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A dip in temperature has us dreaming of an escape to one of these cool destinations.

JW Marriott The Rosseau Muskoka

Lake Rosseau, Ontario

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Combat any holiday stress with the new HydroSpa opening at Muskoka’s JW Marriott on Nov. 1. The outdoor water circuit will be open year-round, offering multiple ways to relax including sea-salt floating pools, hot tubs and water massage beds. There’s also a wood-fired barrel sauna and salt cave.

Stays from $349/night through

St. Regis Aspen

Aspen, Colorado

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If the town of Aspen is like a gingerbread village come to life, the St. Regis is its main manor. Along with access to numerous ski options, the hotel’s guests can expect family-friendly fun during the week leading up to Dec. 25. Santa’s Workshop is a craft room where attendees can make everything from ornaments to gifts by hand. Additional sessions cover winter cooking and gingerbread house decorating.

Stays from US$899/night and experiences from US$35/person through

Dromoland Castle

County Clare, Ireland

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If you’re going to go big – and further afield – for New Year’s, you may as well go black tie. This grand estate in western Ireland is offering a three-night celebration package, beginning either Dec. 30 or 31. The gala on New Year’s Eve includes a cocktail reception and six-course dinner. Guests will have access to country pursuits on the property’s 450 acres including archery, falconry and foraging.

Stays from $2,051/night through

Old Stone Inn Boutique Hotel

Niagara Falls, Ontario

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This historic inn in Niagara Falls – the 1904 building housing it was originally a flour mill – offers multiple ways to indulge. There’s Winterfest, prix-fixe meals enjoyed in dining domes housed in the inn’s private square, and the Alpine Club, a pop-up patio offering roasted chestnuts, s’mores and mulled wine around a fire pit. The property will host its annual artisan holiday market on Nov. 26.

Stays from $149/night through

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