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There are adventure lodges across the globe that can bring you to the heart of the magnificent wilderness with opportunities for all sorts of activities, and the opportunity to come back and enjoy plenty of luxuries too. If you like adventure, there’s no reason to wait until the weather is warm to go on vacation. Don’t let winter pass by without booking a trip to that luxury adventure lodge that’s taking up space on your bucket list.
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Winter in North America is the time to visit Patagonia when it experiences its summer in the Southern Hemisphere with up to 17 hours of daylight. All of that extra light means more time for outdoor adventures among some of the world’s most spectacular scenery, and Tierra Patagonia offers a wide range of excursions to help you make the most of your time here. It also boasts a lobby with massive floor-to-ceiling windows providing incredible vistas of the deep blue waters of Lake Sarmiento all the way to the stunning rocky peaks of Torres del Paine National Park, the centerpiece of Chilean Patagonia.
Winter at Rock Creek is a magical wonderland with the surrounding meadows and dramatic mountains blanketed in white while cozy log cabins dot the landscape. This magnificent wilderness ranch is spread across more than 6,600 acres bordered by the Sapphire, Flint Creek and Anaconda Mountains of Montana. Complement the postcard-perfect setting with sledding in the hills, snowshoeing, cross-country or downhill skiing, along with gourmet meals that include Montana-raised beef, lamb and chicken and evenings spent enjoying cocoa or mulled wine or cocoa around the fire, and this winter vacation is truly heart to beat.
The Ahwahnee is located inside one of the most scenic and popular national parks in the country, Yosemite National Park. It sits among the dramatic cliffs and the cascading waterfalls of Yosemite Valley in the heart of the park, an even more magical spot when covered with a dusting of snow. This is the season where you can enjoy the park practically all to yourself in an incredibly tranquil atmosphere. Look forward to breathtaking walks in the snow, passing frozen waterfalls and watching for wildlife – with summer’s foliage gone, it’s easier to spot the animals who live here in the winter months. Look for Yosemite’s resident bobcats, foxes, marmots and other furry creatures that scurry about through the thinned woods.
If the opportunity to view the northern lights while surrounded by snow is your idea of a fun adventure, you may want to head to Winterlake Lodge. Located at the western edge of the Alaska Range along the Iditarod Trail, 200 miles from the nearest road, this is truly a remote wilderness. The lodge overlooks a lake, where you’ll land by ski plane, and offers a central main lodge, six individual hand-guest cabins made from knotty pine, a hot tub, sauna and sled dog camp. During the day, join dog -sled tours, go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and enjoy lodge amenities like yoga, daily cooking classes and massage. After dark, soak in the hot tub while watching for the aurora borealis to make an appearance.
As much as 97 percent of Yellowstone National Park’s more than three million annual visitors arrive during the summer months, which means during the winter, you’ll find the ultimate in peace and seclusion. The best place to experience this tranquil winter wonderland is with a stay at Old Faithful Snow Lodge, located right in the park. It offers a variety of snowcoach tours, including excursions to the Canyon area to marvel at the famous Lower Falls in a frozen state. The Upper Geyser Basin is just out the front door and truly magical with the chilly temperatures of the season mixing with the steamy hot springs and geysers. Guests can also rent skis or snow shoes to glide across the miles and miles of cross-country trails and then come back and sip a hot beverage by the fire in the lounge, watching the snow fall outside.
If you truly want to be immersed in a snowy wonderland far from the chaos of the modern world, head to the Fljót Valley on the mountainous Troll Peninsula of northern Iceland for a stay at Deplar Farm. It serves as the ideal gateway for outdoor adventure and is perfectly situated for viewing the northern lights, thanks to the lack of light pollution. The former sheep farm blends into the natural landscape, while floor-to-ceiling windows showcase the dramatic surrounding peaks. Though days are short, activities are many, even in the winter, with the opportunity to ski, watch for whales in the surrounding fjords and go fat biking on the groomed trails around the valley. Afterwards, relax in the spa with a dip in the geothermal-heated indoor/outdoor pool, float in the Isopod flotation tanks or soak up the warmth in the outdoor Viking sauna.
The “Ski Capital of the East,” Stowe receives an average annual snowfall of an astounding 22 feet, and it’s the home of The Lodge at Spruce Peak. It features especially lavish guest rooms, a massive spa and jaw-dropping mountain views, while downhill skiing, snowboarding and cross-country skiing are right out your door. The resort’s Nordic center offers 28 miles of groomed trails and nearly 20 miles of backcountry terrain along with a rental shop that offers all the gear you’ll need to take advantage of it.
Set right along the edge of the UNESCO-protected Ilulissat Icefjord, this hotel offers extreme adventure at its best. The jumping-off point for expeditions in the north, guests stay in modern igloos where they can fall asleep listening to the sounds of Sermeq Kujalleq glacier creak and groan as it flows out to the sea, slowly filling the fjord with islands of ice and snow. This is an ideal spot for getting to known Greenland’s Inuit culture, by learning traditional dances, participating in drum circles and practicing Inuit singing, as well as for watching the northern lights. You can also bundle up to try out your mushing skills on a dog-sledding excursion or to watch for whales that swim in the nearby fjord.