11 Best Places to Visit to Have a Hot Girl Winter
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Winter days can be long and dreary but a quick escape or vaca could be exactly what you need to get those proverbial juices flowing. Megan Thee Stallion may have coined the term “hot girl summer” but we’re channeling that same vibe this winter because… why not?
According to the Urban Dictionary, hot girl summer is “about just being you, just having fun. It’s turning up, driving the boat and not giving a damn about what anybody’s saying.” TikTok explains it as a “summer of fun.” But who says that type of carefree fun is only reserved for one season out of the year?
The trend-turned-lifestyle movement embraces living your best life, without restrictions. Whether it’s relaxing on the beach with a book in hand, hitting the South Beach nightclubs, practicing self-care at an exotic spa, or snowshoeing around an idyllic lake, everyone is welcome to partake in hot girl winter. We rounded up 11 places where you can do just that.
1. Scenic Lake Placid
Channel your inner ski bunny but still stay warm and cozy with a visit to this quaint upstate New York village nestled in the the Adirondacks. It’s home to the winter Olympics training facilities, and also an array of little shops where you can get cute knit hats, furry boots and quilted coats — perfect hot girl attire for on the slopes, and off. For those seeking a cozy winter adventure, Lake Placid offers a plethora of experiences from skiing Whiteface Mountain, to ice fishing and snowshoeing.
Inspired by Scandinavian and Japanese Alpine influences and features, the brand new Bluebird Lake Placid offers unique rooms such as the “Party Friends Suite,” designed specifically for large groups. And, for those looking to cozy up indoors, Après Only, the on-site bar and a tasting room inspired by 80s’ nostalgia and the classic ski culture of Lake Placid, is slated to open this spring. In traditional alpine style, Après Only’s menu will offer classic mountain favorites from charcuterie and Bavarian pretzels, to IPAs and a quintessential shot-ski.
2. An RV trip
#Vanlife has been trending for some time now, ever since people emerged from the pandemic cocoon but still didn’t want to be cramped on a plane with other people. According to RVShare’s 2023 trend report, 61% of travelers are planning to take a road trip or vaca in an RV this year.
RVshare is like the Air BnB of RV’s, featuring a diverse inventory of spacious vehicles to accommodate any type of girls trip this winter. For first time renters, the process is seamless — you can narrow your search by filters including price and destination for stationary trips.
Donna Paul is a travel blogger and Van Lifer. “Rent an RV and take a van trip along the California coast,” she suggests. “With a cozy place to sleep and amazing views of the ocean, you and your girlfriends can have an unforgettable experience. Take long drives on scenic highways, watch stunning sunsets by the water’s edge, and let yourself breathe in some fresh ocean air,” Paul tells HelloGiggles.
3. Release bad vibes in the Florida Keys
Just an hour from the hustle and bustle of Miami, Playa Largo is located in sunny Key Largo (the very first island in the long stretch of Florida Keys), and is an absolutely perfect Caribbean-esque escape that doesn’t require leaving the country.
Aside from having perfect weather year-round, the hotel boasts a private beach (one of the few in the entire Keys!), a zero-entry infinity pool, an incredible Ocean Spa, private three- or four-bedroom residences, various water sports and so much more.
Every day at sunset, guests are signaled by the ringing of the Eventide Bell to follow the sound of live music and gather for Eventide, a daily celebration of the transition from day into night. Guests can head over to the “Drift Table” to write down any worries, anxieties and stresses they may have, then promptly release any negative feelings by throwing the paper into a bonfire that gets boated into the middle of the ocean after Eventide — literally letting go of any bad vibes.
Meanwhile, the Water Table Dinner takes dining to a whole new level. You can kick off your shoes, dip your toes in the water and have front row seats to stunning Key Largo sunsets while enjoying fresh, locally-inspired cuisine from the resort’s signature restaurant, Sol by the Sea.
4. Self-care spa-ing, boating and mermaid burlesque in South Florida
Keep calm and self-care. All hot girls know the importance of treating your body, mind and soul to some TLC every so often. Located inside the Hotel Victor, K’Alma Spa brings the magic of Machu Picchu to Miami, FL, through the sacred healing powers of the Peruvian crystal color therapy that this sanctuary offers. K’Alma Spa invites all self-care cravers to embrace the moments of mindfulness and the calmness it brings to the Magic City’s bustling lifestyle.
Also head over to the the Shelborne South Beach for some photo opps! Known for its Art Deco chic vibe and classic South Beach allure, Shelborne is known for its iconic pool deck, perfect for those hot girls looking to soak up the sun, or take those gram-worthy pics in the pool-side cabanas.
Just an hour away, in Ft. Lauderdale, is the B Ocean Resort. The resort has been a hot spot for American icons throughout history, such as Marilyn Monroe. Known for its iconic entertainment, it’s one of the few places in the world to offer the ultimate “hot girl” entertainment — live, underwater Burlesque shows!
And cruising around South Beach on a private yacht charter for less than $100/hour? That’s a hot girl must-do.
5. Off-the-grid in Ft. Myers
From Florida’s East Coast, to the West, it was hit hard by Hurricane Ian but that isn’t keeping them from welcoming tourists with open arms. Cabbage Key is all about being off the grid. Sunshine, drinking, relaxing, fishing and boating are the top activities, so it’s the perfect spot to put down the devices, and just enjoy the outdoors.
6. Channel your inner cowgirl in Orlando, FL
If you’re looking for a winter getaway that will make you feel like you’re in the middle of an episode of Yellowstone, look no further than Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo for an authentic cowgirl experience.
Trade in snow boots for cowboy boots at this dude ranch located just an hour from Orlando, FL, and kick back with your girlfriends. The Ranch specializes in a one-of-a-kind Glamping experience, allowing guests to sleep in stunning accommodations such as a spacious Conestoga Wagon or a rustic Luxe Teepee, each with a personal concierge to cater to each whim.
Days at Westgate River Ranch are spent embarking on thrilling Western adventures, such as horseback riding, airboat and swamp buggy rides, and practicing your shot at the trap & skeet range. On Saturdays, guests can mosey on down to the Westgate Rodeo before line dancing at the River Ranch Saloon, and the River Ranch Cattle Company provides top-of-the-line filets fit for Beth Dutton.
7. Hot (girl) springs in Colorado
The Springs Hot Spring Resort & Spa in Pagosa Springs, Colorado includes access to 25-soaking pools, fed by the deepest geothermal hot spring in the world. The resort also features Aqua Sound Bathing combining the therapeutic benefits of soaking in geothermal water with waves of harmonic sound that envelop the body from singing bowls to help relieve stress and anxiety while promoting a good night’s sleep.
Meanwhile, the “Warrior Plunge” activity makes the transition from a warm soaking pool to a plunge into cold water in the San Juan River. Benefits include decreased inflammation, muscle soreness, pain, strengthened immune and stress response, improved sleep, and relaxation.
8. Take a nap in Houston, Texas
Sometimes one of life’s simple pleasures is all it takes to get your groove back, like a power nap. Leave your alarms at home and get ready to experience Houston’s very own Nap Bar.
Here, you can nestle into a custom-patented Nap Bar pod, and have a trained “comfort concierge” help you gently fall asleep. Get ready to give “refreshed” a whole new meaning!
9. Historic Virginia
The Omni Homestead is a luxury resort and spa surrounded by the four-season splendor of the Allegheny Mountains. This National Historic Landmark welcomed its first guests a decade before the American Revolution, and Presidents and princes are among the guests who have visited this historic resort.
Today, The Omni Homestead continues to offer gracious service, elegant accommodations and distinctive Southern charm.
It also offers a seemingly endless array of indoor and outdoor activities including two championship golf courses, tennis, shooting club, horseback riding, hiking, fly fishing, archery, falconry, mountain biking, and carriage rides. Winter activities include skiing, tubing, ice skating, snowboarding and mini snowmobiles.
You can then come inside to warm up at the Aqua Thermal Suites and an exclusive adults-only Serenity Garden. Take a dip in the geothermal Octagon Pool fed by two hot springs rich in magnesium, potassium and calcium, and the popular River Reflexology Walk with stones carefully placed to soothe and massage the 15,000 nerves in your feet.
10. Take a hot tub tour
Nothing hotter than grabbing a beverage of your choice and jumping into a hot, steamy jacuzzi. The difference here though is that this one cruises along the Florida coastline, or the river in Manhattan (starting in mid-March). The Sea the City hot tub tour offers this unique 2-hour experience for up to ten people. So grab your BFF’s and take the plunge!
11. Step into an infrared sauna
Quickest way to go from cold girl to hot in the wintertime? The ever-trendy infrared Sunlighten sauna, used regularly by celebs like Justin and Hailey Bieber.
You can visit one at a local spa, OR purchase a portable one to use in home, that can be easily folded up and store in a closet. Whether you are looking to sleep better, increase flexibility, speed up muscle recovery, increase blood circulation, detox or destress, just a 10-15 minutes in the IR sauna will do the trick.
Studies have also shown the IR sauna has anti-aging benefits, as it can help increase collagen production, and can also be a mood booster for people who suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Now go ahead girl, hop in the driver’s seat of that boat and don’t worry about what anybody thinks. This hot girl winter is yours to claim.