Winter can be romantic with a little imagination. Whether the setting is the twinkling lights in the city or a moonlit scene in the countryside, the snow and cold temperatures offer the chance for couples to cuddle up close. Fun in the snow can be followed by cozy evenings in front of a log fire.
According to eleGALA.com, a third of marriage proposals happen during the holidays. A rural setting with snow on the ground and the moon and stars above is a romantic backdrop for a walk. String fairy lights across the trees, spelling out "Marry me!" Commission a sculptor to create an ice sculpture with a wedding theme. If it’s too cold to go out, collect together favorite romantic videos set during the holidays and pop the question halfway through the movies.
Winter weddings are the chance to impress guests with themed decorations, such as an ice sculpture of the bride and groom, an ice bar or ice candelabra. Snow will offer a dramatic backdrop to the photographs and an early evening fireworks display. The bride and attendants can wrap up warm in faux fur wraps and gloves, and everyone can toast the couple. Following the reception, the newlyweds can honeymoon in a ski lodge or forest cabin.
Horse-Drawn Carriage Ride
Riding through a pretty winter landscape under a warm blanket is a popular activity for couples. New York City is an attractive place in the snow and horse-drawn carriage rides operate throughout the year -- except during a blizzard or if the temperature falls below 19 degrees. Carriages line up along Central Park South between 5th and 6th avenues. Custom carriage rides are personalized, giving opportunities for romantic gestures. Following the ride, stop off at a café for a mug of hot chocolate.
A visit to a ski resort can be romantic. With gorgeous scenery, staying in resorts such as Aspen Mountain in Aspen, Colorado, affords opportunities for riding through powder snow on a guided snowcat tour. The Rocky Mountains are a favorite destination and snowcats take passengers into the back country after a gondola ride to the summit with a panoramic view. Passengers have hot drinks and snacks on board and take lunch in a cabin with a wood stove in the Elk Mountains.
Horse-Drawn Sleigh Rides
Horse-drawn sleigh rides through mountain scenery or woods are often combined with gourmet dinner and wine in rustic log cabins, and hot chocolate for the passengers. Well-groomed draft horses pull the sleighs, which are sometimes handcrafted. Some companies also include musical entertainment in the package. The Trail Creek Sleigh Ride & Dinner in Sun Valley, Idaho, visits a cabin that Ernest Hemingway frequented. Sleigh rides also operate from the Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe, Vermont, opened by the von Trapp family, famous from "The Sound of Music" movie.