Feeling blue because it seems like winter will never end? Don’t beat yourself up—the blustery cold and grey days can affect your mood, skin and motivation. Good news through: a little Vitamin D, some serotonin-boosting fun and a great little getaway might be all you need to come back to your routine feeling ready to power through to spring. Read on for five great spots that will serve as a perfect cold-weather cure all.
JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort & Spa, Los Cabos, Mexico
Itching for a warm weather getaway? Look no further than Los Cabos, Mexico. Rather than heading to some of the better known spots on the eastern side like Cancun and Tulum, head here to experience the Baja California Peninsula in all its glory. We love the JW Marriott Los Cabos Beach Resort, with 13 pools and an award-winning spa on-site. For a full fix, make it a point to participate in an authentic Temescal experience: The Mexican sweat lodge will take you on a 90-minute journey that feels like rebirth with its warm temperature, therapeutic expression and water laced with local herbs to clear all of your senses.
The Joshua Tree House, Joshua Tree, CA
This Southern California getaway is what Instagram dreams are made of, with accommodations that feature local art and textiles in addition to killer views. You’ll have a blast stargazing in the desert, hiking along picturesque trails and taking in breathtaking mountain views—all within a short drive of Palm Springs.To round out your adventure, pencil in time to visit the Integratron for a sound bath. Originally designed and created in the 1950s to help rejuvenate, this epic structure continues to be a top destination those who love wellness and believe in natural healing.
Spring Creek Ranch, Jackson Hole, WY
How many resorts offer postcard-worthy views of the Grand Teton mountains from your bed? In addition to the unmatched natural surroundings at Spring Creek Ranch, the resort offers a range of accommodations to suit solo travelers, families and bigger groups. Whether you opt for a studio or mountain chic townhouse, you’ll love skiing in Jackson Hole (don’t miss the warm waffles and toasty drinks at the top!), warming up at the famed Cowboy Barn downtown or simply spending a warm afternoon having lunch and looking at beautiful art inside of the National Museum of Wildlife Art.
The Equinox, Manchester Village, VT
Looking for a little luxury in the Northeast? This resort really delivers, and with a dose of history too. The cluster of buildings that make up the property were originally named for Mount Equinox, and they’ve served as top-notch lodging for a bevy of American presidents, including Theodore Roosevelt. Though it’s a safe bet that Vermont will still be covered in snow through early spring, spa treatments like vitamin C facials and hot stone massages are sure to warm you up. If all else fails, there’s always the massive heated pool.
Aire Ancient Baths, New York City, NY
When a friend clued us in to this cold weather cure, we had to scope it out for ourselves. Nested in Manhattan, this nearly-hidden and private Tribeca hotspot (only 20 people are allowed to enter at a time) is a legit retreat that feels worlds away with its massage parlor, Roman bath and Turkish hammam—all in a truly unique and memorable cavernous space. The 16,000 square-foot underground is slated to become a new favorite, with its gorgeous Spanish stone, African lanterns and pick of pools that range from fresh saltwater to heated and bubbling. How dreamy!
Interested in more travel tips? Read why this is the year for adventure travel or discover why a wellness retreat might be right up your alley.