There’s no one size fits all honeymoon. And while many couples dream of a tropical getaway, this isn’t the case for all newlyweds. If sipping cocktails on the beach doesn’t appeal to you, trade the traditional seaside destination for a romantic winter wonderland. Think getting cozy under blankets, warming up by the fire, or hitting the slopes. No matter what’s packed into your itinerary, there are plenty of locations around the world that’ll warm you up to the idea of a winter honeymoon.
If you’re ready to ditch the sun and the sea for a chilly, snow-filled getaway, these top winter honeymoon destinations are calling your name.
1. Edinburgh, Scotland
A honeymoon in the city or an idyllic countryside? Edinburgh, Scotland is the best of both worlds. You can soak up the rich culture, try authentic Scottish cuisine, and even taste test their famous local whiskeys in the town center. Add an extra bit of romance to your stroll down the cobbled streets by scheduling a tour of the historic Edinburgh Castle, followed by watching the sunset on Calton Hill.
Just a short drive outside of the city, you’ll be met with some of the most picturesque highland towns, hikes, and natural waterfalls. It’s the perfect destination for adventurous couples looking to do it all.
2. Lucerne, Switzerland
We’re giving Lucerne, Switzerland the “most romantic vacation destination” award—making it the perfect spot for honeymooners. Being one of the largest cities in Switzerland, it’s rich with culture, enchanting resorts, and of course, the Swiss Alps.
From their towering snow-capped mountains to the crystal blue glacier waters, this colorful old town is ideal for nature-loving couples. You can take a cozy boat ride on Lake Lucerne, ride on the cog railway to the top of Mount Rigi, or casually stroll the city center, appreciating the medieval architecture.
3. Breckenridge, Colorado, United States
This historic mining town has quickly become one of the top ski towns in the United States. If you’re dreaming of a chilly getaway with a slower pace, trade Denver for Breckenridge—a small ski town that’s the perfect blend of adventure and relaxation.
With the highest snow totals and the highest operating chairlift in North America, Breckenridge Ski Resort is the spot for couples looking to hit the slopes. But, if skiing and snowboarding aren’t on your itinerary, you’re still in luck. It has many alternatives that make this winter wonderland the perfect winter honeymoon destination. You can go shopping down the historic main street, rent snowmobiles, go dog-sledding, or even take an art course in their Art District.
4. South Lake Tahoe, California, United States
With luxurious mountain resorts, crystal blue lakes, and a list of never-ending things to do, it goes without saying that Lake Tahoe is a prime honeymoon destination. Nestled on the border of California and Nevada, this winter getaway location has it all.
Take a sailing cruise or a private boat charter on the crystal blue Lake Tahoe waters. If you’re looking to take your love to new heights, schedule a helicopter tour or hit the slopes for an all-day skiing adventure. For our ultimate outdoor-loving couples, take the two-and-a-half-hour drive to the Yosemite National Park or soak in one of their natural hot springs like the Grover Hot Springs.
4. Reykjavik, Iceland
Northern lights, black-sand beaches, and natural glacier tours—sign us up for a wildly romantic honeymoon in Reykjavik, Iceland. With no shortage of things to do or see, this winter destination can be as opulent or as outdoorsy as you’d like. Take a dip in one of the 25 wonders of the world, the Blue Lagoon. You can also head south towards Reynisdrangar—one of the largest black sand beaches—or spend your time hunting down the Northern Lights.
5. Banff, Canada
Finding words that do the beauty of Banff, Canada justice is a tough task. Being the perfect blend of outdoorsy and relaxingly romantic, it’s the honeymoon destination. For those audacious explorers, check out Banff National Park. Surrounded by towering snowy mountains, the crystal blue waters of Lake Louise and Moraine Lake should also be added to your must-visit list.
For couples that didn’t bother packing their hiking boots, spice things up with a dip in the Banff Upper Hot Springs, schedule a spa day at the Willow Stream Spa, or take a gondola ride to experience 360 views of the Canadian Rockies.
You’ve picked a location, now the real planning begins. Before creating your dream honeymoon itinerary, start by booking one of our favorite Airbnb honeymoon homes. Then, it’s time to get packing.