We’ve been lucky this winter. Vancouver has shown us her blue-eyed sky for so many days in a row we’ve lost count. But when Vancouver drizzles and drips as she often does, we can’t help but dream of other destinations to get a dose of a winter wonderland. Here are a few to fantasize about…

  • In the far reaches of the United Kingdom lie the craggy hills and grand castles of Scotland. Get there in time for their New Year Hogmanay celebration that traipses through the mystical streets of Edinburgh.
  • Deep in the north of Sweden is the Sápmi  region – home of glistening lakes, powdery snow, towering mountains, and regal reindeer.
  • The Carpathian mountain range blocks out any apprehensive travelers to Transylvania. Take a daring trip into the heart of Dracula’s origins.
  • Turn any monotonous Vancouver rain into snow with just a short trip out of town. OPUS Hotel’s Ski-Scape package combines city lights with the thrills on Grouse Mountain, Mount Seymour, and Cypress Mountain. We’ll even throw a fireplace in for good measure.

Images (left to right, top to bottom): Cypress Mountain (source), Sweden, Eilean Donan Castle in Scotland, New York, Wintery road, Snow River in Finland, Transylvania.

~Sandra O’Connell, OPUS Insider