Chun Jie: Spring Festival in Beijing

Chun Jie celebrates the beginning of the new Chinese year. Like most Chinese holidays, its exact date varies slightly from year to year, depending on the Chinese calendar. Author Shannon Aitken discusses the holiday’s traditions and why this may (or may not) be a great time to visit Beijing.

Vermont Skiing at Its Peak

Vermont’s mountains were practically made for all different types of skiers, with difficulty levels ranging from black diamond trails to bunny slopes. Discover which mountain is best for you in this helpful guide.

Winter Adventures in the Canadian Rockies

The focus of your winter vacation in the Canadian Rockies will be very different than that of a summer trip. Instead of hiking and canoeing and barbecuing, you’ll be skiing and snowshoeing in a magical mountain setting purified by snow, then retreating to relax around a roaring fire. Andrew Hempstead outlines the possibilities for your trip, including activities like dogsledding.

Coastal Maine’s Off-Season Escapes

Hilary Nangle offers up trip ideas for off-season travel along Maine’s coast. Although it’s true that some coastal communities all but roll up the sidewalks after Columbus Day, not all do. Visiting in the off-season, from mid-October through late May, has its merits, including winter recreation and an increase in cultural offerings.

A Southern Girl’s Wintertime Adventure in Yellowstone

Back in January, Laura Martone was fortunate enough to be invited on a press trip to Yellowstone National Park – and even though her husband, Dan, who just happens to be her favorite traveling companion, wasn’t able to join her on the trip, it was truly a memorable excursion into a fascinating winter wonderland.

Québec City Carnaval

Every January for the past 58 years, Québec City has transformed itself into a winter wonderland. The Carnaval de Québec is a two-week long celebration that helps fight the mid-winter blues by partying in the outdoors.

Winter in the National Parks, Part 2

One of the best times to visit one of the US National Parks is during the winter. The crowds are lighter, the scenery is as beautiful as always, and there are typically good deals to be found on accommodations.

Winter Getaway #2: South Padre Island, Texas

South Padre Island is a popular choice amid snowbirds, who appreciate the island for its inexpensive eateries and accommodations, annual events, and balmy temperatures. Laura Martone shares her own experiences visiting the island and offers her helpful knowledge of the area.