Ski Bunny or Lodge Lounger?

(Photos courtesy of Mont Tremblant Ski Resort and Stowe Mountain Resort)

Until recently, winter travel destinations, with their perfectly snow-capped slopes and cozy cottages, have been staked out by ski bums. If you prefer a black-stone massage to a black diamond, though, you're not alone. Resorts in wintery destinations have begun taking note and accommodating winter travelers who enjoy the raw retreat but could do without the ski-boot snow trail. Some of our top picks for a relaxing—but not ski-exclusive—winter getaway include:

  • Taos, New Mexico: This southwestern gem comes alive in the winter. Situated between majestic mountains and dry desert, this quaint town boasts an active artistic community with more than 80 galleries and seven museums, A-list New Mexican cuisine, and handcrafted boutiques.
  • Mont Tremblant, Canada: Non-skiers love the pedestrian-friendly village marked by beautiful European architecture and charming shops. Traveling with a skier? Mont Tremblant has a great après-ski scene and delicious restaurants.
  • Stowe, Vermont: New England city dwellers retreat to the Green Mountain State for its charming quality. For the tranquil crowd, the handful of wellness centers and spas are the perfect place to unwind and relax. The village of Stowe offers shops selling everything from jewelry to delicious wines and cheeses. We will certainly be making a stop here this winter.

What are your favorite winter hideaways? Do you prefer a little R&R or are you addicted to adrenaline? Let us know in the comments section below.

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