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Imagine this… you and your sweetheart sitting on a luxurious comfy couch staring into a crackling fire. In one hand is a glass of wine while your other arm is draped around your partner. At this moment, all the stresses from daily life disappear. Taking a deep breath of fresh pine air, you realize why you both decided to take this romantic getaway. It’s for that ultimate sense of calm, a feeling of peace and the pure simplicity of togetherness.

There’s just something about a cozy cabin in the middle of winter that helps bring romance back into your life. Here are 4 amazing mountain towns to visit in the High Sierra that’ll rekindle the passion in your life:

Sonora, California

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Dodge Ridge Ski Resort Powder Day
Dodge Ski Resort – Image appears courtesy Dodge Ridge Ski Resort

Sonora gives you the opportunity to play in the snow AND get a bit of culture. Stroll down historic Washington Street for a glimpse of the past. Shops, restaurants and inns are tucked inside well-kept 19th and 20th century buildings for hours of exploring and entertainment. Be sure to stop by Legends to grab a Sarsaparilla float in a grand 1850’s saloon.

Snow Play: Located only thirty miles from the slopes at Dodge Ridge Ski Resort or if you want to go snowtubing, head over to the Leland Snowplay snow park. Want to snowshoe instead? Get a guided snowshoe tour with Yosemite Family Adventures.

Arnold, California

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Arnold California Romantic Getaway Big Trees State Park Cross Country Skiing
Big Trees State Park near Arnold – Image by: Dave Bunnell – Appears Courtesy: Calaveras Visitors Bureau

If you’re a wine connoisseur AND enjoy mountain sports, Arnold is THE romantic getaway, located above the snow line. Stay in a cozy log cabin surrounded by beautiful pine trees where you can either head up to Bear Valley for more snow fun or head down to Murphys to experience their amazing wines. With over two dozen wine tasting rooms lining Murphys’ Main Street, you can get a great overview of the many award-winning wines produced here. If that wasn’t enough, explore the surrounding towns of Copperopolis, Angels Camp, Mokelumne Hill and the Vallecito area to visit the vineyards themselves.

Snow Play: Snowshoe through giant sequoias at Calaveras Big Trees State Park for unrivaled views of these majestic trees. Bear Valley Snowmobile offers you the opportunity to access the ONLY trail system in California where you can explore the wilderness without a tour guide. It gives you a chance to experience some of the best snowmobiling California offers, on Ebbetts Pass Scenic Byway. Enjoy miles of groomed trails for nordic ski buffs at Bear Valley Cross Country & Adventure Company, where dogs are welcome to join you on your snowy treks. This area is also home to three snow-parks: Spicer, Round Valley and Lake Alpine. Thinking more about the slopes? Look no further than Bear Valley Ski Resort!

Bridgeport, California

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Backcountry Skiing with High Sierra Snowcat Yurt – Image appears courtesy: Mono County

Trying to get away from the crowds? Highway 395 hugging the Eastern Sierra mountain range is home to some of the most beautiful and least visited areas in the country. Backed by the jagged spires of the Sawtooth range, spend the day soaking in one of the many open-air hot springs like the Travertine Hot Springs.

Snow Play: Bridgeport marks the northern end of the mega-sized peaks with 14,000-foot summits that drop down 8,000 vertical feet. If you have some backcountry experience or would like a guided trip High Sierra Snowcat & Yurt offers snowcat transportation to an 8-person yurt deep into the heart of these peaks.

Bishop, California

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Downtown Bishop
Downtown Bishop – Image appears courtesy: Visit Bishop

For those couples looking for adventure on their romantic foray, Bishop is your place. A true gateway for outdoor escapades, you’re only a few miles from a multitude of amazing recreational activities. This includes sports like rock climbing, backcountry skiing or even snowmobiling all in the same vacation. Named as one of “America’s Coolest Mountain Towns” by Men’s Journal, expect to find a cotton-wood lined town surrounded by scenic alpine vistas that rise two vertical miles above you.

Mammoth Mountain Mid-winter
Romantic couple getting some powder turns in at Mammoth Mountain – Image appears courtesy: Mammoth Mountain

Snow Play: Head east into the White Mountains, strap on your snowshoes or cross-country skis and venture into the ancient Bristlecone forest. Containing the oldest recorded living things on earth, these gnarled, twisted trees will make you appreciate the sweet moments in life. If you feel like heading west into the Sierra, you’ll find both world-class backcountry and downhill skiing at Mammoth Mountain less than an hour away.

With so many getaway ideas, the California High Sierra should be on your bucket list for a romantic escape you won’t forget.

Author: Alex Silgalis

Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at

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