As the the busy holiday season comes to an end and the winter blues are in full affect, it's always nice to escape the cold for some much needed rest and relaxation in the sun. The past few weeks have been absolutely freezing and its only going to get colder this weekend! We included our favourite local winter getaway spot. However we've included more warmer destinations because I'm sure we are all dreaming of the hot sun right now! We have listed places we are dying to go to and ones that we've already visited. Hope you enjoy XX.
Amanda's top picks
If you're planning a weekend getaway with your girlfriends or significant other, we would highly recommend South Beach! We probably would skip this spot if you're looking for a family friendly vacay. The South Beach beach strip is full of unique boutique hotels, cool bars and some of the best shopping! One of our favourite things about South Beach is that there is still the atmosphere of a beach holiday, however you can still experience the shopping and restaurants of a city. Talk about the best of both worlds! Its a great place to stay for a long weekend to enjoy the weather, nightlife and amazing food.
Some of our favourite restaurants to check out is Joe's Stone Crab for authentic seafood. Cibo Wine Bar (also located in Toronto) for awesome Italian food, and Baoli Miami for the best fresh sushi and fun atmosphere.
It has always been on our list to checkout the Grand Canyon. From the views, to the fun excursions, Arizona is a destination that is completely different from the typical beach holiday. It has amazing warm weather, especially in the winter, unbelievable views and fun excursions for every age group!
Sedona, surrounded by red-rock buttes, looks absolutely beautiful and different from any other vacation destination we've been to. One of the hotel/spas we are dying to stay at is the L'Auberge de Sedona. From the views, to the individual cottage-like villas, this hotel looks amazing! The desert atmosphere is completely different from any other warm climate vacation, trading the beach for red-rock buttes! Arizona offers a lot of excursions, perfect for any getaway occasion. A girls trip, couples getaway or a fun family vacation, there are so many activities offered, you won't have to worry about being bored when you're not relaxing by the hotel pool. Our top excursions that we are dying to do is the jeep and helicopter tour of the Grand Canyon.
Jill's top Picks
Venice Beach and Santa Monica
One of the places that we are dying to go to is Santa Monica and Venice Beach, seeing as it is one of the most iconic vacation spots to hit up when heading to California! From the shopping, to the beaches, restaurants and nightlife, it absolutely fits the criteria for the ultimate laid back beach vacation! We've listed a few of the coolest restaurants, bars and boutiques we're dying to check out (as recommended by V.O.C owner, Emily)! Be prepared, you will never want to leave! (image below via @hejdoll)
If you're a winter person or find it hard to get away for a longer amount of time, then the Scandinave Spa at Blue Mountain is the perfect weekend or even day getaway for you! Talk about a perfect winter escape! If you can't get away for a weekend, it's still worth the drive to spend an entire day full of pampering and enjoying the Scandinavian outdoor baths. Only a few hours of driving north and you can escape for a day of relaxation, while enjoying the winter season. Sounds ideal! If you do have the time and can manage to get away for more than a day, there are a lot of great hotels (Westin Trillium House Blue Mountain) to turn this day trip into a winter weekend getaway!