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Enjoy snowmobiling tours complete with epic views. (Image: Courtesy : Snowshoe Mountain Resort)

6 winter wonderland getaways just a short drive from D.C.

Don't let winter weather get you down, instead embrace it and take a road trip to a winter wonderland. Leave dreary city life behind and head out of town to enjoy the holiday season at these dreamy winter resorts, offering activities for skiers and non-skiers alike. With everything from ice skating, downhill and cross country skiing, golf, spa sessions, brewery visits and beyond, book your trip now, grab a cup of hot cocoa and enjoy.

Wintergreen Resort

Make the three hour drive to Wintergreen Resort and immediately feel like you’re a world away. The mountain is ideal for skiers and snowboarders of any level, has two terrain parks, tubing and two high-speed lifts to get you moving faster. Whether you’re new to the slopes or looking to up your game, there are lessons available for all ages and abilities. If you’re traveling with kids, sign them up for lessons at The Treehouse, a great place to get the little ones started as young as 3 years old.

If you’d prefer to spend your getaway off the slopes, you can still visit the indoor pool, fitness area, hot tubs, indoor tennis courts, play a round of golf (Weather permitting, if you skied in the morning present your lift ticket for complimentary greens fees), enjoy a winter hike, or tour the local breweries, cideries and vineyards. And of course, no getaway is complete without a trip to the spa, but book in advance. As for dining, snag a reservation at Devils Grill or The Copper Mine Bistro.

Inn At Perry Cabin

For an intimate winter escape, visit the Inn at Perry Cabin and enjoy 26 acres of wooded farmland along the tranquil Miles River. Only 90-minutes from D.C. and nestled along the Chesapeake Bay, the Inn at Perry Cabin welcomes visitors for their #SnowedINN special. Exclusive festivities include oysters and unexpected pairings (beers, bourbon and bubbly), whiskey tastings in Purser’s Pub, winter cocktails and s’mores by the fire, and a Bloom & Bliss Massage at the Spa at Perry Cabin. Enjoy a tranquil and charming stay, no matter the temperature outside.

Canaan Valley Resort

Located at the highest valley east of the Rocky Mountains and just two and a half hours from D.C., Canaan Valley Resort offers top notch downhill and cross country skiing. The trails boast slopes for skiers of every ability, with a dedicated beginner instruction trail to black diamond trails (make sure to visit Gravity, an advanced-skier favorite!). Out of bounds skiing is also very popular at Canaan Valley. Non skiers have a lot to look forward to as well. The multi-lane tube park offers one of the longest tube runs in the east and skating fans can schedule a visit to the rink to coincide with one of the several figure skating performances running throughout the season.

Stay at the recently renovated lodge featuring a restaurant, lounge, spa, fitness center, indoor pool, coffee shops and more and explore plenty of restaurant options including the Hickory Dining Room, the Laurel Lounge, Bear Paw Food Court and Seasons Café. Or head out from the resort and explore nearby towns Thomas and Davis and enjoy breweries, quaint coffee shops and the popular Purple Fiddle for great food and live music.

Snowshoe Mountain

Located at the 2nd highest peak in West Virginia, Snowshoe Mountain ensures the most snow in the region. The mountaintop village with all of its amenities and vibrant nightlife adds a true “destination resort” feel to Snowshoe.

Non skiers can partake in snow tubing, off-road adventure tours, snowmobile tours, Split Rock Pools, Escape Room and the Big Top (an indoor family fun area), plus there’s a full service spa and a wide range of shopping and dining options. There are many lodging options to choose from, the majority are ski-in, ski-out or a short walk to the slopes. The Brigham Collection includes the highest rated units around the mountain with options from studios to 6-bedrooms. Make sure to visit the Appalachia Kitchen located inside the Corduroy Inn, reservations required during the weekend.

The Homestead

Southern hospitality meets elegant charm at The Omni Homestead, the perfect winter getaway to feel like you’re really away from it all. The resort is located across more than 2,000 acres of scenic Virginia landscape. Warm up at the spa at the Aqua Thermal Suite, a collection of healing aquatic environments including experiential showers, thermal heated lounges and aromatic steam. Or spend some time at the year-round adults only Serenity Garden, the renowned mineral springs, keeping you warm on even the coldest day.

And for the skiers, there are 45 acres of wide, well-maintained ski slopes for all levels. The Sepp Kober Ski School is perfect for beginners. Make sure to save some time for the outdoor skating rink and end your day with fireside s’mores at the fire pit on the Casino Lawn or hot cocoa at the Mountain Lodge.

Dine at Woody’s, a casual burger-centric venue for lunch and dinner. Enjoy the unique flavor combination burgers, brick oven pizzas and boozy milkshakes. Woody’s, located in the Casino building, is one of the resort's most historic structures.

Greater Williamsburg Area

When you head to Williamsburg, VA, you'll got endless options at your fingertips. With everything from biking, to golf, to ice skating at Liberty's Ice Pavilion to simply enjoying the beautiful holiday decorations, the winter season is perfect for couples and families looking for an activity-filled getaway.

Whether you want to spend time outdoors or in, you won't be at a loss for entertainment. Plan a visit during the Winter Blues Jazz Fest in January, explore new exhibits at the Muscarelle Museum of Art and Watermen’s Museum in Yorktown, enjoy great farm to table and bay to table dining plus plenty of options for families or couples on a romantic evening out. Journey along the Williamsburg Tasting Trail (including the oldest winery in Virginia, breweries, distilleries and a meadery), shop at Yankee Candle Village and Merchant’s Square. Visit comedy clubs, theater, spas, and attractions like Colonial Williamsburg, American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, the Yorktown Battlefield, Busch Gardens, and more.

When looking for lodging, families love Kingsmill and Great Wolf Lodge. Kingsmill just debuted their Estate House for those in the mood for luxury. As for couples, book stays at The Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge and Wedmore Place at Wessex Hundred.