While the season doesn’t officially start until December 21, for many of us, winter has already arrived in full force. A Nor’easter wreaked havoc on Thanksgiving travel plans, record overnight snowfalls hit the Great Lakes region in New York, and single-digit temperatures blanketed much of the nation. And, if that’s not enough to make you cozy up closer to the fire, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting yet another long, cold, snow-filled winter for most of the country. To help you beat the chills inevitably hitting your bones, we’ve rounded up some hot tub inspiration guaranteed to warm you up this winter—all found at our one-of–a-kind hotel partners. SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel and Spa, Pismo Beach CA. The setting: Built on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel offers picturesque views, retro inspired designs and an average temperature of 58 degrees. Relax on the RoofTop Terrace with a glass of local wine, enjoy the private beach just steps from the property and rest easy knowing you can bring Fido along for the perfect pet-friendly beach vacation. Why we love it: Panoramic ocean views, salty air and three outdoor hot tubs—SeaCrest OceanFront Hotel provides guests with a variety of ways to escape the winter blues.
Magnolia Hotel Houston, Houston TX The setting: Located in the historic Houston Post-Dispatch building, Magnolia Hotel Houston combines sophisticated design elements with Texas-inspired flair. Snuggle up with a good book by the fire in the library or enjoy a game of pool in the billiards room all while maintaining a safe distance from the words snow, cold and ice. Why we love it: Recognized by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the “Top 100 New Hotels in the World”, Magnolia Hotel Houston offers guests an incomparable view of the cityscape from the rooftop hot tub. Bonus—Houston has had fewer than 40 recorded snowfalls since 1895.
LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort, Naples FL The setting: Situated on a pristine stretch of beach between the Gulf of Mexico and Vanderbilt Bay, La Playa is an idyllic warm-weather Florida retreat. Luxury accommodations coupled with Old Florida beach style make it easy for guests to kick back, relax and watch the waves. Why we love it: A sauna, romantic lagoon and cascading pools. A dip in La Playa’s hot tub is the most convenient way to experience a warm, tropical-like escape without leaving the continental U.S.
The Essex Resort & Spa, Essex VT The setting: Located in the heart of the Champlain Valley, between the Green Mountains and Lake Champlain, The Essex Resort & Spa is a quintessential Vermont getaway. Local food, brews and epic ski trails are just a short drive away making the Essex a perfect choice for those who aren’t seeking to escape the cold, but rather embrace it head on. Why we love it: A renowned spa with a year-round outdoor hot tub – The Essex is an ideal destination for snow-birds looking for a great way to warm up after an afternoon of shredding.