There’s something impossibly charming about a mountain town in winter. Lantern-lit cobblestone streets, glowing cafes filled with friendly locals, and intimate family-run inns warm even the coldest, shortest of days. Add fresh mountain air, high-altitude views, snow sports, and steamy thermal springs, and you just might find yourself falling for winter. But don’t expect crowds: These charming little hamlets are, for now, relatively undiscovered. From Colorado to Japan, here are 10 off-the-beaten-path mountain towns that are especially enchanting during wintertime.
Sometimes travel can ground you. Every year since my eldest son was born, we take an annual trip to Berkeley Springs, West Virginia. After so many years, this trip takes no planning at all—except for the cabin reservation, which needs to be made well in advance for a fall weekend. (more…)