Winter Travel Ideas to Escape Cold Weather

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Winter is right around the corner and I remembering one of my favorite Winter ever – when my family went down to Key West. The weather is perfect in Key West during this time of year! During winter, especially the dreary months, I love when my family can visit us and take a respite from the cold in sunny South Florida. Here are some of my winter travel ideas to help escape the bitterly cold weather season.

Southern Hemisphere Travel

Almost 10 years ago, I went to Buenos Aires for almost a month and realized how amazing South America really is. Argentina along with the rest of the Southern Hemisphere has the opposite seasons from people in the United States and the Northern Hemisphere. When it is winter in the United States, it is Summer in the Southern Hemisphere. This switch of seasons makes travel to the South Hemisphere a great idea for winter family vacations. I am biased toward Buenos Aires in Argentina as a choice to for winter vacation, but there are so many other spots that you might love like with slightly milder Summers. Buenos Aires can get into the 90’s during their summers.

If you are looking for more mild summer temperatures (during December), Mendoza in Argentina is a great choice. This is Argentina’s wine country with temperatures around 79 degrees Fahrenheit.

I have been hearing amazing things about Peru, Chile, and Columbia. There are so many other places in South America that I am dying to explore. 

You can also check out places in India which always has a warm climate. Here are some tips on going to India with Kids.

Mediterranian Travel

The Mediterranian has pretty mild winters and is a great place to avoid a bitterly cold winter. My husband and I love going to Barcelona. It is an amazing city with lots to explore. You can stay a few nights or weeks and never be bored. The Sagrada Familia and Park Guell are most see for every visitor to Barcelona. During the winter in Barcelona, the temperatures are in the mid-50s. If you are coming from an extremely cold climate, this can be considered a mild winter. If this is too cold for your blood, there are other spots on the Mediterranian that are much warmer.

South Florida

It is no surprise that South Florida is a hot spot for people in the colder areas of the United States to have second homes. Here in Florida, we call them snowbirds because they fly south for the winter. I can definitely understand why they would have a second house here in Florida. The weather in the winter is perfect with the highs in the low 70s and the lows in the 50s. It barely ever goes below 50 and hangs out in the mid-60 and low 70s all winter long.
My favorite places to visit are in Palm Beach County. Here are 9 reasons to discover the Palm Beaches. Also, a packing guide on what to bring when you visit the Palm Beaches. Boca Raton is one of the best places to visit in January and all the way through April. There are tons of amazing restaurants like Vic & Angelo’s, legendary parks for kids to play in like Sugar Sand Park, truly making it one of the best winter family vacations spots in the United States.

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185 thoughts on “Winter Travel Ideas to Escape Cold Weather”

  1. I would love to go enjoy the snow at the PARK HYATT BEAVER CREEK RESORT AND SPA in Beaver Creek, Colorado, because I have always wanted to visit Colorado & go skiing!

  2. For me the Hyatt House Seattle looks awesome. I go there a lot anyways and the hotels that I have stayed in do not even begin to compare to it. Very very gorgeous.

  3. My first choice is Hyatt Place Santa Fe. It is not the warmest place in winter, but Santa Fe us beautiful, and its people are kind and warmhearted. I would like to soak in hot springs there!

  4. I would stay at the Hyatt Resort in Sarasota Florida, it would be great to warm up in my BFF’s town without having to bother her with 5 more people in her home!

  5. I would like to stay at the Hyatt Place St Louis Chesterfield because I have family that lives near by that I would love to visit for the holidays.

  6. I would love to go to the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad, CA, I’m in love with the Spanish architecture and the SPA! A 15,000 square foot spa equals HEAVEN!

  7. I would love to stay at the Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine because my daughter, son in law, and granddaughter live in Grapevine and it would be really fun to visit them & celebrate my daughter’s birthday.

  8. How fun would it be to travel to a place I’ve heard is so beautiful, Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino, and Spa. I could relax, see the beautiful snow, & watch the stars above the lake.

  9. I would like to visit the Hyatt Place Jackson/Ridgeland. This will allow my husband and 11 month old daughter the opportunity to visit my in-laws.

  10. I would love to stay at the Hyatt Place New Orleans/Convention Center because I haven’t been to New Orleans and would love to go.

  11. The Hyatt Regency in London. I’ve always wanted to go to London and the Hyatt’s one of the best hotels around so this would be perfect!

  12. I like the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, the courtyard fountain is amazing, I want to relax with a good book and enjoy the Florida weather.

  13. Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria, I pick that Because my Brothers and Sister live in Houston area and I would love to visit them without being a burden at their house overnight.

  14. Hyatt Place Dallas/Grapevine because that is where I am from and I would love to go home and see my family. Last time I was at home was almost 10 years ago for my oldest brothers funeral. We were military and military obligations took me away from my home state. With a family it is hard to get that much money together to take all home at once. Would love to place flowers on my mothers grave site along with my flowers for my older brother.

  15. I’d try the Hyatt Place Minneapolis/Downtown during the winter to get a little “cold”. I’m here in South Florida, too, and sometimes I miss the snow. (Just a little bit!) Plus I’ve never been to the huge mall they have up there-would be fun to do holiday shopping 😉

  16. Id like to try the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale. I travel to Phoenix area almost every year. I love the Scottsdale area and the hiking but cant afford to stay in that area. The hotel looks beautiful and Id love to have my favorite hiking trails at my fingertips.

  17. I would like to stay at the Hyatt Place Charleston Historic District. I love getting to know the history of the places I visit and staying here would put me right in the heart of it all.

  18. I would like to try the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino and Spa. I’ve never been in snow before so that would be different and I love to go to casinos so I think I would have a great time here!

  19. I would stay at the Opryland/Nashville hotel around Christmas. The lights are beautiful and there are so many fun things to do! 🙂

  20. I’d like to stay at the Hyatt Place Boulder/Pearl Street because I used to live in Boulder and would love to return to visit with friends!

  21. I’d like to also stay at
    Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa. I’ve snowshoed there before with my granddaughter and had a wonderful time.

  22. I would like to visit the Hyatt French Quarter in New Orleans. I love the old world look and the spirit in the French Quarter and would like to see what it’s like during the winter season when the weather is nice and cool.

  23. For a snow resort I would pick the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa in Colorado. I never been to any snow resort, and the mountains in Colorado look lovely.

  24. We would probably go to Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami because it is only a couple of hours away. I don’t see us traveling too far this holiday season, but we are in need of a weekend getaway so it would be the perfect location. If there was an Orlando location listed on that page then that is definitely where we would go instead because we always drive up to Orlando this time of year to see the ICE event at Gaylord Palms.

  25. As far as which Snow Resort I would go to I think I would select Lake Tahoe Resort. All of the locations look nice, but this one in particular looks warm and toasty. It has private lakeside cottages and a year round heated lagoon style pool.

  26. I would like the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa and Casino. This would be great because there is something after a day of snow.

  27. I would choose hyatt house in Charleston SC. I would love to take the kids to this historic town within driving distance of our home in NC.

  28. I would like to stay at the Hyatt House Cypress/Anaheim because it will be warmer there and also because it is near to my beloved mother’s childhood friend. She lives in Buena Park and is almost 90yo; I’d love to see her again.

  29. My husband likes to meet his brother in CO to go skiing, so I think he’d like to stay at the

    Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa

  30. Beaver Creek Resort in Colorado because it’s my favorite state by far & my husband and I could really use a vacation. I have been sick and really need a break!

  31. I’d like to visit the Hyatt Place Charlotte Airport/Tyvola Road. My brother-in-law and his family live in Charlotte. We haven’t seen them in years!

  32. Hyatt Boston Harbor is where I’d go. i’d like to hit a few museums and drive 20 min to Salem, Ma and go on a few historical tours.

  33. Id love to go to Hyatt Centric South Beach Miami because id love to catch a miami dolphins game with my family and check out the beach!

  34. Id also love to go to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort. Look at that view! So beautiful. Id love to sit around a fire and watch the stars light up the sky with my family.

  35. I would love to stay at the Hyatt Nashville/Cool Springs/Franklin. Nashville was my favorite vacation spot, but I had very little time there. The Hyatt there looks beautiful.

  36. The Hyatt Regency Montreal looks like a great place to stay and enjoy all that city has to offer. The lobby alone looks amazing (and it’s award winning)!

  37. Would love to stay at the Hyatt Place Los Cabos. I always wanted to go to Los Cabos but the hotels that I checked didnt meet our expectations. This one is beautiful.

  38. If I were to go to a snow resort, I would go to the
    Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino and Spa. It is closest to home, and I would love the spa while my family hits the slopes.

  39. My favorite Hyatt (Hyatt Place in Vista, CA) wasn’t listed. 🙁 but I’d love to see what the Hyatt Lodge is all about because I’ve never heard of it.

    as for the mountain resorts I’d love to stay at Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort and Spa. I love love LOVE everywhere in CO!

  40. I would stay at the Hyatt Jacksonville. I haven’t been to Jacksonville since I graduated school, so it would be nice to return and spend some time on the beach again.

  41. I’d like to travel to the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay Spa and Marina because I’ve visited San Diego,, but my husband has not. We’d have a great time.

  42. I would stay at Hyatt Place in historic Charleston–it’s such a beautiful area, and winter is the only time I can take the climate!

  43. The Hyatt property I would love to stay at is Hyatt Regency Mexico City because I would love to travel back to Mexico because I had such a wonderful experience the first time I went.

  44. I would like to stay at Hyatt in Columbus Ohio. I am in the area frequently for family visits and my kids love the zoo and other attractions. It would be a very nice get away, just staying in such a nice place. My husband and I could use it for a once in 6 years weekend get away from the kids. We could sure use it.

  45. I’d stay at the Hyatt Regency Newport Beach! A beautiful hotel with great food and entertainment and it’s a perfect little getaway for us!

  46. For a snow resort, I’d stay at Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Casino and Spa! One of my best friends lives in Tahoe and it would be great to be up there and visit with her!

  47. Hyatt House Boulder/Broomfield looks incredible. I love the area and haven’t been since I was a child. Would love to take my wife.

  48. Being only an hour and a half from the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe resort, Casino and Spa. It looks beautiful and would love to snuggle up by a warm fire when its cold and snowy outside.

  49. I’d love to stay at the Hyatt House Seattle Downtown! It’s warmer there than in Wisconsin and I’d visit my daughter and paint the town red with her!

  50. I would love to visit the Park Hyatt Beaver Creek! I’ve never been to Colorado and the mountains look beautiful in the hotel photos.

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