Tell Us YOUR Favorite Wintertime Travel Destination!

December 3 2012 by BW Innsider
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Do you have a travel tradition around the wintertime season? Do you always stay close to home during the holidays, or do you hit the road? Whether you travel near or far, we want to hear about your wintertime adventures! Tell us about your favorite wintertime travel destination and you will be automatically entered for a chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

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    By june gregson on December 3, 2012 9:39 AM

    The Sunny Okanagan! BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD!

    By Tanis on December 3, 2012 10:23 AM

    We always stay home for the holidays, in the Okanagan. There is way too much fun around here, whether it's in the mountains or chilling with family! :)

    By laurel keating on December 3, 2012 10:51 AM

    The amazing Okanagan! BEST PLACE IN THE WORLD! I love to travel up to Big White just outside of Kelowna so much to do and so many nice folks there,.

    By Teresa Simunac on December 3, 2012 10:55 AM

    We always travel to Kelowna right before Christmas, visit the mountains and to do some shopping. My hubby and I make it our Xmas present to ourselves.

    By paul Volker on December 3, 2012 7:57 PM

    one of my favorite wintertime travel destinations is jasper sure i don't like too much snow for driving but traveling during the day is better, Love Best Western just stayed at the one by the vancouver airport and really love the service bus shuttle that is outstanding.

    By Michele Rule on December 4, 2012 8:35 AM

    We love to head down to Vancouver between Christmas and New Year's to visit our daughter and her husband! Otherwise, Kelowna is the place to be!

    By Sheryl E on December 4, 2012 10:27 AM

    Colorado

    By Amy McHargue on December 4, 2012 10:29 AM

    I love to head south in the middle of winter to get a break from the snow and ice - a weekend on the beach does wonders for those winter blues!

    By Huguette E. on December 4, 2012 10:29 AM

    We stay close to home or we go to our winter cabin, love snow storms and crackling fire in the stove :)

    By Josh S on December 4, 2012 10:30 AM

    Banff

    By Amy McHargue on December 4, 2012 10:30 AM

    I love to head south during the middle of winter - a weekend at the beach does wonders for those winter blues! This $250 Best Western Travel Card would do wonders for this ebing in my budget this year!

    By Deb Benefiel on December 4, 2012 10:31 AM

    I love Florida. Anywhere along the gulf coast is my favoirte place to go. I have been going there since I was very young. I absolutely adore Treasure Island and have already booked my stay at the Best Western there for March of 2013. Did it before I left this past March!! Best vacation experience with any motel or hotel I have ever had!! It's the Best Western right on the beach and It is absolutely beautiful with amazing staff!!

    By Amy on December 4, 2012 10:32 AM

    HOME! While it is usually cold and snowy in Buffalo I want to be anywhere else for the holidays! I love being with my family and friends!

    By enciso on December 4, 2012 10:34 AM

    Whistler is one of our favourite

    By lorri langmaid on December 4, 2012 10:44 AM

    My favorite Winter destination is Idyllwild California. Only a two hour drive from our home in Santee, Ca. it truly takes us to a wonder wonderland. Snow covered mountains with it's winter temperatures, makes sitting by the fire a real treat. The quint town takes us far away from the hustle of the big city. Just a wonderful place to spend some great, quality family time together.

    By Jill on December 4, 2012 10:53 AM

    Florida is a favorite place to go to warm up from our cold climate here.

    By blessedta on December 4, 2012 10:56 AM

    It would be Banff.

    By Pierre Brault on December 4, 2012 11:00 AM

    My favorite Winter destination is Banff/Lake Louise, Canada. Three hours drive from Edmonton, Alberta.

    By Laurie on December 4, 2012 11:08 AM

    I love going to the mountains in North Carolina - especially Blowing Rock. It is so beautiful this time of year. One year, I will go skiing!! :)

    By Sharon K on December 4, 2012 11:12 AM

    Skiing at Tremblant

    By Beth Q, on December 4, 2012 11:24 AM

    For Christmas we always traveled to the Okanagan when I was a kid, now that I am an adult I hope to pass this tradition on to my kids one day. My favorite spot to go is definitely been up to Salmon Arm area. You get a mixture of mountains, lakes and some of the best wine you can imagine.

    By Kirk T on December 4, 2012 12:19 PM

    I love hitting up Banff in the winter. It's a good place to get in some snowboarding, and enjoy some great cuisine.

    By Greg L. on December 4, 2012 12:41 PM

    Whistler .. it's only 2.5hrs drive away from Vancouver.

    By Linda F on December 4, 2012 1:51 PM

    My favorite wintertime destination is Orlando, Florida.

    By Angie HG on December 4, 2012 2:48 PM

    I returned to my childhood town of Bedford, Pennsylvania last winter. We had such a wonderful time that it'll be a regular mission to return!

    By Paresh on December 4, 2012 3:07 PM

    A new tradition that I want to start is to fly out during the holidays to meet up with that someone special and enjoy a peaceful, romantic time just watching the snow fall, surrounded by the warm glow of Christmas lights, and warmed by some hot chocolate, huddled under a blanket. It doesn't get any better than that.

    By Tracy P on December 4, 2012 5:19 PM

    We usually stay home. The farthest we like to go for the winter holidays is to the movies. We like staying home and playing games rather than getting out in the cold.

    By Mike on December 4, 2012 6:26 PM

    Cape Hatteras National Seashore, NC.

    By Linda S Davison on December 4, 2012 6:44 PM

    My favorite wintertime location tradition to travel to is Diamond Lake by Crater Lake in Oregon. Not too far from home about a 2 hour drive in the winter. We stay in a cozy cabin with our dogs and children. During the day we go sledding, snowmobiling and ice skating on the frozen lake. There is a restaurant and lodge with a big fireplace to sit and warm up and have a drink.

    By jane on December 4, 2012 10:36 PM

    We love to go to downtown Chicago to see the lights and decorated store windows, also the Festival of Lights is fantastic!

    By Mike on December 5, 2012 6:28 AM

    We like to travel somewhere ( anywhere) warmer

    By Sabrina on December 5, 2012 6:29 AM

    We stay home for the holidays BUT we take a trip to Orlando in January. Hoping to book a cruise for next January - yes, short notice:)

    By Lainie S. on December 5, 2012 6:34 AM

    My favorite destination in the Wintertime, is to family and friends. We love playing games and visiting. Christmas time is great fun.

    By Deb T on December 5, 2012 6:50 AM

    My friends and I travel to Hocking Hills, OH ( we live 3 hrs away) in January for the annual Winter Hike. 6 miles through a beautiful winter wonderland with hot bean soup and hot chocolate in the middle of the hike made by the local Lions Club. Great fun no matter what type of weather.

    By Henry on December 5, 2012 6:53 AM

    Campbell River, BC: skiing nearby if you want winter wonderland but also the ocean and the forests to recharge through nature.

    By Michael Bova on December 5, 2012 7:00 AM

    A new one for us now (3rd year) is for me to save all my BW reward points from business travel all year and use them to stay in Idaho over Christmas. Our daughter and beautiful grand baby live there. BW rewards are the only way we can afford to go. So BW has become part of our tradition...Thanks BW!

    By Veronica R on December 5, 2012 7:04 AM

    Love going to the Grand Canyon around the holidays.... Leaving the fast pace ,rush of people and just admiring the beauty of nature.....

    By Kathryn on December 5, 2012 7:05 AM

    I'm a bit of a homebody in the winter, so my favourite winter travel destination is my mom's acreage in rural Saskatchewan. The snow covering the fields is so picturesque and whether we're riding horses down winter trails or sitting around the big country table with a cup of hot chocolate, it's always such a fun and relaxing time.

    By Amy on December 5, 2012 7:08 AM

    We love to travel to Old Montreal, Quebec it`s so beautiful and historic. We love staying in the Ice Hotel so cool ! Best place to visit during the holidays.

    By Teddy Hall on December 5, 2012 7:16 AM

    We travel each year 100 miles to Branson, MO. to shop and see the lights, and of course the restaurants too. :-)

    By seema on December 5, 2012 7:17 AM

    disney land,CA favorite destination for our family for this holiday season.

    By Teddy Hall on December 5, 2012 7:18 AM

    we travel to Branson,Mo. to see the lights, shop, and restaurants, and it has been a Fun trip each year.

    By Janet on December 5, 2012 7:27 AM

    Winter vacation to Colorado is beautiful. :)

    By tiffany akins on December 5, 2012 7:39 AM

    Whistler, BC, Canada. Cozy up to the fireplace after a long day of snowboarding.

    By Charlene on December 5, 2012 8:46 AM

    In one of our National Parks....Yosemite Nat'l Park in California is just amazing in the wintertime. Snow covered peaks, camp fires, walks on multitude of trails, viewing the amazing mountain tops and love love love the smell of damp pine trees. Wildlife in the snow looking for that bit of greenery to nibble on.....solitude in the pines. Would love the gift card to use in an upcoming trip to Seattle at the BW Pioneer Square Hotel!

    By Karen Roberts on December 5, 2012 9:47 AM

    I've never travelled anywhere during the winter months. I've always wanted 2 go2 wintergreen ski resort. Pretty much anywhere there is snow.

    By Natalie Vandenberghe on December 5, 2012 10:53 AM

    I love going to the beautiful Oregon coast!

    By Renee A on December 5, 2012 1:17 PM

    I live in Western New York. We are in the snow belt area. Lake Ontario always bless us with lots of snow. There are lots of activities close by and within short driving distance. One of my favorite things to do when the kids were little was to go sled riding at the local golf course. Now that I am older, I dream of going somewhere warm. This year I will!!! We have planned a trip to Fort Lauderdale and a cruise to the Bahamas!!!

    By Cynthia Booton on December 5, 2012 3:33 PM

    One of my favourite things to do is a trip to Whistler to walk in the snow covered mountains and enjoy the winter scene in beautiful surroundings.

    By daisy gonzalez on December 6, 2012 6:32 AM

    In PR we used to get together as a family in my grandmas house, share presents, food and stories. now, every winter Christmas and other holiday i have to work, its not a tradition but part of my job as i work in a theme park, so this winter i want it to be different and travel to NY for the first time to have the best time of my life! :)

    By Brenda Mossbarger on December 6, 2012 7:09 AM

    I love to travel to Tennessee to visit my children.

    By Laura P. on December 6, 2012 8:48 AM

    Mt. Washington, on Vancouver Island!

    By Alexandra on December 6, 2012 9:18 AM

    We go to Banff for Christmas, is so magical there and since we live in Calgary its only a 30 minutes drive. Looking forward to this years trip. Love snowshoeing :)

    By Katie Casey on December 6, 2012 10:21 AM

    Typically we try to go back to our hometown for Christmas each year being an Army family if we have the money. Otherwise, wherever we are living, we try to get together with friends.

    By Craig Casey on December 6, 2012 10:22 AM

    I don't really like traveling during winter time with all the snow on the road. If we do travel, we drive since it is cheaper, but this year with a child on the way we'll not be going far from home.

    By Kirsten on December 6, 2012 10:51 AM

    Oh, man..I've been thinking about this. It was my father's. Santa Rosa, California.

    I remember being happy that I could drive with the window down in January. I live in WA state and visiting Dad was like entering a time warp...a place warp, if you will. It took a day to drive there but the end result was heaven. Time with Dad at the ranch. There you were out in the country with time to walk around the property..acres and acres of land..

    It wasn't Dad's place; he was a caretaker. The last few years I made the trip 3 or 4 times a year as he was very ill and I tried to spend as much time with him as I could. Last year he died two days after Christmas. I won't be going to that ranch any more. But it will always be my favorite destination, winter or otherwise.

    By steve on December 6, 2012 12:50 PM

    San Juan, PR where Palm Trees become Christmas Trees!

    By Brian L on December 6, 2012 9:47 PM

    Portland, Maine I like to have snow on Christmas. Miami never has any :(

    By Rachel on December 7, 2012 7:15 PM

    My favorite wintertime spot is Cape Cod. It's so peaceful and there's a fraction of the people there are in the summer. So relaxing!

    By Paulina on December 8, 2012 8:47 AM

    I've never travelled in the winter. It would be such a great experience, I'm sure!

    By Ivy on December 9, 2012 3:48 AM

    My favorite winter time destination is somewhere that is nice and hot like Mexico, Central America, or the Caribbean. It makes a nice break away from the snow and cold.

    By Wendy Jensen on December 9, 2012 7:28 AM

    We like to get away from the cold and find a tropical destination. We like Mexico but prefer the beautiful waters of the Caribbean.

    By Rosemarie Jemson on December 10, 2012 8:09 PM

    My favorite place in winter is the Banff Alberta with all the snow and the awesome skiing. Being in the mountains in the wintertime especially at Christmas is a great feeling.

    By Devon Lantry on December 11, 2012 1:36 AM

    By far Lake Tahoe (The Nevada side)! A winter vacation smoothie of awesome. 1 Part powder snow almost every season. 2 Parts breath-taking-life-reaffirming-eye-popping natural beauty and landscape expanses, and 1 part cozy warm mountain lodge escape atmosphere in the local best westerns. Duh, no brainer!

    By Caren Holmstrom on December 11, 2012 3:03 AM

    The best place ever to be in winter is Las Vegas Nevada. There is soooo much more to Vegas than gambling. The people, the shows, the lights, the zoo and best weather makes going there a wonderful experience.

    By Wendy Engelhardt on December 11, 2012 3:54 AM

    Although heading South might be ideal for a little warmth, our family heads Noth to MA where my parents live. With Dec 25th also bring my dad's birthday and this year he's turning 70 years young (he's only sorry he has to put the Harley away for the Wnter), being in their cozy little cape with New England winds blowing all around is EXACTLY where we need to be. The finances may not always be there, but family is so off we go :-)

    By Juliett on December 11, 2012 4:11 AM

    Ahh. Some love winter here in Montreal with all its accessible skiing mountains nearby. However, not being a winter person, I long for long road trips with my spouse and five loving daughters to warmer places along the coasts. Where fresh the ocean breeze and the warm sunny rays accompany us.

    By Jane Saltmarsh on December 11, 2012 4:12 AM

    I stop in Fort Lauderdale for a few days before or after a cruise. I love the break from the cold winters just for a week or so. Soak up some sun and do a bit of shopping.

    By A.Dix on December 11, 2012 4:51 AM

    The best winter getaway is Lancaster,P.A,. So quiet and beautiful and wonderful Best Western

    By Susan Barnhart on December 11, 2012 4:57 AM

    I recently retired, and my favorite winter getaway is to get away from winter! For the last two winters my husband and I have rented a condo in Florida. While we are there we love to visit different areas and explore. I want to visit the Florida Keys and the Tampa Bay regions of the state. I hope I win the travel card!!

    By frances Noble on December 11, 2012 5:08 AM

    I know it's a little cliche but the best winter spot is Las vegas, Nevada. It's a lot of entertainment and fun. There is just so much to do in Vegas without even gambling. The weather is just right, it's not to cold or hot. It's just a beautiful place.

    By Marianne on December 11, 2012 5:10 AM

    We love to visit Lake Placid, NY, during the winter months. The surrounding Adirondak Mountains are so pristine - you can smell the freshness in the air!

    By Susan Anderson on December 11, 2012 5:12 AM

    My family is headed to beautiful Ruidoso, New Mexico. We will have a little cabin in the woods for a nice little holiday. Skiing and some hot chocolate sounds really good for a white Christmas.

    By Gloria on December 11, 2012 5:13 AM

    always stay in NB for winter holidays, great ski hills, snowmobiling, atving if weathe permits, and of course family is all here.

    By Daniel N. Paul on December 11, 2012 5:14 AM

    Visiting friends and family around Nova Scotia and NewBrunswick, and sometimes traveling to all parts of Maine and New Hampshire to view the winter scenery. If we head south it's Cancun Mexico, where the Mexican people, especially the Maya, enjoy the Holidays to the fullest, and exude an aurua of Happiness!

    By Curtis Smith on December 11, 2012 5:14 AM

    My partner and I enjoy going to the Casino in Lawton Oklahoma. We always stay at the Best Western there. The rooms are clean and comfortable as well as the great breakfast. It is in the same parking lot as the Casino. Would recommend it to everyone.

    By Penny Hershey on December 11, 2012 5:16 AM

    Being from Pennsylvania, I love to travel anywhere South during the Winter time, to find some warmth and sunshine! Two favorites of mine are Myrtle Beach, SC; and Fort Myers/Naples area!

    By kim on December 11, 2012 5:21 AM

    Arizona...Visiting relatives and golfing !!!!!

    By Norm Nelson on December 11, 2012 5:22 AM

    We love to spend time in Scottsdale Arizona with family & friends enjoying warm temps & sunshine!

    By Awen He on December 11, 2012 5:23 AM

    Florence Italy is better for wintertime.

    By R Despins on December 11, 2012 5:23 AM

    Enjoy going to Kelowna to see family and friends. The drive through the mountains is breath taking and so beautiful.

    By Mitch on December 11, 2012 5:24 AM

    Right here in Colorado - Winter Park is the perfect ski / snowboard destination. And dog sled rides nearby in Fraser are a unique treat. Tubing hills also lots of fun. Plenty of hot food and warm drinks to be had afterwards at Beau Jo's in Idaho Springs on the way back home.

    By Michele P. on December 11, 2012 5:25 AM

    We stay home as a family during Christmas but the next several weeks after the New Year we head to the North Carolina Mountains. With 6 different ski/snowboard resorts and 1 resort for just snow tubing. Great fun for the family and good way to burn off those extra pounds gained during the holidays. The Best Western is right in the middle of all the resorts.

    By Awen He on December 11, 2012 5:28 AM

    Florence is a nice city for wintertime. yyyou can fined the art center in italy.and eat some good foods. also iitalian people's body language....
    it's so funny.

    By Phyllis Rostek on December 11, 2012 5:29 AM

    We love Key Largo Florida in the winter ; lovely weather and beautiful scenery too !

    By Allan Hunchuk on December 11, 2012 5:31 AM

    My favourite winter destination would be Victoria, British Columbia which is Canada's version of Hawaii. Winters are mild--40s to low 60s. It seems to rain every other day. My mum winters there for several weeks in January and February. Some of my relatives have settled there permanently. I have considered moving to Victoria when I retire in about 15 years, but would rather live in Paris or London.

    By Peggy on December 11, 2012 5:35 AM

    Anywhere in the New England states, preferrably Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont! Love it there!

    By Peggy on December 11, 2012 5:37 AM

    Anywhere in New England states. Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont. Love all of these states!

    By Lyle on December 11, 2012 5:38 AM

    San Jose Del Cabo. Mexico is the perfect winter travel destination. Warm weather and very laid back.

    By BRUCE VITALE on December 11, 2012 5:39 AM

    We love to stay at the Fort Myers Beach Best Western. Every Mothers Day our family gather there to enjoy the beach and family together, remembering Mom. What a beautiful, clean, and very warm attmostphere

    By kelsey kinzer on December 11, 2012 5:39 AM

    I have always loved to visit McCall Idaho in the winter time! Every year they have a snow sculpture contest and the creations are amazing. I remember when I was little seeing a life size SpongeBob house made of snow only! They also have tons of great winter activities it's such a great small town feel with so much to do. Definitely worth the drive because it's so beautiful!

    By Cal Statchuk on December 11, 2012 5:39 AM

    One of our favorite places we love to visit in the winter is Columbus, Ohio. Our son plays hockey there with the Ohio State Buckeyes. We love the game and enjoy watching and being with him at a least busy time in our lives. We have met many people there from all over the United States and Canada. Fun time!

    By Roger on December 11, 2012 5:43 AM

    Winter Park, CO is a favorite. Skied there in college and stayed in condo with friends. Good times!

    By cindy burdett on December 11, 2012 5:43 AM

    There is nothing like the holidays in Stowe Vermont. And yes the hills are still alive with the sound of music! The skiing on Mt Mansfield is some of the most challenging in the world. Beautiful village with warm contry hospitality.

    By Sue on December 11, 2012 5:44 AM

    The best place is at home with family and friends.

    By Scott Springer on December 11, 2012 5:45 AM

    We love to go to coast between Christmas and New Years. New Orleans, Galveston or Corpus Christi to ride our bicycles along the ocean. We get out of the cold & snow for a few days.

    By Donald E. Higgins on December 11, 2012 5:49 AM

    Hawaii, Wow ! Can't wait to get there !

    By Miriam M. Higgins on December 11, 2012 5:51 AM

    Hawaii. Keep, where the breezes blow and the sun shines.

    By jane t on December 11, 2012 5:51 AM

    I get SAD and live in the NE, so we look for someplace warm &SUNNY.
    Normally we go to Florida, the Caribbean, South America or Hawaii.
    Besides the sunlight, it's great to get away to someplace warm.

    By Cynthia Hardman on December 11, 2012 5:52 AM

    Our favorite winter travel destination is not a specific place. We like to explore new places and things by finding a place we can hike and or shop during the day and enjoy Christmas lights and a great dinner in the evening.

    By Sherri ONeil on December 11, 2012 5:54 AM

    Our favorite trip is to Ouray Best Western after Christmas. We've been every year now for the past 3 years. (and plan to again this year) They have a natural hot spring, both indoor and out. And the very best part is that they have an entire hot tub pool! Yes, the entire pool is HOT! My 11 yr old LOVES it and so do we! Plus the staff there is super nice, and the views cannot be beat.

    By David Stewart on December 11, 2012 5:56 AM

    We love Las Vegas. There is always something to do. We live in northern Alberta so when we leave and it is -30 we really enjoy the + 18 to 20 s.

    By Dawn Hagler on December 11, 2012 5:57 AM

    We have lived in Tucson, AZ for the past 4 years. Prior to that we lived in Chicago where the winters were just awful. Now, if we want to experience a little snow in the winter we can just drive up to northern AZ. Last year we went to the Grand Canyon in December. It was actually a great time to go. We got to see snow on the canyon and it was much less crowded. When we go up that way we stay at least one night in Williams (at Best Western!) and go to Bearizona, the coolest place on the earth! Next year, we will most likely take my son on the Polar Express train, too. He is getting ready to turn 3 next week and right now he is really into that movie. Unfortunately, it is pretty much booked up for this year.

    By Loretta H on December 11, 2012 5:59 AM

    The beauty of the Adirondacks in Saranac Lake, NY is just breath-taking! The peacefulness of the falling snow sets your mind at ease...

    By Loretta H on December 11, 2012 6:00 AM

    The Adirondack Mountains in Saranac Lake, NY are breath-taking! There is such peacefulness when watching the snow fall...

    By Loretta H on December 11, 2012 6:01 AM

    The Adirondack Mountains in Saranac Lake, NY are breath-taking! There is such peacefulness when watching the snow fall...

    By Bonny Lennox on December 11, 2012 6:03 AM

    Haven't ever traveled in the winter. I do know where I'd like to go for a winter get away
    BC Coast or Vancouver Island for some storm watching. Love the ocean.

    By Kristen C on December 11, 2012 6:04 AM

    My favorite destination for the holidays is HOME! Time to spend with family is true gift.

    By Scott F on December 11, 2012 6:06 AM

    We go to Chicago for holiday shopping. Best of all the Best Western River North is located in a great location for all our stops and is a great value.

    By Lee Hicks on December 11, 2012 6:08 AM

    South Lake Tahoe, in Nevada is one of my favorite winter destinations. It is close to where we live, in Carson City, Nevada, so is a very convenient hop over for us. SLT has the advantage of being on the border of California and Nevada, so there is the entertainment value of the Casinos, with not only gambling, but excellent entertainment. On the California side, there are abundant shops for shopping or for viewing the art galleries, and the lift to the slopes is right there, also. The pines make an excellent backdrop when snow is present, as does the lake, the gem of the region. Also, Reno and Carson City are only 45 minutes away, for a wide variety of shopping and entertainment options. All in all, a very enjoyable place to go to.

    By Lauren Chilelli on December 11, 2012 6:09 AM

    Our favourite family destination at christmas school break. Due to the fact we do not have much time we love to go to Minneapolis and stay in a Best Western and go t the mall and shop and play. We always find a hotel with a clean pool and lots to do for my teenage kids, which is not easy to do now days, WE spend a day at the Mall of america. Bust most of our time is in the hotel. Our hotel we stay in has a balcony for my husband and i to watch the kids and a patio area for my daughter to be on the computer because you have free wi fi. It is a short break a way from home, but it feels like we have had a holiday in style.

    By Selene on December 11, 2012 6:12 AM

    Ruidoso N.M. Is the best place to go for the real feelig if the holidays snow ,deers just walking in front of cabins, skiing, mountain scenes,and the warm feeling of people walking downtown

    By Misty G on December 11, 2012 6:15 AM

    My favorite place to go in the winter is the Best Western Merry Manor in South Portland, Maine. My entire family has a wonderful time there. We especially like it in the winter because of the outdoor heated pool. It is so cool to go swimming outside when it is freezing out!! Such wonderful memories there!

    By Steven Cook on December 11, 2012 6:16 AM

    I like to travel to the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington State. Fall and Winter is a good time to go because there are fewer tourists and the rates for lodging are seasonally down.

    By Margaret Osburn on December 11, 2012 6:16 AM

    Any place warm and sunny Hawaii sounds like a great destination!!!

    By Stan The Man on December 11, 2012 6:17 AM

    Frankenmuth Michigan is our winter time holiday wonderland. Shopping, Tradition, and Holiday Fun wrapped up in one small town.

    By Irina on December 11, 2012 6:17 AM

    We love to head down Vermont for winter skiing. It's makes wonderful winter vacation for kids.

    By Cindy T. on December 11, 2012 6:17 AM

    We love the North East US for Christmas. The crisp winter air and white snow are so welcoming and remind my family of the festive holiday. And, the winter sports and activities are something we enjoy and look forward to all year. There is nothing like snowmobiling the New York Trails or skiing in Vermont. We enjoy it all!

    By Steven Cook on December 11, 2012 6:21 AM

    I like to travel to the San Juan Islands during the fall and winter season because there are fewer tourists and the rates are lower.

    By Sherri Fields on December 11, 2012 6:21 AM

    I have the snow and cold at home so I'm always longing for the warm sun during the winter months. Love the Floriday beaches. St. Petersburg and Ft. Meyer are a few favorites. Nothing beats getting up before the sun to look for shells and then watching the sun rise! Don't forget the tide, lol. Learned that one the hard way :)

    By Carolyn Hofer on December 11, 2012 6:22 AM

    I love to travel to Florida in the winter when we have snow and cold in South Dakota. The white sandy beaches are wonderful and my bones love to soak up the sun

    By Ray Guerin on December 11, 2012 6:28 AM

    Being that Ali and I just got married to each other a short, short 15 months ago we cherish our 4 to 7 day getaways. Having a combo of 5 kids from previous marriages causes chaos from the children's wants and needs. We occasionally need alone time to regroup and bring us back to sanity. For Ali's 50th birthday we took a 17 day road trip that covered 12 states from NY to Tennessee. Upon that trip we spent several nights at 5 Star rated hotels including the Gaylord Opryland in Tennessee which was quite pricey at $450 per night. From there we ended up at a Best Western located on Twin Island Gatlinburg Tennessee. Those 3 nights at Twin Island was the highlight of our trip. The Smokies left us breathless and we are looking into purchasing a home in Gatlinburg. Later this upcoming spring we are planning on returning to Twin Island Gatlinburg for a 7 to 10 day stay. That was the most relaxing hotel we've ever stood at and can't wait to return. I Highly recommend that any travelers that pass through Tennessee stay a couple of nights at this hotel which has a relaxing river that is just below the terrace of the room. It's walking distance to everything that this wonderful town offers. You won't be disappointed...
    Thank You Best Western,
    Ray and Ali

    By Kathlyn Pumnea on December 11, 2012 6:31 AM

    I love Fort Lauderdale in Feb. or March getting away from the Midwest cold and snow. Walking along the beach and sunning by the pool is very relaxing!

    By Rodney Repp on December 11, 2012 6:34 AM

    The Enchanted Circle in New Mexico. Beautiful scenery, good skiing and a really laid back pace.

    By dave on December 11, 2012 6:37 AM

    Our favorite winter retreat is to go to our lake house in East Texas and enjoy the quiet away from the daily business.

    By Heather Pfeil on December 11, 2012 6:37 AM

    My favorite Winter travel destination, is the Rockies, travel to Banff spend some time in the Town and ski the mountains. There is nothing like the experience of the colored lights the holiday atmosphere and the people buzzing. You head out in the morning for a day of skiing, then return for a nice relaxing hot tub soak, and walk around the town and dinner. It is amazing how well you sleep at night. Awesome!!

    By Robin K on December 11, 2012 6:37 AM

    Hanalei Bay, Kauai is the most relaxing, beautiful beach in the world! Great escape from Seattle weather, and not just in winter!

    By Charles Thompson on December 11, 2012 6:38 AM

    Every Feburary we travel to Collinsville, Il to attend the Woodworking Show. It gives us a weekend out and a chance for me to learn about new products.

    By OLGA DARKOVA on December 11, 2012 6:38 AM


    My favourite winter destination is Los Angeles for its sunny weather, fantastic ocean, lots of places to go, shopping .... and, of course, Best Wester, where we stay with my daughter when we go there))) And this winter we are planning to spend 2 weeks in Best Western Long Beach & 2 weeks in Best Western Carriage Inn in Van Nuys)))
    We enjoy Best Western, especiall heated swimming pool)))
    Thanks to Best Western)))

    By Kali G on December 11, 2012 6:38 AM

    I stay in Oregon, I love the trees and snow. It's the ultimate Christmas!

    By Eyvonne M. white-bonnell on December 11, 2012 6:41 AM

    Best winter time travel..Would be going to South Lake Tahoe.where the air is crisp,and you can smell the pine trees a mile away.the ice is so white that almost doesn't look real.they have carriage rides near the casinos.

    By Lori on December 11, 2012 6:41 AM

    Always Florida!!!!

    By john roller on December 11, 2012 6:42 AM

    any where warm

    By Mojgan malekpoor on December 11, 2012 6:43 AM

    I like traveling to a warm city for winter.

    By Amie MacKenzie on December 11, 2012 6:43 AM

    Steamboat Springs, Colorado is one of my favorite winter wonderlands. Skiing, horseback riding, hot springs, cute downtown, and great food. And hot springs!

    By lisa roller on December 11, 2012 6:43 AM

    disney!

    By tracy landry on December 11, 2012 6:44 AM

    Copper mountain is a great place for beginners and advaced snow boarding. Close to all of the great ski resorts in Colorado.

    By Marlene on December 11, 2012 6:44 AM

    Portland, Oregon

    By Gail Owczarek on December 11, 2012 6:45 AM

    The best and most favorite place to travel is Mesa arizona...for the winter!

    By Marlene on December 11, 2012 6:45 AM

    Also, Seattle Washington

    By Paula S on December 11, 2012 6:46 AM

    I love to stay home so I can be close to my daughters and their families. We spend alot of time during the Christmas break hanging out together, whether it be baking marathons, going to the movies, doing crafts with the grandkids, and taking food and clothes to the homeless.

    By Melinda Tankersley on December 11, 2012 6:46 AM

    We are starting a transition this year & renting a cabin in lake arrow head California with my husbands family. We live in Florida and love to travel with our two kids.

    By Helen Johnson on December 11, 2012 6:47 AM

    Most years my husband and I travel to Bradenton, Florida. We love it!

    By Susan Webb on December 11, 2012 6:47 AM

    Gulf Coast

    By Billie Quick on December 11, 2012 6:48 AM

    I love the Holidays. We travel to see our children in New Mexico and Colorado. We have the most wonderful time. We ride The Polar Express to Sants's Village with our grandchildren and children. We receive hot chocolate and Christmas cookies.The children receive Santa bells. My husband and I have received bells too. What a wonderful time it is being with family to celebrate the birth of Christ.
    We all go to church on Christmas Eve....

    By Helen Johnson on December 11, 2012 6:48 AM

    My husband and I travel to Bradenton, Florida in the month of March. We love it!

    By Sandra Scott on December 11, 2012 6:52 AM

    My favorite place to visit for the holidays is Michigan. When I travel home for the holidays all of my childhood memories travel with me and best of all I get to experience them again through the eyes of my neices and nephews. Traditions like sledding, iceskating, large family dinners filled with laughter. Its a great placeto be.

    By B Woods on December 11, 2012 6:53 AM

    Tuscon...love the hiking and art communities!

    By Laura Russell on December 11, 2012 6:54 AM

    Chicago! We love to see the decorated stores for the holidays and do some shopping. Florida is always good too when the snow gets too much up north

    By Tom on December 11, 2012 6:55 AM

    I like to travel to warm beach for part of the winter but always come home for christmas to be with family.

    By Amy S on December 11, 2012 6:58 AM

    Canaan Valley...the deer are almost tame so the little ones get to see them up close and enjoy their beauty in the WV country setting!

    By Tom V on December 11, 2012 6:58 AM

    I like to travel to a warm beach for part of the winter but always come home for christmas to be with family.

    By herb haunstetter on December 11, 2012 6:59 AM

    Nothing would be finer than to be in Carolina during winter!

    By Brad Donze on December 11, 2012 6:59 AM

    I've been to the Rocky Mountain National Park and it was beautiful, but I've always wanted to take my family and visit Glacier National Park.

    By Phil Stella on December 11, 2012 7:01 AM

    Selfishly, any place warm and sunny, like FL or the Med or Caribbean. But I'd trade any of that to be with our kids, even with snow on the ground.

    By Matthew on December 11, 2012 7:03 AM

    Being that I live in Phoenix Arizona I love visiting anywhere that has a little snow and where you can get a true feel for the season!

    By Susan Hook on December 11, 2012 7:03 AM

    I love to head to Mexico after Christmas.

    By m le guerrier on December 11, 2012 7:03 AM

    On our way to Florida we stay near Winchester Va

    By Jennifer N on December 11, 2012 7:04 AM

    I usually stay close to home during the holidays but I'd love to be in Disney World one year! I need to see the parks and castles done up for the holidays just once.

    By alan shafran on December 11, 2012 7:06 AM

    like to travel to st augustine florida for the xmas decorations

    By Barry Mosby on December 11, 2012 7:07 AM

    Our favorite Wintertime destination is the Great Smoky Mountains National Park with beautiful views of the mountains in Tennessee and North Carolina. It has all the outdoor and indoor activities you want, from sking to park trails and Pigeon Forge, TN shops and shows to a casino in Cherokee, NC.

    By lori lucarelli on December 11, 2012 7:07 AM

    After our engagement Ken and I headed for Saranac lake for our birthdays! We chose the Best Western there and had one of the best weekends of our relationship! We even saved the room number so we can ask for that room whenever we stay at a Best Western! We attended a local concert the first evening,enjoyed the wonderful pool in the am, went hiking and horseback riding, had an early dinner the next day and then back to our comfy room for an enjoyable nights rest! As we packed our bags we had continual smiles as we left and all the way home ! This experience sold us on always staying at The Best Western ! BTY your beds are phenomenally comfortable and so appreciated after an active day ! Fresh fruit as a departing snack was also very nice! We love you !
    Lori Lucarelli
    baldwinsville, ny

    By kay g on December 11, 2012 7:08 AM

    We generally stay home or travel locally to family's homes in winter. But my favorite winter travel was when I was a child our family along with extended family would rent a cabin in Gatlinburg, Tn for the week between Christmas and New Years. Some of my best travel memories. Second favorite winter travel would be Sedona, Az in the winter months.

    By Mike on December 11, 2012 7:09 AM

    Palm Springs or Scottsdale during the winter. Sun & golf vs. snow & shoveling.

    By Bill Solari on December 11, 2012 7:10 AM

    My favorite destination in Winter is North Beach Plantation in North Myrtle Beach,SC It is a fantastic high-rise condo right on the beach with indoor lazy river, heated swimming pool , and hot tub, as well as several outside hot tubs if the weather is good. In addition you can walk the beach without interruption, the restaurants and shops are glad to have customers,and there's no lines,and the shows are still going ,but usually with special prices,and better seating options.

    By David M Bass Sr. on December 11, 2012 7:10 AM

    I love Gary Indiana in the wintertime.

    By David M Bass Sr. on December 11, 2012 7:13 AM

    I love Gary, Indiana in the wintertime.

    By Mike St on December 11, 2012 7:13 AM

    CANT WAIT FOR SKI SEASON AND SOME AWESOME TUBING!!
    We're booked for the 3rd year in a row at the Best Western Royal Oak Inn in Barrie Ontario. they have 2 bedroom family suites at great prices for my family of 4 and we're bring another family with us this year. Only a 10 min drive to Snow Valley after a great breakfast at the hotel....my kids love making their own waffles!
    And when we're done on the hills we retreat to the hotel and enjoy the pool and the hot tub. We offered the kids to go somewhere else this year but they refused. Snow Valley and the Royal Oaks is where you will find us at least once a year.

    By Russell Canter on December 11, 2012 7:15 AM

    Over the past few years, my wife and I enjoy traveling during the Christmas Holidays to my sister and brother in law to Florida. We like the arrangements Best Western has to offer for our overnight stop during our two day trip both going down and coming back home in Ohio. Thanks Best Western for making these winter vacation trips very special.

    By Mike McQuilllan on December 11, 2012 7:15 AM

    Favorite Place is the finger beach in the Grand Caymans..NE cornor not on the map...nothing but waves and beach from bothe sides.

    By Crystal Alexander on December 11, 2012 7:15 AM

    Zermatt Switzerland where the Matterhorn Peak is. It's a beautiful ski village with a lot of outdoor activities and amazing shopping! The best part about it is there are no vehicles allowed! Everyone walks around the village. It's so beautiful and serene.

    By Don Olson on December 11, 2012 7:15 AM

    We like to go to florida for the winter i enjoy golf
    also visiting friends & sight seeing

    By Kelly H. on December 11, 2012 7:15 AM

    Alma, Colorado, on the other side of the mountain from Breckenridge. My Dad had a cabin (more like a chalet) here, and it was wonderful during the winter to go up and spend time there. It was clear and quiet, and it was truly a postcard winter wonderland image after a good snow fall.

    By Tyler Inman on December 11, 2012 7:17 AM

    Berthoud Pass, It does not get better than that.

    By Carlos on December 11, 2012 7:18 AM

    For me, winter is the best time to travel. See the Christmas decorations, people in a spirit of brotherhood and solidarity is best.

    By Jannai on December 11, 2012 7:19 AM

    Our best vacation destination over the Christmas holiday has been to Florida. We go to the theme parks and the kids love it. They don't even care so much about presents. The weather is lovely and because you don't have to worry about all the holiday hoopla, it is relaxing!

    By Russell Canter on December 11, 2012 7:20 AM

    My wife and I enjoy traveling to Florida during the holidays to visit my sister and brother in law. We stay at a Best Western for a night going down and coming back home in Ohio. Thanks Best Western for being a part of our special winter vacation.

    By Curtis on December 11, 2012 7:23 AM

    We travel south in the winter to Florida and the Caribbean. We stay at different Best Western hotels near the ports a few days ahead and a few days after the cruise so we can enjoy the Florida sun!

    By Al Mac on December 11, 2012 7:24 AM

    Cross Country Skiing in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. After a big snowfall it is great to be the first one on the trails. The combination of the green pine trees and the white snow blanketing them is a beautiful contrast. As you break the trail and your skiis knife through the virgin snow there is a calm beauty to it all. You can't describe the feeling you get when you stop in the middle of the woods and hear the deafening quiet that comes with having the forest all to yourself.

    By solomon chak on December 11, 2012 7:25 AM

    Belize!

    By Debbi Moore on December 11, 2012 7:27 AM

    My favorite winter trip is to Blakeslee Pa. Every March I take my son on a weekend trip to play paintball. The hotel is beautiful and the location is really close to where we need to be. I am looking forward again to this year. We have so much fun. :)

    By Brenda H. on December 11, 2012 7:28 AM

    There's no place like home, that would be the Mississippi/New Orleans area.
    The Best Western in Chalmette, LA is a great place to stay along with the Bay St. Louis, MS area. The kids and I always feel welcomed and look forward to going back. Although we're seldom able to travel, a trip back home would mean so much to all the family. Thanks Best Western

    By pam t on December 11, 2012 7:30 AM

    I love to visit the Winter Carnival in Quebec. Ice hotels, sculptures, hot chocolate and of course Bonhomme make this festival a perfect celebration of winter.

    By France Viau on December 11, 2012 7:32 AM

    Chicoutimi and best hidden spot for skiing the Valinouet

    By Steve B on December 11, 2012 7:32 AM

    I am not much of a winter person, so travelling to some place warm is my ideal destination. Florida is a nice location in winter compared to the Ontario the winters we get.

    By William Scheirich on December 11, 2012 7:33 AM

    Our best winter destination so far is Port St. Lucie, Florida we like the hotel and location and employes close to the Ocean and other things to do.

    By Iris on December 11, 2012 7:33 AM

    My husband and I love to go away for the winter. We travel into Ajjic Mexico every year and just adventure around Mexico for the winter. We have seen so many places and have yet to see more. It is a wonderful country and we love every nook and cranny about it.

    By Donald Courts on December 11, 2012 7:35 AM

    We like to visit Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. We head down there right after Christmas. Sit in a nice bar with a cool drink and watch the boats go up and down the intercoastal; lay on the beach and swim in the ocean and of course golf. That is the life!

    By Don N. on December 11, 2012 7:36 AM

    We love to take a break for a couple months in the winter and travel down to California, Arizona and new Mexico--it breaks up the winter.

    By Diana S on December 11, 2012 7:37 AM

    I have never travelled anywhere outside of Ontario. I love to just take my dog walking through the parks in Guelph in winter. It is so much fun to watch him play in the snow

    By irene on December 11, 2012 7:37 AM

    I like to go south in the winter!

    By Mike P on December 11, 2012 7:38 AM

    I love to go to New Orleans. The weather is pleasant and it is not crowded. You get time to shop, take pictures, enjoy yourself and eat some incredible food.

    By Howard Hardman on December 11, 2012 7:39 AM

    Tualip Casino area of Washington for shopping and gaming.

    By James on December 11, 2012 7:40 AM

    My wife and I always head to Vegas to avoid family and their misbehaving children during the holidays. We always have a great Christmas.

    By sharon coffman on December 11, 2012 7:42 AM

    I take my grand children to Disneyland because there are no people.
    The lines are short and we can see everything .
    We have the best time ever

    Thanks sharon coffmam

    By kirankumar on December 11, 2012 7:43 AM

    My fav winter destination is Florida as it has beautiful weather and fun activities for all ages..

    By Nicole on December 11, 2012 7:44 AM

    We love to head to the mountains to enjoy the crisp, fresh air and the hot springs - Banff National Park and Radium Hot Springs!!

    By Dan Simonelli on December 11, 2012 7:45 AM

    We like going to Disneyland around the holidays for the fun with all the amazing decorations, lights and festivities! It's Magical ;-)

    By Dwain Weese on December 11, 2012 7:47 AM

    Hawaii is my favourite place to visit. Even temperatures all year long, so one can visit any time of the year. Every Island is beautiful and the culture is great!

    By Jim on December 11, 2012 7:48 AM

    Cabo San Lucas

    By Kendra Last on December 11, 2012 7:48 AM

    We love Disney Land!

    By Keith Britany on December 11, 2012 7:49 AM

    I'm still convinced that the best way is to travel to the opposing hemisphere. If you are in the Northern Hemisphere, then travel to see the Victoria Falls, swim on Cape Town's beautiful beaches or drive Australia's Great Ocean Highway. As a youth I never experienced a cold Christmas, and I loved it. In fact, if you use that time to travel to Oz, you'll even get the experience of losing a day by crossing the International Dateline. It was weird leaving the United States on December 23rd and traveling to Fiji where we landed to the pageant of (large) Fijian men dressed in Santa hats playing Christmas carols on ukeleles. You've got to try it! Winter will never be the same for you.

    By virginia rogers on December 11, 2012 7:50 AM

    My favorite winter destination has to be Tokyo Japan! If you go at the right time you get to see a beautiful snow. The way the snow settles on the Tokyo tower in the winter time is enough to take any sight seeiers breath away. Not to mention the majestic way Tokyo Disneyland looks with real snow, perfect for any family!

    By solomon on December 11, 2012 7:54 AM

    Belize is wonderful, best reef!

    By . M. Lapointe on December 11, 2012 7:54 AM

    We love to head out after spending a few days with family around the Christmas tree, to the southern tip of Texas. There we enjoy days of warm sunshine and the feel of soft sand between our toes and faint thoughts of the snow back north. South Padre Island is the best destination

    By Marlene P. on December 11, 2012 7:54 AM

    Visit family in Central Wisconsin.

    By carol c on December 11, 2012 7:55 AM

    I love the Caribbean in the winter months...a sunny, warm escape!

    By Lori Keller on December 11, 2012 7:55 AM

    Would like to be able to take my husband home to wyoming he has not been home in 19 years for christmas we live in South carolina and between his job we just cant afford it our son let in Novemeber for bootcamp at parris island and we are going to his graduation in Feb 1 2013 and hopefully my husband mom and dad will get to be there and that is what we would used the gift card for to be able to go see our son gradudate Marine boot camp at parris island , we are having our christmas in Feb when our son is home . we are going to try to stay at the Best western plus inn

    By Raymond Klein on December 11, 2012 7:56 AM

    My favorite place to go and stay during winter is Venice, Fl.. Nice warm weater and nice sandy beaches and looking for sharks teeth. Alway have enjoyed there and will again this coming winter.

    By Jerry Brogley on December 11, 2012 7:56 AM

    We like to stay close to home and may even venture up north to Portage, WI or Ladysmith, WI to visit with extended family. Occasionally we will plan a trip to Mexico or somewhere warm. My favorite holiday memory was when we stayed at the Best Western in Ladysmith for Christmas and all the family was together. My Dad is the oldest of 15 kids so it was a huge gathering and everyone was home for the holidays.

    By Sandean Newhart on December 11, 2012 7:58 AM

    Our favorite winter destination is Palm Springs, California. We enjoy the golf and the sun.

    By robert brasch on December 11, 2012 7:59 AM

    We would love as a family to go up and see our family up in Penn tan, NY. My kids have never seen snow and they want to make snowballs, but we can't do that in Florida.

    By Winona Jones on December 11, 2012 8:00 AM

    We stay in Texas and go to look at Christmas lights at a different place each and my sister and I go take a trip each year as our gift to each other to a town that has lights and a festiville we have a lot of fun thid year it either Jefferson or San Antonio try it in your state

    By Gail Cross on December 11, 2012 8:04 AM

    Last March my hubby and i went to Arlington and stayed at the B.W. and it was excellent. We went over to Washington and saw quite a few sites that included the White House and it was the best time. We had a great trip and plan to go back again this winter. Thanks B.W. for all the comfortable stayes we have had with you, sincerly, Gail Cross

    By Rhonda on December 11, 2012 8:04 AM

    Anyplace south with a beach! St. Pete's beach, Florida or Mayakoba, Mexico are my two favorites!

    By Donna on December 11, 2012 8:06 AM

    I love Banff and Lake Louise for a beautiful White Christmas - then Maui for some fun in the sun!

    By jody kopf on December 11, 2012 8:10 AM

    We always stay home but this year we are going to use air miles and book with Best Western in downtown Vancouver. I'm looking forward to the lights and German Christmas Market. With luck I will talk my husband into seeing the Nutcracker but that's a long shot!

    By Jacquie on December 11, 2012 8:11 AM

    Tofino is the best place to be in winter. The storms are incredible

    By Margo Koeller on December 11, 2012 8:11 AM

    I would love to go anywhere there is snow and a cabin w/ fireplace I never have enough money to go on a winter vacation I've been reading everyone's Destinations wow some folks are so lucky One I read in particular was my dream riding a horse down a snowy Trail I hope everyone gets to go on there Magical winter vacation (-;

    By Rebecca on December 11, 2012 8:14 AM

    Grandma's House! We always come together as Family and this will be my first time in 5 years because I live overseas. So no better place to be this winter season than at Grandma's House in Western New York! Dreaming of White Christmas!!!

    By Karen on December 11, 2012 8:15 AM

    Our family loves to snowboard so we try to get to Whistler for a weekend in January. Now with Family Day coming to BC in 2013, we may get another chance to get up there and enjoy the snow!

    By Merrill M. on December 11, 2012 8:16 AM

    I love Disneyland during the holidays! The lights, the entertainment, the special desserts - everything is spectacular. It makes you feel like a kid again!

    By Rae I. on December 11, 2012 8:17 AM

    Family gatherings at my parents house for Christmas - eating tamales and a variety of other foods, then playing boardgames with friends and family!

    By linda on December 11, 2012 8:18 AM

    Best Western Plus Ft. Meyers Beach. The two bedroom suite with a beach view and pool are great and the staff are so friendly.

    By Kathryn on December 11, 2012 8:19 AM

    Red River, New Mexico. It is a great place to go any time of year but in the winter it is wonderful -- fabulous. Love the Best Western there.

    By Judi V.. on December 11, 2012 8:19 AM

    We love to visit Sequoias during winter travel. It's truly beautiful.

    By Jean on December 11, 2012 8:21 AM

    I love Victoria,and the temperature along with all the
    beautiful flowers which are refeshing to see this time
    of yr..

    By Corby B on December 11, 2012 8:22 AM

    I prefer Key West, great food and sunshine almost always guaranteed.

    By Mike Duggan on December 11, 2012 8:27 AM

    I like St. Augustine Florida as a winter vacation spot. The ocean, the history and the golf are really great.

    By Mike Duggan on December 11, 2012 8:30 AM

    I like St. Augustine Florida as a vacation spot. The ocean, the history and the golf are just fantastic.

    By Claudia on December 11, 2012 8:32 AM

    We usually are at home during the winter. Here in the mid-west you never know if you can get back in if you leave. We have, however, gone to the southwest a couple of times, for work. San Antonio was a great trip. The Riverwalk with all the twinkling lights for Christmas, the luminarias and the surrounding light festivals was truly sights to behold. We went up to Austin for some additional fun during that trip. Our next trip was to Albuquerque. It was so much fun! Two dummies from the midwest had no idea that there would be tons of snow up in the mountains in the southwest. From there we went to Santa Fe...the Las Posadas and Portal of the Palace of the Governors was so great! We were able to complete our Christmas shopping there. The Southwest provided a much needed respite from the cold up north.

    By Merial K on December 11, 2012 8:33 AM

    Love visiting friends in Florida. Kayaking with manatee, eating seafood, and enjoying warmer weather.

    By Leif on December 11, 2012 8:33 AM

    Veronica and I love to spend three weeks in Mexico (usually Mazatlan) before christmas then come home to Sechelt and try to get to the kids for christmas.

    By Christina W on December 11, 2012 8:34 AM

    During the holiday seasons, I love Las Vegas and disney world for their beautiful lights and decorations and enthusiasm. The weather is enjoyable and a break from the snow and ice but not too hot and both locations have plenty of activities for all ages. You never have the same trip twice and that's always exciting....and it always leaves us wanting more!

    By Laury vos on December 11, 2012 8:34 AM

    I have never been anywhere in the winter time because truthfully finances just don't allow it yet, but when it does I have promised my son we are going to Disney. Unfortunately he is now fourteen so I am not sure if he still want to go but your never to old for Disney right. My favorite destination is going to be Disney, because it will be a promise finally fulfilled.

    By shirley faries on December 11, 2012 8:34 AM

    This winter .... I'd like to discover Calgary !!! Only seen it in the summer.

    By Nicole DeLory on December 11, 2012 8:35 AM

    Southern Spain, it is warm, relaxed, and full of cultural.

    By chris Jolibois on December 11, 2012 8:36 AM

    Mazatlan , Sinaloa , Mexico is the best

    By Jamey Wening on December 11, 2012 8:40 AM

    Steamboat Springs, CO!! We are lucky enough to call Steamboat home. It's a real town with a ski mountain! The snow is called Champagne Powder for a reason - it's like skiing in a cloud.

    By Peggy Powell on December 11, 2012 8:42 AM

    North Carolina is the winter destination of my choice. I visited there every yr for 11 yrs, to visit my grandaughter. I am from Oklahoma, and had to work sometimes 3 jobs to be able to afford to visit and have a few days of fun, making memories to last a lifetime, so she would not forget me. I havent been to see her for 6 yrs, losing contact for awhile, then we found each other on facebook...and I hope to attend her graduation in June of this year, she is now 17 and a very beautful half Panamanian and Creek, Seminole, and Otoe Indian. She speaks fluent Spanish, and I was not even able to converse with her until she turned about 4 and a half yrs old. She is the light of my life....Hope I win, so I can make more memories...a loving grandmother...

    By Ronald Bhuleskar on December 11, 2012 8:43 AM

    My favorite vacation destination during wintertime is Tahoe in CA. It is so much fun to go with bunch of friends.Snowy roads, road closures and being stuck for hours is something that we have fun with.

    Reaching Tahoe is an adventure but once you are there the fun begins.

    By David on December 11, 2012 8:48 AM

    We love to go skiing at Keystone, Colorado, for Christmas. The decorations along with all the snow is beautiful!. To be standing on Christmas Eve on top of the mountain looking down at the twinkly lights of the small towns below just as the sun is dropping from the sky changing it to all the purples, blues, and pinks is a wondrous sight!

    By Nancy Mitchell on December 11, 2012 8:49 AM

    My favorite winter trips have been spending time in Park City, UT skiing and visiting the Kimball Art Center. I love walking up Main Street and dropping in various locally owned shops and eateries and skating at the Park City Resort.

    By Jennifer Fritts on December 11, 2012 8:50 AM

    Our favorite winter destination is Florida.. warm and sunny.. you can go to the beach, Disney world, and so many other things to get away from the cold depressing weather...

    By Sherrie Miller on December 11, 2012 8:50 AM

    I spent 2 days and Best Western in Hillside, Illinois and when I entered the room, had to call a plumber because the sink was stopped up. For me this meant getting dressed to go downstairs because no one answered the phone.

    The next morning I asked for a wake up call, but didn't get it. Also on that day the water was shut off, at least from 1:30 pm until 6pm. Could not flush the toilet, had to delay dinner until water came on to ensure I could wash my hands afterwards. The hotel was not gracious enough to offer any compensation for the inconvenience.
    very disappointed because I have a good experience in the past

    By Jennifer on December 11, 2012 8:56 AM

    Disneyland would be my destination during the winter break.

    By jane gustinis on December 11, 2012 8:57 AM

    My favorite winter get away is Sarasota Florida. My daughter lives there and I love to visit with her

    By Winefreda Wade on December 11, 2012 9:01 AM

    i would like to go to Japan Walt Disney. i'been to Hongkong Walt Disney already and also wish to go to France Walt Disney Park .We always spend Christmass time or New Years day at Orlando Disney World. Its nice and fun to spend winter holidays on this Park specially with the grand kids.

    By Laurie wilson on December 11, 2012 9:05 AM

    We love Omak, in the Okanogan. It is so beautiful!!

    By Marie Bradley on December 11, 2012 9:11 AM

    My favorite wintertime destination is Whistler. We usually stay close to home, but this winter we will do some traveling. My husband is working in Minnesota and will be done soon. I am going to meet him there so we can drive back together. We will be enjoying different town, cuisine, and staying at a few Best Western along the way. It would be fun and looking forward to it.

    By Mary Ann Lindley on December 11, 2012 9:19 AM

    My favorite winter travel destination is Southern California. We drive to the Palm Springs area in January and stay there 3 months. It is wonderful to be able to play golf, shop, eat out, etc. in the 70 - 80 degree weather rather than the rainy or snowy weather in Oregon.

    By s malandra on December 11, 2012 9:21 AM

    In the Wintertime, we stay close to home and go out sailing to say Hello to the visiting humpback whales. As we sit up in bed, we can watch them swimming past Diamond Head just off Waikiki Beach!

    By Michael Reagan on December 11, 2012 9:22 AM

    Atlantic Beach, FL - Son, Daughter-in-Law, GRANDSON!!!

    By Dan Wade on December 11, 2012 9:24 AM

    My wife loves to spend winter holidays at Walt Disney World, not only its affordable but its close to us its only 3 hours away from home. So its really fun and enjoyable with the grand kids..We are Disney World pass holder so we can go any time of the year.

    By Marlene on December 11, 2012 9:27 AM

    Since my husband and I were married on the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, and we honeymooned in Pigeon Forge, TN, that is our usual destination for winter. However, last year when I retired, we headed south to Orlando, Florida and enjoyed Disney World and the warm temperatures (70's). We are both retired and love to travel to different destinations, but I guess our favorite will always be Pigeon Forge. The Christmas lights and activities there are wonderful and not so expensive.

    By Lloyd Hayes on December 11, 2012 9:35 AM

    Love to travel south to warm climates and sandy beaches, leave the cold weather behind

    By Noreen Adam on December 11, 2012 9:41 AM

    We love going to Victoria B,C, in the winter (and summer) lots to do
    nice restaurants, visit the Royal BC Museum which always has great exhibits. . Harbour is lit up with Christmas lights fun to walk around and shop of course.
    |Roger's chocolates YUM!

    By Rachel Moir on December 11, 2012 9:44 AM

    Florida but this year it was mexico. A week away from that cold is great!

    By Bill on December 11, 2012 9:44 AM

    My favorite place to travel in the winter is San Diego. We enjoy Sea World.

    By Brittany Saily on December 11, 2012 9:45 AM

    I usually travel to Idaho to visit my grandmother.

    By C.White on December 11, 2012 9:46 AM

    Whistler, we love skiing and snow during the holidays.

    By Dave on December 11, 2012 9:52 AM

    Australia, If you never go. You will never Known how beautiful the Sun Sets are in the Northern Territory.

    By John Reider on December 11, 2012 9:56 AM

    We love to head to the desert around winter time. It gives us a chance to dry out and warm out. Also great golfing around the Palm Springs Area.

    By Andie on December 11, 2012 9:56 AM

    I love going to the Monterey Bay/Carmel/Carmel Valley area during the winter. The shopping in the area is fabulous and the boutiques are decorated so beautifully. The area has such great dining choices also.

    By Jan on December 11, 2012 10:00 AM

    Victoria, British Columbia. A beautiful place for a traditional Victorian Christmas!

    By Cher Howard on December 11, 2012 10:00 AM

    My favorite winter is in New Mexico - get out of the LA basin smog and traffic, and it's all good...Santa Fe, Ruidoso, Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Taos are all favs. But I would love to spend a winter vacation in Telluride or Ouray, in fact, Ouray's Best Western has some AWESOME hot springs! I could check out the ice climbing competitions!

    By Shelly on December 11, 2012 10:01 AM

    I love snowshoeing on the rim trail around Lake Tahoe, it's beautiful!

    By Andrea D on December 11, 2012 10:01 AM

    We love to go snowmobiling and ice fishing. We don't really need to travel for us to do this with our family.

    By Georgia Sherman on December 11, 2012 10:02 AM

    In years past we have stayed home for the holidays because we were caring for ailing family members. This year we are starting something new in memory of the loved ones we lost this year. We are having a family movie night and a fancy dinner out. There will be 12 of us this year. All of us are excited to start new traditions.

    By Richard Bohls on December 11, 2012 10:03 AM

    We often drive to Ruidoso N.M. It's the closest place for us to go to enjoy the mountains. Nice shops,cabins and restaurants. Scenic day trips in all directions.

    By Jerry Storms on December 11, 2012 10:20 AM

    San Antonio, Texas. River Walk is great anytime of year.

    By Michelle Wadley on December 11, 2012 10:21 AM

    Have always been with my family doing many different things and going to a casino. I reacently moved to another state a thousand miles away. Due to finances, I am unable to go this year. Hopefully next year it can begin again.

    By Naida Hobbs on December 11, 2012 10:26 AM

    I love to go to the west coast of Vancouver Island in the wintertime - I'll be trying the new Best Western in Sooke soon.

    By Darlene on December 11, 2012 10:26 AM

    Best place for a winter vacation is Ocean City, MD. Nice and quiet and restful after or before all the Christmas hustle. Walk the boardwalk (watch them WORK on the boardwalk), ride the tram to view the Christmas lights, have afternoon tea and live piano music in the lobby of our favorite hotel at the end of the boardwalk, shop the outlet stores for bargains, check out the conference center for current events, and, of course, eat at the great restaurants.

    By Joseph W Linton on December 11, 2012 10:29 AM

    My favorite winter destination is Saint Paul, MN around Christmas time & Thanksgiving because that is where family is. There is also huge number of family birthdays during those 2 months.

    By Steve Davenport on December 11, 2012 10:30 AM

    A wonderful winter getaway in the big city - Vancouver is the place to be on a rainy day

    By Joan on December 11, 2012 10:32 AM

    Nothing is prettier than the Lake George Region in winter (I think it's pretty
    special in fall, summer and spring, too. I love the view of the lake and the
    majesty of the Adirondacks. It's a great place to be!!

    By Stella Taug on December 11, 2012 10:34 AM

    I LOVE Juneau, Alaska in the Winter! Gallery Walk when the shops all stay open downtown and serve refreshments and good cheer! Snow on the roads, clouds hanging low on the mountains, and the way Christmas lights look on trees covered with snow. My cousin Kurt burns the Glogg, we cheer and sing Tog a non-non....

    By Dennis Cox on December 11, 2012 10:35 AM

    My wife and I love to travel year round and enjoy all four seasons in the trip! Winter is an amazing time to travel to enjoy the different sights and lit up holiday in different towns. We enjoy traveling near and far. Sometimes we travel just to get away and we know our destinations, other times we go for a ride to enjoy the view and take advantage of where we end up. It doesn't have to be expensive, as long as were together, were enjoying the view and quality time together!

    By Shannon Arick on December 11, 2012 10:38 AM

    Being an Army veteran, home was where ever we were at the time. I loved Christmas in Ohio, Tennessee, Illinois, Germany, and Korea; not so much Iraq. I like to travel to where my kids are. They are grown and sometimes they come home for Christmas, and other times, we travel to see them. The location is never as important as the time spent with family.

    By DBrummitt on December 11, 2012 10:39 AM

    favorite destination for winter is Disneyland....the warmer climate is a break from beautiful snowy Colorado home. The decorations are totally worth the drive. Our family still choices it as our annual family trip with young adults ages 22,20 and 18!!

    By Warren Branche on December 11, 2012 10:46 AM

    We like the BW on the ocean in Monterey!

    By Michael Dinehurst on December 11, 2012 10:58 AM

    Tuson Az, in the wintertime is a great mix of old and new.With just a tuch of spice1

    By nuri on December 11, 2012 10:59 AM

    We like to travel outside Canada to visit our family if it is possible, if not, we stay together as a family here in Canada and enjoy the beauty of this Country.

    By PETER on December 11, 2012 11:05 AM

    Our favorite place to go in the winter is Mesa Arizona just for a couple of weeks to enjoy some winter warmth and spend time with good friends. Otherwise we enjoy spending time at lakes in northern Saskatchewan snowmobiling , ice fishing, snow shoeing, and cross country skiing.

    By velder dixon on December 11, 2012 11:08 AM

    new york city

    By velder dixon on December 11, 2012 11:11 AM

    mesa azizona-just to escape from all the hustle-nice and quite and warm

    By Patty on December 11, 2012 11:12 AM

    Since I live in the warmer climate of California, my favorite WInter activity is to spend time in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. Snow still facinates me since I grew up in San Francisco. Skiing, snow boarding, snow shoeing, snow mobile riding, and the apres-ski events are the best way to spend a Winter holiday!

    By Leslie on December 11, 2012 11:13 AM

    I love a winter vacation in Maui, sun, surf, sand and relaxation!

    By Theresa on December 11, 2012 11:20 AM

    Love going to Silver Dollar City in Branson, Mo with my entire family. Some of our favorite memories are of the lights and music and laughter! We go every year.

    By Patrick Easter on December 11, 2012 11:22 AM

    We always stay home, build a fire and Dream of faraway places. Everyone gets 5 minutes to share their dream spot. This way we
    all get to virtually travel many places in one night. Afterwards, we vote on one to take as a real vacation next year. This makes everyone do some research on their dream spot.

    By Michelle on December 11, 2012 11:27 AM

    I have never been anywhere for winter holiday, I have always wanted to see Tennessee mountains in the winter and to see the small towns all decorated for the Holidays. I would love to see snow for the first time with my 2 girls who have also never seen snow.

    By Daniel on December 11, 2012 11:27 AM

    We love to go were it's nice and warm; Mexico or Florida will do!

    By Daniel on December 11, 2012 11:30 AM

    It's better where it's warm. Mexico or Florida will do!

    By Joanne on December 11, 2012 11:38 AM

    Since we live in Southern California, we like to take winter vacations where the weather is a little more cold. We like to visit family in either North Carolina or Wisconsin.

    By JENNIFER DAY on December 11, 2012 11:39 AM

    We love going to Sunriver, Oregon or we also love to stay at the Best Western up on Mt. Hood but can't afford that as often as we'd like. Both are usually in the snow this time of year, my hubby loves to ski, my son loves to snowboard and I usually hang out in the snow playing and building things with our 4.5 yr old granddaughter who's always up for anything snow related! Thanks so much!

    By Cecilia Halyk on December 11, 2012 11:45 AM

    My favourite place to holiday is the Canadian Rockies during the christmas season. The family has made a few trips there and the one I enjoyed was when
    we went to Kananaskis for the christmas week. We went cross country skiing, downhill skiing, tubing and the younger generation went snow boarding, everyone went toboganned (the little kids loved it and so did the big kids), we went on dog sled rides, skated, hiked and during all that time ate extremely well in our rooms and at various restaurants in the vicinity. Christmas eve day was when everyone was arriving and we all met at a restaurant in the hotel and a harpoonist was playing various carols. She invited my nephew and niece, they were about 10, to sing along with her. They got a standing ovation, very touching. A choir walked and sang throughout the hotel and stopped at the restaurant and sang a couple of carols for us. We ended each day at a spot to enjoy a cocktail and watch on TV the Canadian Junior hockey team play for the world cup and watched the wolves come up to the window of the hotel and snoop around for whatever was interesting to them. It was one of the my most memorable christmas holidays.

    By MaryV on December 11, 2012 11:45 AM

    We like to travel to some place warm in the winter after the holidays. This year we are retiring around Jan 1, so I think we'll just get in the car and drive south until we hit warm weather and sunshine. As long as there is a good restaurant, we'll find sites to see and places to enjoy!

    By Bernadette on December 11, 2012 11:51 AM

    My favorite winter get away is Florida.. Have to get away from all this depressing snow.. Great place to get warm and visit friends!

    By VeronicaP on December 11, 2012 11:52 AM

    Our family heads to Mt. Shasta in CA for the our Christmas tree hunting adventures every year! It is always a blast for everyone involved. We pack lunch and thermoses of hot chocolate. Mt. Shasta is beautiful and the other families we run into are always friendly.

    By LizS on December 11, 2012 11:53 AM

    We usually stay home for the holidays but when we do travel in winter, our favorite place is Best Western Cavalier Oceanfront Resort in San Simeon, CA. You really can't go wrong staying there anytime, however, we prefer the peacefulness of the winter along the beautiful central California coast. Watching the sun set nightly from our oceanview room, sitting on our balcony enjoying the ocean breeze and sight of surfers, kite surfers, fishermen, egrets, and the like, room service, two heated swimming pools, firepits lit at night on the bluff, and a fun beach to stroll make this a one-of-a-kind place. Oh, yeah, I'm almost forgetting the best part: they take dogs! We travel with our Border Collie and this place puts us within striking distance of some really great scenic walks. Love, LOVE, L-O-V-E this place!

    By lori oien on December 11, 2012 11:53 AM

    Flagstaff, Arizona. small town, close to skiing and winter sports, but the best is the downtown area of Flagstaff, just enough snow to make it fun.

    By lori oien on December 11, 2012 11:55 AM

    Flagstaff, Arizona. small town, close to skiing and winter sports, but the best is the downtown area of Flagstaff, just enough snow to make it fun.

    By Deedee on December 11, 2012 11:57 AM

    We loved skiing the CO mountains,and now after retirement we are enjoying a beach chair on the Gulf Coast in FL

    By Marylou on December 11, 2012 11:58 AM

    My favorite vacation for winter was a trip to Washington DC with my husband and our three children back in 1989. This was my first time there my husband spent some of his childhood there. You just have no idea how much there is so see and do there our children were very young 2,4, and 7 and even they enjoyed it something for every age there. I have always said I would like to go back maybe someday. But I have the best memories of that trip.

    By Dave Swidrowich on December 11, 2012 12:01 PM

    My favorate winter destination is Jasper or Banff, Alberta,

    By Betty Caskey on December 11, 2012 12:03 PM

    My favorite place is Hawaii. The warm breezes, friendly people, awesome food. Our next trip will be # 15 for me. Aloha!

    By Betty Caskey on December 11, 2012 12:06 PM

    Hawaii is my favorite place. Warm breezes, great food, friendly people and the oceanwaves. next trip is #15.
    Aloha!!

    By Paula Hubbard on December 11, 2012 12:08 PM

    I stay in Maine for the holidays then head south right after Christmas. Best of both worlds!

    By Bill Dolezal on December 11, 2012 12:09 PM

    Living in ColoradoI I enjoy snowmobiling or snow shoeing into my cabin in the north central part of the state. It is pristine with the beautiful scenery, wildlife and cold, cold temperatures, and gazing at the vistas of stars in the nighttime sky.
    i would now like to travel to warmer climates, to see how others enjoy the winter months in California or Florida.

    By Jim A on December 11, 2012 12:10 PM

    I drive to Florida to see my grandkids.

    By Carrie on December 11, 2012 12:17 PM

    We went on a family vacation to Kansas City, MO for Christmas to wait an NFL game. Best time every!!!

    By troy on December 11, 2012 12:30 PM

    Orlando to visit Universal Studios!

    By E Peter on December 11, 2012 12:36 PM

    I love Panorama Mountain Village near Invermere, BC. The snow is great, the people are great, and the mountain is awesome.

    By George on December 11, 2012 12:36 PM

    I'm a city guy at heart! So my favorite spots are New York, Chicago and Paris (not necessarily in that order!), sitting in a cozy cocktail lounge, with a warm drink, and watching the snow falling in the street outside.

    By Trina on December 11, 2012 12:37 PM

    My family enjoys sunny cold Arizona weather; however, when we want snow we travel an hour to Mount Lemmon. When we are looking for a road-trip we travel 4 hours to snow in Flagstaff and shopping in Sedona.

    Arizona is a wonderful place to live during the winter season, no matter what sort of weather you're looking for - sun or snow.

    By Carol Gillespie on December 11, 2012 12:40 PM

    I like Florida for vacation and winter home it is mostly sunny and nice all winter and there is lots to do, we stay young because we do lots of activities!

    By Ross on December 11, 2012 12:41 PM

    During the Winter months I get away from the cold and snow by taking one week a month to drive to North Carolina where I play golf. I cut the 1000 mile trip in half by staying at the Lee Jackson Best Western on the way down.

    By Terry Guttierrez Jr. on December 11, 2012 12:41 PM

    ME AND MY FAMILY LIKE TO TRAVEL TO TENNESSE TO THE SMOKY MOUNTAINS IT IS A NICE AND ROMANTIC PLACE TO ENJOY SPENDING FAMILY TIME!

    By Carol Gillespie on December 11, 2012 12:43 PM

    this was the first time I wrote a comment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Linda Davis on December 11, 2012 1:05 PM

    We like to take a day trip to Paradise in Mt. Rainier National Park. The snow is beautiful up there and always a fun day.

    By Walter Urban on December 11, 2012 1:14 PM

    We go to a Broadway show on New Year's Eve. There is an excitment in the crowd; there is an extra excitement in the audience. Then, we go home and watch the Ball drop in the place where we were just at!

    By Walter Urban on December 11, 2012 1:17 PM

    We attend a Broadway show. There is an excitement in the crowd; there is an especial excitement in the theater. Then, we go home to watch the Ball drop in the place we were just at!

    By carol on December 11, 2012 1:32 PM

    CHRISTMAS WEEK IS CELEBRATED IN ORLANDO AT WALT DISNEY WORLD. MY DAUGHTERS AND THEIR FAMILIES JOIN US IN A TIMESHARE AND WE ENJOY THE WARM WEATHER, POOL, AND ALL THE SIGHTS AROUND THE AREA. THE FOLLOWING DAY WE TAKE THE GRANDCHILDREN TO THE THEME PARK. WE MY RIDE THE MONORAIL OR SAIL ON THE STEAMSHIP TO FANTASY ISLAND. THEN WE SPEND HOURS ENJOYING THE RIDES, PIGGING OUT ON THE GREAT FOOD AND TAKING PICTURES. WE USUALLY JUMP ON THE MONORAIL AND RIDE OVER TO ANOTHER PARK AREA OR TWO. THIS WAY WE CAN SEE AS MUCH AS WE CAN IN CASE OF RAIN. DISNEY DOES EVERYTHING TO PERFECTION. EVEN THE SHOES ON CINDERELLA IN THE PARADE ARE CUSTOM MADE. EVERY PERSON IN THE CROWD SPEAKS A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE AND HAS A DIFFERENT CULTURE. NO WONDER 'IT'S A SMALL WORLD' IS SUCH A POPULAR RIDE. OUR FAVORITE RIDE IS 'SOARING' UP IN THE CLOUDS. SO MANY FEATURES ARE UNFORGETABLE. THE ROBOTS WHO PORTRAY THE PRESIDENTS ARE GREAT BUT SO IS THE HAUNTED HOUSE.

    By Colorado Kid on December 11, 2012 1:34 PM

    Glenwood Springs Colorado. Sitting in a natural 105 degree pool while it is snowing is a great experience. Big Medicine.

    By Elizabeth Sanders on December 11, 2012 1:35 PM

    Every Christmas vacation, I take a road trip (from Texas) to California, to visit my family. Last year my husband and youngest kids came with me, and this year it will be my oldest daughter and I. We usually take the South route one way and Route 66 the other way. I love all the snow and beautiful scenery when we pass through Flagstaff, AZ! I have family and friends in San Dimas CA, and then we go to Ojai/Ventura CA to visit my mom, who is 96 now. We always stay at the Best Western Ventura Inn. My favorite place to stay!!! Just across the bridge from the beach and pier, but the rates are extremely affordable for a place that close to the beach! Great customer service, great food, and I love that they have computers in the lobby that the customers can use 24 hours a day. And they always have fresh baked cookies for you, when you check in! =)

    Counting the days until we leave for California this year. Hitting the road on Christmas day. And, as always, we'll be looking for that Best Western sign when it's time to pull over and catch some zzzzzz's.....

    By Mace on December 11, 2012 1:45 PM

    For real Wintertime fun there is no place like Summit County , Colorado..
    With 4 major ski resorts ( Breckinridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Arapahoe Basin ) surrounding Lake Dillon and a decadent but laid back lifestyle. This destination has something for everyone

    By Lisa on December 11, 2012 1:52 PM

    Christmas in Hawaii! Mele Kalikimaka!!!

    By Duane on December 11, 2012 1:53 PM

    My wife and Im love to go to Cabo San Lucas or San Jose del Cabo for at least a week. The weather is nice and warm, the accommodations are great, the food is good and the local folks are wonderful. It is a great winter time destination.

    By Nagaswetha on December 11, 2012 1:55 PM

    I would love to play winter sports during this season. Blue mountains is the place i visit more often. Montreal, Quebec city(Hotel De glace) is the favorite spots we like to go every year.

    By Kesinee on December 11, 2012 1:57 PM

    Lake Tahoe (Nevada or California side) for wintertime fun!

    By Matt on December 11, 2012 2:06 PM

    I love going to McCall Id. It has two great mountains really close so I can choose the best snow for my boarding needs. Great little tourist town for shopping and an all around great atmosphere so I can relax.

    By Sean Pegg on December 11, 2012 2:10 PM

    We love a nice break somewhere away from our short days, ice, snow & cold.
    Any where down south with a beautiful beach and tropical weather suits just fine thanx. MERRY EVERYTHING & HAPPY ALWAYS

    By Diana Martin Stendahl on December 11, 2012 2:13 PM

    im finally going on a vactions with my kids and grandson to kona Hawaii. this will be my first time away from alaska in years at christmas. Looking forward to putting sand in my toes and not snow. Needing the warm sun.

    By Patty Elkins on December 11, 2012 2:21 PM

    Hitting the slopes at Kimberley, BC with family and friends is the best way to start off the New Year.

    By Ali Maniss on December 11, 2012 2:22 PM

    We usually stay home for the hoidays because my husband works with our local law enforcment agency and can't take time off. He recently gave this job up to spend more time with the family. He is now preparing to be a teacher and coach. We are looking forward to travel more and spend quality time with our kids before they are all grown up!!! We enjoy sneeking of to the coast!!!

    XOXO~ Ali

    By Mary on December 11, 2012 2:27 PM

    Oh, beautiful, blustering winter! NOT! Our tradition to visit family takes us through the deserts of the southwest as we adventure through nature's unique byways and highways. I grew up in the mountains of San Diego and now live in central Texas and don't realize how much I miss their distinct shapes until we hit west Texas and mountains begin to rise from the horizon. My heart dances with glee to see them. Our first stop for the night is always the Best Western on the west side of El Paso and when I wake up in the morning to the sight of the Franklin Mountains keeping watch over us I always grin silly. Then it's onward, into the sunset, more mountains, and what will always be home.

    By Patricia Fish on December 11, 2012 2:30 PM

    My favourite holiday is Arizona in the winter, especially Mesa and B est western Motel in Mesa. It is so comfy.

    By Elaine on December 11, 2012 2:32 PM

    Visiting friends and family - or a quiet day a home reading a good book !

    By Tobi Heroux on December 11, 2012 2:33 PM

    Anywhere my family and best friends are...

    By Sarah Mills (Sally) on December 11, 2012 2:42 PM

    Two years ago we spent a little more than two months in Florida during the winter season. Since that was the last long trip my husband and I were able to make together before his death, I would say that Florida would be my destination of choice. We had such a good time camping in our RV, seeing the interesting sights, and visiting with family and friends. We had planned another trip there this year but were unable to do it because of his death in early November. I plan to return to Florida other years. I look forward to going back to many of the sights we enjoyed and visiting with family and friends still living there. Our winters here in Nevada are not too bad but the warm air of Florida is much more inviting at that time of year.

    By Ean MacDonald on December 11, 2012 2:49 PM

    Well living it ontario where it is cold, i love to get away to flordia where the weather is sunny and nice, for a week of golf, and of course there is always Las Vegas, just got back , what a great time!!

    By Dave B. on December 11, 2012 2:51 PM

    We love Arizona, the sky is always blue and the weather is always warm. Not to mention the fresh picked oranges daily. And the best part is, no snow to shovel !!

    By Ean MacDonald on December 11, 2012 2:52 PM

    Well living it ontario where it is cold, i love to get away to flordia where the weather is sunny and nice, for a week of golf, and of course there is always Las Vegas, just got back , what a great time!!

    By Flo Gullickson on December 11, 2012 2:57 PM

    I love Asheville NC where you are close to the ski slopes and wonderful restaurants. If you like shopping it is known for it's homemade pottery and you can't leave oput the wonderful tour of the famous Biltmore hotel. Lots to do.

    By Rose Laveay on December 11, 2012 3:04 PM


    We love to stay home with our children,than off to Phoinex to take in "Spring Training ' ( Go Dodgers ) !!!!!

    By Deborah Brathovde on December 11, 2012 3:06 PM

    We love to go anywhere it's warmer and no snow.

    By Lori MacFarlane on December 11, 2012 3:14 PM

    One of my favorite winter destinations is Lake Placid, NY. The skiing is good, the town is nice and the night life is fun. I would love to win a stay at Best Western to get away from work, to relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery of the adirondack mountains.

    By Tonya Loeppky on December 11, 2012 3:24 PM

    At Christmas as a family we love to go anywhere warm. The kids love the beach. Playing in the sand and water is always a good time!

    By cynthia kramer on December 11, 2012 3:31 PM

    The BEST place to vacation in the winter is St. Augustine, Florida! It has the nicest people, the best beaches, it is old world & new all at the same time. I just love it!

    By Chris Bozung on December 11, 2012 3:38 PM

    The best place in the world at Christmas is on the ski slopes in Colorado!

    By Melissa Rickbeil on December 11, 2012 3:49 PM

    We live in a pretty wonderful place! Red Lodge, MT. Little ski town with no lift lines and great atmosphere! It is a great place to enjoy the winter with a small town feel! Kind of a well kept secret! We usually stay close to home around the holidays, traveling just seems so crazy! But who am I to judge when my traveling around that time has been minimal! :) Merry Christmas!

    By Jason & Tara on December 11, 2012 3:49 PM

    My husband and I haven't had a vacation, but if we are able to go we are wanting to see Colorado Springs, CO.

    By Elizabeth Perri on December 11, 2012 4:08 PM

    FAIR WEATHER SKIIER.
    I loved skiing local up at Big Bear in Ca with my husband B.C.(before children).
    When my son was in high school had the best weekend being chaperone with church's Life Teen group up At Winterplace, WV.
    Would love to visit my family in CO and try that powder!

    By Bill &Debi Pharaoh on December 11, 2012 4:24 PM

    We got married in October 2,1987 Went to Panama City Beach in Florida For our Honeymoon .Got to go back in 2000 And its been 12 years ,I have my best friend who lives in Mississippi ,that i wouuld love to go see on our way back to Florida..Always have alot of fun when were by the gulf,visit lots of places never run out of places to go or see..

    By Tony Lee on December 11, 2012 4:26 PM

    One of my favorite wintertime travel destination is Moscow, beautiful snow scenery. I enjoy the trip very much.

    I was stay in Best Western Vega Hotel & Convention Center, which is friendly service, convincing location, and good room.

    By Tony Lee on December 11, 2012 4:27 PM

    One of my favorite wintertime travel destination is Moscow, beautiful snow scenery. I enjoy the trip very much.

    I was stay in Best Western Vega Hotel & Convention Center, which is friendly service, convincing location, and good room.

    By Frank & Cathy Esseltine on December 11, 2012 4:29 PM

    We like to travel, to lake district, in our local area,or to the city to see theatre,
    that is live theatre, and stay where there is a hot tub and or indoor heated, salt water pool.

    Regards,
    Frank & Cathy Esseltine

    By Maureen on December 11, 2012 4:49 PM

    We love to go to Santa Barbara, CA. Plenty to do there. You can have an active vacation, a relaxing one, or something in between. We like the Best Western South Coast Inn.

    By Larry Rosenkranz on December 11, 2012 4:53 PM

    When I'm not staying home and enjoying all that Park City, Utah has to offer in the winter time (snowboarding, skiing, snowshoeing, tubing, etc), then I like to travel to Kauai and soak up some warm sunshine.

    By Bert & Myrna on December 11, 2012 4:59 PM

    Our favorite winter vacation is to go somewhere warm with the family to have fun and relaxation without all the fuss and bother at home. We like to start with a few days in Florida and then a few days cruising to let someone else do the cooking.

    By Daniel A. on December 11, 2012 5:12 PM

    Corpus Christi - Warm Texas winters and fishing at its best

    By Tricia on December 11, 2012 5:13 PM

    Houston, TX to visit my Mom. Warm weather for my winter destination!

    By leona on December 11, 2012 5:14 PM

    travelling to Ednonton to see friends and talk and talk and talk, shop, shop, shop, only one tax! It's also a great time for increasing our closeness as a couple and spending time together without distraction.

    By Kathy on December 11, 2012 5:41 PM

    We live in Minnesota & this year we've decided to go to Redwing to do some shopping in their little shops & then we're heading to Stillwater to stay at a B&B. We love just traveling around MN because ther are so many places to see!

    By Kathy M on December 11, 2012 5:47 PM

    We live in Minnesota and this year we're going to go shopping in Redwing's cute little shops & then we're heading to Stillwater to stay in a Bead & Breakfast. We like traveling around our state because there are so many interesting places to visit!

    By Nancy on December 11, 2012 5:49 PM

    When the kids were little we took some amazing Winter trips; Park City Utah, Bend Oregon, San Francisco Cali, Ashville NC... we were all together. They are all grown now and live in Cali, Georgia and Florida. We must travel a lot now to see them. We all manage to get together for a family trip each summer. Our favorite spot(s) are Marathon, in the Keys and Singer Island in Palm Beach. We ALL work very hard so when we can vacation, we have the best time with our children AND grandchildren no matter where we are!!!

    By Debbie Walters on December 11, 2012 5:53 PM

    We spend the holidays mostly at home, but there have been times when we have traveled to Florida for the holidays. They were the best times of our life spent at Disney World. We would pack up the van with presents, tree & clothes and head south. It was a long time but it was worth it. Happy Holidays to all!

    By Diane Huffine on December 11, 2012 6:02 PM

    My favorite winter getaway is Vail, Colorado for great skiing, great restaurants, and a lovely village with Christmas lights up all winter long.

    By Bob Wishart on December 11, 2012 6:08 PM

    I've been skiing at Sugarloaf (Formerly Sugarloaf/USA) in Kingfield, Maine off and on since 1972 and that makes me a genuine Sugarloaf Irregular, a singular honour if there ever was one!! The mountain ambience is super friendly, the terrain is plenty challenging, and they usually have lots of snow so what's not to like?

    By Sharon W. on December 11, 2012 6:19 PM

    Skiing in Vermont and staying in a lodge with a fireplace.

    By Rita K on December 11, 2012 6:48 PM

    Anywhere warm with a beach

    By Dan Conner on December 11, 2012 7:08 PM

    We prefer Florida, either Tampa area or Predido Key. It is warm than here

    By chris souza on December 11, 2012 7:11 PM

    I love to go where the crowds aren't. So put me down for the southern Utah area. Zion and Bryce Canyons are lovely with a dusting of snow. Take your camera along.

    By L.R. Erickson on December 11, 2012 7:23 PM

    Brasil! Anywhere near the coast of Bahia: warm weather, warm people, and hot Brasilian music!!

    By vickie paskel on December 11, 2012 8:13 PM

    Eagle River Alaska in winter is one of the most beautiful places to enjoy winter with the white snow caps in the background.

    By Lisa H on December 11, 2012 8:19 PM

    My fav is Goverment Camp, Oregon on Mt Hood, tubing in the snow at Skibowl! Then hot tubbing at the Best Western Hotel...yup, tubing and tubbing!

    By J. Larson on December 11, 2012 8:42 PM

    A winter time visit to the area east of Anchorage, Alaska is absolutely breathtaking and there are things to do in the winter months.

    By S Rempel on December 11, 2012 8:45 PM

    I love visiting my parents and family in Saskatoon and just hanging with the family playing boardgames and just spending time together.

    By Tom Ostrow on December 12, 2012 12:00 AM

    My favorite winter destination for is an Island off of Cancun called Isla Mujeres. Beautiful white sands and consistant temperatures in the high 20's

    By Anntane on December 12, 2012 12:19 AM

    Bryce National Park - can't beat the snow covered hoodoos

    By Tennislee on December 12, 2012 12:23 AM

    Las Vegas, NV - the energy of it all

    By Sylvia on December 12, 2012 12:26 AM

    San Francisco - the concerts

    By Donita on December 12, 2012 1:07 AM

    My best time at Christmas was before my father past away as a teenager. We had lake property and my father would cut a tree down for Christmas. My father would put the Christmas tree up while it was snowing outside. Our Italian tradition was to eat Italian sausage late on Christmas Eve night. And my father would have a fire going in the fireplace on Christmas day. The was the best time of my life. This year I will be staying with my fathers best friends family. I'm starting a new tradition for Christmas by celebrating it in Arizona.

    By walt hough on December 12, 2012 4:39 AM

    Niagra Falls Canada for New Years is always fun.

    By walt hough on December 12, 2012 4:42 AM

    Niagra Falls Canada for New Years is always fun.

    By Jill G. on December 12, 2012 4:42 AM

    My new favorite winter destination would be wherever I would get to use this $250 best western card! We don't really have a "vacation" winter destination unfortunately with kids in school & husband in retail we normally can't find time to get away until spring or summer...we go to PCB beach every spring break! Happy Holidays!

    By susan labrie on December 12, 2012 5:22 AM

    After spending Xmas holidays with our kids and grand kids we drive down to Florida to warm up our old bones !!!!

    By brian leeth on December 12, 2012 5:28 AM

    My winter destination would be new richmond, ohio I could then take my wife to go meet my dad and brother and rest of family finally cause we have had money to beable to go. If I win we can cause then we would have a place to stay. Cause we are in texas.

    By Jill on December 12, 2012 5:31 AM

    There's truely is "no place like home for the Holidays" - but a Wintertime Travel destination? Coco Beach Florida and the BEST WESTERN Ocean Beach Hotel & Suites . It is right on the beach with a variety of room options so you can bring the family or come with couples - even a girls get-a-away. I can't wait - my husband and I will be meeting my brother and wife there in February!

    By Eddie D on December 12, 2012 5:41 AM

    Canada Sun Peaks just east of Kamloops. Dry dry snow, sunny ski days and great accommodations right on the mountain near lifts. Great restaurants and quaint village make fore fantastic family times.

    By jenny polhemus on December 12, 2012 6:07 AM

    I still love when I am in Homer, AK going to the hills to do some sledding in the winter.. I maybe getting older but I sure won't grow up when it comes to winter fun! :)

    By Michelle B on December 12, 2012 6:08 AM

    My favorite destination in the winter is New York City!! There is nothing like getting into the holiday spirit running around the city seeing all the beautiful scenery.. From horse drawn carriage rides to the wonderful window displays on 5th avenue and you definetly can't miss the Tree at Rockefeller Center and the people ice skating below. Of course my son would tell you the best thing about New York City is the big Toy's R Us. There really is something there for everyone.

    By jenny polhemus on December 12, 2012 6:08 AM

    I love going sledding in Wisconsin! I maybe getting older but I will never grow up!

    By Nigel on December 12, 2012 6:25 AM

    Shopping in London, Oxford Street... coffee in cafes, lunch in pubs... and dinner somewhere special dressed up.

    By Chrissy on December 12, 2012 6:27 AM

    I like to go anywhere warm and sunny when it gets cold here in NY. Last year was New Zealand and Fiji, this year Aruba.

    By Darlene Fair on December 12, 2012 6:32 AM

    My favorite winter destination happens to be in a small town in central Florida, Orange City.
    The town is very small has lots of places to bed down and eat. The best place is at a State Park called Blue Spring. There the endangered Manatee flock to enjoy the warm Spring, with lots of family and friends !! Where in the world can you enjoy a great cabin, beautiful peaceful surroundings,
    warm water and oh yes a chance to see a rare and endangered species, up close and personal. Orlando the home of Sea World and Disney, Universal
    ,are just a short thirty minute drive just incase you can't take the quiet..

    By Darlene Fair on December 12, 2012 6:42 AM

    My favorite destination in the winter is Blue Spring in a small town in Central Florida, Orange City. I love staying at the cabins which are quiet and quit nice. There along the St. John's River you will get to enjoy the endangered Manate . Where in the world can you enjoy the great sunshine, warm water great fishing from the river, all and enjoy seeing an endangered species with his family and friends? Orlando, the home of Disney, Sea World, and Universal are only a thirty minute drive away.

    By Kelsey Berent on December 12, 2012 7:15 AM

    Brainerd, MN back to visit family

    By Debra Carlson on December 12, 2012 7:19 AM

    Duluth MN. The clear air over the lake at night is priceless ... and landing in the Twin Cities, there is a great night at the Guthrie available each side of the trip.

    By Karen Krogh on December 12, 2012 7:33 AM

    My BEST vacation ever was spending my 50th birthday with my twin sister in Banff, Alberta. Spending our time browsing the shops, going to the Hot Springs for a dip and then an enchanted evening going out for dinner with the snow falling outside. Spectacular!!!

    By Nige on December 12, 2012 7:54 AM

    Maine is such a beautiful trip in winter...

    By Jess on December 12, 2012 7:59 AM

    Love to go to San Antonio, Texas. The River-walk is so beautiful and festive during the Holiday Season and love that Tex-Mex and authentic Texas Bar-B-Que.

    By ray turner on December 12, 2012 8:46 AM

    Kelowna BC is my home and choice for travel any time of year. The 4 seasons playground in the Okanagan offers all activities year round.

    By Louise on December 12, 2012 9:40 AM

    My favorite Christmas away from home was a trip the four of us took to Costa Rica which included beautiful scenery and amazing birds, animals, ocean swimming, many conversations, an incredible zip line park and river rafting. There was no snow or rain!!! A very nice change of pace from shopping malls, traffic and stress.

    By juanjo on December 12, 2012 10:10 AM

    Cancun mex, there is no place like this one. drinking a cold beer on the beach,

    By Yvonne on December 12, 2012 10:36 AM

    Our favourite winter get away is Mexico - a month on the beach escaping from all the dark days of snow and ice in Northern BC.

    By David P on December 12, 2012 10:40 AM

    Squaw Valley at north Lake Tahoe, CA. Not able to get there every year, but it is a favorite!

    By Mad Markus on December 12, 2012 10:53 AM

    We love to go kayaking at Pacific Grove, CA. Seeing the shore lit up with Christmas lights.

    By Preet on December 12, 2012 11:17 AM

    In winter break i love to go to my mom's place in Toronto because my kids like snow and grandma's cookies.

    By Laura Batzli on December 12, 2012 11:54 AM

    The cold and ice become "old" quickly here in Minnesota. So, I love any place warm enough to swim in the pools/ocean. I especially enjoy Freeport, Grand Island Bahamas.

    By janet swett on December 12, 2012 12:20 PM

    Winter fun in Pigeon Forge,Tn, home to Dollywood.The decorations all over town,are spectacular,and Dollywood is a winter wonder land.Something for all ages,with great food and shows,and of course the rides and shopping.We try to go each yr to just get in the spirit of the holidays.

    By MaryEllen Winfield on December 12, 2012 12:27 PM

    My favorite winter vacation spot is San Diego, CA - I love the weather out there - it's usually in the 70s and the air is dry and fresh. I love going to the zoo - watching the Mimers in Mission Bay - having dinner on the pier in downtown and shopping in Old San Diego. No snow - no freezing temperatures - it's a perfect location for me !!!!

    By Dawn Rehfeld on December 12, 2012 12:49 PM

    My mother is in a Care Facility in Greater Vancouver, BC. Although we travel up frequently during the year the most anticipated visit is over Christmas. We love the beautiful city of Vancouver and our stay at the Best Western Plus Coquitlam Convention Center is always a big "Plus". They make our arrival and stay very special. From Palm Springs to Vancouver's winter wonderland is an most wonderful winter get away.

    By miki on December 12, 2012 2:36 PM

    san bernadino

    By Steve Risinger on December 12, 2012 4:03 PM

    My favorite place in the Winter is the town of Leavenworth, WA. There are sleigh rides, Christmas caroling and a place called Icicle Village where you can get out the cold and drink something warm.

    By Steven Koehler on December 12, 2012 4:29 PM

    1st weekend in Feb. Clear Lake Iowa Winter Dance Party Surf Ballroom!!!

    By Steven Koehler on December 12, 2012 4:35 PM

    1st weekend in Feb. Clear Lake Iowa Winter Dance Party Surf Ballroom

    By Yvonne Johns on December 12, 2012 4:51 PM

    We have long winters in BC so we like to explore somewhere warm to break it up a little. This year we are heading to Sedona, Arizona.

    By Oyoko Franklyn on December 12, 2012 5:16 PM

    Winter vacation to the Caribbean Island of Saint Vincent - Bequia. It was the best vacation ever lovely white and black sand beaches, waking up to paradise every morning, friendly people. The sad part was that we had to come back to Philadelphia and to a blizzard. So my boyfriend and I planned another trip there but this time to a different part of the island called Buccament bay resort. They say when its nice you do it twice!!!

    By June M. on December 12, 2012 5:55 PM

    Our favorite winter destination would be Florida. It's a nice escape from the winter zone we live in. Whether it be walking the beach, enjoying Disneyworld, golfing, or just enjoying the sunshine, it's the best vacation for us.

    By Jeff Meekins on December 12, 2012 7:16 PM

    Vail to go skiing, hit up the back bowls

    By Joy Meekins on December 12, 2012 7:18 PM

    Jamaica, good weather, clear water and nice people. We stayed in Ocho Rios a couple years ago in February.

    By Amanda on December 12, 2012 8:07 PM

    For me, anywhere with a beach. For my husband, anywhere with snowy mountains. Winter holidays rotate between the two so everyone is happy!

    By Alison on December 12, 2012 10:36 PM

    I love winter destinations like telluride or Mammoth mountain
    In california. We go every presidents day weekend it's a blast!
    We have so much fun!

    By Cynda on December 12, 2012 11:07 PM

    I like to go places where I can snowshoe. Last year I went to Chicago. Hopefully soon I can go to Zion, but not this year.

    By Margie on December 12, 2012 11:27 PM

    My favorite place to visit is the California North Coast. The Fort Bragg/Mendocino area offers so many nearby beautiful hiking trails and ocean viewing spots. It's a wonderful get-away destination.

    By andre on December 13, 2012 12:40 AM

    my favorite winter destination is palmsprings,ca.with the beautiful scenic views of mountains,the monorail,hiking so many options of entertainment to choose from there is no room for boredom.

    By Vicki on December 13, 2012 1:50 AM

    Cancun Mexico!!!

    By Sylvia Wilson on December 13, 2012 4:30 AM

    Best Western needs to ramp up their morning brunch by adding eggs. I was very impressed with how clean my room was, I took Hotel Management in Hospitality in college. I rank Best Western in the top five hotels in our nation for price and cleaniness.
    Respectfully,
    Sylvia Wilson

    By Sylvia Wilson on December 13, 2012 4:32 AM

    I rank Best Western in the top five best hotels in our nation, I took Hotel Management in Hopitality in college.

    By Sylvia Wilson on December 13, 2012 4:38 AM

    Your the Best!

    By Sylvia Wilson on December 13, 2012 4:40 AM

    My favorite winter vacation is my home state of Vermont, I love to watch the sap runat maple sugaring time.

    By Sylvia Wilson on December 13, 2012 4:45 AM

    My favorite winter vacation is Vermont, i love to watch the maple sap run from the trees.

    By Sylvia Wilson on December 13, 2012 4:46 AM

    Vermont

    By Sylvia Wilson on December 13, 2012 4:49 AM

    I love my home state of Vermon, I like watching the maple surup run.

    By James rader on December 13, 2012 6:47 AM

    You know I absolutely love the look of Niagara Falls in the winter....I love the ice that builds up over the falls and the beautiful lights they have behind them. I would love to take my wife there. Just her and I

    By Mary Ann on December 13, 2012 7:19 AM

    Nothing like a snowy Pennsylvania Christmas, except for childhood Christmases in Iowa, or sharing festivities with our daughter's family near Portland, Maine, for a few years. Family is more important than location.

    By jude on December 13, 2012 9:16 AM

    Walt Disney World, Florida-everything is always decorated for the holiday and the weather is wonderful!

    By marion on December 13, 2012 11:21 AM

    my favorite time to travel is in the January or February, we usually go to Mexico or the states. It helps to get through the long wintery months.

    By Deb K on December 13, 2012 11:26 AM

    Key West, for sure! Warm, funky, out of the way, good food, surprises, laid back, fun.

    By Melanie Forthman on December 13, 2012 2:27 PM

    Newport!!

    By Ron on December 13, 2012 3:09 PM

    The Best Western Plus Oceanfront in Virginia Beach, VA is our family's favorite place to visit during the winter and especially during the holiday season. Lots to see right from the balcony of your room with the Holiday Lights at the Beach just outside on the boardwalk. You can see Twelve Drummers Drumming, Eleven Pipers Piping and Ten Lords a-leaping displays right from the balcony. It's a short drive to the Dominion Garden of Lights display at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens, the Newport News Celebration in Lights display at the Newport News Park and Christmas Town at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is less than an hour away. Last year we experienced "thunder snow" for the first time at the beach during our stay in February. Watching the waves break on the snow covered sandy beach was a treat.

    Joe DaBiero, the General Manager of the Best Western Plus Oceanfront in VA Beach, is a first class operator. His staff is always friendly and guest oriented. The breakfast (included) is excellent and Sandy makes you feel right at home. The indoor pool and fitness center, with an ocean view, are both bonuses at this property.

    If you want to visit VA Beach in the winter this is the place to go. The BW's location is convenient to every thing our family needs or wants to do. If you like Holiday Lights, thunder snow, dolphins, sunrises on the Atlantic and the possibility of seeing a whale this might be right the place.

    By Leann on December 13, 2012 4:16 PM

    any beach on the east coast...Maine to South Carolina...the beaches are desserted, and the "off season" rates are AMAZING....LOVE it!!!!

    By John Hyman on December 13, 2012 5:20 PM

    We hit the road around Christmas time to visit family and friends to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

    By Fay Johnson on December 13, 2012 8:01 PM

    In the winter we like to go to Christina Lake BC as it's very quiet and has the most amazing snow to play in. The big cedar trees are all covered in snow and it's so tranquil.

    By David Cook on December 14, 2012 12:39 AM

    We like to go to Orlando, Florida in the winter. We love the weather and being close to Disney World and MGM Studios. The rides are great and the best is The Tower of Terror at Disney, although The Kraken at Sea World is the scariest.

    By mark cross on December 14, 2012 9:27 AM

    since all our kids are gone we (my wife and me ) travel to see them ,or go on our own little excapade to where ever we decide to go .

    By Esther White on December 14, 2012 9:47 AM

    Love the Fraser Valley...always lots to see and do..close to Vancouver, Chwk, Harrison Hot Springs and Cultus Lake. Beautiful scenery..snow capped mountains and skiing, eagles and walking trails. Perfect for Family recreation in winter and every season throughout the year! A definite favourite!

    By misty s. on December 14, 2012 2:07 PM

    My favorite memory of the holiday season is to visit my grandma. She made the best holiday cookies, and my favorite one was her Jam Thumbprint cookies. I wish I was old enough so I would have asked how to make those cookies. I miss her. She made my X-mas extra special.

    By Bill B on December 15, 2012 2:52 PM

    We love a winter break in Costa Rica, When it's winter in the US it's the dry season there. Lot's of sunshine, beautiful rainforests and beaches, interesting wildlife, and friendly people. Volcanoes too!

    By Theresa Delp on December 16, 2012 11:16 AM

    We love to take a family vacation to Cancun, Mexico in January. Soak up the sun, snorkle, hike, atv's zipline visit ruins, and so much more to do.

    By Len Yoblonski on December 16, 2012 2:49 PM

    We have found going to Arizona with it's warm weather is a nice change and there is so much to do in Arizona. Great to get away from the cold and wind and snow shoveling!

    By Robynne Sokolowski on December 16, 2012 5:57 PM

    Our favorite winter break is the beach during Doheny Blues Festival. We live where it snows so the beach is our getaway. Make it possible.

    By R Harstad on December 16, 2012 10:35 PM

    We enjoy Prince Edward Island in the Canadian Maritimes any time of the year, but in winter it's perfect, just as it is in summer. Snow but not cold. Stays cool enough to keep the snow but doesn't get cold or seriously cold. Friendly people, local organic food available, and ceilidhs from Celtic traditions almost every night!

    By david on December 16, 2012 10:39 PM

    maui hands down for me, santa looks great in a speedo!! LOL~~~~~

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    By ian on December 18, 2012 11:13 PM

    A beach in Hawaii!

    By sherri on December 19, 2012 1:27 AM

    I guess you can say that we really dont have a favorite vacation spot we simply just want to be able to go down at Christmas in time to see my husband before he is deported. he is 17 hour away is very difficult journey for us it will be the last time that myself and my twoyear old son will be able to see his father before he is forced to return to his native country

    By Sunny on December 19, 2012 8:52 PM

    Aspen, CO

    We went there 2 years ago and stayed at a hotel with ski in/ski out place. It was absolutely magical, out of this world. We had been there just before the ski season began - just before thanksgiving....andhence had the ski slopes just to ourselves. We had the craziest and best time of our lives sliding down that slope, hiking up the slop and just being goofy. Best part - we'd walk back tired directly into our patio and have hot chocolate from the room. Oh Boy! Wonderful!

    By Mary Ann on December 19, 2012 10:12 PM

    Enjoy the gulf beaches in Florida.

    By Janice Lahoda on December 20, 2012 7:35 AM

    My favorite winter get-away is to Whitefish Montana. Love to stay at the Rocky Mountain Best Wester while there. This hotel has a huge outdoor hottub and an attached outdoor all season swimming pool. The ski hill is just minutes away!

    By Judith on December 20, 2012 7:35 AM

    WDW and the Bahamas

    By Eileen Eger on December 20, 2012 7:36 AM

    We always love to visit our daughter and "son" in Jacksonville, Fl. So much to do there, and it is always fun to visit family.

    By tlong on December 20, 2012 7:36 AM

    We like to travel to NE PA. We love to ski!!!

    By Steven Barousse on December 20, 2012 7:39 AM

    We live in southwest Louisiana so really don't get to see much snow here
    So we usually travel to Beaver Creek Co. Our four kids love the snow and my wife and i love the cold nights by the fire place.

    By Margaret Le Guerrier on December 20, 2012 7:49 AM

    I live in Canada and we go to Fort Lauderdale in Feb and Myrtle Beach in March to play golf and love staying in Best Western Hotels.

    By Sheri Henshall on December 20, 2012 7:52 AM

    Staying close to home around the holidays in Cloverdale, BC. Enjoying the company of family and Friends.

    By Silvana Cox on December 20, 2012 7:58 AM

    Our household loves to go to Jasper, AB in every season. The national park area has lots to do, see and relax time too. One can ski, skate, hike, camp, golf, etc. Really something for everyone!

    By tim ng on December 20, 2012 8:00 AM

    My winter destination is Key West Florida, it's warm and sunny, beach is clean and lots of good eats and sites to visit. I like to go for a boat cruise and visit the historic sites.

    By Vincent on December 20, 2012 8:00 AM

    Carmel, CA for the lovely beach and small town. Or the Best Western in Lone Pine CA which is not too far from Death Valley. Death Valley in the winter is an incredible place!

    By KELLY JUBIC on December 20, 2012 8:02 AM

    my favorite winter getaway is the winter festival in lake george, ny

    By brian bitz on December 20, 2012 8:02 AM

    We love Hawaii, because we just love sitting on the beach soaking up the sun and warm weather.

    By Denise Noe on December 20, 2012 8:04 AM

    Our son and daughter-in-law are living in Syracuse, NY and we are living in Florida. Our son is completing his PHD in archeology. We love to visit them during the holidays.

    By Shawna on December 20, 2012 8:08 AM

    Somewhere warm like Hawaii! Love the beach anytime of year.

    By Tina Ferlisi on December 20, 2012 8:14 AM

    For the last 3 yrs..we have been going to Niagara Falls on Dec.27th & 28th with 2 of our closest friends. It's not "exotic" but it is SO BEAUTIFUL this time of year. It's our "down" time and we enjoy the beauty of the falls, and lights display that's on at this time of year. You don't have to go far to enjoy the beautify view!!

    By Jo-Anne R on December 20, 2012 8:15 AM

    Enjoy traditional Christmas at home... tree .. decorations .. lights....carols ..making touriere,..egg nog.. turkey dinner ... nuts ... watching classics -It's a Wonderful Life ..White Christmas ..helping those less fortunate ... connecting with old friends ... family ... spirituality .. reflections on past year ...

    By Marie on December 20, 2012 8:17 AM

    We like to leave the snow behind and go cruising in the winter months, and our favorite destination so far is the Mexican Riviera!

    By Beth on December 20, 2012 8:18 AM

    Ottawa, ON. There are so many outdoor winter activities to take part in...FUN for the whole family!

    By Lesia on December 20, 2012 8:20 AM

    Florida, in the past, has been a destination for golf, motorcycling and warmth. Perhaps a new adventure this year -- to be determined.

    By Beth on December 20, 2012 8:20 AM

    Ottawa, ON. There are so many outdoor activites to take part in...FUN for the whole family!

    By Sergio Liriano on December 20, 2012 8:21 AM

    I normally visit my family during the holidays they live in the Dominican Republic, and a the same time take some times with my wife to stay in a all inclusive hotel to relax and enjoy the sun and the beach and the Dominican food so delicious.

    By Jane C on December 20, 2012 8:26 AM

    At home in Illinois is the best place to be at Christmas time. Fire in the fireplace, family coming to our house from across the states and lots of fun and laughter.

    By Suzanne on December 20, 2012 8:30 AM

    Love to go to Watertown NY anytime of year...great shopping, restaurants and always stay at the Best Western.....it is a clean hotel, staff are friendly and a great breakfast buffet is included. Kids and I have always had a great experience. Planning on going soon! The warm cookies at the front desk are yummy!

    By Allison Manderfield on December 20, 2012 8:31 AM

    San Luis Obispo, CA is my family's favorite vacation spot at Christmastime. Whether we are walking on the beach collecting shells or watching a movie together, or enjoying a hot chocolate in a coffee shop overlooking the ocean, it is a great place to spend some family time!

    By Sulema on December 20, 2012 8:31 AM

    I've been to the Christmas markets in Europe a couple of times. My favorite city was Munich, Germany. Otherwise, we always go to south Texas for Christmas and the weather is always mild (except for a couple do years ago when we had a white Christmas).

    By Lee A on December 20, 2012 8:31 AM

    Our favorite winter destination is the Outer Banks! We always go around Christmas - it's gotten harder as our family has grown up and away, but we manage to fit in at least a few days around the holidays. It's a winter tradition for us! It may be colder at the beach, but the crowds are gone and we have the beach to ourselves. We can walk and look for shells, or sit in front of the big oceanfront picture window building puzzles and watching for dolphins.

    By Carol on December 20, 2012 8:31 AM

    I'd like to start a tradition to visit Florida for the holidays!

    By Jeanine Suter on December 20, 2012 8:31 AM

    Our favorite place in the winter or over the holidays is Jasper, Alberta. The Best Western there is great. We get a room with a loft and kitchen, cook our turkey, kids go skiing. They come back to the room with the smell of turkey and a fire going. Add some mulled wine and games and the holiday is set! There are always "goodies" to leave behind for the housekeeping staff!!

    By Deborah Butler on December 20, 2012 8:32 AM

    A favorite place in the winter involves heat! The Caribbean is nice this time of the year!

    By Heather Bertrand on December 20, 2012 8:35 AM

    Ski hills at Blue Mountain! Beautifully stunning, glistening white slopes, air so fresh you can see your breath! Strolling through the village, quaint shops and eateries - Oh, what a feeling!

    By Irina on December 20, 2012 8:37 AM

    We go skiing in Vermont.

    By Anthony Fabrizi on December 20, 2012 8:39 AM

    Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. Terrific skiing, great accomodations and loads of activities for the kids. And the outdoor fireplace makes evenings great! An all time favourite winter-time destination!

    By Terri S on December 20, 2012 8:40 AM

    I love Taos ,NM in the winter. The mountains, the pueblo....it's perfect!

    By Anthony Fabrizi on December 20, 2012 8:41 AM

    Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. Great skiing, terrific accomodations and loads of activities for the kids. An all-time favourite place to spend winter weekends!

    By Darla on December 20, 2012 8:42 AM

    We love taking our boys to Mille Lacs Island Resort in the summer. Lots of swimming, fishing and relaxing!

    By Ron on December 20, 2012 8:42 AM

    Quebec City

    By dal on December 20, 2012 8:42 AM

    My favourite winter time destination is Cancun Mexico.

    By Alan Jircitano on December 20, 2012 8:47 AM

    We drive to DisneyWorld every year for Christmas and take in Savannh, GA on the way down.

    By Candis on December 20, 2012 8:48 AM

    Our travel tradition is a road trip to sunny Sun City, Arizona. Along the way we stay in Elko, Nevada, which is cold and almost barren, except for the cozy Best Western. Further down the line is Vegas and then sunny Arizona. We love the drive.

    By Errol Cote on December 20, 2012 8:48 AM

    I love to travel to Colorado during the ski season. Especially when travelling with Best Western

    By Grace on December 20, 2012 8:49 AM

    Quebec city

    By kelly on December 20, 2012 8:49 AM

    We like to stay close to home in sunny Medicine Hat AB

    By John B on December 20, 2012 8:50 AM

    Telluride Colorado is a winter wonderland!

    By George on December 20, 2012 8:50 AM

    Three options: stay home, go to the in-laws and the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania or to southwest Texas for a holiday hunting trip.

    By Charlie on December 20, 2012 8:52 AM

    The Grand Canyon in Arizona. Best time of the year to visit.

    By Lovey on December 20, 2012 8:52 AM

    Travel to Kelowna BC to visit family and friends over the holidays.

    By Denise on December 20, 2012 8:54 AM

    We love the San Francisco bay area and Shaver Lake.

    By Darrell Mackedanz on December 20, 2012 8:55 AM

    Steamboat Colorado. Small town rustic setting and feel. Best skiing ever. Value.

    By Marta Barker on December 20, 2012 8:55 AM

    Love to visit Tampa Florida - we like to go on Super Bowl Sunday. Sometimes we can see the players on the tv screen with their breath because where they are playing is so cold - meanwhile we are warm!

    By aimee on December 20, 2012 8:57 AM

    St John, USVI

    By Heather Houston on December 20, 2012 8:57 AM

    for our third year we are going to Arozina for three weeks, we only stay at Best westerns.
    We are seniors and we know that Best Western is always there to help , they are clean and staff anywhere are very helpful.
    The $250.00 prize will help us out on our holiday in January.

    By Mary on December 20, 2012 8:58 AM

    We love to get away from Michigan's cold and snow so the warmer the destination, the better!

    By Herbert Myers on December 20, 2012 8:59 AM

    San Diego

    By Mary on December 20, 2012 9:00 AM

    We love to get away from Michigan's cold and snow, so the warmer the destination, the better!

    By Chris on December 20, 2012 9:00 AM

    We always stay home. But when we do travel we like to go to the coast, Wilmington, NC and stay on the river.

    By odel rosarioi on December 20, 2012 9:01 AM

    HAwaii!!!!
    The best winter get-away place!!!!

    By Paul Swinwood on December 20, 2012 9:02 AM

    Panama is the spot, from Ottawa in January to the dry Arc area is about 50 C difference. Given the 30cm of snow here in Ottawa tomorrow, why did I not leave yesterday. Oh we'll 10 more days till lift off.

    By Jack Klug on December 20, 2012 9:03 AM

    Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada is the most beautiful place to visit in summer or winter. Winter adds the beauty of snow.

    By oly guer on December 20, 2012 9:04 AM

    Florida is a good winter ecape.

    By S. Hay on December 20, 2012 9:04 AM

    We always go somewhere warmer in the winter...just makes sense to us. How about a lucky trip to Las Vegas to wear your shorts and flipflops and walk the Strip with all the other smartees. Cold to Vegas natives isaround 50 degrees...not too bad when you come from ice and snow!

    By Pat W. on December 20, 2012 9:04 AM

    Vermont is the most relaxing place on earth. Drive through the mountains and all cares just melt away!

    By Wes van der Lee on December 20, 2012 9:06 AM

    Christmas is family time for our family and we aways celebrate the Holidays with family. Either in White Rock BC or Calgary Alberta. Calgary is a very close first as most family members enjoy winter sports and what better ski hill is there than Lake Louise.

    By Brian on December 20, 2012 9:06 AM

    Love Kansas City's Country Club Plaza at Christmas and Rosemary Beach, FL right after the holidays.

    By Donna G on December 20, 2012 9:06 AM

    Would give anything to start a new family tradition...Denver Colorado!! First Christmas without the whole family together...my son lives out there and I miss him a lot!

    By Laurie on December 20, 2012 9:06 AM

    My husband and I usually go to Los Angeles to visit my family on Christmas day.

    By prechs del rosar on December 20, 2012 9:07 AM

    THE Atlantis' magnificent!

    By Tish I. on December 20, 2012 9:07 AM

    My family loves to visit Lancaster PA during the winter months. The Eden Resort is the best place for families! The town has lots to do and Hershey is just a quick drive up the road. Perfect place to relax and enjoy with the family!!

    By pat on December 20, 2012 9:10 AM

    I'll be in Disney Florida when I get that $250.00!

    By Rachel on December 20, 2012 9:11 AM

    I don't do a lot of traveling in the winter, but. I always reach a point where I'm sick of the cold & dreary weather, & just need to get away for a day or 2. Nashville is the perfect spot, because it's not too far to be a pain.for just a weekend trip, & there's always so much to do to take my mind off of home. Not to mention plenty of honey Tonka & live music to warm up a cold winter's night.

    By Ray G Ramirez on December 20, 2012 9:12 AM

    I enjoy visiting family and friends in the bay area especially San Francisco, CA during the holiday season.

    By Crystal Miller on December 20, 2012 9:12 AM

    As a family we either meet at my aunts house in Edcouch, Texas or our other aunts house in Monte Alto, Texas. Either way our Christmas' are usually warmer than some are used to but we always have love and tamales surrounding us.

    By Deanna Bowling on December 20, 2012 9:13 AM

    Our favorite winter destination is Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. The Christmas shows, shopping, and food are fabulous! We never have a complaint from either child. It is absolutely a magical place!

    By annee on December 20, 2012 9:14 AM

    Prague - for the sights (twinkling lights), sounds (local singers), tastes (mulled wine) and smells (sausages being grilled). And the fresh cold air just adds to the atmosphere.

    By Rachel Fautz on December 20, 2012 9:14 AM

    I don't do a lot of traveling in the winter, but I always reach a point where I start to get cabin fever, and just need to get away for a day or two. Nashville is the perfect place. It's not so far that a weekend trip is out of the question, and there's always plenty going on to take my mind off of home. Not to mention all the honky tonks and live music to warm a cold winter's night!

    By Steven on December 20, 2012 9:14 AM

    I love the Tennessee mountains anytime, but I really want to see Scotland.

    By Robert Wright on December 20, 2012 9:14 AM

    Bermuda is a favorite for the whole family.
    Or we head north to snow country for some skiing.

    By Todd on December 20, 2012 9:16 AM

    To me a winter vacation means escaping winter. Sorry to all the snow lovers out there but nothing gets me through the winter months better than a trip down to Akumal, Mexico. Perfect beach, quiet little village a couple hours south of Cancun. Ahhhhh.

    By Celestia on December 20, 2012 9:17 AM

    Anywhere warm, like Hawaii. It's beautiful. But I would love to go to the Caribbean now that I live on the East Coast.

    By Carol on December 20, 2012 9:17 AM

    A cruise to the Carribean!!

    By Anita D on December 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    We usually stay home here in Utah but now that we are retired we plan to travel to see family in California and Texas.

    By ElsieMay Kinney on December 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    If half the fun of travelling is the getting there then please know that you can travel there by both train and car. If a person chooses a train it is a special train whose
    sole destination is Leavenworth. Inside the train cars is great comraderie -
    Christmas carolling and jugs of cocoa and some great scenery as you leave
    Seattle and travel to this magical place. There is a lot of laughter and joy aboard this train and you quickly become acquainted with the others who are your travelling companions.
    You can also opt to drive but you may need to chain up before getting to Leavenworth. The town will be all aglow with Christmas Lights and their
    will be a huge Christmas tree in the middle of town that you gather around to
    watch for the lighting of the tree.
    A horse and sleigh is a great way to enhance your special time in Leavenworth.
    The horse is beautiful and gentle and it's a unique way to see the scenery.
    Leavenworth is a must-see for this family. It is a small german-like village that
    might just capture your heart.

    By velder dixon on December 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    last 3 years due to no job-staying home

    By wendy mcconnell on December 20, 2012 9:26 AM

    Bamff AB Canada the best place for shoping and taking the kids skiing No Place On Earth Like It.

    By Sharon Taylor on December 20, 2012 9:28 AM

    Central Florida with all it has to offer. Maitland Art Center; Tiffany Windows at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum in Winter Park; Leu Gardens in Orlando; Rock Springs if it's warm enough; and the beaches like New Smyrna. Of course, all of the golfing a person could want too.

    By Darla Brigman on December 20, 2012 9:28 AM

    We stay home with family and friends. My mom is 86 and I enjoy every minute God has blessed us with her.This is important since we recently lost a beloved brother.

    By Michele Webster on December 20, 2012 9:28 AM

    My husband and I would love just a quick weekend getaway in Key West, FL. Being Fl residents it's an easy drive to just get away to a place we've heard great stories about but have never been able to go to. Times are tough for everyone these days, and vacations are so hard to come by. But knowing there's this great vacation spot within driving distance yet far enough away to be a vacation, taunts us each year as we try to hope that next year we can do it.

    By Suzanne McMillan on December 20, 2012 9:33 AM

    My home area, Flagstaff, AZ. The best outdoor winter, sking, snowbording, snow play areas, boldering, hiking, bike friendly, rock climbing, Downtown area (WooHoo!) local restraunts (one rated top 95% in the WORLD with others competing) great food, micro breweries, shopping, art galleries; easy daytriping to Sedona, Grand Canyon, Bearazona, Deer Farm, train ride to the canyon. Visiting friends and family reguardless of age or intrest all LOVE it! My overflow always stay in Best Western hotels in the area.

    By Upinder Singh on December 20, 2012 9:34 AM

    Mammoth Lakes, CA

    By Elizabeth on December 20, 2012 9:35 AM

    It's always fun to see San Francisco at Christmastime...the window decorations and so forth kind of whisk you back to the past!

    By Tina Ferlisi on December 20, 2012 9:36 AM

    Our favorite place to go at Christmas time is NIAGARA FALLS, Ont., it is the most beautiful view with iced trees & light display. We go with our two closest friends, enjoy 2 great days and look forward to it every year..it's our "down" time.

    By Annette in CA on December 20, 2012 9:37 AM

    Love the sunshne of Southern Calif and Hawaii. No better place to beat the blues of the winter gray and snow. Great food and entertainment in So Cal and restful spots in Hawaii. I actuall like the Big Island the best. Please pick me... Thanks.

    By Heather Voegeli on December 20, 2012 9:37 AM

    My favorite wintertime destination is anywhere warm!! I love to go on cruises to the Carribean. This year I am heading to Jamaica for the first time on an all girl trip. I have organized for 4 sisters, 3 neices and 3 girlfriends from Canada and the U.S. to all meet in Jamaica for one week!!!

    By Kim on December 20, 2012 9:38 AM

    I usually stay at home and with the new Oval Skating rink we have in Halifax now I'm looking forward to getting some skating in as I didn't have an opportunity last year.

    By Annette Hughes on December 20, 2012 9:42 AM

    My favorite is the Big Island of Hawaii. Love the people. Second best is Southern California for the sunshine and entertainment.

    By Edward Gowens on December 20, 2012 9:44 AM

    My parents Eddie and Genny are both retired public school teachers of 34 years service each. My two brothers and I didn't take a whole lot of vacations growing up, but since my parents retired, we've been able to make up for that with wonderful vacations in our national parks. I've done so many national park family trips: Yellowstone, Yosemite, Great Smokies, Everglades, Olympic, Glacier, Big Bend, Crater Lake, and many others. While our younger brother Garett is married with a daughter of his own, my brother Craig is single like me, and he's become quite a fine landscape photographer on park trips. A years ago, for Christmas, we did one of the most iconic American family trips of all: the Grand Canyon, as well as Petrified Forest. We took all scenic byways round the red rock canyon country of Sedona en route to the national park, where we spent a snowy white Christmas. We took hot chocolate at the Hermits Rest lookout point, just soaking up the beauty of the snow-dusted, layered canyon walls above the mighty Colorado River that carved them. I will never forget the peace and joy as a family that we experienced in this wonderful winter place, a real treasure everyone can enjoy!

    By m on December 20, 2012 9:44 AM

    visiting family

    By Michele Davidson on December 20, 2012 9:45 AM

    My daughter and I travel to Bangor, Maine, to shop. There are usually different things there to pick from and it feels more like a vacation than a shopping trip. We stay at the Best Western White House Inn. We enjoy staying there. They bake cookies for the guests and I LOVE their hot breakfast complete with homemade baked beans in the Crockpot. We also visit the Maine State Prison furniture showroom while there. Well priced, quality gifts. We have done this for about twelve years

    By Daniel Teepen on December 20, 2012 9:47 AM

    I like to go to Gatlinburg, Tennesee in the winter. The mountains are so pretty this time of year.

    By Annie on December 20, 2012 9:47 AM

    Big Island of Hawaitt is my first choice. Would visit family and friends. I love the sun of Hawaii (warm light rain at times) and sun of Southern California. Lots of entertainment in both places.

    By Kia on December 20, 2012 9:48 AM

    We both stay close and travel for the holiday...our favorite? The Best Western Eden Resort of course! Wonderful winter rates, indoor pool and whirlpool, and of course the best Sunday Brunch known to man! A trip to Hershey Chocolate World after for free tours and singing cows!

    By Ben on December 20, 2012 9:49 AM

    My family and I always like to stay home for the holidays. It's just nice to be able to spend time together and it is cozy and private to stay at home. Wouldn't mind the mountains though.

    By C Bernier on December 20, 2012 9:58 AM

    We love to travel to Vancouver and shop, dinner out, great casinos. Less snow then in the Okanagan.

    By Buddy on December 20, 2012 10:01 AM

    It has become a sort of February tradition that I spring-for 2 Myrtle Beach golf trips with my 2 sons. I am retired and work around their schedules and get to spend some quality time with each of them individually. The trips involve flying out of Atlantic City on Spirit Airlines and spending 1 night at the Best Western Ocean Sands hotel. We play golf on the days of arrival and departure, so it is only a "taste" of the more typical golf vacations. However, it's always a fun time and we get a little break from the New Jersey winter, with Spring just around the corner.

    By Sharon H. on December 20, 2012 10:02 AM

    You can't beat home for the holidays but by February we are ready for a change of scenery ... Can one beat the Quebec Carnival!!

    By Fay Messer on December 20, 2012 10:04 AM

    Yosemite is always beautiful this time of year. Parts of it are not accessible this time of year, but there is still much to see. Lunch at the Ahwahnee in front of a blazing fire, looking out at the majestic, snow capped mountains is an experience not to be missed.

    By Todd S. on December 20, 2012 10:04 AM

    I stay close to home, but drive a short distance to Cloudcroft, NM in the mountains for a winter taste of snow, pine trees, and black bears.

    By SAM WHITSON on December 20, 2012 10:06 AM

    My family and I love to stay in Galveston,Texas for the holidays. The warm weather is a plus. Great seafood and you go back in time in Galveston. A stay at one of two Best Westerns on the beach is a great holiday gift.

    By C Bernier on December 20, 2012 10:09 AM

    My husband and I travel to Vancouver to shop, great dining and casino. Less snow then the Okanagan

    By Heather A on December 20, 2012 10:10 AM

    On Boxing Day (December 26th in Canada), we leave all the hustle and bustle (and mess) of Christmas at home and drive south of the border to Fargo, North Dakota. It's a much smaller town than where we live and we enjoy a couple of nights in a hotel and a couple of days of after Christmas shopping and dining out. Just the two us, my husband and I, enjoying a much needed mini-vacation. It's an annual Christmas present to ourselves.

    By Jean Hansen on December 20, 2012 10:11 AM

    We love visiting our relatives in Arizona's Valley of the Sun during the holidays. Best time to be in the desert.

    By JoAnne Spurek-Nemeth on December 20, 2012 10:13 AM

    Ottawa is our favourite place as both our children and grandchildren are there and Christmas is all family. /skating the canal and winterlude etc. there are so many things to do

    By chris childers on December 20, 2012 10:14 AM

    We like traveling to Gatlinburg TN for the holidays to see the snow and the attractions its just a romantic get away for me and my wife

    By MeganG on December 20, 2012 10:18 AM

    Hawaii is always a nice place to escape chilly California winters.

    By randy plumb on December 20, 2012 10:19 AM

    We like to stay at the Best Western Plus Beach Resort. Fort Myers, Florida

    By James Lippold on December 20, 2012 10:22 AM

    The Blue Mountains of northeast Oregon

    By Phyllis O on December 20, 2012 10:28 AM

    We like to stay home in rural Saskatchewan. Quiet, comfortable and relaxed.

    By JoAnn Morgan on December 20, 2012 10:29 AM

    My favorite place to be in the winter is Kauai, Hawaii. Winter in Kauai (the garden island) is warm, breezy, with maybe a little rain, and, oh, such a lovely break from the chill on the mainland.

    By Richard Chism on December 20, 2012 10:37 AM

    Bandon, Oregon. The temperatures are mild (for the Pacific Northwest) and the scenery is awesome. On a windy day our dogs chase the blowing sea foam across the sandy beach.

    By Ken & Shirley Deal on December 20, 2012 10:37 AM

    Powderhorn Ski Resort, Grand Mesa, Colorado and Smugglers Notch, Vermont are hard to beat in winter. Solomon's Island, Maryland in the summer, and Sheanondoah Valley, VA in the Fall, Palmdale, CA in the Spring.

    By Cindy Burkholder on December 20, 2012 10:38 AM

    Sunshine Village ski hill is our wintertime destination. Family ski day at Christmas is a must.

    By Derek Melanson on December 20, 2012 10:42 AM

    My favorite place to go for a winter break is Charlottetown, PEI for their winter festival. There is plenty of outdoor activiltes for the kids and it just creates some wonderful memories

    By Tim Turner on December 20, 2012 10:42 AM

    Oh, this is difficult! Last year for our wedding anniversary (December 9th) we stayed at the Best Western on Coronado Island in San Diego. We had the most wonderful time! Then, this year we stayed at Best Western on Mt. Hood in Government Camp, Oregon. Whether it is fun in the sun or snow, we have found a Best Western close by... You want a favorite place... Oh, alright, I will say the Best Western right across the street from Disneyland! Yeah, we have stayed there THREE times!!! :)

    By Derek Melanson on December 20, 2012 10:43 AM

    My favorite place to go for a winter break is Charlottetown, PEI for their winter festival. There is plenty of outdoor activiltes for the kids and it just creates some wonderful memories

    By Shar Mini on December 20, 2012 10:43 AM

    We love, love Arizona for the winter, lots to do and see. If you need snow you go to Flagstaff, if you need the sun and warm weather you go to the Phoenix or Tucson area. Lots of golf and sunny, sunny every day.

    By RRichards on December 20, 2012 10:46 AM

    Denver Colorado

    By Ken & Shirley Deal on December 20, 2012 10:47 AM

    Powderhorn Ski Resort, Grand Mesa, Colorado...

    By Ken & Shirley on December 20, 2012 10:50 AM

    Powderhorn Ski Resort, Grand Mesa, Colorado

    By Michelle Hruby on December 20, 2012 10:51 AM

    We look forward to going to Fernie with the kids and going skiing after Christmas.It seems that we look forward to that even more than Christmas.We really get a chance to connect as a family and share some laughs!

    By Peter Bellendir on December 20, 2012 10:52 AM

    Every year we either go to Eagle River Wi or Wausau Wi. for hockey tournaments. Best Western everytime!

    By margo on December 20, 2012 10:53 AM

    The best winter trip is to Colonial Williamsburg during the Christmas season. Every building is decorated to the period time. Wonderful!!!

    By Kim on December 20, 2012 10:59 AM

    With 3 small children, home is where the heart is during holiday season!

    By Colin on December 20, 2012 11:01 AM

    I would love to go anywhere that has the sun shining.

    By Barbara on December 20, 2012 11:05 AM

    We are winter snow birds and tend to fly south where it is sunny and warm. Well, we really drive south. Florida is our destination. It is a time to connect with family and friends. We walk the beaches, golf, and enjoy eating at new places. Everyday finds us busy and fulfilled.

    By Michael Sellard on December 20, 2012 11:18 AM

    Bishop, CA is our favorite winter get away. The mountains are so majestic covered with fresh snow, and the open expanse of the area is relaxing. It is close enough to Mammoth Lakes if there is now snow in Bishop if we want to play in it, or we stay in Bishop and enjoy the quaint shops, hot springs and beautiful scenery. There are a couple Best Western's there, so what more do we need!!

    By Phyllis Hilton on December 20, 2012 11:18 AM

    We love going to San Diego and stay at the BW on Shelter Island - fun and sun - perfect way to beat the winter blahs!

    By randy plumb on December 20, 2012 11:20 AM

    We like to stay at the Best Western Plus Beach Resort. Fort Myers, Florida.

    By Amy K Walton on December 20, 2012 11:22 AM

    My favorite winter time destination is at Walt Disney World. They go all out for the holiday decorations. It is such a wonderful place to be.

    By Amy K Walton on December 20, 2012 11:25 AM

    My favorite winter time destinantion is Disney World. They decorate for the holidays & it is such a wonderful place to be & feel apart of all the love & goodwill.

    By Larry Tiedemann on December 20, 2012 11:30 AM

    Vancouver, to visit family

    By Debbie Little on December 20, 2012 11:43 AM

    We go to the Perfect North Slopes in Indiana. It is the perfect get a way for us. A good time snow tubing with the kids. A great hotel with an indoor swimming pool for playing in after a day in the snow. They make their own snow so you can go anytime.

    By margaret on December 20, 2012 11:50 AM

    we always go to chicago twice a year just to get away. There is so much to see and do in the chicago area any time of year. And we always stay at the
    Best Western River North Hotel. Great location and always the best hotel around!

    By Jean on December 20, 2012 11:51 AM

    McMinnville, Oregon is a lovely place to visit around Christmastime. The lights in town are always done up so nicely and friendliness and good restaurants abound.

    By Cindy Crawford on December 20, 2012 11:54 AM

    Anywhere warm! I love Bahamas but also love Spain! I prefer to go right after Christmas so we get the best of both worlds - snow then sun!

    By Mjchael Chambers on December 20, 2012 12:03 PM

    Anywhere in Florida.

    By A. Barnes on December 20, 2012 12:04 PM

    Lake Tahoe, CA

    By Joe O'C on December 20, 2012 12:06 PM

    Kent Island on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to celebrate at the end of Winter in March!

    By Joe O'C on December 20, 2012 12:08 PM

    Kent Island on the Eastern Shore of Maryland to celebrate at the end of Winter in March!

    By Linda on December 20, 2012 12:09 PM

    Over the years between Christmas and New Years my husband and I would cross country ski into the Forest Service cabins or Yurts for 3 days in the Payette or Boise National Forest. We have seen some beautiful country very few have seen at this time of year. It is so quiet and relaxing after a long trip to the cabins. A time to reflect on the past year and discuss hopes and dreams for the future.

    By Patricia Herdebu on December 20, 2012 12:10 PM

    Bradenton, Florida - the best spot to get away from winter snows.

    By Roger on December 20, 2012 12:19 PM

    Elijay, GA. There is a great Best Western on the side of the mountain with a great view and we always stay there. There's usually snow when we go and we always try to score the room with the hot tub! There are great restaurants nearby, both chain and 'mom and pops'. There's also a super Spa nearby that always gets the kinks out. Fun shopping too!

    By Donna on December 20, 2012 12:20 PM

    I love going to Florida.

    By Carol Mollerup on December 20, 2012 12:22 PM

    Our favourite winter travel is to take the ferry from the Sunshine Coast to Vancouver, BC and see all the grandchildren (10) and their shiny bright faces!
    We stay sometimes in whatever Best Western is closest to our destination family and tour around and see the award winning house decorations. Sometimes we are treated to snow, which puts a whole new finish on the scene!


    By Shawn Y on December 20, 2012 12:27 PM

    I like to go to Montreal at Christmas to see my family. Great shopping and lots to do!

    By Nina on December 20, 2012 12:29 PM

    My vote goes to southern California and San Diego. Warm, sunny days, cool nights can't be beat! At low tide, head for La Jolla and go tide pooling to see interesting marine life at your feet.

    By Yo S on December 20, 2012 12:34 PM

    We love cruising the caribbean at Christmas. Listening to christmas tunes played on the steel drums with the balmy breeze blowing through your hair, aah.

    By Stacy on December 20, 2012 12:39 PM

    I love spending time with my family. My uncle has an award winning Christmas lights display at his home in Vallejo, CA.
    I love to sip hot chocolate and look at all the lights and decorations.

    By ABRAHAM on December 20, 2012 12:42 PM

    el mejor sitio para ir en Navidad es Boston !!! disfrutar de los cafes y todos los lugares bellos que hay alla. Vamonos a Boston!!!!

    By Sadie on December 20, 2012 12:46 PM

    Winter time is a wonderful time to travel near and far. Some of the places we enjoy is Greenfield Village "Holiday Nights", Sight and Sound Theatre "Miracle of Christmas", Disney World. Enjoying time with family and friends is the best way to celebrate the season. Merry Christmas...Happy New Year!

    By Denise on December 20, 2012 12:48 PM

    My favorite wintertime place is Hawaii to visit with my cousin and her family. It really is the perfect place anytime.

    By Rhoda on December 20, 2012 12:56 PM

    We don't generally travel in the winter months, trying to leave the time around the holidays for those we work with who have children off during that time to take the time to visit family. We do, however, try to work out a short trip in late winter, early spring (February/March) when children are back in school and families are home. It is simply impossible to wait until Memorial Day weekend to take some much needed time off from work. Favorite destinations include Michigan, New Jersey, Myrtle Beach, or Florida, all to visit family.

    By Dana on December 20, 2012 1:03 PM

    I love to travel in the winter!! We like to see snow! No snow down south!!

    By Sara on December 20, 2012 1:15 PM

    I have always liked traveling to Marco Island, FL just after Christmas with my parents and extended family. I love it because I get out of the Iowa cold and onto a warm, sunny beach. My dad and stepmom got married when I was in veterinary school and since then we've gone three times to Marco. Since we've gone with extended family, I've gotten to know my stepmom's side of the family much better and made many great memories with them. Last year I was so thankful that I was able to go with them, as I had not been on a vacation in several years due school, jobs and getting back on my feet since being laid off. I was nice getting away from all the stresses and just relaxing. In past years we've gotten up to see dolphins, done a lot of shelling, gone paragliding and lots of fun things. I am so thankful for those vacations!

    By Rick Krucik on December 20, 2012 1:16 PM

    Wander the streets of Vienna at Christmas Time!!! Just absorb it....

    By Brad Engborg on December 20, 2012 1:20 PM

    Always fantastic to head North to Vermont for soem great New England winter time fun! We always stay at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Inn & Suites Rutland/Killington.
    Love the suites! Lots of room for our whole family and a great place to cook to unwind form the day so we can relax and not have to eat out every night of vacation.

    By Mike on December 20, 2012 1:38 PM

    Our family always travels to the Upper Pensulia of Michigan and see St Ignace Sault St Marie and the Brimley area What a great place to see the snow and to enjoy some gambling. Great State of Michigan

    By Debra on December 20, 2012 1:38 PM

    We love Fort Lauderdale, Florida, we like to be close to the beach and shopping etc. You can't beat the Best Western Plus for proximity to everything. A great breakfast, clean and a great pool. Last year we took a jaunt to the Keys and stayed a few days at a Best Western there, our balcony faced the ocean it was absolutely huge and again we had a great breakfast, exotic pool with waterfall and tiki bar. We returned back to the same Best Western in Fort Lauderdale to finish off our vacation before coming back to the cold!

    By Janice Schwindt on December 20, 2012 1:47 PM

    Always make our annual road trip to central Texas to see our kids and grandkids during the family Holiday seasons.

    By nancy bennett on December 20, 2012 1:49 PM

    Staying right here at home! :)

    By nancy bennett on December 20, 2012 1:51 PM

    Staying right here at home is the best!

    By Janet Davidson on December 20, 2012 1:53 PM

    We love to travel to Fort Lauderdale and take a cruise in March

    By Katelynn Dawson on December 20, 2012 1:55 PM

    My favorite place to be for Christmastime is Kentucky. I call it home and with its rolling hills, winter weather and cedar trees I think it makes a lovely Christmas. Bourbon ball anyone? Yes there is nothing like a Kentucky Christmas.

    By Rita McDonald on December 20, 2012 1:55 PM

    We don't travel far from home in the wintertime but we don't have to. We live in Logan County Ohio and have a huge variety of adventures right here. We have Mad River Mountain for skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Indian Lake for ice fishing when it freezes over. The historic Holland theater for special events and the Orr Mansion for exploring our history. We also have caverns open year-round because the temperature underground never changes. Yes, we have plenty to keep us busy.

    By Roger Salmons on December 20, 2012 1:58 PM

    Mt Gabriel, PQ, For skiing, skating, dining

    By Manny Kenney on December 20, 2012 2:09 PM

    We had always visited the North Shore of Minnesota in summer. Last year we took a winter trip and loved it!

    By Steve O on December 20, 2012 2:13 PM

    we always just stay home with family and friends for Christmas.

    as warm beach and some sunshine woud be nice right about now as the temp outside now is -44 and calling for -63 tonight.

    would have been a good yr to break tradition and headed to a warm location like
    AZ but it is what it is

    God Bless America
    Trap

    By Anna Thomas on December 20, 2012 2:15 PM

    We love Arizona.

    By David Quidd on December 20, 2012 2:25 PM

    Florida or Las Vegas

    By Walt on December 20, 2012 2:31 PM

    Our favorite travel destination in the Winter is Breckenridge, CO. It has a great small town atmosphere with wonderful places to eat, shop and of course the skiing is fabulous!

    By Walt on December 20, 2012 2:32 PM

    Our favorite travel destination in the Winter is Breckenridge, CO. It has a great small town atmosphere with wonderful places to eat, shop and of course the skiing is fabulous!

    By Konnie Boughn on December 20, 2012 2:32 PM

    Warmer weather is always a must when traveling in winter months.. Randy and I will be celebrating our 40th anniversary In February. We are planning a trip to Cancun Mexico we have never traveled there and are looking forward to it immensely. We both work in Agriculture and 9 mos out of the year when weather is fine we are very very busy. We do appreciate relaxation and a calmer scene when we vacation.

    By Wendy N on December 20, 2012 2:46 PM

    I have to say Thailand has been my favourite winter vacation. The people, food traditions, culture, and the people oh I already said that. Although a person couldn't say it enough....the people are beautiful in more ways then one...they made our vacation the reason why we want to return some day.

    By Olivier on December 20, 2012 2:47 PM

    National Arches Park, Utah

    By Reza on December 20, 2012 2:55 PM

    Big Bear lake,because of location and when we go there from LA we see the nature the way it should be and great service.

    By charles salmon on December 20, 2012 2:57 PM

    Mission ,Tx where the weather is always warm and the people are great.

    By Pam ford on December 20, 2012 2:57 PM

    My favorite winter trip would any place that has a warm breeze and soft sand between my toes.

    By Charice Mehring on December 20, 2012 3:02 PM

    Orlando, Florida, to go to the Disney Parks.

    By Bertha on December 20, 2012 3:05 PM

    NAPA VALLEY . . .
    BEST WESTERN INN AT THE VINES!!!

    By Makram on December 20, 2012 3:11 PM

    Nashville where my wife and I stay at Best Western

    By Mairi on December 20, 2012 3:11 PM

    I dream of going some where warm for Christmas but we go to the Grandparents in North Vancouver because it is tradition and it does bring warmth to the heart.

    By Allen Strainic on December 20, 2012 3:12 PM

    We leave after Christmas from Columbus, Ohio and drive across the country to our winter destination, Las Vegas. We enjoy seeing the sights as we go and we certainly enjoy the weather and the excitement in Vegas. We return in April.

    By Susan Shaw on December 20, 2012 3:13 PM

    Several Decembers my husband and I have gone to the Grand Canyon for a few days. Our wedding anniversary is December 19th (our 48th this year) so it is always special to go to this unique spot. The Grand Canyon is fantastic every season but with snow on the ground, it is exceptionally beautiful.

    Susan Shaw

    By Makram Barsoum on December 20, 2012 3:14 PM

    Nashville to go to NRB

    By Erin on December 20, 2012 3:15 PM

    We always stay home.. We live in Wisconsin so much to do in the winter!!

    By Glenda Routson on December 20, 2012 3:15 PM

    My favorite winter travel destination is Maui. Nothing like Dec. in the beautiful sunshine.

    By LeoT on December 20, 2012 3:24 PM

    Any of the Hawaiian islands, warm in the winter & sunny

    By Stephanie G on December 20, 2012 3:26 PM

    I like to visit Morro Bay or Pismo Beach, CA during the holidays when I can. I love seeing the boats decorated with Christmas lights.

    By Amelia grant on December 20, 2012 3:27 PM

    Love staying home in Vancouver in the winter and go to Granville Island for a traditional Chritmas eve with the whole family and every FebruaryI go on a medical surgical mission to the Philippines to help indigent people.From there,ywe usually do side trips to Asia.but my favorite so far is Puerto Princesa.

    By Lillian Aiken on December 20, 2012 3:29 PM

    I love to travel in the spring anywhere south of the Mason Dixon line! Always something new to see, eat or adventure to try! Southerns make the BEST host and hostesses

    By Amelia g. on December 20, 2012 3:35 PM

    Hawaii where it is sunny and warm

    By Jerry Ouellete on December 20, 2012 3:39 PM

    Quite simply.....Quebec City!!

    By Jean-Stephane Provencher on December 20, 2012 3:39 PM

    Well my wife and i realy can't travel other then to her families or my families houses because we're always on the road or in our luguages. After those days we normaly take a couple of days for ourselfs Wherever the road leads us, we like to discover and take a motel for a night or two and just relax ...

    By JOHN P on December 20, 2012 3:45 PM

    We always head to SW Florida in the winter. Too many cold, icy, cloudy days in Pennsylvania. Enough is enough.

    By Robyn F on December 20, 2012 3:45 PM

    Death Valley is a perfect destination in winter. The temperatures are great, the stars at night are big and bright . . . seldom rains. And the surroundings are amazing.

    By Bilal on December 20, 2012 3:53 PM

    In originally from Toronto but ever since I've visited BC there has not been a single holiday season where I have not visited Kelowna-Vancouver-Whistler. This the perfect holiday getaway for me and scenic beauty to die for

    By Melinda T on December 20, 2012 4:04 PM

    The Okanagan Valley in BC has something for everyone in winter. Awesome powder for skiing at Big White and Silver Star. Several terrific Best Western locations to stay at. Shopping, dining, hockey, arts and musical events and tons of outdoor recreational activities to keep the whole family entertained.

    By Arlene on December 20, 2012 4:06 PM

    I LOVE the snow but it sure is nice to get away for a bit and Cuba is Beautiful. I just got back for my first time and WOW Id like to make that my winter holiday every year :)

    By tprbird on December 20, 2012 4:21 PM

    montreal---european flair with a north american touch

    By p grotzki on December 20, 2012 4:25 PM

    ANYPLACE WARM! I live in Edmonton - enough said.

    By Valerie white on December 20, 2012 4:30 PM

    I love to go back home to Florida to escape Kentucky winters.

    By david on December 20, 2012 4:31 PM

    I usely stay at home and watch the snow falling down!Or I visi the romantict Old quebec with my girlfriend!

    By Farhad on December 20, 2012 4:37 PM

    Best place to travel is northern Ontario!! The great lakes are frozen, the trees are covered in snow and it's just quiet and very peaceful. Absolutely beautiful.

    By Susan on December 20, 2012 4:45 PM

    My husband and I visited Death Valley National Park several years ago and I was amazed at how much diversity there is in the landscape and how much life there is,especially considering the name of the area.The park is a perfect place to escape the winter blahs. We don't care for Las Vegas,which we flew into,so we picked up our rental car and headed to Pahrump where we spent the night at the Best Western there.From there it was only a couple of hours drive to Death Valley-perfect after a restful night at the Best Western!

    By Susan on December 20, 2012 4:46 PM

    My husband and I visited Death Valley National Park several years ago and I was amazed at how much diversity there is in the landscape and how much life there is,especially considering the name of the area.The park is a perfect place to escape the winter blahs. We don't care for Las Vegas,which we flew into,so we picked up our rental car and headed to Pahrump where we spent the night at the Best Western there.From there it was only a couple of hours drive to Death Valley-perfect after a restful night at the Best Western!

    By Susan on December 20, 2012 4:49 PM

    My husband and I visited Death Valley National Park several years ago and I was amazed at how much diversity there is in the landscape and how much life there is,especially considering the name of the area.The park is a perfect place to escape the winter blahs. We don't care for Las Vegas,which we flew into,so we picked up our rental car and headed to Pahrump where we spent the night at the Best Western there.From there it was only a couple of hours drive to Death Valley-perfect after a restful night at the Best Western!

    By Linda on December 20, 2012 4:55 PM

    My family has pretty much all moved back east...Maine, Boston, NH, & PA. So that is where I like to spend my holidays whenever I can swing it.

    By Linda on December 20, 2012 4:59 PM

    My family has pretty much all moved from MT to back east...Maine, NH, Boston, & PA. So that is where I like to spend my holidays whenever I can swing it :)

    By Mary on December 20, 2012 5:02 PM

    Orlando

    By Heather Hopfensperger on December 20, 2012 5:11 PM

    Arizona by my sister or Colorado by mom

    By Linda on December 20, 2012 5:12 PM

    My family has pretty much all moved from MT to back east...Maine, NH, Boston, & PA. So whenever I can swing it, I like to spend my holidays back there with them.

    By Heather Hopfensperger on December 20, 2012 5:14 PM

    Colorado by mom or Arizona by my sister

    By Storm on December 20, 2012 5:18 PM

    McCall Idaho is the best place for a winter vacation with the Brundage Mtn Ski Resort and a myriad of quaint houses and shops and wonderful places to eat.

    By Ralph paez on December 20, 2012 5:25 PM

    Boston anytime of the year

    By C. Dethlefson on December 20, 2012 5:35 PM

    Cornwall Beach, Colchester, Ontario, Canada

    By Danise Vandale on December 20, 2012 5:41 PM

    The Best Western (of course!) in Squamish is our favourite winter destination. It is close enough to everything to make the stay very enjoyable. There is so much to do that we are never bored and the hotel is the Best!!!!!

    By Paul Muldown on December 20, 2012 5:45 PM

    The Sonoran desert in Arizona is beautiful. So peaceful.

    By By Paul Marlow on December 20, 2012 6:09 PM

    In Hawaii because it is very warm and cozy there.

    By Judy Zerbe on December 20, 2012 6:28 PM

    My favorite winter spot is in Oscoda, Michigan on Lake Huron. The frozen lake is beautiful. To see how the lake freezes hard in some spots, and then there is open water in others. The shore itself has ice pushed up on it. It is an incredible sight.

    By cindy on December 20, 2012 6:37 PM

    this is the first time in 24 years that I would love to hear my girls arguing and making lots of noise....They live in Calgary now and I use to ask them for peace and quiet for my Christmas present. I would give up all presents to hear them again...

    By Charlotte Jones on December 20, 2012 6:41 PM

    There is nothing better than the song that describes a Tennessee Christmas. I love travelling just beause its me and my two teenage kids and we have traveled to Pigeon Forge at Christmas and it is so beautiful. It takes my mind off of being home and no family much to speak of and it is a beautiful place. This is my favorite and I miss i so much since we have not been able to go in five years.

    By JAMES J TRIEB on December 20, 2012 6:57 PM

    My favorite destination is Las Vegas. When we were kids we use to stay at the Best Western in the 60's. My Father was in the Air Force he always had the Best Western Hotel Directory. My brothers and sister use to like to page thru it all the time and look at the map how far to Las Vegas. The Swimming pool was our favorite spot. As the sun was setting we would look for the Big Gold Crown against the neon lights.

    By Al McNeill on December 20, 2012 7:07 PM

    My wife and I are debating if we should visit Miami, Florida or Las Vegas, Nevada this winter. We do agree that they are our our top choices!!.

    By Sally on December 20, 2012 7:13 PM

    A stay-cation at home is the perfect place to be this year. Though I love to globe trot to the far corners of the earth, meet new people and enjoy fun adventures, now and then, I like to rediscover my my own community.

    By Roxie on December 20, 2012 7:23 PM

    I love fl can go there anytime.

    By John Mack on December 20, 2012 7:34 PM

    Hands down is visiting the PA Dutch Country during the winter. Nothing like a sleigh ride through the farmlands and a ride on the Strasbourg Railroad during a snow fall. Finish the day with hot coco in font of a roaring fire.

    By Gloria Konelsky on December 20, 2012 7:36 PM

    I LOVE Hawaii anytime of the year but especially when the snow flies. For summertime trips we do road trips with the Best Western Hotel Guide.

    By arti on December 20, 2012 7:48 PM

    Love to travel around Vancouver and Fraser Valley to see the beautifully lit places and gardens, sipping hot choclate :)

    By Carol M. L. on December 20, 2012 7:55 PM

    My favorite destination at Christmas is Victoria, BC. We haven't been there for several years but would like to return to Victoria soon of course staying at a Best Western Hotel.

    By Bill Fenlon on December 20, 2012 8:20 PM

    Cheyboygan MI. Good hometown people, good food and lot's of snow!

    By Sue on December 20, 2012 8:55 PM

    Our family likes to visit Williamsburg Virginia. It's wonderful to walk around the town and see traditional colonial decorations, listen to old time carols and drink hot chocolate!

    By Melanie Running on December 20, 2012 9:00 PM

    My Favorite destination is home for the holidays. Going into the crisp cold forest and searching for just that perfect tree. Draging it home and singing Christmas Carrols all the way with the family.. Hum, Taking it into the wood stove heated living room with the aroma of freshly mulled cider heating on the stove while mom and grandma were busy in the kitchen popping out sugar cookies. Waiting for the wee ones to decorate them.. Decorating the three with festive colors and lots of tinsel was the style then. Kicking back look at the tree in AWE as the daughters played Christmas music on the piano and trumpet. Ahhh.. those were the good old days.
    This was ALWAYS my favorite Travel Trip. A white Christmas and family fun,

    By Sharon on December 20, 2012 9:05 PM

    Hands down..Yuma,Arizona

    By Teresa S on December 20, 2012 9:14 PM

    I stay home in the Lower Mainland of BC, and pray for snow. It doesn't matter where I am, as long as it is a White Christmas...and that doesn't happen too often. I am heading to BW in Squamish for 2 days of snow prior to Christmas with the hope of getting me into the mood. This year at least our ground is white now and it is December 21st...so it is helping to 'set the mood'.

    By Darci Paice-Bailey on December 20, 2012 9:34 PM

    Our family visits grandparents at Cluculz Lake. This is a wonderful opportunity for the kids to take part in snowshoeing, ice fishing, skidooing, ice skating and reconnecting with their family. We eat delicious homecooked dinner and actually all sit together at the table, this is a fantastic place to be!

    By Carol Anderson on December 20, 2012 9:41 PM

    Reno is fun anytime of the year. Best now with skiing in the mountains and everything else avilabie in town.

    By John S. on December 20, 2012 9:49 PM

    if it's winter I like to go where it is REALLY winter - Whitehorse, Yukon.

    I try to be there for the Sourdough Rendezvous Festival if I can.

    Northern lights are a delightful bonus.

    By April Pelfrey on December 20, 2012 9:52 PM

    I used to travel to Pennsylvania when I was younger. It's so beautiful there! But lately I have been staying in my own state of Ohio. It's very beautiful on the country side full of snow!

    By Darci Paice-Bailey on December 20, 2012 9:58 PM

    Our family visits grandparents at Cluculz Lake. This is a wonderful opportunity for the kids to take part in snowshoeing, ice fishing, skidooing, ice skating and reconnecting with their family. We eat delicious homecooked dinner and actually all sit together at the table, this is a fantastic place to be!

    By Eric Morrison on December 20, 2012 10:03 PM

    I love the beauty of Juneau, Alaska every day of the year but when the winter sets in and coats Juneau with snow and ice I do not mind anywhere south from Seattle to Puerto Vallarta where I can warm my cold bones. Swimming in nice warm water and soaking in some sun makes the hot tottie just fine. I would love to top it all off with a frozen margarita closing my eyes and praying for a great fishing day next summer back home in Juneau.

    By Marcus Fry on December 20, 2012 10:19 PM

    We actually go way down to South Texas since it is the only time when the heat is not as unbearable as it can be.

    By FRANK on December 20, 2012 10:50 PM

    NYC in Central Park as the snow is falling is an awesome site!!!!

    By Chris Browning on December 20, 2012 10:54 PM

    I have been thru 64 winters of snow and cold being raised in Pennsylvania and now living in Ohio. For the first time in my life, now being retired, I am spending the holidays on the South Carolina coast where there is sun and sand. My husband and I do miss our grandchildren tremendously, but we wanted to see what a Christmas without snow and cold is like. I love the ocean, but I love the Smokey Mountains as well. That may be on the agenda for next year. I would love the holidays in a mountain cabin with a crackling fireplace and white snow, a live Christmas tree and my grandchildren drinking hot chocolate.

    By sharon on December 20, 2012 10:55 PM

    For the past 20 plus years we go to Christmas Day dinner at our neighbors in beautiful Sarasota, FL. We have shared many laughs & tears together & have watched our children grow up. Maybe next year they (the now grown children) will cook!

    By barry on December 20, 2012 10:58 PM

    Love being in Sarasota Florida for Christmas. No more shoveling snow for me!

    By AJB on December 21, 2012 2:50 AM

    I travel to visit family who lives in another state.

    By Doug on December 21, 2012 2:53 AM

    My tradition is to spend the holiday season with family & friends.

    By Kathy Nelson on December 21, 2012 2:59 AM

    This is my very first time traveling at Christmas and we will be staying at our favorite hotel BestWestern in Cle'Elum WA. We usually stay there in the summer or early fall to visit our daughters and grandkids and we stayed at this hotel several times and will be staying there at least once a year as long as I can travel. We are always welcomed and we get a nice room and a good breakfast. We also like to travel to the surrounding towns like Leavenworth, Ellensburgh for shopping and history tours with our grandchildren. This will be my husband's first white Christmas and it has been many years since I've had a white Christmas so I'm looking forward to our stay again.

    By Candy Walker on December 21, 2012 3:07 AM

    Washington D.C.--family and History!

    By Darlene Mehegan on December 21, 2012 4:22 AM

    We went to Savannah Georgia recently and we loved it!! So much history there! I learned the whole time I was there!

    By Sheryl on December 21, 2012 4:37 AM

    our favorite destination is Sea World San Antonio. since we don't get much snow in Texas going there still makes it feel like winter since they have everything decorated and last time we went they showed Polar Express and blew snow in the theater.

    By ROBERT SCHRECK on December 21, 2012 6:13 AM

    MYRTLE BEACH SOUTH CAROLINA JUST THE BEST

    By GERRY MCCULLOUGH on December 21, 2012 6:25 AM

    Our favorite Winter location is Waterville Valley,N.H. the Skiing is great and the Best Western is so homey with very hospitable Norwegian owners that treat you like Family.

    By rashay mason on December 21, 2012 6:25 AM

    My favorite place to visit is the wonderful windy city of Chicago, Illinois. The Michigan Mile is lovely with elegant sparkling lights, convenient transportation and glorious stores for shopping. Chicago is beautiful this time of the year.

    By Callie Noble on December 21, 2012 6:30 AM

    We would love to visit Disney during the winter! My daughter would be amazed if we got to see the parade of lights! and with a family of four we could always use a bestwestern vacation!!

    By Carolyn on December 21, 2012 6:47 AM

    I just came back from my favorite winter destination and it was Disneyland!! I always try to stay at the BW Anaheim Inn or Park View Inn right across from Disneyland. Visiting during the holiday season with their beautiful lights and seasonal displays is wonderful! The Christmas parade is also a real treat for kids & adults alike! :)

    By Jackie on December 21, 2012 6:53 AM

    Christmas is about family so as long as we are together its a great Christmas!

    By Terry on December 21, 2012 7:25 AM

    We love staying in Calgary, Alberta over Christmas. It is a half way point for part of our family and the only time that we all have a few days off. The other place is Niagara Falls, Ontario, because the other half of the family lives within a hours drive.

    By Doris on December 21, 2012 7:48 AM

    My all time favorite place to be in wintertime is at our country place in a little town called Weir which is in the Laurentian mountains in Quebec. We spend the evenings with family, warming up by the fireplace listening to good music with a bottle of great red wine. In the daytime we'll take a walk on the snow encrusted country roads or walk across the frozen lake. Life doesn't get much better than that!!!!!

    By Sam G. on December 21, 2012 8:11 AM

    My family always travels some time after New Year's day. Sometimes we pick the Armenian Christmas Day - JAN 6th, for travel; and sometimes around Martin L. King day. Winter time we choose resorts so we can spend time in the hotel + some activities (e.g. skating, skiing, national parks). The recent places visited are: Carousel Hotel in Ocean City MD, Orlando Florida - Universal, NASA, Skiing in Scranton PA.

    By Marg Huxley on December 21, 2012 8:40 AM

    This year my husband and I are having a very different Christmas, celebrating both our retirements with a pre Christmas getaway holiday gift to each other. We travelled to the beautiful South of the USA spending a week exploring New Orleans followed by a little over 2 weeks on a road trip through Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee staying at Best Westerns all the way. A wonderfully memorable experience which we arrived home from yesterday. We left temperatures of 26c in Louisiana to arrive back to a white cool Christmas in BC Canada's Rocky Mountains. We're enjoying the best of two seasons all in one this Christmas. Now all that's left to do is a little Christmas baking, wrap those gifts and celebrate Christmas day at home with family and friends .... And wishing a very Happy Christmas to all our fellow Best Westerners.

    By marilyn on December 21, 2012 8:50 AM

    Hawaii is a great choice winter or anytime,however just spent a week in San Diego and that was fabulous as well. Either would be exceptable.

    By teresa on December 21, 2012 9:20 AM

    my favorte place for me travel to for the winter is in florida

    By Verla on December 21, 2012 9:32 AM

    After spending 15 years as snowbirds both in California & Arizona, we are ready for a change. We would like to go back to Hawaii.

    By Jay Ketchen on December 21, 2012 9:44 AM

    We enjoy going to San Diego in mid to late Jan. Givay areaes us a break from th SF Bay area.

    By belinda on December 21, 2012 10:03 AM

    i love traveling but for christmas i really just like visiting family and friends homes in our city and staying close to home.It is such a special time of year for spending time together. If I did travel i would love to spend christmas one year in Hawaii.

    By Janet Dirtzu on December 21, 2012 10:04 AM

    We either stay home or travel the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Love the winter and it is so beautiful along the lake...especially Grand Marais!

    By Caren Fisher on December 21, 2012 10:36 AM

    My favorite winter experience was traveling back home to Montana when the boys were little. Enjoyed the beautiful snowcapped mountains!

    By Caren Fisher on December 21, 2012 10:40 AM

    My favorite wintertime tradition was traveling back home to Montana when the boys were little. The snowcapped mountains and snowball fights were always a family favorite! Caren Fisher

    By Goknur McAvoy on December 21, 2012 11:09 AM

    Our favorite wintertime travelling place is Portsmouth, NH during the Valentine's Day weekend. We always stay in the BEST WESTERN PLUS Wynwood Hotel & Suites. We already made our reservation for 2013 and cannot wait to be there!

    By Goknur mcAvoy on December 21, 2012 11:13 AM

    Our favorite wintertime place is Portsmouth, NH during the Valentain's Day weekend. We always stay in BEST WESTERN PLUS Wynwood Hotel & Suites.

    By Goknur McAvoy on December 21, 2012 11:14 AM

    Our favorite wintertime place is Portsmouth, NH during the Valentain's Day weekend. We always stay in BEST WESTERN PLUS Wynwood Hotel & Suites.

    By Goknur McAvoy on December 21, 2012 11:16 AM

    Our favorite wintertime place is Portsmouth, NH during the Valentain's Day weekend. We always stay in BEST WESTERN PLUS Wynwood Hotel & Suites.

    By Goknur mcAvoy on December 21, 2012 11:17 AM

    Our favorite wintertime place is Portsmouth, NH during the Valentain's Day weekend. We always stay in BEST WESTERN PLUS Wynwood Hotel & Suites.

    By Henry Reeves on December 21, 2012 11:30 AM

    A Cruise to the Caribbean is the best way to celebrate Winter

    By Bonnie Schell on December 21, 2012 11:35 AM

    Our family loves to leave cold rainy Oregon in Jan, and visit the Disneyland resort in our neighboring state of CA. It is such a nice break from the cold, and it's great to see the sun again!

    By Mary on December 21, 2012 11:41 AM

    Upper Canada Village 'Lite a Nite' is our favourite to enhance the Christmas season. Brillant, colourful lights frame old buildings in a truely winter wonderland of days gone by. Walk the village, ride the horse drawn sleigh, watch lights rock to music, drink hot chocolate, then warm up enjoying a turkey dinner. (By the St. Lawrence Seaway, on Hwy. #2 between Morrisburg & Cornwall)

    By Dale H on December 21, 2012 12:43 PM

    Our favorite place is the Blue Ridge mountains. No matter what time of year, it is great but in Winter it is beyond belief. NC and TN have the best views and Wonderful Parkway scenes. Best part is all the Best Westerns in those areas.

    By Ken Kroppmanns on December 21, 2012 1:57 PM

    I like to get away when ever I can. For the last couple of years we have gone stateside just to get away between Christmas and The New Year. Washington, Oregon, and California.

    By Gary Toifel on December 21, 2012 2:25 PM

    Today is mine and my wife 10 year anniversary.And as Harley riders we just pick a different place each.But where ever we go we make sure that Best Western is with us.

    By lorik on December 21, 2012 2:59 PM

    by lorik 3:52 pm on 12/21/2012. We like Redondo Beach Calif. in Winter. Wiggle our toes in sand on a walk on beach, a foggy morning walk on the beach walk, breakfast on the pier, and a bike ride in the afternoon sun on the beach, then a seafood dinner on one of the piers ( like Tony's).

    By B Hagerty on December 21, 2012 3:48 PM

    I used to go to Jamaica for a week every winter. I loved getting away for the sunshine and relaxation during a snowy Canadian winter.
    The past several years we have stuck pretty close to home but my son is getting to the age where a Disney trip during the snowy season might be just the ticket.

    By Stefan Lerche on December 21, 2012 4:51 PM

    Love to stay locally - either in Victoria or Whistler. Best Western always makes our stays memorable. Merry Christmas

    By Virginia R. Towers on December 21, 2012 6:22 PM

    Freeport, Grand Bahama Islands - Husband golfs - I love the resort!

    By N. khankaew on December 21, 2012 8:12 PM

    lake tahoe ...we love skiing and snow..

    By Jeff F, on December 21, 2012 8:17 PM

    After visiting Phoenix/Scottsdale a few years ago, my wife and I were so impressed with the area and recreational activites there that we'd really like to get back for a longer visit in the future. And being from the "great white north" as we are, the southern Arizona climate in winter surely beats the snow, ice, and cold up here.

    By Sue on December 21, 2012 10:34 PM

    Hawaii would be my favorite winter holiday! We live in the Sunny Okanagan so every day is a beautiful day here!

    By Sam Bess on December 21, 2012 11:58 PM

    WE travel to Ocean Shores: Right on the beach with a room overlooking the dunes to the water----usually for a storm, or the tsunami debris---a stormy night with a fireplace---the "Waves" restaurant, the indoor pool and hot tub---but best is the
    look-out watchtower above the roof.

    By S. Russell on December 22, 2012 6:20 AM

    We usually stay pretty close to home and family, but there have been a few years that we have been in Florida between Christmas and New Year's Day or on the ski slopes in Colorado with youth group kids.

    By S. Connelly on December 22, 2012 9:34 AM

    We love to visit family in RI during the winter and staying in West Greenwich. The Best Western there is encircled by pine trees and you feel like you are surrounded by nature. They are always welcoming there. Our favorite is the continental breakfast.

    By Judith Campbell on December 22, 2012 9:38 AM

    We like to go to Ocean Shores and watch the waves and drift come in.

    By Eileen Niemoller on December 22, 2012 10:46 AM

    Winter Park, Colorado

    By Dana P. on December 22, 2012 12:03 PM

    Mt. Tremblant, Quebec! Fantastic

    By Susan Cynowicz on December 22, 2012 3:45 PM

    My favorite winter destination is Allentown, PA. I stayed at the Best Western Inn and Suites, which has an indoor heated pool. I visited the Martin Guitar Co. where they take you on a tour to the manufacturing plant. Excellent experience! I also went to a very famous with outdoors men, store named Cabella's, which is huge and very interesting. That was a perfect winter weekend!

    By V.R G. on December 22, 2012 3:49 PM

    Spending time in our winter wonderland in northern Alberta followed by a cozy wood-burning fireplace or stove~the warmth from it can't be beat!!!

    By Joe M on December 22, 2012 4:05 PM

    Jasper Banff Parkway is beautiful. The hwy is sometimes dicey so you must drive slow, but that's a good thing so you have more time to enjoy the scenery.

    By Joe M on December 22, 2012 4:07 PM

    Jasper Banff Parkway is beautiful. The hwy is sometimes dicey so you must drive slow, but that's a good thing so you have more time to enjoy the scenery

    By melisa watson on December 22, 2012 4:54 PM

    I love to go home to Michigan in the winter. All my family is there and I live in Texas. There is no place like home for the holidays. Something about all that snow just brings back all the best childhood memories.

    By melisa watson on December 22, 2012 4:58 PM

    Although I sure don't get there as often as I would like, my favorite place to go in the winter is Michigan. I live in Texas but Michigan is my home. and there is nothing like home for the holidays with all my family. Something about all the snow just brings back wonderful childhood memories.

    By Cathy L, on December 22, 2012 5:11 PM

    Anywhere warm. By February I'm sick of the Michigan winters and want to get away. Last warm play I went was Hollywood, Florida. Stayed right on the boardwalk and walked to dinner every night.

    By Eleonora Jeffreys on December 22, 2012 5:30 PM

    Disney World is the most magical place on earth & the Very Merry Christmas is something that must be experienced.

    By Marcy Williams on December 22, 2012 6:25 PM

    Our favorite Winter destination is our daughter's home in TX. We live in Illinois; our daughter comes home for Christmas; we drive her home and stay with her for a couple months. However, on the way to her home and back we stay in one of your fabulous hotels. Also, while we are in TX, we often take side trips and travel around the Southern states, again staying in your hotels. Thank you for my entry in your contest! Wish me luck in winning!!!!

    By Marni Greene on December 22, 2012 6:59 PM

    My favorite is Disney World.

    By Mark Luecke on December 22, 2012 8:12 PM

    Our favorite place is Whistler. The skiing is fabulous. We relax in the hot tub later with a glass of wine. After that we sit in front of a roaring fire and nearly fall asleep until we drag ourselves to bed. Then we do it all over again. What could be better. Gathering in a cabin with our friends and family watching the snow fall. It truly is magical.

    By Mar Luecke on December 22, 2012 8:16 PM

    Whistler is my favorite place to be. Fresh powder snow. Good Friends, Good food and fresh air. What could be better than sitting in front of a roaring fire with a glass of wine and watching the snow fall.

    By David Standley on December 23, 2012 4:01 AM

    My favorite destination is Fort Myers, Fl. We go there every year in Feb.

    By Stacey W. on December 23, 2012 9:56 AM

    I like hitting the road and seeing colorful lights and Christmas displays all around. My favorite so far is the Festival of Lights in Kensington, MD. It's an indoor and outdoor display with over 600,000 lights, musical concerts, and christmas trees on display. Plus it's free so well within my budget.

    By Mary on December 23, 2012 10:18 AM

    This is on my bucket list: A trip to Sheridan, WY for a day-trip snowmachine ride across the top of the Big Horns.

    By Ronald Bellefleur on December 23, 2012 1:11 PM

    Cabo San Lucas - a Great spot on the tip of the Baja

    By Debbie Legros on December 23, 2012 2:54 PM

    We stay close to home for the holiday season :)

    By Dona on December 23, 2012 5:05 PM

    Staying in the Kootenays with family and friends.

    By Veronica Myers on December 23, 2012 7:48 PM

    Going to Whistler, Canada! Great snow and hiking!

    By Tava on December 23, 2012 9:50 PM

    For all of my childhood it was Kamloops BC to see my grandparents but now there's more family elsewhere so it's wherever the most of us can be schedule wise - for the past 10 years it's been just about every province but my grandma loves to fly so I think she's arranged it that way!!

    By Jody on December 24, 2012 1:49 AM

    Agua Prieta, a Mexican town bordering Douglas Arizona. I go there to work on relief projects a couple of times a year. It is best in winter when it is not too hot. The place is not much to look at, but the people are WONDERFUL.

    By Lisa on December 24, 2012 1:56 AM

    Home. We like to avoid long-distance freeway travel and explore the many local Washington DC and Baltimore attractions that are easy to take for granted since we live here.

    By George Dickson on December 24, 2012 6:25 AM

    Nelson BC I'm so glad you have a BW there now. This is a real authentic ski town with friendly people who love the mountains and outdoors-no pretentious tourists just people who respect the environment and enjoy the lifestyle. It's heaven on earth.

    George, Colliingwood ON

    By Chris C. on December 24, 2012 7:20 AM

    Jasper for me!

    By Stephen Russ on December 24, 2012 9:16 AM

    I live in the northeast U.S., but for two years lived in New Mexico. In winter, I plan to live in Las Cruces, N.M. for 3-4 months, because I LOVE the land of enchantment. Rents for furnished short term leases are reasonable, I love the weather, the landscape, the culture, the people - in short, everything!! PLUS!! I wouldn't have to deal with snow and freezing, wet weather, ice and black ice!!

    I explored much of New Mexico with my family when I lived in New Mexico in the early '80's, and some of Arizona. There is more to explore, and to revisit all the places I've been, and see how almost 30 years have changed things!!

    By Steph on December 24, 2012 11:19 AM

    We usually go to Las Vegas or Laughlin Nevada, and have our own "snow day"!

    By Suzanne B on December 24, 2012 12:00 PM

    Christmas Day is always at home with family. 2 days later we are on the road heading south. Palm Springs is our destination but on the way we do mini tours of various states. Once there we explore all Southern California has to offer. One of the best places we have found for a variety of activities from dining to sight seeing, wine country to shopping, casinos to tourist attractions. Every Thursday on the main drag watching the folks at the street festival. This valley has it all!

    By Chris W on December 24, 2012 1:14 PM

    Warm Casa Grande, Arizona, let the sunshine in!

    By Gregory Fayne on December 24, 2012 2:37 PM

    Estes Park, Colorado in the winter is beautiful. Scenic beauty and winter activities abound. "GOD'S COUNTRY".
    "LUV IT!!!"

    By Darlene P on December 24, 2012 3:49 PM

    I love going to Niagara Falls in the wintertime. The falls are beautiful whether frozen or flowing. What great icicles you see!

    By Roland E on December 24, 2012 4:12 PM

    Living in Michigan, take ne to the Caribbean. Any place in the Caribbean!!!!!!

    By Penny S on December 24, 2012 5:58 PM

    we love to goto Southern California! The Best Westerns around the Disneyland area are great, perfect this time of year to get back to the room with little ones!!!

    By Norm Nelson on December 24, 2012 9:02 PM

    sunny Scottsdale Arizona! Beautiful

    By Sandy Rothman on December 25, 2012 5:33 AM

    Usually stay home for holidays, then like to go to Aruba or somewhere warm in January!

    By Kai on December 25, 2012 6:53 PM

    I love to go to Gavle, Sweden to visit my best friend. The snow is piled high & you can't even go out the front door without shoveling the snow away! The nights look like day & you have to close the blinds so you can get some sleep. Gavle is about 45 minutes by train. You have to travel out of Stockholm. It is truly beautiful there. You can walk or ride your bike to get to the main center. Swedish people love Americans!
    I feel so welcome there every year I go.

    By Tammy Jackson on December 26, 2012 4:00 AM

    We usually stay home around the holidays and our kids can come visit us.We have a great Christmas day together opening presents, having a great christmas lunch then we play family games like Apples to Apples or Farkle! We have a lot of fun. Soon the kids will have to go back to their own homes in Alaska and Portland, Maine.

    By scott knourek on December 26, 2012 4:16 AM

    my favorite winter destination is any where but here in Kansas, as long as it's warm

    By valerie knourek on December 26, 2012 4:18 AM

    Let's all go to the sunshine state

    By lb on December 26, 2012 4:31 AM

    We love family ski trips! Spending quality family time together gets harder each year and when the kids want to be with you, that's a win! We usually ski vermont or maine since we can drive, but all of us want to try skiing out west. Winter is the only time we can this wonderful sport, so any mountain that has snow is a great wintertime travel detsination for us.

    By Naman Jain on December 26, 2012 5:37 AM

    Meteora in Greece, its a heaven during winters... Its was really impressive...

    By Sarah on December 26, 2012 5:40 AM

    Winter is not winter without snow! My favourite winter destination is Whistler, BC. So much to do for everyone in the family, and the drive along the sea to sky highway from Vancouver is worth the trip alone!

    By amy on December 26, 2012 5:43 AM

    NYC!! to see so many amazing kids we know currently working in Broadway shows!

    By Stephen M on December 26, 2012 5:48 AM

    NY NY during the Holidays

    By Mike Etcitty on December 26, 2012 5:58 AM

    Provo, Ut.
    That would be my choice.
    Best snow in America...

    By H. Crawford on December 26, 2012 6:00 AM

    I love to come to Fort Myers Florida to share Christmas with friends. I am here now! The only white Christmas I saw was the white sand at Sanibel! Love it ! I stayed at a beautiful Best Western off Interstate 75 in Ocala on my way here. Keep up the good work - I love Best Western ! You never disappoint me !

    By Bob White on December 26, 2012 6:03 AM

    We enjoy going to our cabin outside Buckhannon, WV . There we can snowtube, snowmobile and try our hand at winter time fishing, then relax by the fire place or fire ring, with a cup of coffee or hot cocoa..

    By Mary Bricker-Jenkins on December 26, 2012 6:10 AM

    Iceland! Natural hot springs & tubs in the snow!

    By Kathleen Ridenour on December 26, 2012 6:13 AM

    The best Winter time destination is wherever my family is...I think the destination is great but it isn't really memorable without my husband to share it with...As for a place we would love to visit in the Winter it would be the Dominican Republic or another place in the Caribbean. I am not a fan or cold-we live in Florida...Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest.

    By Deborah Kach on December 26, 2012 6:22 AM

    We love the Cochella Valley, California. Visiting the desert and sunny days is a great getaway for our long dark winters.

    By Dennis Kelly on December 26, 2012 6:25 AM

    I'm learning to love Mesa AZ!

    By Jennifer on December 26, 2012 6:26 AM

    My wedding anniversary is on January 4th....so my husband and I always ring in the new year at home with friends and family, then take off to somewhere magical to celebrate our love! We love to visit Myrtle Beach, SC in the winter. Because it's off-season, everything tends to be a bit slower paced, so there is no pressure to "see and do". Only "be". And that's how we like to spend our anniversary. Just focusing on ourselves and our life together. I hope we win....what an amazing anniversary gift that would be!!! :-) Thanks, Best Western!

    By Mike Bourgeois on December 26, 2012 6:26 AM

    I like traveling to BW Bristol in Sottomarnia, Italy. They always make me feel like I am home, away from home...

    By Deborah Kach on December 26, 2012 6:27 AM

    Love to visit the Cochella Valley,California. It breaks up our long dark winters.

    By G & T on December 26, 2012 6:29 AM

    Hood River, Oregon. Snow on the deck, snow on the trees, snow on the road, snow, snow everywhere

    By Dwight on December 26, 2012 6:33 AM

    Enjoy the white sand beaches at Ft. Walton, Fl. We like to go there in the winter months as there is not as many other people there. Also enjoy the shopping and food the area provides.

    By Rose on December 26, 2012 6:33 AM

    Disney in Florida is so much fum during Dec.

    By Paula on December 26, 2012 6:35 AM

    Key West, Florida! Blue skies; blue water; palm trees and best of all - NO SNOW!

    By Chris on December 26, 2012 6:45 AM

    We love Frankenmuth MI anytime of year but especially the holidays. The know hoe to throw a party.

    By darlene fair on December 26, 2012 6:45 AM

    Williamsburg, Va. is our farovite place in the winter time. It's Holiday, fun and education all in one place.

    By warren higgins on December 26, 2012 6:47 AM

    my favorite place would be the best western choclate lake.it's about a 5 hr. drive from where i live.the staff are really friendly and take after your needs.my family really enjoy this location.

    By Debb MaGee on December 26, 2012 6:48 AM

    My favourite wintertime destination is Banff. And now that I have someone to share it with, its even more special. Would love to afford to introduce him to this tradition.

    By John Gulyas on December 26, 2012 6:55 AM

    We love the island of Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand. Quiet , and relax-full with
    a monthly Full Moon Party to liven things up.

    By Debbie Sikorski on December 26, 2012 6:55 AM

    My folks have 30 grandchildren and now with the great grandchildren starting it is to many people for us to spend Christmas together at someones house. So, we meet at an conference room at a hotel in Fargo ND. The late 2 years we staid at the Best Western, Kelly Inn Suites and it was great. For me I have 5 kids and 3 grandkids and I get 2 joining rooms for us to stay and enjoy my grandkids. If it works out we stay 2 nights. We already scheduled a date with them for next Christmas. They always have treated us so great and anything we needed they we happy to oblige.
    Thanks Best Western For another great Christmas.

    Debbie Sikorski

    By Audrey & John on December 26, 2012 6:58 AM

    We used to fly to Jamacia or Mexico for a couple of weeks every 3 years but as
    we have aged and lowered our health state we now stay closer to home and do
    every other weekend trips visiting our grand children in Windsor,Niagara Falls, Sault Ste.Marie and Paradice in the UP Michigan.

    By wayne on December 26, 2012 6:58 AM

    Travelling to Maine and New Hampshire

    By doug mcclew on December 26, 2012 7:00 AM

    Our favorite winter time destination is Key West. Riding our Harley motorcycles is a big treat when it is cold. Laying on the beach , eating sea food and finishing off with key lime pie makes it GREAT!!!

    By Jae Kyung Jung on December 26, 2012 7:02 AM

    I love aouth california (San Diego, LA, and Bay area)

    By Stephanie on December 26, 2012 7:05 AM

    It's wonderful to escape to Flagstaff from Phoenixmto actually experience the feeling of winter vs 60+ degrees during the Holidays!

    By Sue Dahl on December 26, 2012 7:05 AM

    We'd love to be able to see our granddaughters, (9 mo. & 4 yrs) in the winter. They live 1,300 miles from us (a 22 hr drive) in Alexandria, VA.

    By Colin Edwards on December 26, 2012 7:06 AM

    My wife and I plan to spend the next several Christmas's in Mazatlan Mexico. We have a condo in this beautiful city. This is our first year here at this time of year and the friendly Mexican's really make the most of Christmas.
    I stopped at a Best Western hotel in Edmonton on my way here, early morning flight.

    When you are born in the northern hemisphere spending Christmas in temperatures of 27'C is a treat, one we will easily get use too.

    Happy holidays to all.

    Colin Edwards.

    By Brad on December 26, 2012 7:07 AM

    Hitting the slopes at Steamboat Springs for early spring skiing!

    By Mandy Watson on December 26, 2012 7:09 AM

    Kelowna. We go to shop, but also mainly to visit friends.

    By Sara futh on December 26, 2012 7:10 AM

    Island of Maui, particularly the magical village of Hana on the East side. Very special at year's end, and what a New Year's Eve party the whole village puts on!

    By Mike Vezina on December 26, 2012 7:10 AM

    Riviiera Nayarit - Nuevo Vallarta... sunsets and no tropical storms

    By richard da sylva on December 26, 2012 7:11 AM

    i love to go to new york in winter time is a great city

    By Mike Vezina on December 26, 2012 7:11 AM

    Riviera Nayarit - great sunsets and no tropical storms

    By Grace O on December 26, 2012 7:12 AM

    Yosemite National Park. Very quiet and beautiful in the winter.

    By carol on December 26, 2012 7:18 AM

    my favorite in the wintertime would be florida.

    By Tara Turley on December 26, 2012 7:23 AM

    My family's favorite place to travel in the winter is Sevierville, Tennessee. It is our favorite place any time of the year actually! It is such a beautiful area we just dream about visiting all year long, but our favorite time of year is when all the Christmas lights are up and we might even get to see it snow!

    By Tara Turley on December 26, 2012 7:24 AM

    My family's favorite place to travel in the winter is Sevierville, Tennessee. It is our favorite place any time of the year actually! It is such a beautiful area we just dream about visiting all year long, but our favorite time of year is when all the Christmas lights are up and we might even get to see it snow!

    By Tara Turley on December 26, 2012 7:25 AM

    My family's favorite place to travel in the winter is Sevierville, Tennessee. It is our favorite place any time of the year actually! It is such a beautiful area we just dream about visiting all year long, but our favorite time of year is when all the Christmas lights are up and we might even get to see it snow!

    By Marci Horton on December 26, 2012 7:25 AM

    We travel too see family in San Diego and Arroyo Grande, around Thanksgiving and Christmas time. My parents come down from Montana.

    By JCarp on December 26, 2012 7:25 AM

    Hershey, PA the have a awesome a great family event at the theme park

    By Tara Turley on December 26, 2012 7:26 AM

    My family's favorite place to travel in the winter is Sevierville, Tennessee. It is our favorite place any time of the year actually! It is such a beautiful area we just dream about visiting all year long, but our favorite time of year is when all the Christmas lights are up and we might even get to see it snow!

    By MUHAMMAD IDREES KHAN on December 26, 2012 7:26 AM

    I would like to go to Vegas or for sure to BC.

    By Blooms on December 26, 2012 7:28 AM

    We love going to San Diego in November and April each year. We go in November before freeze up and April before break up. We live in a wintry town. We keep going back cause we appreciate the friendly service we get from the employees of the Best Western Hacienda at the Old Town. Keep up the good work!


    By George on December 26, 2012 7:30 AM

    Winter Favorite? Chicago, for sure! I like arriving very early on the day after Thanksgiving, in time to make it to the Art Institute for cocoa and 'wreathing of the lions.' Then it's charging up and down State St and Michigan Ave to plan the excursions for the following days. A little snow is nice, but not necessary!

    And the Best Western is so conveniently situated for all this. Hope to do it all again next year!

    By Pamela Yeager on December 26, 2012 7:31 AM

    A trip to the Mall of America with my two daughter-in-laws, and grandbabies, would be nice.

    By Scott on December 26, 2012 7:33 AM

    We enjoy winter in the Poconos, which is nearby, where we enjoy the snow and the winter activities, when we can get away.

    By Richard Spratley on December 26, 2012 7:34 AM

    We usually stay close to home in Colorado, but have made holiday trips to Jackson Hole, WY. We typically drive, but have also flown in to Jackson Hole Airport. The most beautiful mountain range in the lower 48. You have wildlife everywhere. The best skiiing in the lower 48. The atmosphere, staying at the Lodge in Jackson Hole....also the best Best Western hotel! It doesn't get any better.......: )

    By Ron kohl on December 26, 2012 7:35 AM

    Hi We are taking grand kids to Disney world in fl in April 2013

    By Jennifer Carter on December 26, 2012 7:37 AM

    Nashville, Tennessee....2 million Christmas lights at the Opryland hotel; fabulous shopping, Christmas lights and song by the Cumberland River, great live music and real food...nicest people on earth, I swear. My happy place is Nashville at Christmas.

    By Bobbi Loewy on December 26, 2012 7:39 AM

    Hi!
    My favorite winter place to visit is Carmel Valley, CA, where the winter fog burns off quicker than it does along the coast!
    Happy holidays to all!

    By Jacqueline Tyree on December 26, 2012 7:44 AM

    My Family and I rented two Best Western Suites in Cocoa Beach For Christmas we stayed 2 nights. Our rooms where wonderful I took my Grandchildren Son and his wife, the reservations came with breakfast. Everyone had so much fun, the pool is heated, plenty of waves and walking distance to the pier. We are talking about doing this next year. No one wanted to come home , we have such great memories and photo's of the 2 days.

    By Melody Condron on December 26, 2012 7:46 AM

    Denver! The sun is always out, even in the winter.

    By cyril connelly on December 26, 2012 7:47 AM

    San Francisco

    By Jodi on December 26, 2012 7:47 AM

    We love to drive to SW Colorado. Taking Hwy 160 west through Wolf Creek Pass, Pagosa Springs, Telluride and on to Ouray. It doesn't get any prettier than that. We stay at the Best Western in Ouray. The best Ice Climbing in the country. The atmosphere and location is unbeatable.....especially during the holidays.

    By Eva on December 26, 2012 7:49 AM

    California is my favorite travel destination. My family and I enjoyed our travel there during winter. We hope to move there one day.

    By Mohammad Nura Alam on December 26, 2012 7:53 AM

    My favorite wintertime destination is Canada

    By Sharon McAteer on December 26, 2012 7:56 AM

    Our favorite place to go is Pigeon Forge Tennessee. There's nothing like staying in Gatlinburg (next to Pigeon Forge) in a rental cabin and looking out and seeing the snow coming down while enjoying the fire in the fireplace. We didn't see any bear this time though. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge is wonderfully decorated for the Christmas season and gets you in the mood right away. All the shows in the park are great and they make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. They definitely know the reason for the season at Dollywood and the live music and songs they sing and the atmosphere make you think about the babe in the manger. If you're not in the Christmas spirit when you leave there, you'll never be!!!!!!!

    By Vishal on December 26, 2012 7:56 AM

    My Favorite winter destination is Pittsburgh,PA.

    By Karen on December 26, 2012 7:59 AM

    Love Christmas on the prairies with all our family and friends.

    By Amy on December 26, 2012 8:03 AM

    Idaho... spending some snow time in with FAMILY!

    By Patricio on December 26, 2012 8:08 AM

    I love Florida!!!

    By Laura Cherry on December 26, 2012 8:10 AM

    It is a tie between Lake Tahoe if I want snow or Carmel if I want some Ocean - both locations are perfect during the holidays!

    By chris & mark on December 26, 2012 8:10 AM

    Central Oregon to go shoot Coyote in the winter!!! Best ever getaway

    By Deb Christianson Paskall on December 26, 2012 8:13 AM

    Our favorite winter place to visit is Fernie! It's SO beautiful there in the winter time, with the fresh blankets of snow on those beautiful mountains, the Ski chalets and the Lodge are spectacular. However, we stayed at The Best Western during the Fly Fishing Championships in 2008, and have been wanting to go back ever since - ultimate in comfort, luxury, and the staff were so pleasant to interact with. Much like the one in Whistler (love it there too, it's too hard to pick just one!).
    Alpine Fernie area is beautiful, however, with the majestic Elk River running through, and the Michelle Creek tributary not far from there with some beautiful trails as well.
    Happy Holidays and Good Luck :-)

    By Linda Wendeborn on December 26, 2012 8:13 AM

    We head south of the border for our holidays. I enjoy the sun after living in Alaska for most of the year. Holidays in the warmer climates are less stressful, not near as commercially orientated, and the true nature of the holiday is much more appreciated.

    By Peter on December 26, 2012 8:13 AM

    For the Holidays it's nice to be home, around family. In terms of winter travel, somewhere warm always sounds inviting.

    By Margie on December 26, 2012 8:14 AM

    We loved Tucson in winter! At 87 and 74 years, we try to travel while we still can. What a wonderful vacation it was! The desert, cactus, warm air, good friends were really appreciated. The bonus was traveling north to Sedona and Williams before we left. The best time of year is winter there - not many people in the Grand Canyon which made travel easier and a lot of fun. Wonderful!!!

    By amy bringardner on December 26, 2012 8:14 AM

    Alta Lodge, UTAH!!!

    By Jewel on December 26, 2012 8:15 AM

    Our very most favorite winter spot is Fort Bragg, CA and the Mendocino coast. After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it is so nice to get away to a place where life goes a little slower and people always have time to say "hi" to you when you pass by them on the street. No matter what the weather, it is always beautiful on the North Coast. And, we do go there not only for the peace and beauty, but also the amazing food, beer and wine the region offers. We are heading up there next week for our yearly winter retreat! And, there is a Best Western up there! Just across the street from the Pacific Ocean, and the views are pretty awesome from the hotel!

    By wendy gonzalez on December 26, 2012 8:16 AM

    San Diego is where my husband and I usually go, but we might try somewhere new next year.

    By Linda Wendeborn on December 26, 2012 8:16 AM

    We head south of the border for some less stressful holiday festivities. Great way to re-charge our batteries after running our business in Alaska. I can recommend it for everyone!

    By ira on December 26, 2012 8:19 AM

    In 1966 I traveled from Saigon to Boston, Ma. It was Thanksgiving Day and I was going home on leave after completing my tour of duty. We refueled in anchorage and had to de-ice the wings three times before successful take off. I took a red-eye from San Francisco to NYC and the shuttle at 7:30am from NY to Boston, but fog prevented landing at Logan. The pilot made several attempts, including having to go to Conn. to refuel, finally giving up and delivering us to Conn. where we were then shuttled to Logan. Arriving finally at the front door of my mother's apt. in Dorchester, Ma.; She was not expecting me, did not know I was coming home. The look on her face when she opened the door sealed forever in my heart my favorite travel destination.

    By Cheryl Jeanfreau on December 26, 2012 8:20 AM

    Christmas time in New Orleans, Louisiana is beautiful. The perfect place for people who like warmer weather... almost never any snow!!! Christmas Caroling in Jackson Square and beautiful Christmas decorations all thru the French Quarter... Especially the Hotels in that area...

    By Elena Garcia on December 26, 2012 8:20 AM

    Definitely Key West, FL. 70+ degrees in the winter and beautiful sunsets :)

    By Don Jackson on December 26, 2012 8:22 AM

    The beautiful area of Northern Michigan is a favorite family Christmas destination. Traverse City, Petoskey, Harbour Springs all worth the trip!!

    By Laurel McCabe on December 26, 2012 8:24 AM

    I like to be where ever my family is and that is Vancouver Island or Edmonton.
    Thank you

    By Linda Jenkins on December 26, 2012 8:25 AM

    My favorite place to visit in the winter time is Gulf Shores, AL. We just recently got back and are stay at the Best Western was great. We have stayed there several time and always are treated great. Looking forward to going again soon.

    By Carla Galloway on December 26, 2012 8:25 AM

    We love to travel to San Antonio, Texas. The weather is wonderful, the River Walk is beautiful all year around. The Hispanic history and culture makes this city a unique travel experience.

    By Laurel McCabe on December 26, 2012 8:26 AM

    Anywhere with my family.
    Thank you

    By Tammy on December 26, 2012 8:34 AM

    We love Sun Valley Idaho. It's a beautiful place, great skiing, beautiful outdoor ice skating rink and great reaturants. The Best Western in Ketchum is a great place to stay.

    By Chris Fox on December 26, 2012 8:36 AM

    Our family loves to travel to Corvallis, OR. where the rain sometimes stops falling. We live in Astoria, OR. where the rain never stops falling. If you like "liquid sunshine" come out to Oregon.

    By Keith George on December 26, 2012 8:40 AM

    Carson City, NV is my favorite winter destination. The area is open to all types of indoor and outdoor winter activities.

    During the day I can snow ski several Lake Tahoe resorts without the crazyness of the Lake Tahoe traffic.
    I can go hiking or mountain biking in the hills around Carson City.

    At night I can gamble or dance the night away in the Best Western Carson Station Casino.

    By Marie on December 26, 2012 8:41 AM

    Maui!

    By Jon Bonk on December 26, 2012 8:44 AM

    My wife and I headanywhere coastal for our late December anniversary. If we're lucky we encounter a winter storm and are FORCED to stay indoors. ;)

    By Charlotte on December 26, 2012 8:46 AM

    We like to have a winter holiday in Florida, California or Hawaii. We also would like to try Texas this year.

    By Paul on December 26, 2012 8:47 AM

    I love to go to Haiti in the winter. Temp 34 degrees and we can help the poor people there recovering from one disaster after the other.

    By Rebecca Galias on December 26, 2012 8:47 AM

    My favorite winter destination is Boston, MA. My mom always took my brother and I to visit with her family there when we were younger. As many times as we were there during our childhood, we have still never seen snow. I would love to go back during the winter and experience the city as an adult!

    By Rosa Lee Copeland on December 26, 2012 8:55 AM

    I love to travel to Daytona FL for Bike Week. It is so nice to leave the cold and be able to ride my bike like a summer ride once you are in sunny Florida. It warms the soul and lets you know spring is on the way.

    By Laura McGregor on December 26, 2012 8:55 AM

    My husband and I hope to take a break away during the 3rd week of February to celebrate our Anniversary. We hope to visit San Diego and Scotsdale Arizona
    and plan to stay at a Best Western as we usually do.
    We find they are comfortable, clean and centrally located in most places with good courteous service.
    Being from central alberta it is a good time to get away and enjoy a little sunshine and warm weather.

    By Marque French on December 26, 2012 8:57 AM

    Southwest Florida, the Keys or Puerto Rico on the Eastern seaboard, or Hawaii on the Western side.

    By Michelle on December 26, 2012 8:57 AM

    Vancouver, BC!!!! We have stayed at the Best Western there and it was fan-tas-tic!!! Can't wait to go back.

    By Luis Gonzalez on December 26, 2012 9:00 AM

    We stay home for the holidays but have chosen March 14 to go to Hot Spings, Arkansas to Oaklawn for horse racing. Hopefully spring will have arrived in central Arkansas by then!

    By Natalia on December 26, 2012 9:03 AM

    Beautiful Swiss Alps

    By donna on December 26, 2012 9:08 AM

    Scottsdale is a great destination, great bike trails that go on forever....Staying in Best Westerns on the way down from Canada is our favorite way to go....

    By Henry bloom on December 26, 2012 9:08 AM

    We love going to San Diego every November so we don't watch the freeze up at that time here in Alaska, then we go back in APRIL SO WE CAN COME HOME TO BREAKING OF THE ICE IN SPRING.

    By Bryan Ganz on December 26, 2012 9:13 AM

    For Winter we love to go to Arizona and take in some sun and vitamin D!

    By LINDA N on December 26, 2012 9:13 AM

    MACKINAC ISLAND MICHIGAN-----THE BEST PLACE ON EARTH NO MATTER THE SEASON

    By Richard A. Wallace on December 26, 2012 9:21 AM

    we love to go to South carolina for the surfing, biking and most of all to root on the GAMECOCKS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA

    By Len murray on December 26, 2012 9:22 AM

    We stay close to home in New Hampshire,visit family in Ma go to First Night in Boston

    By Jon Paul White on December 26, 2012 9:24 AM

    beach

    By Jon Paul White on December 26, 2012 9:27 AM

    beach

    By Warut Tangvatcharapranee on December 26, 2012 9:28 AM

    Tachai Island "Maldives of Thailand"
    The beaches at Koh Tachai are spectacular with the white sand and clear water. For these reasons it is often referred to as the Maldives of Thailand. :)

    By Jon Paul White on December 26, 2012 9:30 AM

    beach

    By Andrea on December 26, 2012 9:31 AM

    The Beach

    By Lauren on December 26, 2012 9:33 AM

    Tahoe!

    By Don Knaus on December 26, 2012 9:34 AM

    Where's my favorite place? I'd rather go someplace I've never been. I am an old timer retired teacher who was always on a tight budget. I'd love to visit New Orleans. It has been a lifetime dream.

    By Bill Baldwin on December 26, 2012 9:35 AM

    There is no place like home for Christmas with family and friends!!! We used to enjoy snowmobiling in the beautiful Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho. A blanket of snow on the evergreens is a beautiful sight!!! Would love to take a trip to warm Hawaii with the whole family to relax and count our blessings!!! Have stayed at the Best Western many times -- for five months recently, while our new home was being built. Great stay!!!

    By ADL on December 26, 2012 9:35 AM

    Things have changed dramatically in my life, after recently getting married to an amazing man with 5 siblings & their 5 spouses this only child with no family in this province & most out of the content let alone the country, all I can say is WOW. So now we travel almost 2 hours to 1 & an hour to another. All the while enjoying the beautiful winters of South Western Ontario. So nice to know there is always a Best Western near by so when the snow gets to deep we just spend the night & start over for home the next morning.

    By Jon Paul White on December 26, 2012 9:37 AM

    the beach

    By Bonnie Florentine on December 26, 2012 9:40 AM

    Going to Flordia or Tx.

    By Yvonne Chard on December 26, 2012 9:42 AM

    Like to stay home and see things in Vancouver

    By Claude on December 26, 2012 9:43 AM

    My favourite destination during the Holiday Season is Quebec City and Mont Ste-Anne ski resort........which is one of the most impressive mointain in the Eastern part of our beautiful Canada.

    By Mahala on December 26, 2012 9:43 AM

    Our favorite Winter destination is Leavenworth, Washington. Nestled in the mountains, it is a beautiful, Bavarian themed town located east of the Cascade Mountain Range. For the sports enthusiast, you have Stevens Pass and Mission Ridge for alpine skiing/snow-boarding,and mile upon mile in the Leavenworth area for snow-shoeing, cross country skiing, and snow-mobiling. Not to be remiss, there is a wonderful tubing hill right in Leavenworth at Ski Hill. The town is magical at all times with the serenity of the snow, but the Christmas lighting season is soul-quenching, and the town continues to provide Winter entertainment with the celebration of Winterfest.

    By john borton on December 26, 2012 9:45 AM

    winter time in upstate NY is ok but when we are expeectine 10-16 inches of snow guess what, time to go see reletives in southern california. thanks to best western thats where we are headed thanks

    By stacy myers on December 26, 2012 9:45 AM

    We love to hang out on the beaches in austrailia.

    By Vick Lyman on December 26, 2012 9:46 AM

    We enjoy local travel,Grand Rapids is are Furthest point in winter.

    By i.r. on December 26, 2012 9:46 AM

    We travel to Texas for five months in the winter. Always looking for Best Western Hotels.

    By Bill on December 26, 2012 9:49 AM

    The nicest scenery that I've ever seen is in the Queen Charlotte Islands. White sand beaches, lava beds, old growth forests, bald eagles, great blue heron. A terrific place to spend a holiday.

    By Arlene Fannin on December 26, 2012 9:50 AM

    My favorite place in the winter is Salt Lake City. The Temple Square has the most beautiful display of lights for Christmas. It doesn't matter what religion you are. The Square welcomes all visitors and what a better place to witness the beauty of the season as well as the lighting display.

    By Brian MOSSEY on December 26, 2012 9:55 AM

    Wintering in the Rio Grande Valley,Texas. Lots to do,friendly people and warm. Got to like it when you come from the Great White North.

    By G. McNeal on December 26, 2012 10:05 AM

    I love the snowy mountains of Pa. Where I live especially at Christmas time. It's so beautiful. But, I have to admit I love a warm get away like Florida to visit family for a week or so. Would love to one day go somewhere tropical. :)

    By Paula on December 26, 2012 10:22 AM

    My favorite destination is my family's home in Cleveland. You can always count on a lot of people, and snow ball fights! If it's not too bad, maybe a pick up football game in the snow

    By David Turner on December 26, 2012 10:29 AM

    New Orleans is great in the winter.

    By Anna Valente on December 26, 2012 10:34 AM

    I must say, my favorite Best Western was in New York CIty -- the 'President Plus' on W48th & 8th. It was just round the corner from Time Square, where all the great happenings are! Truly looking forward to going back next month (January) for some great site seeing and definitely the shopping!!!

    By Cheryl on December 26, 2012 10:36 AM

    We hit the road this holiday...December. We did the Grand Loop of National Parks from Bryce Canyon, to Arches, to Canyonlands, to the Grand Canyon. It is so awesome to be in the National Parks with very little people. The most incredible experience we had was when a storm hit Bryce Canyon and almost 3 feet of snow fell...overnight! We got up to an unbelieveable winter wonderland, there were only 3 other cars in the park that morning. It was so unblieveably quiet, the snow was still falling and the overlooks were covered in a snow mist with the hoodoo's topped with snow caps. I could have stayed there much longer but being a Californian I was COLD! Would not have given up that experience for anything!!!

    By Gail Abert on December 26, 2012 10:42 AM

    Disneyland! I just love how it is all decorated for Christmas with the lights and all the special Christmas touches like the "snow" after the fireworks!

    By Annie E J on December 26, 2012 10:43 AM

    New York City! It is an amazing place to visit in general, but right before Christmas it's magical! So much to see and do, and the tree at Rockefeller Center is worth the trip itself.

    By Wally Harwood on December 26, 2012 10:49 AM

    Our favourite winter destination is Palm Springs Califorinia. We love the warmer weather, In fact we are driving there in January to stay for three months. It is twenty five below zero C here today and the snow is up to my crotch. Can't wait to get on the road.

    By Robert J. Palermo, Jr. on December 26, 2012 10:53 AM

    California is where you wanna be this winter. From Mexico to Oregon, anyone
    can go surfboarding or snowboarding.

    By Wally Harwood on December 26, 2012 10:53 AM

    Our favourite winter destination is Palm Springs Califorinia. We love the warmer weather, In fact we are driving there in January to stay for three months. It is twenty five below zero C here today and the snow is up to my crotch. Can't wait to get on the road.

    By Becky Torres on December 26, 2012 10:57 AM

    I love to travel home to Sunnyside and stay at Sunnyside Best Western Plus Grapevine Inn, Great place to stay.

    By Marc Demers on December 26, 2012 10:58 AM

    Sunny, friendly and eco Costa Rica!

    By anne on December 26, 2012 11:01 AM

    I love Whistler!
    Skiiing and socializing all day and night long.

    By anne on December 26, 2012 11:02 AM

    I love Whistler.
    Skiiing and socializing all day and all night long!

    By D Turner on December 26, 2012 11:03 AM

    New Orleans is a great winter trip.

    By Lee M on December 26, 2012 11:07 AM

    I love taking a winter vacation to Florida. Weather is great and there is always something to do.

    By Jeanne on December 26, 2012 11:07 AM

    For Christmas I took my husband to the Best Western Eden Resort in Lancaster, PA. Your property is beautiful and the designers thought of everything for our comfort and enjoyment. The staff was also friendly and efficient. We enjoyed the Lancaster area as well and visited an amazing full-sized train museum, went for a drive through Amish country, enjoyed a couple of the local restaurants, visited the Wilbur chocolate factory and did a bit of Christmas shopping. We thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it for anyone!

    By LINDA E on December 26, 2012 11:10 AM

    My favorite place is New Orleans, LA at Christmas time. The special foods that they eat at that time of the year, the Christmas music, & the characters from the past that roam around the French Quarter!!! It is magical there at that time of the year!

    By Judy on December 26, 2012 11:13 AM

    When my children were younger, we would take a late-winter vacation by staying the weekend at a nearby hotel with indoor pool. That became a tradition. I might start that again now that I have grandchildren. Other than that, the travel my family and I do during the wintertime is mostly close to home.

    By Barbara Schmiett on December 26, 2012 11:18 AM

    Living it right now. Christmas in Salt Lake City. Skiing at Alta Christmas Day. Road trip to Cannon Beach to meet family and friends for the new year.

    By Michael M. on December 26, 2012 11:19 AM

    Cruises are the Best way to spend Christmas! Took one last year on the 24th to the 30th and it was the best Christmas Ever!

    By Michael M. on December 26, 2012 11:21 AM

    Christmas Trips to warm climates are the way to go. I always try to find a bestwestern wherever I go and my lodgings are always up to par.

    By Dan on December 26, 2012 11:22 AM

    Mt. Washington, half price week became a tradition - basically the only time we could afford to go skiing. The bonus was during the week, the hill is uncrowded. There'd be a crowd of us, with friends & families.

    By Mal on December 26, 2012 11:24 AM

    I love traveling to Vegas during the winter. I love visiting with family and taking in the sites.

    By G.W. Mozley on December 26, 2012 11:25 AM

    Having been a rewards member for nearly a decade or more, our hotel choices are always Best Western, first. We have stayed in Best Westerns literally all across the country, as we travel a lot for business. Moreover, our leisure travel is also accommodated with Best Western facilities. Each accommodation has been an experience of satisfaction... and winter is our time for relaxation and leisure travel. For many years traveling to Mammoth Lakes, CA we always hoped for a B.W. within the quaint town. It wasn't until recently one finally opened for business. Thank You! Our place for relaxation, fun on the diverse ski terrain, snowshoeing, and the peace and quiet of the winter's purity that blankets the Sierra-Nevada range, is indeed one of our favorite travel destinations. From our honeymoon [there in 1989] to current date, the memories built... with the future still echoing Mammoth Lakes / Mammoth Mountain, CA as our favorite winter destination; the place for solace and peace; the place to renew and regain the appreciation of winter and it's beauty...

    By Deb Dekker on December 26, 2012 11:33 AM

    Our favorite winter destination (and any time of year) is: The Best Western Bridgewood in Neenah, Wisconsin.

    No, it is not in an exotic location but has everything we absolute love! It is an an area that has a variety of dining, shopping and entertainment to keep us amused. The hotel is clean with a beautiful interior including the spacious rooms which include a microwave and fridge. There is a large, delicious breakfast served every morning. The staff is friendly and attentive. The grounds are beautiful with a walking path with seasonal mini golf. For convenience, there is an attached Ground Round restaurant with fantastic food. Another amenity is a family friendly and clean aquatic center as well as a great fitness center.

    I could go on and on. My only wish is that we could find this hotel in our other favorite destinations.

    By Mary O'Connell on December 26, 2012 11:34 AM

    Best Place for a Winter travel Destination is Disney Land, California! Thank you BW for great places to stay.

    By wayne sephton on December 26, 2012 11:37 AM

    we love to travel to Hawaii the best, we've been 4 x together & 1 more time my wife & her mother went. It is ssoooooooo nice to just get away & be at peace with nature & all the wonders of the ocean has to offer. The climate is so nice as well as the other people relaxing on Holidays. We taken our granddaughters on 3 of the trips ( twice for the oldest & once with the 12 year old & her friend). So many nice memories. One just relaxes just thinking of being there, HHHHHHHAAAAAAAAA!

    By Sandra Ohlemann on December 26, 2012 11:40 AM

    The Island of Maui would be my choice of a spot to travel to in the winter.

    By Vladimir Pupkov on December 26, 2012 11:43 AM

    The nicest place on the world for the winter time is Gran Canaria. It's 26 degrees of warm, possible to sweam on the ocean.

    By Iurii Solodovnichenko on December 26, 2012 11:44 AM

    Bukovel, Karpaty, Ukraine

    By JoieDeVivre on December 26, 2012 11:45 AM

    I try to stay local. Southern California has so much to offer.
    Favorite ski resort is Mountain High in Wrightwood and there's a Best Western right a the bottom of the hill in Phelan.

    By Nancy Price on December 26, 2012 11:47 AM

    Sooo many places that are wonderful to visit ( and Best Western has always been good to us) but the place I would choose this holiday season to visit would be to Ohau, Hawaii. One of our Grandson's is on temporary station there until July of 2013, he will then be going back to Afaganiston for his third tour of duty.

    By Derek Atwater on December 26, 2012 11:52 AM

    Skating on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa is a must-do if you enjoy skating outdoors in the wintertime.

    By Nancy Price on December 26, 2012 11:52 AM


    Where I would choose to go is Ohau, Hawaii to see my Grandson. He is on temporary assignment until July 2013 and then going back to Afaganiston for his
    third tour of duty. Thanks for the chance to this possiblilty.

    By Larry Larsen on December 26, 2012 11:54 AM

    We go to Wagon West RV Park just outside of Brenda, Arizona. Offers free desert golf, hikes to amazing 3000-year-old petroglyphs, hundreds of miles of ATV trails, dances, billiards, darts and daily sunshine.

    By Yong Chen on December 26, 2012 11:57 AM

    Why not Disneyland of LA with your kids? not cold (about 70 F).
    3-day Disneyland will be enough.
    Another point, Train 14 is very good since of 3-hour along the ocean & 2 hours across the mountains ...

    By monica grado on December 26, 2012 12:05 PM

    Big Bear California!

    By Lori G on December 26, 2012 12:13 PM

    We love spending time in New York City during winter. The holiday decorations and shopping can't be beat!

    By Lori G on December 26, 2012 12:14 PM

    New York City! The holiday decorations and shopping can't be beat!

    By C. Read on December 26, 2012 12:15 PM

    Why not enjoy the snow? Every January we head to beautiful Jasper National Park for a few days of cross country skiing. We always stay at the cozy Best Western Jasper Inn, in a room with the loft bedroom, wood burning fireplace and useful kitchen. After skiing in the mountains, we head back to the Inn for sauna and steam bath, and we save money by cooking some of our own meals. The Inn is right in town, so we can walk to restaurants and shopping. Such a wonderful way to enjoy the cold winters of Alberta.

    By Lisa L on December 26, 2012 12:19 PM

    Mt. Hood was our winter-time fun, sledding, snowball fights, lots of winter fun.

    By joyce on December 26, 2012 12:20 PM

    Mexico favorite travel place

    By Brian B on December 26, 2012 12:23 PM

    We usually stay close to the Long Island/New York City area for the holiday season, visiting friends for Christmas Eve, relaxing Christmas Day, and then going to parties on New Years Eve and New Years Day.

    By Dan S on December 26, 2012 12:32 PM

    My wife daughter and myself love Orlando and Disney World it is the best place in the world for families and the parades are great

    By Christi C. on December 26, 2012 12:33 PM

    Our favorite destination is the Fort Worth Livestock Show. Each January we load up the stock trailer and head to Fort Worth where my son competes in the Junior Show. Great Times!

    By LeoT on December 26, 2012 12:40 PM

    Anywhere in warm and sunny Hawaii
    Coming from the northeast, especially at this time of year the sun and warmth make all the difference

    By ruth irish on December 26, 2012 12:47 PM

    Our children and grandchildren all live in the Auburn-Federal Way area so over the hollidays we get a room at one of the Best Western Inn's in th area and visit without obligating our family.

    By Joe Parkinson on December 26, 2012 12:47 PM

    My favorite winter spot are the warm beaches of Hawaii!

    By Joe Parkinson on December 26, 2012 12:50 PM

    My favorite winter spot is Hawaii.

    By Ronald Bellefleur on December 26, 2012 12:55 PM

    Cabo San Lucas on the tip of the Baja is my favourite spot

    By Alita on December 26, 2012 12:57 PM

    I love just getting in the car and driving wherever my heart desires. Visiting family and friends is always a great destination. Easy to go anywhere from Southern California.

    By Pamela Volchko on December 26, 2012 12:58 PM

    Love to go to Toledo Ohio to visit my daughter and grandson during the holidays.. or anytime I can get away...

    By Phil McLellan on December 26, 2012 12:59 PM

    Heading south to Florida. Let me know when winter's over.

    By Karin G on December 26, 2012 1:00 PM

    I love to visit the Smoky Mountains this time of year.

    By Pat on December 26, 2012 1:02 PM

    Oh my gosh, for us it has to be New Orleans La. We have been several times over the last 6 years and were not able to go this holiday season which has really weighed on me. The food, the history, the people we love it all and really want to go back.

    By Cynthia Ludlow on December 26, 2012 1:18 PM

    We stay home and enjoy family for the holidays and take day trips around our fabulous area.

    By David Simko on December 26, 2012 1:20 PM

    We like to go the Santa Cruz or Pismo Beach.

    By David Simko on December 26, 2012 1:21 PM

    We like to San Diego.

    By Tara Turley on December 26, 2012 1:24 PM

    My family and I love to travel to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee or Sevierville, Tennessee in the winter. The Christmas lights are beautiful! It is even better when it snows!

    By Tara Turley on December 26, 2012 1:24 PM

    My family and I love to travel to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee or Sevierville, Tennessee in the winter. The Christmas lights are beautiful! It is even better when it snows!

    By Rafa Panuco on December 26, 2012 1:26 PM

    Snowmass, CO. Nice people, great views, amazing for skiing

    By Jennifer G. on December 26, 2012 1:36 PM

    We always head south to New Orleans in the winter. There is no better place for food, good times, friendly people and Mardi Gras!!

    By MARINA on December 26, 2012 1:44 PM

    I love winter Prague

    By Darene on December 26, 2012 1:47 PM

    My favorite place to visit is with my family wherever that may be. Each year we arrange to gather at one family members household. Lots of laughs and memories are made each year.

    By Karlene Kracht on December 26, 2012 1:57 PM

    My favorite destination is Palm Springs, CA

    By Chris weir on December 26, 2012 2:01 PM

    I love visiting Seattle Washington in the wintertime.

    By Estella Wetzel on December 26, 2012 2:08 PM

    My absolute favorite place to go in the winter is Hocking Hills in southeastern Ohio. It is absolutely peaceful, and the beauty of the Wayne National forest can take you back in time over 100 years. It's a fantastic place for romantic winter walks, cuddling by a fire and soaking in the hot tub!

    By Robert Dingle on December 26, 2012 2:09 PM

    I enjoy traveling to Stowe,Vermont
    I like the people and the friends I have made.
    I have been going over from the UK for over 5 years for winter enjoyment
    I enjoy the snowmobiling and just trying to walk up the close road though Mt Mansfield it is so quiet and peaceful you can forget about all your worries.
    You meet people doing the same up to the top of the road.
    trouble is turning around and walking back to the car and all the troubles in the world.

    By Lee H on December 26, 2012 2:18 PM

    My favorite place for Winter Travel is Steamboat Springs. The snow there is amazing, and I have fond memories of almost proposing to my wife there.... until another couple jumped into our gondola at the last minute!

    By Duffy Drum on December 26, 2012 2:19 PM

    I like to visit the great Northwest to visit the towns of LaConner and Bellingham and then make a trip to Mt. Baker for some skiing. And we always stay at the same Best Western.

    By Donna Brown on December 26, 2012 2:38 PM

    My favorite winter spot is right here where I spend all my winters, in Tucson, AZ. We love the hiking, great weather, outdoor life, beautiful sunsets and everything else! Loads to do and see!

    By Gloria on December 26, 2012 2:39 PM

    Growing up it was trips to see family in Dade County, Florida. Now, winter trips are not nearly so far. Mostly staying around Indiana and Ohio visiting friends and family. I also take the kids to a hotel with a nice warm pool for a couple of weekends over the winter.

    By Andrea and Dennis Nesler on December 26, 2012 2:39 PM

    We are seniors and have never been snow lovers.. Our favorite wintertime destinations are where our grandchildren live but it is difficult with unpredictable weather.

    By Susan Rickwood on December 26, 2012 2:42 PM

    It is a toss-up between Vancouver, B.C.. and Key West, Florida.... depends on the weather here in Ontario! Both are a great change of pace, with great restaurants and are by the Ocean!

    By Marsha Long on December 26, 2012 2:46 PM

    Our favorite destination is Shell Beach aka: Pismo Beach, CA. Forturnately my husband and I live about 2 1/2 hours away from this location and frequent this area all of the time. Our favorite Best Western is Shelter Cove! The staff bends over backwards to help you secure the dates that you want to visit. Visit them!

    By Nadine Hopper on December 26, 2012 2:47 PM

    Going to San Antonio on the riverwalk is so romantic during the wintertime, it's just the right spot for everyone and you won't be disappointed!!!

    By Nicole Beauparlant on December 26, 2012 2:55 PM

    I love Santa Barbara, California, just love it. was there with my sister 3 years ago and think of it often.

    By Carina Reeves on December 26, 2012 3:06 PM

    Disneyland!!!!!

    By belinda kiah on December 26, 2012 3:07 PM

    My husband and I love to travel to Virginia Beach during the holidays as well and midsummer. I love the water for fishing and he enjoys the waterfront and old friends.

    By Richard Procopio on December 26, 2012 3:07 PM

    Living in the Pacific Northwest with the rainy winter we like to spend time in sunny Arizona and Nevada..

    By Mike F on December 26, 2012 3:11 PM

    Anywhere in Hawaii!!! The Best Western Coconut in Waikiki is an excellent place to stay.....facing the Canal is perfect!!! :-)

    By belinda kiah on December 26, 2012 3:12 PM

    My husband and I enjoy traveling to Virginia Beach, VA during the holidays as well as midsummer. I enjoy the fishing and we both enjoy visiting friends and the strolling on the waterfront.

    By Richard Procopio on December 26, 2012 3:13 PM

    We like to spend part of the winter in Arizona and Nevada. We travel by car so we can stop and visit the many tourist attractions enroute

    By Kara on December 26, 2012 3:17 PM

    We usually get stuck just visiting places in the midwest during the winter, but we would love to go somewhere warm like California or Texas!

    By Sierra on December 26, 2012 3:19 PM

    Every year growing up, we were usually living in a different state or town. My father was a soldier so we relocated a lot. One constant was getting to see my extended family in Mississippi and Alabama. We got to eat good southern, home-cooked food and in the case of my southern Alabama family, that included the best gulf coastal seafood you've ever had.

    By Kaye on December 26, 2012 3:20 PM

    We like to go to our cottage and get together with family during the winter months.

    By Karen on December 26, 2012 3:21 PM

    New Orleans is especially magical in the wintertime!

    By Mitchell Wall on December 26, 2012 3:21 PM

    We enjoy spending Valetine's Day at either Myrtle Beach, SC or Gatlinburg Tenn. both are GREAT places to spend a few days on a romantic getaway !!

    By Sandra Lange on December 26, 2012 3:22 PM

    Our favorite destination is Ludington,Michigan New Years Eve Ball Drop and staying at Best Western Hotel an Water Slide a family fun winter time.

    By larria scott on December 26, 2012 3:24 PM

    I would like to take a trip to Mazaltan mexico to be close to the ocean and warm hearted mexican people and learn more about the culture..

    By Matt on December 26, 2012 3:35 PM

    We like to travel east to visit family. This year it will be in central Ohio

    By Todd on December 26, 2012 3:40 PM

    Estes Park is a great vacation spot--anytime of year.

    By Jay Ketchen on December 26, 2012 3:42 PM

    We enjoy San Diego this time of year to get away from the weather and hassles of the SF Bay area

    By Mary on December 26, 2012 3:43 PM

    Santa Cruz/Scottsdale Calif area

    By James M on December 26, 2012 3:49 PM

    Love to travel to the Smokies any time of the year. It is always so lovely no matter the time of the year.

    By Bonnie M on December 26, 2012 3:52 PM

    Love to travel to the Smokes any time of the year. The Mountains are always so lovely

    By Gay Young on December 26, 2012 3:56 PM

    We love to go with family to Crested Butte, Colorado! There is something for everyone there. Skiing, riding in the snow, great places to eat, great shopping or looking--and everyone there is having a great time so everyone is friendly. We love the weather, the atmosphere, the fun things to do, or just sit by the fire and drink hot chocolate! it is a great place to celebrate Chrsistmas and each other. Try it!1 you will like it, I am sure!!

    By Michelle Moore on December 26, 2012 3:57 PM

    Since my birthday is New Year's Eve, I try to go out of town every year to celebrate. This year will make my 3rd year in a row in Chicago.

    By Judy R on December 26, 2012 3:58 PM

    Tahoe or Disney!!!

    By Doug Young on December 26, 2012 4:00 PM

    We love to go to Crested Butte, colorado for Christmas! There is something for everyone: skiing, snowmobiling, playing in the snow, great restaurants and food, great shopping. It is just enjoyable for all of us. We enjoy sitting by the fireplace and drinking hot chocolate, too.--And relaxing!!! What a treat! Try it, you will like it I am sure!!

    By Bonnie Goodwin on December 26, 2012 4:00 PM

    We stay in a best Western hotel on our trips to Orlando. We stay on the way down and the way home. Always a great stay.

    By christina Godbolt on December 26, 2012 4:16 PM

    My favorite wintere destination is Valemount B.C. The mountains and snow are wonderful and the BW is protected from roaming bears and elk/

    By christina Godbolt on December 26, 2012 4:18 PM

    Valemunt BC is my favorite winter destination, due to the snow, mountain views and roaming animals,

    By Bob G. on December 26, 2012 4:19 PM

    We love beachfront in best western in brookings oregon! Amazing suites with breath taking veiws!

    By ScArLeT on December 26, 2012 4:25 PM

    I love going to Gatlinburg and staying in a chalet and then riding around Gatlinburg and pigeon forge looking at christmas lights and going shopping in the little businesses and spending time with family

    By Mary Mason on December 26, 2012 4:27 PM

    Love to go to Hawaii to leave the cold behind in midwest

    By Dawn Teal on December 26, 2012 4:29 PM

    I always travel to the Ottawa area for Christmas. I spend time with my Sister & Brother-in-law, my Nephew and his wife - my "Neice", and my two Great Nephews.

    It is a blast watching the two young ones on Christmas Day - they never stop moving until the last present is opened!

    My Holiday tradition with them, is to take them to see a movie.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    By Dawn on December 26, 2012 4:35 PM

    Love to visit my daughter and son-in-law in La Quinta, CA

    By Nancy P. on December 26, 2012 4:35 PM

    It has got to be Mammoth Lakes , CA!!! Not only is the snow great, the mountains gorgeous and the restaurants deliciously different and yummy, the people are the friendliest you'll ever meet. They are truly happy that you have come to visit them! And this is true in the summer too!!

    By Barb McDermott on December 26, 2012 4:38 PM

    My family rents multiple rooms (10+) at the Mauston, WI hotel - all on the same floor - for an entire weekend. We gather there to celebrate our family Christmas... One of the suites is set up with a full size fridge and stove, so we are able to prepare food for the entire weekend. We generally stay in doors the entire time - enjoying each other's company, telling stories of our childhood, playing games and just having a wonderful time. The manager and staff are fantastic.....and this is probably why we have returned for many, many years.... The Mauston Best Western is a part of our family Christmas tradition!!

    By Suzanne S on December 26, 2012 4:43 PM

    My favorite winter destination is right here in Prince george BC. We have a great cross country ski facility at Otway, tons of great trails for snowshoeing, a 400 m outdoor skating oval, and lots os snow!

    By Suzanne S on December 26, 2012 4:47 PM

    My favorite winter destination is right here in Prince George. We have a beautiful cross country ski facility at Otway, miles of scenic snowshoe trails close to home, a well maintained 400 m outdoor skating oval, lots of sledding hills, and tons of fresh powder snow!

    By Ed Hansen on December 26, 2012 4:51 PM

    Lake Placid, New York is the winter spot !! Famed for hosting the winter olympics years ago Lake Placid has everything for the snow bound traveler. Snowmobiling and ice skating + cross country skiiing and miles of trails to encounter. We loved the husky sled pull across the lake !! Fine restaurants and a classy town.

    By Jim on December 26, 2012 5:22 PM

    Favorite winter destination is Victoria, B.C.

    By Peter Flasko on December 26, 2012 5:22 PM

    Absolutely love to travel to Mexico in the winter -- sun, sand, warm and great food and community!

    By Lisa D on December 26, 2012 5:26 PM

    We stay in Canmore and make day trips cross country skiing around Banff National Park!

    By Maggie on December 26, 2012 5:39 PM

    A winter picnic in my old home town in Pennsylvania...build a fire, roast apples and cheese and peanut butter sandwiches, sip on hot chocolate and slide on the frozen creek and make snow angels. Relive childhood memories... and make new memories with the grandchildren.

    By Julie Marks on December 26, 2012 5:51 PM

    My husband and I visited Park City, Utah last winter. It was truly a Winter Wonderland! The most beautiful place, it has great ski resorts, even if you don't ski, they are wonderful to visit. We had brunch at a wonderful resort there, called Stein-Erickson. Also, the town provides free shuttles around town, so you can see all the beautiful Christmas lights downtown and the shops are wonderful there. People are so friendly there also, enjoy!

    By Laura on December 26, 2012 5:57 PM

    Las Brisas Best Western in Palm Springs - great hotel and great location! Easy walking distance to so many great restaurants.

    By Vicki Simmons on December 26, 2012 6:04 PM

    Our favourite winter destinations are South! We drive for four days, staying in hotels along the way after long days of driving, sometimes in wintery road conditions. By Day 4, we are enjoying seeing flowers blooming and palm trees waving, in the warm and sunny Coachella Valley. Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio - all these cities have welcomed us with perfect golf weather, great shopping, and exciting entertainments. We've told many friends about our winter travels and have encouraged them to join the migration south. Our winter trips are now a part of our lifestyle and we look forward to many more.

    By Sharon Schopf on December 26, 2012 6:11 PM

    Just love Palm Springs,ca area!!

    By Jan Frantz on December 26, 2012 6:11 PM

    I love being in the Caribbean!

    By Chris on December 26, 2012 6:21 PM

    Leavenworth Washington is beautiful any time of year, but winter is especially wonderful - it makes you feel like you've wandered into an alpine village in Switzerland!

    By Michael Trojan on December 26, 2012 6:23 PM

    My favorite holiday destination is Hawaii, the north shore of Oahu and the laid back east shore of the island are great places to beat the sleet and snow of the midwest. Flying to california first and then jumping over saves time and money and rooms were very affordable staying at a mix of chains and private b&bs. whole trip ~$1100 for 8 days not bad!!!

    By Dale Bostian on December 26, 2012 6:30 PM

    From: Dale Bostian, Kannapolis, North Carolina, December 26, 2012. Our favorite winter vacation is at Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We love the beauty of the mountains, the changing of the Smokies, and the beauty of the snow through the Parkway when it is passable. We love to shop, to eat, meet and talk to other visitors and find roads we have not travelled on and ride them and go to Cades Cove and grill in the park and see the deer, bear, turkeys and other wildlife. The lights at Christmastime are beautiful and you can take a trolley ride for the lights, shopping, or just to see where things are and you can travel to Gatlinburg on the trolleys and leave your car parked. Sometimes we go up to Douglas Dam to picnic at the area and look down at the lake. We always have a great time!

    By Tana Davis on December 26, 2012 6:53 PM

    A favorite vacation was when our two families got together and stayed at a 5 bedroom home on Table Rock Lake. The home had a theater room where we all watched a movie together.

    By Bev Villasenor on December 26, 2012 6:57 PM

    We like to visit in Mexico during the winter.

    By Amy on December 26, 2012 7:07 PM

    Home in Minnesota with family and the snow!

    By Mary-Ann Johnson on December 26, 2012 7:31 PM

    I already live in a snowy region, so I really enjoy getting away to Tucson. It might seem a little weird, but they have this neighborhood of gorgeous, historic houses called "Winterhaven," and just about the whole neighborhood celebrates all the holidays with a giant festival of lights, complete with carriage rides, and cocoa! It's a comfortable 40 degrees (it easily drops to -4 where I am from), so I can actually enjoy the moment and not dream about setting fire to my clothes to warm up!

    By Renee Johnson on December 26, 2012 7:57 PM

    We live in the Blue ridge mountains so we try to head to Charleston SC right after Christmas! We love to walk on the beach, eat at Bubba Gumps Resturant and walk the historic market. We love to walk on the Battery and sit in the park while enjoying the beach smell and air! It is our winter beach escape from snow, wind and cold!

    By John Schindler on December 26, 2012 8:22 PM

    I always enjoy going to the western coastal regions year- round from Vancouver to San Diego going to their beaches is a Shore (sure) bet.

    By Janice on December 26, 2012 9:00 PM

    The best place for a winter get away is Jasper Alberta - you can ski, skate, snowshoe or hang out in town at one of the local restaurants or pubs.

    By Tanya on December 26, 2012 9:13 PM

    Any warm beach alone with my amazing husband!!

    By Steve on December 26, 2012 9:14 PM

    My favorite winter trip is to Rice Lake, WI and Hayward, WI for the Birkie and to visit fa,ily along the way.

    By Ann Zimmerman on December 26, 2012 9:17 PM

    Anywhere warm!

    By Angela Brown on December 26, 2012 9:17 PM

    The best place for winter is Mount Washington on Vancouver Island :) skiing, snowboarding for the kids and tubing for the little and big :) not to mention the special hot chocolates in the lodge ;) we always stay at the Best western in Courtenay when visiting.

    By Roisin Spitzig on December 26, 2012 9:21 PM

    The best place to travel at Christmas time is into the Rocky Mountains of southwest Alberta and northwest Montana. Our favorite destination is either Waterton National Park in Alberta or Glacier National Park in Montana! In the winter the Parks are quiet and blanketed in pristine snow, a huge contrast to the bustle of summertime! There are deer everywhere and a walk along the shores of either Waterton Lake or Macdonald Lake is an otherworldly experience because the cold air has a clarity that allows us to see for miles! The quiet air is filled with birdsong and the snow sifts quietly through the pine branches. The sun sparkles off the drifts filling the air with diamonds and rainbows! After a walk, we build a campfire and drink hot chocolate and marvel at these most beautiful places practically right in our own backyard!

    By Hanson5 on December 26, 2012 9:37 PM

    The Hanson boys join the Zuchowicz family in Joshua Tree, California. Although it's quite cold for tent camping, it's certainly adventurous. You can't see anyplace like it anywhere else. The kids love to go "bouldering," while the adults do the worrying!

    By Nadine Doggett on December 26, 2012 9:46 PM

    I love being in Chilliwack Bc with all our family!!! Especially at a Best Western, our favorite Hotels!!!!

    By Waikit Fung on December 26, 2012 9:54 PM

    Lake Tahoe for ski

    By Julie P. on December 26, 2012 9:56 PM

    Kauai, Hawaii - Love their Christmas decorations and Lights on Rice parade.

    By christine on December 26, 2012 10:04 PM

    My favorite place to go during Christmas break is Laguna Beach Ca.

    By Sandra W on December 26, 2012 10:10 PM

    I love to see the Christmas lights, especially on the LDS Temples whenever I am able to travel to one. There is a very special Spirit about the Temple grounds and with all of the beautiful lights, it's a very magic experience!

    By Patricia on December 26, 2012 10:31 PM

    The only other place to be is Kauai - the beautiful Garden Island - if I am not at home in Beautiful British Columbia

    By Barry on December 26, 2012 10:35 PM

    Banff Alberta in January is to die for. Very few people are there during the week which makes for a very stress free getaway.

    By Shauna Zimmer on December 26, 2012 10:45 PM

    I love Banff- beautiful place to be snuggled up by a fire!

    By jianqing he on December 26, 2012 11:35 PM

    My favorite wintertime travel destination is HONG KONG. I like the warm weather there and all kinds of delicious food.

    By Michelle Lim on December 27, 2012 12:11 AM

    My wintertime is when spending time together with family members is worth a thousands dollars

    By Meryl on December 27, 2012 12:47 AM

    Cabo San Lucas-The weather there the begining of this month was fantastic.It was like summer durning the day and in the 60s at night.

    By Alex on December 27, 2012 4:01 AM

    Every december, I always travel to Niagara Falls, ON with some friends. In my opinion it is the best time of year to go! it's a great time to avoid all the rushes and the winter festival of lights is amazing. The falls in the winter and the fireworks aren't to bad either. :)

    By Jim on December 27, 2012 4:51 AM

    We enjoy going to Arizona and Nevada.

    By Wes on December 27, 2012 5:07 AM

    Ludlow VT is the best in the Winter... we love the historic VT towns, the beautiful mountains and SKIING. We stay at the Best Western right in town and always have a blast with friends and family. Can't wait to get there!

    By Kim B. on December 27, 2012 5:09 AM

    There is no better place to celebrate the holidays then Key West Florida!

    By Aditya on December 27, 2012 5:16 AM

    Of all the places to vacation at in the cold of winter, I arrived in Stockholm this December. The weather was crisp, and the people charming. I should caution all future travelers that the Swedes are particularly fond of and happen to produce the most delicious, architecturally flawless desserts in the world.

    By willie on December 27, 2012 5:33 AM

    We enjoy .outh Carolina

    By donald schock on December 27, 2012 5:43 AM

    just stay home & have everyone come home for christmas then go away to some place warm

    By Lauren on December 27, 2012 5:47 AM

    Anywhere in Vermont in the winter!!!!

    By Carol on December 27, 2012 6:17 AM

    My favorite is going with our church out caroling at christms and traveling around to different nursing homes and children homes singing and giving out gifts through out the week of Christmas.

    By Nancy Welty on December 27, 2012 6:27 AM

    My favorite winter vacation spot is Orlando, FL. I love to visit DisneyWorld, and also would love to visit Universal Studios.

    By Laura Bernath on December 27, 2012 6:40 AM

    I think my favorite place is Gettysburg PA. The town looks so beatutiful when it snows.

    By Freeman on December 27, 2012 6:46 AM

    Angel Fire ,NM
    Great sking,Good Shopping, Lots of Fun

    By Mary on December 27, 2012 7:01 AM

    We travel by car across the country-east to west-each year to spend Christmas in the Canadian Rockies where our children live! Great travels and great times skiing and enjoying Christmas Festivities in the beautiful mountain town of Canmore, AB!

    By Mary on December 27, 2012 7:07 AM

    Canmore, Ab--we drive from east coast every year to spend Christmas in the Rockies with our family!

    By Michael on December 27, 2012 7:11 AM

    Ice climbing in Ouray, Colorado.

    By Cathy Korn on December 27, 2012 8:00 AM

    In winter we Love to travel to Long Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island and watch the amazing wild winter storms pound the beach. Then to snuggle up in your warm hotel room with the winter fire and a bottle of wine makes it the perfect get away.

    By Elisa Rivera on December 27, 2012 8:02 AM

    I love staying at the beautiful Oregon Coast during the winter!

    By Janine on December 27, 2012 8:09 AM

    Sydney, Australia at Manly Beach! It's summer downunder!

    By tracey on December 27, 2012 8:32 AM

    Try Banff and Lake Louise for a mix of Winter beauty, luxury and the Christmas spirit.

    By Cristina C. on December 27, 2012 8:50 AM

    We love Hawaii and the Hawaian people. Can't wait to go back.

    By Gloria M on December 27, 2012 9:33 AM

    I love staying at the Best Western in Brenham, Tx. The home of the best ice cream in Texas. Blue Bell icream. I would like to take my 81 year old mother to Hawaii next year to visit a little boy by the name of Jadis and surprise him with our visit.

    By Bonnie on December 27, 2012 9:57 AM

    My favorite winter "thing" is having family gather together and listening to their chatter about whatever is going on in their lives, and kids playing in the background either with a board game or the smaller ones, listening to their pretend world . . . and just enjoying all of it. We often have to meet in common locations so that noone is traveling too far . . . we meet in the middle somewhere. Thank you!

    By Rebecca on December 27, 2012 10:11 AM

    My favorite winter destination would be at a small inn in Vermont. I have never been able to travel much, except in my dreams but I would really love to go on a real sleigh ride, at night while singing Christmas carols then coming back to a warm fire and plenty of hot chocolate. I think that would be my favorite winter destination and I hope that someday it comes true...

    By Helen on December 27, 2012 10:55 AM

    Love northern Ontario, with a warm comfortable bed to sleep in after the day outside.

    By Ross on December 27, 2012 10:59 AM

    Winter here is the pits so I take one week per month to drive to North Carolina to play golf.

    By Rudy Rice on December 27, 2012 11:13 AM

    sand and sun

    By Ela Lejeune on December 27, 2012 11:44 AM

    I go from Pennsylvania to visit "Mickey" in Orlando every winter; been doing it since 1977. I always get great rates at the Best Western on Hotel Plaza Boulevard.

    By Jean on December 27, 2012 12:06 PM

    I usually stay in Oregon. However, last Christmas we went to Yelapa, Mexico for a week.

    By Robert Schuster on December 27, 2012 12:26 PM

    Montana! Is the best place in winter...the tubing and sledding is incredible in the fresh, cold mountain air!

    By William McConnell on December 27, 2012 1:22 PM

    Santa Fe. The luminarias, snow on the plaza, cozy fireplaces, great eating...

    By Laurie S on December 27, 2012 1:52 PM

    North Shore Lake Tahoe. Love to ski at Alpine or Northstar and stay at the Sunnyside Resort. Great location.

    By Sheri Monzon on December 27, 2012 1:55 PM

    I hear the countryside in England is something to put people in the holiday spirit.I love to see it.

    By ROBERT DE VRIES on December 27, 2012 1:59 PM

    DANIA BEACH FL. NUF SAID

    By Cheryl Stevens on December 27, 2012 3:01 PM

    My favorite place to vacation is Tehachapi Ca. I love visiting my children and grandchildren.

    By Ian Urquhart on December 27, 2012 3:46 PM

    My favoriate place to visit in the winter is Moab Utah. That is where my wife is from and it is great wne we get to go back and visit family.

    By Lindalee on December 27, 2012 4:07 PM

    Last night came perilously close to disaster while attempting to navigate snow-obliterated roads along Lake Erie,as a result of a winter storm.
    Just checked in to the B.W. in Mason,Ohio. What a pleasant surprise-a medley of festive foods awaited us in the lobby-pies,cakes,squares and corn chips and salsa. A much-needed boost!

    By John on December 27, 2012 4:25 PM

    My Wife and I like stay overnight in Simcoe Ontario because it is pleasant drive from home plus there is excellent Christmas light display in the Park.

    By Charles Lazenby on December 27, 2012 5:13 PM

    Being with Family over the Holidays is the Best thing that anyone could wish for.

    By Susie Vaughan on December 27, 2012 6:08 PM

    I travel throughout Wisconsin during the holidays to enjoy my grown up children and incredible grandchildren! The best things in life cannot be bought...it's that moment when you walk in the door and just about get knocked over with the powerful hug while the loudest shout goes throughout the house that Grandma's here! Yes, that's the what it's all about! Beautiful WIsconsin...Beautiful Family!

    By Jeff Martin on December 27, 2012 6:49 PM

    Snowshoeing, wining and dining in the sunny Okanagan. What a gret combo.

    By Katherine and Rick Haas on December 27, 2012 6:49 PM

    Unfortunately, or fortunately our favourite winter destination is our cottage. We enjoy going up in the winter time and sitting by the fire, enjoying each other's company and planning our next vacation with Best Western.

    By Terri on December 27, 2012 6:54 PM

    "Home for the Holidays" with family is always the best place to be. After that, out to Los Angeles, CA, to visit my daughter, would be a great Winter place to visit!

    By Dawn on December 27, 2012 7:11 PM

    Head for the Colorado Rocky Mountain for a white Christmas.

    By Dawn on December 27, 2012 7:13 PM

    Head for the Colorado Rocky Mountains

    By Molly on December 27, 2012 7:18 PM

    My favorite winter time destination is Florida. The beach , the sand and the sun are always just what the doctor ordered.

    By Merril on December 27, 2012 7:53 PM

    Pheonix

    By Merril on December 27, 2012 7:55 PM

    Phoenix

    By Anne on December 27, 2012 8:04 PM

    I like to travel anywhere warm where there is an ocean and a beautiful beach.

    By Carol Hamilton on December 27, 2012 8:29 PM

    We love to visit Hawaii!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    By Susan on December 27, 2012 9:28 PM

    I love to go to Cambria in the winter! If it's nice there's the beach walk....windy? It's a good reason to hold on to someone tight during your walk....Raining? Sit in the front room at the Inn and watch the ocean.

    By Susan on December 27, 2012 9:32 PM

    Cambria and the wonderful BW Inn by the ocean...sunny? climb down to the beach...
    windy? you have a good reason to hold on extra tight to whomever you're with!
    raining? sit in the front room window and watch the rain on the surf, or tour around in the quaint little town...magic happens here!

    By C nadeau on December 28, 2012 3:24 AM

    Our best destination is Crystal River, Florida. You can swim with manatees, fish, visit around or just relax. We stay at the Best Western every time.

    By Lesley on December 28, 2012 5:10 AM

    Pellitteri Winery near Niagara Falls, Canada. Such hospitality, great tour and tastings, and best ice wine in Canada! Evening tour of Falls, magical ice trees, and holiday lights. Then "home" to BW Cairn Croft on Lundy's Lane.

    By JEANNIE BARRINEAU on December 28, 2012 8:41 AM

    Last year I spent New Year's in Honolulu, Hawaii.... it's now my favorite winter spot!! The staff at the Best Western Honolulu Airport Rock!!!!!! They took care of me and all of my needs for a week!

    By Hugh on December 28, 2012 8:43 AM

    Wish i could trade white stuff (snow) for sandy beach... Think i have a desire for sunshine but will gladly hit the slopes instead of the surf. This year we went to Seattle which has neither. Still, great city and Experience Music Project is amazing.

    By Kristin on December 28, 2012 8:45 AM

    Minnesota to visit all my relatives!

    By D McLaughlin on December 28, 2012 9:32 AM

    We are "Snow Birds" and love to go to Arizona for the winter. The people are like the weather, warm and friendly.

    By Kim Miller on December 28, 2012 10:22 AM

    Every year our family gathers at Best Western Staunton, Va for a mini-family vacation. We have the meeting room where we play games, eat too much food and laugh. The kids love the pool, and the sights in Staunton are entertaining and family-friendly! The staff at Best Western treat us like family, and annually dish up wonderfully clean rooms, polite service and a great breakfast!

    By Rhonda Green on December 28, 2012 11:47 AM

    Winter in Newfoundland with Family. Great for snowmobile riding! Even though "Mom's house" is the place to stay when we're in Newfoundland, if we're visiting other cities, BW is the next best thing to "Mom's house".

    By Rhonda Green on December 28, 2012 11:48 AM

    Winter in Newfoundland with Family. Great for snowmobile riding! Even though "Mom's house" is the place to stay when we're in Newfoundland, if we're visiting other cities, BW is the next best thing to "Mom's house".

    By JAleen Shier on December 28, 2012 12:59 PM

    Our favorite winter destination is Phoenix ARizona and area. We love Mesa and it's smaller town feel while still being close to the big city. The ability to travel South to the Tuscon area for a more "tropical feel" or North to the Grand Canyon for a slight wintery touch, all possible in a day's drive,....just makes it one of the most unique places we have had the fortune to travel to.

    By beth on December 28, 2012 1:00 PM

    I love winterlude in ontario ontario

    By Anissa Gooch on December 28, 2012 1:06 PM

    Anywhere warm and sunny on a beach!

    By Julie Davis on December 28, 2012 1:07 PM

    Anywhere we can ski - but Lake Tahoe rocks! Love skiing Heavenly:)

    By hHeather Flores on December 28, 2012 1:13 PM

    Sedona, Arizona. We live in Phoenix, so its nice to drive 2 hours north when there is snow. Driving along Oak Creek Canyon, the snowlined shoulders and banks with ice covered trees make for a beautiful photo backdrop. It is so peaceful and quiet, you can actually hear winter.

    By Ivory Luke on December 28, 2012 2:57 PM

    Somewhere warm and sunny!!!! Just returned from Aruba..........PERFECT!!!!!!!

    By Rob Walters on December 28, 2012 3:20 PM

    Would love to recommend BW Plus Henderson NV BUT, a broken pool heater in the middle of winter?? Fail!!

    By Kim on December 28, 2012 3:30 PM

    Lake Tahoe is beautiful this time of year. And it has everything- snow, shopping, gambling. Love it! !

    By L Squires on December 28, 2012 4:48 PM

    Love to travel to the great smokey mtns. of Gatlinburg, TN. :-)

    By Charity on December 28, 2012 5:07 PM

    We use to rent a house at the beach, but now it's all about staying home.

    By Brandon Bethea on December 28, 2012 5:08 PM

    I understand the whole winter wonderland thing, but I like to escape the cold and head to the Caribbean or other tropical areas.

    By Betsy Dillon on December 28, 2012 7:05 PM

    We used to stay home but now have decided to go to Gatlinburg, TN! Love it there!! :)

    By Julie on December 29, 2012 6:33 AM

    My New Favorite Winter Getaway is Cacun!

    Love the Sun & Beach!

    By Laurie on December 29, 2012 6:36 AM

    I like to try different places. This year I am taking my niece to San Francisco in Jan 2013. Staying at Best Western, planning on seeing Alcatraz, redwoods, Fisherman Warf and all the major tourist spots.

    By Kit on December 29, 2012 7:52 AM

    For the past several years, we've had our family Christmas at Snoqualmie Pass in Washington state. It's great to be away from all the distractions of home and just play in the snow together.

    By Rose R. on December 29, 2012 8:29 AM

    Our family, my husband, two daughters, their husband, and four grandchildren went to Disney for our christmas presents to each other. We left a day early do to a storm that was going to hit the next day. Our flight was the last one out of Grand Rapids, MI, they shut the airport down. We made it to Baltimore, the airport was waiting for our flight, we were the last one out of Balitimore, when they shut the airport down. We were very lucky. We made it to Florida at 1:00 am. The trip was priceless seeing the smiles on our grandchildren's face- it was the first time for some of them.

    By Marty King on December 29, 2012 10:11 AM

    Our favourite wintertime travel place is to go to Jasper , Lake Louise or Banff national parks in Alberta. They have an ice carving festival in Lake Louise that is just amazing. There are lots of fun things to do as a family in all three places, indoor and outdoor.

    The winter wonderland in the mountains is beautfiul.

    By Mara on December 29, 2012 11:05 AM

    We live in our own winter wonderland in Colorado! It is absolutely beautiful in the winter but, cold, cold, cold!! Our old bones like to escape to the warmth of Jacksonville or St. Augustine, Florida where we can walk the sandy shores and explore historical sites. A wonderful place to 'snowbird'!

    By C R Williams on December 29, 2012 12:13 PM

    New York

    By C R Williams on December 29, 2012 12:15 PM

    New York was fun

    By Roger E. Goul on December 29, 2012 12:18 PM

    Kansas gets cold in the winter time so I think i would like to spend our winter time in Hawaii or somewhere in the carribean on the beaches or swimming in the ocean

    By Nancy G on December 29, 2012 1:00 PM

    Travelling to spend time with family & friends even if the destination is cold

    By Bev B on December 29, 2012 1:51 PM

    Traveling to Best Western in Waterbury, Vermont for the winter. Great skiing, snow boarding and mountain views, beautiful, peaceful, spectacular sites!!

    By Bev B on December 29, 2012 1:58 PM

    Traveling to Waterbury, Vermont in the winter. Siteseeing, Skiing, snow boarding and mountain views. Spectacular, beautiful and peaceful!!

    By Laura Martin on December 29, 2012 4:04 PM

    Ocean Shores WA - wind, waves, few people, warm rooms, dog frinedly, fireplaces

    By Linda Elliott on December 29, 2012 4:47 PM

    We stay home for the Holidays to be with family but then take off to go somewhere warm for two weeks in January. Last year it was Arizona, this year Florida!

    By Meghan S on December 29, 2012 5:03 PM

    We usually stay close to our home, Ottawa - though we've spent a couple of Christmas holidays in Western Australia - home for me! Talk about contrasts :o)

    By Jacqueline Dalton on December 29, 2012 5:11 PM

    I love to visit family during the winter/holiday season. My son lives in Colorado and, unfortunately, I haven't been able to visit him in 5 years. I lived there about 25 years ago and my favorite thing to do was go back to Colorado and visit my parents, who lived in the mountains, at Christmas time. Definitely a winter wonderland! I always stay at the Best Western in Ft. Collins, CO or Loveland, CO when we visist. Thanks for this chance to win a gift card and be able to use it to visit. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone at Best Western!

    By Sharon R on December 29, 2012 10:50 PM

    We usually stay home for Christmas. But I would love to go to someplace warm and dryer. Maybe a trip to California or Arizona (never been but have seen some awesome pictures). We ride motorcycles, so if taking a ride was included, it would be an awesome time. Really need a REAL vacation which hasn't happened in over 20 years.

    By Dale Fish on December 30, 2012 8:29 AM

    ANYWHERE, South, Sunny, and Warm!

    By cynthia gottwald on December 30, 2012 8:31 AM

    I go to Niagara falls and take my niece and nephew there..winning this would give us another trip there.

    By diane milliken on December 30, 2012 8:32 AM

    We love going to Victoria BC as a winter getaway. Great restaurants and everything downtown is within an easy walk. But we loved Utah this last summer. I'd love to see Utah in the winter now!

    By Katherine B. on December 30, 2012 8:39 AM

    We love to head to the beach! Gives us a nice family break from all the Missouri weather :)

    By Nina on December 30, 2012 8:39 AM

    Love escaping to Florida with family. Leaving the cold, dreary, grey northeast to bright sunshine, palm trees and green landscapes is uplifting! The best part...no shovelling snow!

    By Jennifer Holmes on December 30, 2012 8:44 AM

    Once our two children got to be teenagers we started going to Bennington Vermont every year between Christmas and New Years to go skiing at Mt. Snow in Vermont and Jiminy Peak in Mass. My sister lives in Bennington and her children ski but she doesn't so we got to spend time with family and the young cousins got to hang out and have fun and me and my husband could ski with them and goof off like a couple of teenagers ourselves. At times we have also taken our kids friends along and they still talk about their trip "that year I went with you guys to Vermont for Christmas to go skiing". We would get our own hotel room and get a seperate one for all the kids and they would have a blast swimming or hot tubbing after a long day on the slopes. Our children are grown now and we have two grandaughters, now our traveling party has increased but this year will be the first year our 3 year old grandaughter will be skiing also. We love our Christmas family tradition, we do this in lieu of giving gifts, we would all rather have the memory of our time spent together, it is the greatest gift of all.

    By Beverly O'Ferrall on December 30, 2012 8:45 AM

    I love going to Ocean City Maryland in the winter. It's very quiet and still has plenty of things to do. My favorite is sitting around a bonfire on the beach. So romantic!!!

    By Kathy S on December 30, 2012 8:50 AM

    We love heading south to San Diego during the winter for some sun and ocean time. Eating outside at Kona Cafe and renting cruisers to ride next to the beach. And visiting Shamu!

    By Adam Nanji on December 30, 2012 8:51 AM

    I know most Canadians want to go somewhere warmer in the Winter, but I'm the exact opposite! My favourite Winter destination is Montreal.

    It's cold, but everyone in the city is so used to it that it's business as usual for them. If anything, they embrace the Winter.

    I went to school there for a few years and I can't wait to go back!

    By Kathy S on December 30, 2012 8:54 AM

    We love heading south for some fun in the sun in San Diego. Eating breakfast outside at Kona Cafe, renting cruisers to ride next to the beach and visiting Shamu!

    By Curtis on December 30, 2012 9:34 AM

    Travelling to Whistler is our favourite winter getaway

    By Dan R on December 30, 2012 9:42 AM

    Glenwood Springs to soak in the outdoor hot springs

    By Susan L on December 30, 2012 9:43 AM

    Edmonton Alberta to see our grandchildren!

    By Eli Dufault on December 30, 2012 10:40 AM

    If you really, really want a wonderful place go. Go to Marina on the Bay in National City, California. They treat there guest in the very best possible way and are there to help you enjoy you vacation. A short dirve to the border into Mexico or go the other way on I-5 and enjoy Sea World or the Balbo Park, Museums and Zoo. Some of the best restraunts are located just minutes away in Gas Lamp or Little Italy for your dining pleasure. I have stayed there in all the seasons and it is wonderful to get away and enjoy sunshine year round with Mission and Pacific beachs close by. Check out Busters Restraunt right next to the Hotel with there Monster Burger, its enough to feed 4 people. This is the time of there year to really get away to Sunny California.

    By Dawn Hondel-Kirnos on December 30, 2012 11:13 AM

    We love Lake Tahoe!

    By Loyri Halliburton on December 30, 2012 11:15 AM

    Love going to Yosemite to play in the snow.

    By Tina on December 30, 2012 11:15 AM

    My favorite winter getaway is in Gatlinburg TN.

    By Marilyn on December 30, 2012 11:16 AM

    My best winter holiday is going to Taipei, Taiwan for six months. The weather is somewhat like Hawaii and very tropical. The people are the friendly and try to speak English. The food is out of this world and very healthy for you. Great winter vacation

    By Greg Gonzalez on December 30, 2012 11:17 AM

    My wife and Love to get away to Brookings, Oregon. While there we love to stay at the BW Beachfront inn. Such a beautiful location. It is so nice to sit on the deck with drinks in hand while watching the sunset!

    By Mary Ramo on December 30, 2012 11:18 AM

    I love to stay in Saranac Lake NY. It's between Lake Placid and the Santa's Woekshop at the North Pole in Willmington. You are able to experience the best of both worlds and all of the Olympic village magic by day and escape to a quiet hide a way when you've had enough.

    By Deb W on December 30, 2012 11:18 AM

    Home in Wisconsin with family & friends is the best!! Love to go to the Best Western in Green Bay for New Year's!!

    By Susan Fine on December 30, 2012 11:19 AM

    Ruidoso, NM...

    By Tamra Clifford on December 30, 2012 11:20 AM

    I love Boston so full of History

    By Arty Quinn on December 30, 2012 11:20 AM

    Treasure Island Florida's Best Western Sunset Suites. Favorite destination ever! Can't wait to go there again.

    By Karen McAlhaney on December 30, 2012 11:22 AM

    My favorite winter destination would be Fort Walton Beach, FL. The weather is awesome, mid 70's, the white sand beaches are breathtaking, the sunsets are phenomenal! Restaurants are abundant, lots of choices. If it wasn't a 10 hour drive, I probably would go every time I possibly could, but alas, I have only been once!!!

    By LOUANN BELL on December 30, 2012 11:26 AM

    Yuma, Arizona. It is nice and warm. The sunniest place in the world. Love the place!

    By fadia on December 30, 2012 11:29 AM

    My Favourite winter destination is Ottawa, Ontario Canada, it is so beautiful and festive!

    By Christine on December 30, 2012 11:30 AM

    Ottawa, Ontario Canada, so beautiful and festive!!

    By Dina Neufeld on December 30, 2012 11:32 AM

    My favorite place during winter time is Lake Tahoe. Beautiful scenery & lots of things to do. They offer a lot of good ski resorts to take the whole family & there are casinos & bars around for the nightlife. I like renting a cabin & just relaxing for a weekend getaway.

    By Kelly pAQUETTE on December 30, 2012 11:37 AM


    My favorite winter destination is Vermont. The snow is always pretty when the sun
    shines off of it.

    By Bonnie Penny on December 30, 2012 11:38 AM

    I have been going to the Best Western Ocean Reef in Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina for the last 20 years...sometimes I go several times a year if I'm lucky...I love the beach in both summer and winter...there'snothing more beautiful than the ocean!!!!!!...The Best Western is the only place I like to stay...the people are wonderful and the rooms face the ocean so I can watch it night and day!!!!!!!

    By Kelly Paquette on December 30, 2012 11:40 AM

    My favorite winter destination is Vermont. Going home to vist family,and
    staying at the Best Western.

    By janice on December 30, 2012 11:41 AM

    Whistler B.C - so much to do there

    By cyndi cunanan on December 30, 2012 11:47 AM

    Beautiful Saskatoon - You have the beauty of the river running through the middle of the city with parks on either side of the banks, lots of winter activities to do outdoors, like skating at the Meewasin rink beside the stately Bessborought hotel, as well as plenty of things to do indoors if it is too cold, such as the indoor town at the Western Development Museum. It might also be one of the only zoos where the animals are more gorgeous to look at in the winter than the summer.

    By Toby on December 30, 2012 12:22 PM

    Tha Caribbean!!! Cruise!!

    By Todd on December 30, 2012 12:34 PM

    My family likes to visit Flagstaff at least once every winter. Living in Phoenix is nice because we can go play in the snow for a day or two (my kids love sledding!) and then make the 2 hour drive back to mild weather!

    By Marlene P. on December 30, 2012 12:39 PM

    The Caribbean

    By Sandy Selman on December 30, 2012 1:09 PM

    My husband and I love to travel to Las Vegas, but our daughter just moved to Vancouver, so that would be a great winter destination now

    By Jennifer Scott on December 30, 2012 1:54 PM

    My favorite winter destination is the Grand Cayman Islands!

    By dan on December 30, 2012 1:59 PM

    Duluth, Minnesota. Love the snow and lake

    By Leah on December 30, 2012 2:32 PM

    Travelling up to Whistler/Blackcomb for 2 epic days of skiing and snowboarding. It's the one time no one in the family complains about getting up super early to hit the first open runs of the day! Then coming back home and hitting up a hot tub = pure bliss!

    By Christian on December 30, 2012 3:14 PM

    Travelling to Carson, Los Angeles from Toronto, Ontario to spend the holidays with all my cousins and celebrate my birthday which follows shortly after.
    As much as I love all the winter fulfilled activities, basking in the California sun is always a holiday treat to look forward to.

    By Micheline Sicard on December 30, 2012 3:46 PM

    I love going to Las Vegas. There is a lot to do and the weather is better than in my home town ...

    By Shelly Conley on December 30, 2012 6:26 PM

    We stay close to home. Usually to my aunt's house for Christmas Eve.

    By Kathy on December 30, 2012 6:53 PM

    We love Disneyland in the wintertime. Lots of fun family memories.

    By Darrell Urbien on December 30, 2012 7:35 PM

    I enjoy going to British Columbia.

    By Brian on December 30, 2012 8:11 PM

    Lake Placid, NY is my favorite for great skiing at Whiteface Mtn then Apres-Ski in town.

    By stacey dempsey on December 30, 2012 10:52 PM

    We love to go to whistler to ski and snowboard. We used to live there so it is also nice to see old friends as well. We live on the island now we dont get alot of snow so it is also nice to go where it feels like winter.

    By Electron S. on December 30, 2012 11:23 PM

    My favorite winter destination is Lake Tahoe. There is a lot of snowy mountains, which is great for skiingl

    By Johna DeRosier on December 31, 2012 12:36 AM

    Carolina Beach, absolutely wonderful

    By Johna DeRosier on December 31, 2012 12:38 AM

    Carolina Beach, absolutely wonderful!!

    By Becky Richied on December 31, 2012 12:54 AM

    My perfect Winter destination this year would be a trip down to New Orleans enjoying some warmth and visiting my family down there...It has been too many years since I've seen them.

    By Crissy D. on December 31, 2012 4:19 AM

    I love to go to Erie, PA, the lake is beautiful, the snow is beautiful. It is peaceful, like a winter wonderland

    By Kim yurkiw on December 31, 2012 6:29 AM

    My favourite winter destination is Vancouver ! I have family there and they keep my heart warm in the winter!

    By Katy on December 31, 2012 7:18 AM

    We always stay close to visit with our family and celebrate the holidays! :)

    By Debbie Nubile on December 31, 2012 7:44 AM

    We love going to Leavenworth, Washington. It is a small Bavarian town and is soooo pretty decorated in the winter. Tons of lights, music...very pretty. Lots of snow so the kids love sledding since we hardly get snow here in the Seattle area. They also have a GREAT Best Western to stay at too!!

    By Steven H on December 31, 2012 9:07 AM

    We always love to head to see family in the winter wonderland of Wisconsin. There doesn't seem to be any better place to spend Christmas with family. We always hope for snow!!!

    By Sandra on December 31, 2012 9:07 AM

    Favourite winter destination is to stay at home in Newfoundland Canada. Spring vacations are my favourite, and we always stay at Best Western Lake Buena Vista Resort in Kissimmee, FL. Great staff - great service - that is what keeps us coming back to that hotel.

    By Valerie Goetz on December 31, 2012 11:12 AM

    The beautiful mountains of the Sierra Nevada/Tahoe/Reno area.

    By Valerie Goetz on December 31, 2012 11:13 AM

    The beautiful mountains of the Sierra Nevada/Tahoe/Reno area.

    By BEC on December 31, 2012 11:37 AM

    Just Can't Beat Hawaii for a destination to travel to in the winter; escaping from snow, ice, cold and cabin fever to tropical warmth, ocean breezes and the spirit of Aloha! So much to see and do! Wish we could afford to go every year, but once every 30 years isn't bad! Honeymooned there and then recently returned for our 30th anniversary, this time with the two 'fruits' of our marriage in tow! Best Western, SEND us BACK, please!!!

    Stateside, we had a great time in CLEVELAND, OH last year (snowless winter!) after traveling from Western Massachusetts; spending Valentine's Day at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and then a romantic dinner 'downtown.' Yay, Cleveland, YOU ROCK!

    By Patrice B on December 31, 2012 1:16 PM

    My favorite winter destination is Friday Harbor, Washington located on beautiful San Juan Island.

    By Alan on January 2, 2013 7:05 AM

    If you like quaint towns with lots of charm and holiday spirits then Mt. Dora, Florida is the place to visit. The town and the marina is lit with so many lights it feels walking in a winter wonderland. It also has so many fine restaurants, eateries, antique shops, and gift shops that you can do all your Christmas shopping there. It's in located on Lake Dora with a marina that is so well decorated it must take them a month to set the lights up. Then there is the stroll around Lake Dora and a visit to the lighthouse. There are also historical home and garden tours. With so many things to see and do, no wonder it's a destination for so many people.

    By Michael on January 2, 2013 12:01 PM

    It is a toss-up between heading to a warmer climate, like Puerto Vallarta, or enjoying what winter has to offer, and hitting the slopes of Summit County, Colorado.

    By Best Western on January 8, 2013 9:50 AM

    Thanks to all who participated in our December blog contest. Special congratulations to Dan W. this month's contest winner! Didn't win this month? Not to worry, the new January blog contest has already begun. Be sure to visit our new contest for your chance to win a $250 Best Western Travel Card!

    By Deborah Schley on January 9, 2013 9:43 AM

    My husband is unemployed right now because we moved to California to take care of my mom who has Alzhiemers and my dad who is 80 years old. We have to be out of their park at the end of the month and we have no place to go. Our only blessing is our Disneyland passes that help us escape once and awhile. It would be a blessing though to see Disneyland in Florida. If we could go as a family and we would have to take my mom and dad. She has her good days and not so good days. But it would be something she would remember because she still has a little bit of that left.

    By Benaifer Bhathena on January 9, 2013 11:14 PM

    Hawai would be my dream destination in winter to get some sunshine and warmth

    By Carol Laurich on January 18, 2013 4:15 PM

    We almost always spend the holidays at home so our whole family can be together to enjoy the season doing activities together and eating wonder food. Our whole family enjoy winter with many out door activities, but ice skating is a primary one. When the weather permits the drive, we go to Banff and can get great rates on the hotels as a group, find delectable food in restaurants where we can all be seated together. The Banff -Canmore area is one of celebration during the winter, but especially over the Christmas holiday.

    By Carol Laurich on January 18, 2013 4:28 PM

    We always spend the holidays close to home so that our whole family can get together. We all enjoy the winter weather and the special activities we can all do together, one being ice skating. When the weather permits we do drive up to the Banff / Canmore area to enjoy the wonderful Inns / Hotels and can get good rates as a group. There are many restaurants that serve delectable food where we can all be seated together and eat our hearts away after good exercise. Togetherness is our theme especially to celebrate Christmas and bring in the New Year.

    By dsbryce1979 on February 17, 2013 6:17 AM

    I like Boston because of Family Members living in the area

    By Hilary on October 31, 2013 1:28 PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this! I really want to go on another road trip! First, I'll need to get my Calgary transmission fixed!


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