here Yoga, and enjoy fresh farm-to-table options like Seedz!

Stowe, Vermont

For travelers seeking a perfect blend of outdoor adventure and relaxation, add this cozy New England destination to your winter wellness bucket list. Home to world-class resorts, including Stowe Mountain Resort and Smugglers’ Notch, for skiing and snowboarding. Plus, enjoy farm-to-table restaurants, cozy inns, and local shops, like Commodities Natural family-owned market.

After a day on the slopes, unwind at one of the wellness centers or spas, such as the Stowe Luxury Resort and Spa at the TopNotch Resort. From Craniosacral massage sessions to Deep Tissue, and Sports Massages, there are endless services to choose from.

Taos, New Mexico

Taos, New Mexico, is a scenic destination for those seeking a balance of active and restorative wellness. Embrace ski and snowboard season at Taos Ski Valley, then wind down the day at El Monte Sagrado, the award-winning hotel and spa. If you’re looking for local and organic food selections, you’ve come to the right place. For bulk shopping or home cooking, visit Cid’s Food Market. Or, live like a healthy local and visit Coffee Apothecary or Farmhouse Cafe.  

If you rent a car, take a quick (but worthwhile) trip to the healing spa of Ojo Caliente. Rejoice in grounding mineral soaks, high desert spa experiences, and more. You can also head to Santa Fe, New Mexico, which is also only a short distance away. Home to Ten Thousand Waves, a Japanese-inspired spa and wellness retreat, relax in private hot springs, stay cozy in the sauna, and enjoy various massage treatments. Surrounded by serene nature for ultimate peace and relaxation.

Fingerlakes, New York

An ideal destination for unwinding and rejuvenating during the chilly winter months, escape to this hidden gem when you want to enjoy New York without the hustle and bustle of the city. It’s known for its wineries and breweries, natural outdoor beauty, and charming bed-and-breakfast lodging.

As for healthy dining, there are so many locally sourced options to choose from — Kindred Fare, Ports Cafe, Roots Cafe, and more! And if you need to clear your mind and calm your body, you can embark on a guided shinrin-yoku Forest therapy tour, a science-backed Japanese stress-relieving technique.

Craving a spa-like experience? Book a stay at the Inns of Aurora. With a farm-to-table restaurant, village market, wellness center, and spa, you’ll never want to leave!

Travel to Achieve Winter Wellbeing 

No matter if you’re trying to destress from the holiday season, take a spontaneous self-care trip, or simply soak in the seasonal beauty, these winter wellness travel destinations can help you prioritize your health and well-being. Whether you hit the slopes for winter sports like skiing, bathe in the tranquility of natural hot springs, or check into a calming spa for a wellness retreat, these winter destinations will provide you with memorable experiences for all budgets.