Posted on Fri, September 30, 2011 at 12:00PM
From the Travel Editor: With fall sneaking up on us, we’re starting to plan our trips for the cold winter months. With appealing options from sunny beach escapes to sweater-worthy city breaks, and even more far-flung adventures, we almost want it to get cold just so that we can escape it. To get you dreaming of winter travel, we’ve chosen two exceptional Editor’s Picks this week. While all our deals inspire our wanderlust, this week’s offers to the Mansfield in New York City and Antigua’s Galley Bay Resort & Spa captured our imagination for their value, destinations, and distinctive experiences. New York needs no introduction, and Midtown’s Mansfield Hotel makes the perfect home for a cold-weather visit. Its recent renovation offers luxuries like dark wood floors and marble bathrooms with Aveda products, but its commitment to its history makes it exceptional. Originally built as an early 20th century gentlemen’s club, the Mansfield decorates its walls with original art found in the building. After a day of holiday shopping on nearby 5th and Madison Avenues, what better way to warm up than with a cocktail in front of the wood-paneled Club Room’s fireplace? We know, though, that we’ll soon be craving a sunnier escape from winter’s chill. Enter Antigua’s Galley Bay Resort & Spa, an all-inclusive Caribbean destination whose quiet beaches, tropical gardens, and gourmet, open-air restaurants make it perfect for a little romance. While starting Christmas morning with a swim in a private pool with our special someone sounds idyllic (try the 7-day sale option for the best Christmas package), we’d settle for a few days of respite from January’s chill. After all, a little island hospitality - think live music cocktail parties and private dinners on the beach - and Vitamin D can work wonders mid-winter.