As much as we love escaping to a warm vacation spot this time of year, there’s something about embracing the cold and spending time in the mountains that is just as invigorating, and whole lot cozier. Planning to get away this winter? Start your vacation research with these nine beautiful high-altitude retreats, located in some of our favorite mountain towns in the U.S. and Canada.
(Can’t spring for a trip? Then read on for a little inspiration, and shop our “Ski House“ event on Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. to find everything you need to turn your space into a cozy getaway all your own).
Hotel Jerome, Aspen, Colorado*
Hotel Jerome has been an Aspen landmark since it opened in 1889, but a top-to-bottom renovation in 2012 secured its spot as one of the town’s prettiest properties, too. Looks-wise, the boutique hotel is like a contemporary take on a Ralph Lauren store…in other words, everything a modern mountain resort should be.
Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Driving up to the Mount Washington Hotel in the winter feels like a fairy tale. The sprawling red-and-white exterior exudes historic charm (it opened in 1902) and is the epitome of New England grandeur. Inside, the soaring ceilings, ample fireplaces and traditional décor make it impossible for a stay there to not feel special. To boot, it’s just a short drive to Bretton Woods, New Hampshire’s largest ski destination.
The St. Regis Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
This super-luxe hotel has something for everyone. Skiers will love its ski-in, ski-out access to Deer Valley via a private tram, complimentary après-ski boot dryers, and specialty packages that include a day on the slopes with Olympian Shannon Bahrke. Those who prefer a more relaxing getaway will find plenty of ways to pass the time at the hotel’s 14,000 square-foot spa, Remede, or shopping in nearby downtown Park City.
The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada
There aren’t many vistas more famous than the one of the Fairmont Chateau overlooking Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada. For those who aren’t content to just take in the views, the hotel offers lots of opportunity to explore the mountains up close, too, from cross-country and downhill skiing, to snowshoeing and snowmobile tours.
Stowe Mountain Lodge, Stowe, Vermont
The Stowe Mountain Lodge, which opened on the base of one of the East Coast’s most popular ski destinations in 2008, is a quintessential Vermont experience. The hotel describes its décor as “Vermont-Alpine,” paintings and light fixtures are by local artists and artisans, and even the stone on the hotel’s façade is from area quarries.
Rustler Lodge, Alta, Utah
Alta (and its next-door-neighbor, Snowbird) attracts the serious skier. The people who vacation here do so for the terrain, and the terrain only (depending on who you ask, it’s the best in the country). Although the real luxury of Alta may lie on the slopes, the Rustler Lodge isn’t a bad place to spend après ski down time. This base lodge offers some of the best dining options on the mountain, a heated pool, cozy rooms and spa services. Take note: Alta is skiiers only, but nearby Snowbird allows snowboarders, too.
Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Avon, Colorado
Some of the many things that make this hotel beautiful: in-room fireplaces, marble bathrooms, mountain views, evening marshmallows at the hotel fire pits, and an on-site restaurant by Wolfgang Puck. Plus, it offers ski-in, ski-out access to Beaver Creek Mountain, and a spa that was named “Best in the Continental U.S.” by Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best Awards last year.
Waldorf Astoria, Park City, Utah
Situated at the base of Utah’s largest ski resort, the Canyons, the Waldorf Astoria is spot worthy of a special occasion (a birthday or anniversary trip, perhaps?). The hotel offers its own private gondola that takes guests directly to the base of the mountain, plus, each guest room has its own fireplace, and suites offer Viking appliances and in-room washer and dryer. The seasonal outdoor ice lounge, which features a 14-foot bar made of ice, is pretty cool, too.
*Photos via hotel websites.