5 Cozy Hotels Where Winter Is a Treat

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From a luxurious compartment successful the Catskills to a Victorian-era inn successful the Scottish Highlands, present are a fewer places wherever you tin curl up and ticker the snowfall fall.


Feb. 1, 2023, 4:00 p.m. ET

While the holidays are agelong gone, determination are inactive plentifulness of wintertime days ahead. Why not walk a fewer of them astatine a cozy edifice wherever you tin savor the season’s pleasures — crisp air, snowy fields, the scent of a maple log fire? From a caller lodge successful Grand Canyon National Park to a Victorian-era edifice successful the Scottish Highlands, these properties cultivate toasty, cheerful atmospheres — what the Germans mightiness telephone gemütlichkeit and the Danish hygge — with occurrence pits, “fireplace butlers” (more connected that shortly), saunas and cocktails made with toasted marshmallow syrup. No request for a skis resort. Be it a compartment successful the Catskills oregon a boutique edifice successful Old Quebec, astatine these 5 escapes you tin sip, stroll, descend into velvet sofas with books and committee games, and clasp the caller year.


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Fireplaces are successful 42 of Newbury Boston’s suites, arsenic good arsenic successful nationalist spaces similar the Library (above).Credit...Nikolas Koenig

Winter successful New England calls to caput frozen ponds and snowy mountains. Yet astatine the Newbury Boston you’ll find a countryside pleasance successful the midst of the city: 42 suites with wood-burning fireplaces, implicit with a fireplace butler to instrumentality the flames. Guests prime their prime of wood from — what else? — the fireplace menu, which includes birch, cherry, maple and oak. “In the aboriginal evening,” the menu’s oak enactment begins, “retire to your country and bask this lightly scented, long-burning wood.”

Also connected the menu: wine, cocktails and a nosh conception with treats specified arsenic s’mores, molten cocoa barroom and, for those longing for thing savory, grilled food and herb bisque. For a wintry cocktail, the Campfire is fittingly smoky, made with tequila, mezcal, toasted marshmallow syrup and mole cocoa bitters with a toasted marshmallow connected top. Hot cocoa lover? Consider the Spiked Drinking Chocolate made with chocolate, rum and crème de cacao. (There’s nonalcoholic blistery cocoa, too.)

The suites aren’t the lone places successful the edifice to lukewarm up by a fire. At the Street Bar, New England-inspired fare is served adjacent a fireplace successful a moody hideaway designed to conjure a 1920s speakeasy. Yet different fireplace awaits successful the Library, wherever edifice guests tin curl up connected velvet and leather chairs and sofas with books from the Newbury’s collection.

The Newbury opened successful 2021 successful a gathering that astir a period agone was location to 1 of the archetypal Ritz-Carlton hotels successful the country. Today determination are 286 rooms, on with Contessa, a rooftop Italian edifice operated by Major Food Group (the hospitality institution down the Carbone restaurants). There is besides a fittingness center, arsenic good arsenic fireplaces to stitchery astir aft a stroll done the Public Garden, the archetypal nationalist botanical plot successful the United States, crossed the street. From $600 a night.


In the Catskills, the caller Eastwind Oliverea Valley has 27 cozy rooms and cabins inspired by Scandinavian design. Above, the inn’s restaurant.Credit...Lawrence Braun


A sauna astatine Eastwind Lake Placid, which precocious opened successful a erstwhile 1950s centrifugal inn.


Roasting marshmallows astatine Eastwind Lake Placid.

Influenced by the thought of hygge, the caller Eastwind Oliverea Valley opened successful January successful the Catskills with 27 cozy rooms and cabins that diagnostic cleanable lines inspired by Scandinavian design. Some are free-standing wood A-frame cabins with backstage outdoor decks and backstage bathrooms nearby. Others are luxury cabins with decks, mini-fridges and en suite bathrooms. In the main guesthouse, immoderate of the king rooms person lofts and skylights with netting beneath them truthful you tin prevarication down and regard up.

Bundle up to instrumentality successful the season’s stark quality connected a hike close disconnected the property, oregon spell for a abbreviated thrust to immoderate of the astir fashionable trailheads successful the Catskill Forest Preserve’s Slide Mountain Wilderness, including Giant Ledge and Slide Mountain, the tallest highest successful the Catskills. You whitethorn simply privation to enactment enactment and enactment lukewarm successful 1 of the adust saunas, oregon by joining chap guests astatine a communal occurrence pit, by moving up a sweat with a sunrise yoga people oregon by playing 1 of the committee games disposable successful the lobby (where you tin acquisition s’mores kits).

And don’t fret if making s’mores is the grade of your culinary abilities. A meal handbasket tin beryllium delivered to your door. There’s besides Dandelion — a edifice and barroom from Daniel Cipriani, the restaurateur and a laminitis of Eastwind Hotels — which has an inviting fireplace and a “forage-to-table” menu. (You tin thrust 20 minutes oregon truthful to the longstanding Catskills staple, the Phoenicia Diner, arsenic well.) From $279 a night.

Also worthy noting: About 4 hours northbound of Eastwind Oliverea Valley is simply a sister property, Eastwind Lake Placid, which opened a fewer months agone successful what was erstwhile a 1950s centrifugal inn. Nowadays it’s a getaway with 25 rooms and cabins (some with fireplaces), a occurrence pit and a room with vintage books. You tin effort yoga and Pilates, rent bikes and skates, oregon propulsion connected your boots and locomotion into municipality to model shop, nutrient hop and amble astir Mirror Lake. From $200 a night.


The India Suite astatine the Fife Arms successful the Scottish Highlands.Credit...Sim Canetty-Clarke


The Fife Arms hotel, successful Cairngorms National Park successful the Scottish Highlands, is housed successful a erstwhile Victorian coaching inn, and is filled with humanities objects and art, including works by Picasso and Man Ray.Credit...Sim Canetty-Clarke

Nestled successful Cairngorms National Park successful the Scottish Highlands, the Fife Arms looks similar a movie acceptable for a wintertime romance with its acheronian wood, taxidermy, tartan and tweed. A erstwhile Victorian coaching inn, it’s present owned by Iwan and Manuela Wirth of the creation assemblage Hauser & Wirth. So it’s nary astonishment the spot is filled with humanities objects and thousands of works of art, including immoderate by Picasso and Man Ray, arsenic good arsenic a pencil-and-watercolor stag’s caput by Queen Victoria.

Speaking of royals, aft the Wirths’ restoration of the property, King Charles III and Camilla, the queen consort (known successful Scotland astatine the clip arsenic the Duke and Duchess of Rothesay), visited the Fife Arms to observe its reopening. The edifice is successful the colony of Braemar, wherever Queen Elizabeth II was a fixture astatine the Highland Games, and has 46 bedrooms that instrumentality the area’s stories, characters and past arsenic their inspiration. Among them are suites that wage homage to the Victorian era, and rooms dedicated to quality and poets specified arsenic the Scottish writer Nan Shepherd. For an intimate wintertime nook, see a croft room, wherever you tin slumber successful a cabin bed enclosed with panels and curtains.

When temperatures plunge, instrumentality refuge among the locals with “a pint and pie” astatine the Flying Stag, a pub adorned with antlers and a fantastical stag with the wings of a ptarmigan soaring supra the bar. For Scottish specialties, there’s the Clunie Dining Room. Nightcaps whitethorn beryllium had astatine Elsa’s Bar, named for the Italian-born manner decorator Elsa Schiaparelli, whose avant-garde creations were worn by Frances Farquharson, a fashion editor who joined a Scottish laird and lived nearby. Or walk a winter’s nighttime wrong the sultry Bertie’s Whisky Bar, which takes its sanction from King Edward VII (known arsenic Bertie to household and friends), wherever crimson velvet seats acceptable the temper and tables with uplighting guarantee the whisky glows arsenic it’s poured into your glass. From 434 pounds a night, oregon astir $438 (includes meal and VAT).


Maswick South Lodge opened past twelvemonth successful a ponderosa conifer wood successful the Grand Canyon National Park, wrong walking region of the South Rim.Credit...Xanterra Travel Collection

Who needs a fireplace erstwhile you person a starry entity implicit the Grand Canyon?

Billing itself arsenic the archetypal caller edifice wrong the nationalist parkland successful much than 50 years, Maswik South Lodge opened past twelvemonth successful a ponderosa conifer forest, wrong walking region of the South Rim, making it casual to acquisition the canyon’s wintry majesty astatine immoderate hour.

Part of the Maswik Lodge complex, Maswik South is meant to hark backmost to the site’s archetypal 1920s centrifugal lodge, erstwhile traveling by car to the nationalist parks was archetypal successful vogue. After a multimillion-dollar reconstruction by Xanterra Travel Collection, the South Lodge present has 4 two-story buildings with 90 modular impermanent rooms and 30 kitchenettes. The modular rooms person mini-refrigerators, java makers, safes, outer televisions and telephones. The kitchenette rooms besides person larger refrigerators, microwaves and two-burner cooktops, arsenic good arsenic immoderate cookware and utensils.

All of the impermanent rooms person outdoor spaces from which to respire successful the wood air, on with textiles that the edifice says were inspired by Native American artwork and colour schemes that telephone to caput the canyon with shades of red, greenish and ocher. Electric-vehicle charging stations tin beryllium recovered astir the southbound buildings. Over astatine the main lodge, there’s a nutrient tribunal and a pizza pub. (Note: The analyzable besides has a North Lodge, which has not been renovated.) From $139 a nighttime for Maswik South (North Lodge rates are from $99 a night).


The Augerge Saint-Antoine edifice successful Old Quebec is housed successful 3 buildings, including what was erstwhile an 18th-century residence, a 19th-century chromatic warehouse and a modern addition.Credit...Destination Queìbec citeì


At the Chez Muffy edifice successful the Auberge Saint-Antoine, tables are arranged astir a glass-enclosed fireplace.Credit...Francis Fontaine

When it comes to relishing winter, fewer places comparison to the historical territory of Old Quebec, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is location to 1 of the world’s grandest wintertime carnivals (this year’s festivities are Feb. 3 to 12). Even if you don’t motion up for “snow Zumba” oregon slide connected an interior tube from atop the city’s fortified walls, the snowy romance of Old Quebec’s cobblestone streets and French-influenced architecture is crushed capable to visit. There, successful the Old Port, you’ll find Auberge Saint-Antoine, a Relais & Châteaux boutique edifice successful 3 buildings, including what was erstwhile an 18th-century residence, a chromatic warehouse that dates to the 19th century, and a modern addition.

History buffs whitethorn bask seeing artifacts that were unearthed connected the tract displayed astir the hotel. Yet portion the spot celebrates its past — guests tin instrumentality complimentary tours to larn astir those recovered objects arsenic good arsenic the hotel’s maritime warehouse, built successful 1822 — its 95 rooms and suites person a modern feel. Some person state fireplaces, yet each person that astir luxurious of wintertime amenities: heated bath floors.

Pop into Bar Artefact for a cocktail successful the fireplace nook with its floor-to-ceiling windows. Or for Canadian fare with an accent connected section ingredients, caput to Chez Muffy, wherever tables are arranged astir a glass-enclosed fireplace successful the maritime warehouse amid aged chromatic walls, woody beams, and views of the immense St. Lawrence River. From 285 Canadian dollars (about $213) a nighttime based connected treble occupancy.

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