I recently ran across an article from Travel and Leisure about the Best Places to Spend Christmas and it has started me thinking. Christmas travel for most people usually means being with family. But the truth is not everyone gets to be with their family for the holidays. I have spent many holidays without my family . . . usually because my girls have to split their time with other parts of their family (and with their husband’s or boyfriend’s family). So now might be a good time for me (and a lot of people) to start thinking about where to spend the holidays.
I have actually been in Mexico a couple of times at Christmas. (Back then my girls were young and they had to go wherever I took them because there was NO way I would have spent Christmas without them.) Mexico is on the Travel and Leisure list but there are quite a few locations in the United States that make their list of the best places to spend Christmas:
Charleston, South Carolina looks to be a good place. I live in the Midwest, so anything that might have warmer winter weather looks appealing to me! Their suggestion on where to stay sounds like the perfect place for Christmas.
“The 21-room Wentworth Mansion dresses in subdued Victorian finery for the holidays with magnolia wreaths, old-world Santas, and two grand Christmas trees in the foyer. Every room has its own fireplace. On your pillow at turndown: chocolate truffles.”
The next place on the list that looked like a possibility was Boston. It would be a location that would really give you that traditional Christmas look in the winter. And since this is also someplace I have never been, it might be fun to check it out.
Enjoy Beacon Hill’s cobblestoned streets dusted with snow, and celebrate the ghosts of Christmases past with the Christmas Revels at Harvard’s Sanders Theatre.”
Number 13 on the list is Nashville. Years ago I had family who lived in Nashville so I have spent quite a few holidays there. The Gaylord Opryland Hotel has over 9 acres of indoor gardens so even if the weather is bad you can get out of your hotel room and enjoy exploring.
I really like warm weather, so if I am going to travel for Christmas I would probably lean toward a beach location even though it would feel less like Christmas there. If I don’t get to be with my family, the beach would at least keep me preoccupied! Puerto Rico and Key West are 2 of my favorite locations and they are on Travel and Leisure’s list as well. Do you have any fun locations you like to spend the holidays? Let me know where your favorite is!