100 hot and cold winter getaways [Pictures]
By now we're all three layers deep into our down-filled parkas and up to our ankles in slushy, cold white stuff. Perhaps a winter getaway is not in order. Maybe a beach vacation? But whether you like it hot or cold, here are 100 destinations sure to hit the spot.
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Pipestem Park, West Virginia( West Virginia Tourism Photo / December 7, 2012 )
Distance from Baltimore: 314 miles, about a six-hour drive
Why it's cool: If you love nature, a trip to southern West Virginia is your perfect fit. At the year-round Pipestem Resort State Park you can enjoy skiing, sledding and cross-country skiing or simply taking in the view from beautiful scenic overlooks of the Bluestone Gorge. Nearby is Winterplace Ski Resort at Flat Top, W. Va.
Don't miss: Stay at the Mountain Creek Lodge, a hotel accessible only by a 3,600-foot aerial tram.
Information: Pipestem Resort State Park, Bluestone River, West Virginia, 304-466-1800. Go to http://www.pipestemresort.com.