Escape the Holiday Hustle at These Unexpected December Destinations

Give yourself the gift of some time away from the hustle and bustle of the holiday season at one of these exciting U.S. cities. No passports, and in some cases airlines, are even required to get you out of town this December.
Escape the Holiday Hustle at These Unexpected December Destinations



Tuck away this winter in New England, deep in the rolling green mountains of Vermont. The Sheraton Burlington Hotel is walkable to the Church Street entertainment district, where impressive art, local eateries, and live music bring winter days and nights to life. Take a scenic 45 minute drive to Stowe for excellent skiing and snowshoeing. And cold or not, you have to try a Vermont Maple Creemee, a local soft-serve ice cream treat.



Let us welcome you to your holiday season holiday at our newly-renovated, dog-friendly respite in Nashville, better known as Music City. The heart and soul of country music lives here, and our downtown Sheraton offers exceptional access to all that this Southern city boasts. Whether it’s indoor rock climbing, soul food and whiskey, or unique shopping – like that at Fanny’s House of Music – Nashville will keep you on your toes the entire weekend. Do make a date at the Grand Ole Opry; celebrating 90 years, its stage is full most nights in December with a pretty impressive roster.



A weekend getaway with a cozy winter vibe where you can finish the holiday shopping is as close as Minneapolis, Minnesota. Shop, play, and eat well at the city’s famed Mall of America. There you can check through the nice recipients on your list and treat yourself to a thrill-filled weekend at the year-round, indoor amusement park and the large, public aquarium. There’s more than a mall though, with more local flavor in food, entertainment, and shopping available at the Midtown Global Market or the Uptown District.



This active, lively city makes it easy to swim, run, bike, or yoga with the sun on your face before winding down over roof-top mojitos at Iron Cactus or rustic barbecue at Stubb’s. The Live Music Capital of the World has no shortage of entertainment options day and night. Just coming out of a multi-million dollar renovation, this Sheraton is mere steps from several famous entertainment and shopping districts.



There’s a lot of soul waiting for you in Memphis, Tennessee, from the music to the food to the funky vibes that make this a distinct Southern destination. Situated alongside the mighty Mississippi River, the sounds of jazz, blues, and rock ‘n roll pour from Beale Street as does the Tennessee whiskey. Get to Beale and all around town via the Main Street trolley right outside the downtown hotel doors. And don’t forget Elvis! No trip to Memphis is complete without a tour of his late-70’s time capsule, Graceland.



One of the most burgeoning downtowns in the country makes for an unexpected weekend away. Grab a beer from local favorite Bricktown Brewery or a solid taco at Fuzzy’s before catching a home game with the youngest NBA team. Fall in love with the season at the Myriad Gardens ice skating rink, and take in the sights and sounds via the river cruise. The Spokies bike share program will help you navigate some of the hottest neighborhoods in the city, or plan a hop to Norman for fun, local boutique shopping in a distinct college town.



In just 40 minutes you can move from the Sheraton downtown to one of the most treasured ski destinations in North America. Spend the day on the slopes or bobsledding at the Olympic Park, wind down with a whiskey cocktail at High West Distillery, then fill up at Robert Redford’s well-appointed restaurant, Zoom. Back at the Sheraton, our lodge-style hotel makes a comfortable, relaxing reprieve. Grab a local microbrew for less than $3 from the gift shop and then kick your feet up for a giant game of checkers in front of our floor-to-ceiling fireplace.



It’s high season for the brilliant Northern Lights found anywhere from 30-100 miles outside of Anchorage and absolutely worth the trek. If it’s more winter wonderland you crave, then Anchorage is the thrilling destination for you. The Alaskan wilderness takes you off the grid in unimaginable ways. Here you can visit glaciers, wild animal refuges, try the native sport of dogsledding, or even ski from breathtaking peaks. Pay a visit to our renowned Ice Spa for epic views while you take one more breather before returning to the grind.



Lush green mountains, thick rainforests, and cascading waterfalls set the backdrop to a weekend in the Caribbean...where you don’t even need a passport! Depart from the usual and spend the last of this year’s vacation days lounging on San Juan’s white sand beaches or snorkeling, surfing, or sailing around its coral reef. Staying at the Sheraton Puerto Rico Hotel & Casino brings the night to life after a day in the sun.

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