Romantic Getaways in January

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January may be a chilly time of year, but that doesn't mean you and your sweetheart can't warm it up on a romantic vacation. Whether you opt for a tropical getaway or head for a more wintry locale, these are some suggestions for romantic getaways in January.

Quebec City

The charming, French-speaking town of Quebec City will win you over, even when it's covered in snow. Whether you opt for a rustic vacation rental in the rolling hills outside the city or a flat amid the bustle of historic old Quebec, you'll be glad you came. Shops and restaurants will keep you busy during the day, and at night you can crank up the fireplace.

Vail

aspen-vs-vail-infographic-lead.jpgThis Colorado mountain town's dreamy scenery and world-class ski runs draw visitors from around the world. January is a great time to hit the powder in Vail. When you're ready to shed the skis or snowboard, the town boasts plenty of shops, restaurants and pubs to keep you out of the cold.

New York City

You will have instant access to any museum in the city without waiting in line, and there are plenty of warm blankets available for your horse-drawn carriage ride through Central Park. Throw in ice skating at Rockefeller Center and the Big Apple easily makes this list for romantic getaways in January.

Vienna

The ball season in Vienna, Austria offers tons of opportunities for couples' dance lessons. Learn the Viennese Waltz with lessons at the Hofburg or Musikverein. There's also a thriving alternative scene for those into something a little less formal: swing dancing without a dress code. Plus, it's hard to resist the charm of this historic European city.

Egadi Islands

In Sicily, the locals know that the Aolian Islands get all the attention, but the Egadi Islands are the place to be. This collection of islands off the west coast of Sicily are full of under-visited beaches and quiet coves, especially in January. Favignano, though quiet, has great restaurants and cafes, and you can hire a boat for private tours of the islands.

Buenos Aires

buenos aires 10.jpgThe hot South American summer is a great time to escape with your significant other to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Though the beaches are pretty crowded this time of year, you'll have the city all to yourself. And Buenos Aires has a distinctly European charm, with its stunning boulevards, bistros and cafes.

Venice

Arguably the most romantic city in one of the most romantic countries in the world, Venice is an excellent pick for a list of romantic getaways in January. Picture its network of canals veiled in a fine mist, adding a layer of mystery to every street you walk down. The city's free from its notorious tourist crowds in January, too, so that romantic gondola ride will be much more private.

Austin

The Texas capital has balmy weather in January, and you won't find the crowds that flock to this party town other times of the year. Hit the hiking trails in Texas Hill Country, go line dancing, enjoy a romantic meal in one of Austin's excellent restaurants, or swim in the Barton Springs Pool.

Maui

maui-waterfall.jpgHawaii's great weather year-round, outstanding scenery, and inviting beaches are a draw for couples in January. Think long walks on the beach and stunning sunsets. With plenty of beach-side rentals, you'll be all set for your romantic vacation in Maui.

Whistler

British Columbia's premier ski resort is also plenty romantic. Warm, cozy vacation rentals just steps away from the slopes and easy access to Vancouver's shops and restaurants make this a great spot to visit with your loved one in January.

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