Last week we visited some choice East Coast properties — perfect for sipping hot cocoa fireside after a day in the woods cross-country skiing and identifying animal tracks in the snow or cruising to the nearest mountain for freshly groomed trails. Don’t get us wrong, warm weather retreats are great for those who can’t stand bundling up, but we’re here today, brothers and sisters, to focus on embracing the winter season, not escaping from it.
Here, 5 snow-centric getaways
Tetherow Lodges, Bend, OR
The ski and stay deals Tetherow offers in affiliation with nearby Mt. Bachelor (20 minutes away, with shuttle service) make a weekend at the Lodges all the more appealing. I mean, aside from the woodsy chic accommodations, access to some top quality local breweries (Coming soon: Rooms With a Brew, Oregon edition), two phenomenal on-site restaurants, and close proximity to everything the quiet-cool town of Bend has to offer.
Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno, NV
Go for the views alone. At the foot of the Sierra Nevadas — especially majestic when snow-covered — Whitney Peak Hotel is a Reno landmark. And within an hour from some top area ski resorts — Squaw Valley Resort, Mt. Rose, Northstar, and Diamond Peak to name a few — Whitney Peak is a prime jumping off point for a variety of some of the country’s best skiing. Oh and if skiing isn’t your thing or if you didn’t get enough physical activity, there’s Basecamp, the 7,000 square foot indoor bouldering park. Not to mention Reno itself: the biggest little city in the world. And the rooms are pretty cool, too. Check out that decor!
Hotel Boulderado, Boulder, CO
The red sandstone exterior stands against the snowy Rocky Mountain foothills in a picturesque snapshot of downtown Boulder. And inside, the view only gets better. Just look up. A stained glass ceiling vaults above an original (1909) cantilevered cherry wood staircase. And the rooms follow Victoriana suit with red velvet chairs and settees and floral wallpaper. Outside the comforts of Hotel Boulderado, if the two-hour drive to Summit Valley (home of Breckenridge and Vail) is too much to ask, Eldora Mountain, 35 minutes west, always seems to have great conditions and is a favorite among the locals.
Magnolia Hotel Denver, Denver, CO
Fireside seating in the lobby and complimentary milk and cookies before bed: sold. And Denver is pretty inviting, too, with tons to do throughout the winter. For one, there’s world-class skiing. Noticing a trend here? Magnolia is 50 minutes from the modest-but-enjoyable Loveland, which is great for the skiing-to-driving ratio and 90 minutes from Keystone, Breckenridge, and Cooper Mountain. Staying in town? Check out the Southwest Rink at Skyline Park for free skating ($2 rentals) or bundle up and head over to City Park for the quintessential Denver-plus-Rockies view.
Chalet View Lodge, Portola, CA
Get ready to understand what throttle therapy is all about. Explore Sierra! snowmobile company launches scenic tours directly from the newly minted resort equipped with rustic cabins and a private villa (outdoor hot tub included). And if motorized snow shredding isn’t your cup of hot cocoa, the surrounding forest is open for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing for all levels of experience — flat and groomed to high backcountry peaks for telemarking.
Beach Retreat & Lodge, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Heavenly Mountain stands a few blocks from Beach Retreat, and at the top of the mountain, ski tips pointed toward Lake Tahoe’s famous blue water, your cabin fever will be cured without a shadow of a doubt. Rent some snowshoes and trek through Rabe Meadows, just a few miles away and wash the day down with a hot toddy beside one of the cozy fire pits.