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6 Incredible Winter Wedding Destinations
There is no prettier backdrop for a wedding ceremony than a fresh white blanket of snow and gorgeous mountain peaks in the distance, so it's not surprising that more and more couples are opting for winter weddings.
If you're searching for a cold-weather venue, consider saying "I do" at one of these amazing retreats that luxury travel company Natural Retreats handpicked. From a celebrity-status secret getaway spot, to a lodge with bonfire-side dining, and even a gondola ride to the top of the mountain (photo-opp perfection), these winter wedding destinations are real-life wonderlands.
THE ALPINE HOUSE IN JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING
Jackson Hole is a beautiful and vibrant city smack-dab in the heart of the wild west! During the winter months, the local shops are filled with twinkling lights and the snow makes everything even more charming than before. With its European feel mixed with Cowtown elements,The Alpine House a true gem in Jackson Hole. Special details like an honor bar and farm-to-table breakfasts make this inn feel like home.
THE HOMESTEAD PRESERVE IN HOT SPRINGS, VIRGINIA
They say "Virginia is for lovers," and we couldn't agree more! The Blue Ridge Mountains and rolling hills set the scene for a magical winter wedding at The Homestead Preserve. Known for the historical hot springs, you can experience the beauty of nature with all the conveniences of a luxury stay. The on-site spa and indoor pool make for perfect pre-wedding activities for the wedding party, and for brides looking for a rustic-chic venue, the Old Dairy is a fantastic place to tie the knot!
HANDPICKED HOMES AT LAKE TAHOE IN TAHOE, CALIFORNIA
While Lake Tahoe is renowned for its bright blue waters, it also has some of the most beautiful vistas and tree-lined slopes in the northwest, making it a gorgeous winter destination. Stay in one of these beautiful homes near the slopes, and if you're feeling really adventurous, maybe you and your new husband can ski down the mountain post ceremony!
HANDPICKED HOMES AT TAOS VALLEY IN TAOS, NEW MEXICO
For couples looking for a smaller destination wedding with a lot a personality, look no further than Taos! Full with a rich history and local culture, Taos is much more than a ski town. Your family and guests can stay in their famous pueblo-style homes, all walking distance to incredible food, shopping and local artists. Take the gondola up the mountain for beautiful photo-opps, as your love will soar in Taos!
TETON SPRINGS LODGE AND SPA IN VICTOR, IDAHO
There are many reasons why Teton Springs Lodge was named #1 in Idaho by US News & World Report! Fully enclosed by the mountains, guests are surrounded by incredible views. With heli-skiing for the adventurous, an on-site spa (so you and your girls can be pampered before the big day!) and the largest heated swimming pool in the region, you'll understand why this lodge has become a celebrity destination spot.
TURPIN MEADOW RANCH IN MORAN, WYOMING
This darling ranch in Wyoming features charming chalets and cabins complete with beautiful horses and farm-to-table dining. A group trail ride or snowshoe outing might just be the perfect way to to kick off the weekend and let guests get to know one another before you say "I do!"
Originally published in Martha Stewart Weddings on November 30, 2015.