Courtesy Doe Bay Resort and Retreat
Make a quick getaway
With holiday festivities in the rearview mirror and plenty of long, dark winter days still ahead, this time of year can easily feel gloomy. What better way to brighten up flagging spirits than with a semi-spontaneous getaway? These relaxing regional destinations are a more affordable alternative to pricey and crowded ski resorts, offering quiet, serene vibes to enjoy before the rush of spring break. Sneak in some time away from the littles and reconnect on a couples-only, no-kids-allowed retreat, just in time for Valentine’s Day; or bring the whole family along for a calming midwinter break at one of these unique off-season getaway picks. All of them furnish plenty to do inside and out, and are located within a few hours’ drive of home.
- Paradise Village, Ashford, Washington
- Doe Bay Resort & Retreat, Olga, Washington
- The Society Hotel, Bingen, Washington
- Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort, Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
Grown-ups only (sorry, kids!):
Editor's note: In January 2022, the CDC issued a level-4 travel health notice advising against travel to Canada. This article includes two destinations in British Columbia. Pop them onto your bucket list for future travel.