Are you looking for a weekend getaway this winter? We've got our choices for the best -- most interesting and most affordable -- winter weekend trips from the north coast. Some are driveable, some are for couples, and some are for families. Take a look.
The Turks & Caicos Islands, a collection of 30 relatively uncrowded islands, are located about 500 miles east of South Florida. The most popular island, Providenciales, called "Provo" by the locals, boasts two six-mile stretches of white sand beach. Provo is known for its excellent diving and snorkeling, sports fishing, and crystal clear Turquoise water.
From Cleveland, it's a relatively easy trip via American Airlines through Miami. Accommodations vary from the elegant Grace Bay Club
to the "adults-only" Club Med Turkoise
to the Beaches family resort
. You can also rent a villa along one of the beaches.
For more information on the Turks & Caicos, see:
Canada, and Quebec City in particular, really knows how to celebrate winter. Held for two weeks at the end of January and beginning of February, the 2008 event (February 1-17) will be extra special as it coincides with the 400th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City. Events include the snow bath, night parades, slide runs, giant table-soccer game, concerts, snow sculptures, sleigh or dogsled rides, and skating.
Quebec City is just a short trip, via Toronto, by air or around a 10-hour drive from Cleveland.
For more information on Quebec's Winter Carnival, see:Profile of the Quebec Winter FestivalQuebec City Tourism Web site
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Punderson State Park is a year-round favorite, but the park sparkles under a blanket of snow. Winter activities at this Geauga County getaway include cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sledding, ice fishing, hiking, and sitting by a cozy fire at the lodge. And, it's just a hour's drive from downtown Cleveland.
Traveling to Europe during the off-season, from mid-January to mid-March is a great time to explore the Old Country. The summer crowds have gone, the prices are much lower, and the lines of tour busses have vanished. It's also the best time to get a feel for Europe as the locals experience it.
For more information on travel to Europe in the Off-Season, see:
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Malabar Farm State Park, located south of Cleveland, just outside of Mansfield, is a great place to spend a winter weekend. The park offers miles of cross-country ski trails, sledding runs, and ice skating as well as tours of the great house, where Pultizer Prize-winning author, Louis Bromfield
once lived. You can stay on the property at the 16-room hostel or at one of the many bed & breakfast inns that surround the park.