Just because the holidays are over doesn’t have to mean the vacation has to end.
Luckily, it’s a new year, and your vacation days have instantly recharged. Sure, you could save them for a beach trip in the summer. But that is months away — and it requires a swimsuit-ready body. If you're more comfortable bundling up than stripping down, then Santa Fe, New Mexico is just your style.
Yes, a January vacation is a bit unconventional, but you always were a free spirit. Plus, the lower demand means better deals. Santa Fe a quick jaunt by plane from Austin, making it a closer choice than Colorado hot spots. Plus it is less crowded.
The proximity doesn't mean less snow, though. With an average of 300 inches of snow a year and more than 300 sunny days a year to enjoy them, Santa Fe is the perfect place to get away for the weekend for a quick, luxurious stay at a cozy ski resort so you can come back to the office refreshed and reenergized.
The interwebs can be a mighty fortress, so we’ve sought out the season’s best specials, all good until March 2013:
The Inn & Spa at Loretto offers two packages for guests looking to hit the slopes. The Buenos Dias Bed and Breakfast Package gives guests a hearty, gourmet start before heading down the mountain, while the Santa Fe Ski Package includes accommodations, a neck warmer, $25 per day hotel credit, and recommended options for skiing and snowboarding.
Santa Fe Sage Inn is offering a guests free skiing at Ski Santa Fe when you book a two-night, double occupancy room starting at $239.
Hotel Chimayo de Santa Fe includes a made-to-order breakfast for two with a deluxe room or suite for stays between Sunday and Thursday. The Get Out and Ski Santa Fe Package includes breakfast to go in a charming room or suite.
The Lodge at Santa Fe has a Ski Santa Fe and Save Package with great room rates plus a grab-and-go breakfast and hot cocoa to get skiers and boarders on the slopes first thing in the morning. The Lodge is also promoting a Third Night Free Package that includes 20 percent off at the hotel’s restaurant or bar.
The Inn at Santa Fe is currently running a 2013 Ski Package that includes one night’s accommodation, breakfast and two lift tickets to Ski Santa Fe for only $195.
Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa has a special incentive for booking a private villa, starting at $399. It comes with a $100 resort credit, a bottle of wine, and chocolate-covered strawberries. The Ski Santa Fe Package lets guests enjoy all the winter activities on the property — hiking, hot tubbing, snowshoeing and sledding on more than 450 acres of forested land — and comes with breakfast and ski packages for two from $149.