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Cold Comfort

Want some ideas for travel hot spots this winter? Here’s where to go, whether you’re flying or driving!

By Plane: Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sure, Big D has had its share of white winters, but sometimes merely making a snowman and starting a snowball fight in the backyard just won’t do. How about a quick jaunt to Santa Fe instead? Though the historic town is known for its art, rich history and awe-inspiring vistas, the city also boasts plenty of great skiing for the whole family thanks to the Sangre de Cristo mountain range just16 miles away. So get ready to hit the slopes (and take in some serious culture and mouth-watering cuisine as well)!      

Where to rest your head:
Nestled in the heart of Santa Fe—within walking distance of some the area’s best galleries, museums and shops—lies the Inn and Spa at Loretto. Savor the gourmet fare at in-house restaurant Luminaria (children are welcome), or check out the Living Room lounge’s Après Ski Fondue where kids are encouraged to play with their food. And when it comes to pampering, even the little ones can partake of a little TLC. Spa services are available for children when accompanied by an adult. Room rates are $195-$505 per night. 800/727-5531; innatloretto.com

Where to pole around:
Looking for a lift? Say about 12,000 feet? Head off to family-friendly Ski Santa Fe. Not only can mom and dad enjoy plenty of steep slopes and snowboarding, the resort’s on-site Chipmunk Corner is brimming with ski and snow play areas just for kids. In addition, tots and older children can learn how to master the art of alpine amusement—ski lessons are offered to those as young as three and snowboarding lessons are available for 6 to 9-year-olds as well. 505/982-4429; skisantafe.com

Where to get some grub:
Early birds will want to stop by Tia Sophia’s for their ever-popular breakfast burritos. Though their offerings sound typical—chili rellenos, enchiladas, etc.—their flavors are anything but. Locals frequent this inviting eatery despite its touristy location, and their savory sopapillas will leave you wondering: “Why can’t I get this at home?” 505/983-9880

By Car: Brenham, Texas
If you’re a fan of the Southern Blackberry Cobbler, you may know Brenham as the home of Blue Bell ice cream. What you may not know is that it’s more quietly known as “the birthplace of Texas,” because the signing of the Texas Declaration of Independence took place nearby on March 2, 1836. Fill up that tank, hop on the highway and see what else there is to discover about this town (don’t forget a spoon).

Where to rest your head:
Even if you’re no good on horseback (or at least side-saddle), you can still get that ranch experience when you retreat to Captain T. Clay House—the early home of a former mayor of Independence. It’s one of Washington County’s oldest B&B’s, which happens to be kid-friendly as well. For $95-$98 per night, you can relax in a gatehouse or suite and wake up to a country breakfast in the morning. After you fill up, watch the Peruvian horses frolic in the green pastures outside. 979/836-1916; captainclaybnb.com

Where to poke around:
The folks at the Blue Bell Creameries say it takes milk from more than 50,000 cows to make one day’s supply of ice cream—not that you need all that! A tour of the factory comes with videos and, of course, samples. 800/327-8135; bluebell.com

Where to get some grub:
It’s like Mama made it. At Bevers Kitchen & Gifts, chow on a steak burger, homemade chicken salad sandwich or chicken fried chicken sandwich, and finish it off with one of over 20 homemade pies and cakes … all topped with Blue Bell ice cream, of course. 979/836-4178; bevers-kitchen.com