Picture this: a couple cuddled in each other's arms in front of a blazing fireplace while snow falls beyond the window. One word comes to mind: romance. There are several options in which honeymooning couples can experience the exhilaration of a brisk outdoors and the cozy warmth of love.
"If you're a couple that enjoys skiing or snowboarding together, your honeymoon can be a chance to visit a winter destination you've always wanted to go to, an opportunity to take on a new challenge as newlyweds, to fulfill a dream," says Jameson Kowalczyk, marketing writer and researcher for Liberty Travel. "We recommend doing something you've been wanting or waiting to do, something that you will truly appreciate and never forget."
Kowalczyk adds: "We highly recommend planning a winter honeymoon as far in advance as you can. Aspen, Colo., Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, and Jackson Hole, Wyo., all offer world-class skiing, luxury hotels, fine restaurants, spas and scenery that is truly breathtaking and inspiring. They're perfect honeymoon destinations. There's something incredibly romantic and sexy about lounging in a hot tub or Jacuzzi in the winter, with a gentle dusting of snow falling from the sky -- an experience you'll only find at a winter resort."
A longtime favorite honeymoon destination in the Northeast is Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. Couples can partake in myriad activities, including skiing, snowboarding, snow tubing, ice skating and horse-drawn sleigh rides. There are charming bed-and-breakfasts, country inns and secluded adults-only couples resorts and spas.
"Although the Pocono Mountains may have become famous for heart-shaped tubs, today's accommodations include such decadent amenities as saunas, massage tables, log-burning fireplaces and whirlpool baths. The region has also become a haven of world-class luxury spas that incorporate the region's breathtaking natural surroundings," says Brittany M. Berger of the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau. "Couples looking to escape their everyday routines can spend a few romantic days cuddling by a fireplace, relaxing in a private Jacuzzi or bundled up on a winter carriage ride through scenic countryside.
"Part of the Pocono Mountains' appeal is the large variety of lodging facilities the region has to offer, from large luxurious family and couples resorts to intimate country inns and bed-and-breakfasts. Couples can choose antique or contemporary, quaint or sophisticated, completely secluded or close to town, and many more options. Fun-loving couples may want to climb into a heart-shaped tub or a 7-foot-tall Champagne glass whirlpool bathtub at one of the famous couples resorts that are synonymous with the Pocono Mountains.
"Visitors to the region can also enjoy a number of winter events and festivals in all four counties of the Pocono Mountains -- holiday celebrations, tree lightings, ice festivals, even the Ice Tee Golf Tournament of frozen Lake Wallenpaupack." Berger reminds us that the Poconos are definitely romantic for honeymooners but also perfect for all couples, with plenty to do after a brisk day of winter sports. "When it's time to warm up, visitors can enjoy a bevy of indoor entertainment, whether it be dining at one of the region's unique restaurants, cozying up by the fire at one of the area's many resorts, inns or bed-and-breakfasts, shopping for bargains at outlet malls or making a visit to one of the region's cultural and historical attractions," she says.
A complete calendar of events for the Pocono Mountains region is available at http://www.800poconos.com. Snow lovers can be sure to have the latest and most up-to-date information about the region's ski areas, ski and stay packages, ski conditions, snowboarding, snow tubing, cross-country skiing and events by visiting http://PoconoSki.com or calling the Pocono Mountains' 24-hour snow info hot line, at 570-421-5565.
Whether you plan to hit up Aspen, Quebec, Wyoming or the Poconos, Kowalczyk says, "in some ways, honeymooning in a cold weather destination is even more romantic than jetting off to an island resort. Cuddling in front of a roaring fire, sipping hot chocolate -- it's a romantic and intimate way to end the day."