SBP Guide: 6 of Our Fave Best-Kept Winter Vacay Destinations

Tacos & Tequila

12/20/23

The SBP team loves a post-holiday getaway — think fewer frenzied crowds, more chill vibes, and perhaps even less $$. So if you’re itching to escape the ordinary this season, set your sights on these six slightly under-the-radar winter destinations. Sit back, dig into our latest SBP Guide, and let the planning begin.


1. Solvang, California

Jaunt about three hours north of LA to this storybook Danish village and instantly feel the hygge (if you’re new here, that’s the Danish word for cozy). From Scandinavian bakeries to the windmills dotting its charming landscape, Solvang looks straight out of a fairytale (yet surprisingly crowd-free). “This is hands-down my favorite getaway!” Associate Partner Sewit Eshetu said. Take a spin on a horse-drawn trolley or immerse in Danish culture at an array of local museums. Then, of course, sample some vino at the 100+ area wineries when the kiddos conk out…


Photo: Travel + Leisure

2. New York City, New York

You might not consider New York City after the holidays, but think again. Winter is one of the most atmospheric times to visit the energy and excitement of the Big Apple. Catch a Broadway show, check the Rockettes off your bucket list, bop through legendary museums, or simply wander Manhattan while popping into cozy cafes and shops. “I’m taking my daughters on a Broadway show getaway this winter!” Associate Partner Robert ‘Morty’ Morton shared. “Seeing one of my Sondheim Favorites, ‘Merrily We Roll Along.’” Plus, with epic restaurants and vibrant nightlife, NYC makes for the ultimate urban winter retreat — no matter the month.

Photo: Get Your Guide

3. Punta Mita, Mexico

Craving a warm winter vacay that isn’t teeming with beachgoers? Forgo Cabo and say hola to Punta Mita, a 1,500-acre private peninsula that’s home to the Four Seasons, St. Regis and 16 sub-communities. “I’m a BIG fan of Punta Mita,” Founding Partner David Berg told us. With its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and vibrant coral reefs, it’s the ultimate spot to kick back with a margarita or pursue an epic adventure. Plus, there’s world-class golf, secluded surfing, and enough tacos and tequila to keep things spicy.

Photo: Forbes

4. Taos, New Mexico

World-class skiing in New Mexico? Now that’s what we call a best-kept secret. Though lesser-known than some larger resorts out west, the pristine trails and breathtaking scenery at Taos Ski Valley entice those looking to venture off the beaten path. But that’s not the only reason to book a trip here. A longtime artist colony, Taos has countless galleries and museums showcasing regional artwork, and is even home to a World Heritage Site, Taos Pueblo. And let’s not forget the top-notch New Mexican cuisine that keeps you coming back for more.


Photo: Condé Nast Traveler

5. Islamorada, Florida Keys

Trade tourist-clogged beaches for Islamorada's laidback tropical oasis in the Florida Keys. Just a sunny drive south from Miami, Islamorada brings all the saltwater action minus the crowds. Snorkel with a kaleidoscope of sea critters, kayak through mangroves, or simply beach bum to your heart's content. Come nighttime, indulge in epic seafood and listen to live music at an array of beachy bars and restaurants.

Photo: Condé Nast Traveler

6. Crested Butte, Colorado

They call Crested Butte the wildflower capital of Colorado, but we think this historic ski town really blooms during winter snowfall. You'll score ski-in/ski-out access to alpine adventure along with the kind of off-the-grid small town character you dream about. Then get your aprés on as you swap stories by a rolling fire or soak in the offbeat vibes downtown. You'll also find plenty of lodges, galleries, and dining to round out your weekend without battling the usual ski town hubbub. 

Photo: Evo

Heading to any of these killer spots in 2024? Be sure to tag us in your adventures @smithandberg

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