6 Can't Miss Winter Staycation Spots

6 Can't Miss Winter Staycation Spots

by Rakhee Bhatt

Staycations are the perfect choice for those looking to unplug somewhere close to home. Whether you find yourself near snow-capped mountains or a sun-infused desert, here are six hotels across the United States that make a local vacation this winter a snap.

The Rustic Inn Creekside Resort & Spa in Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Situated near Yellowstone National Park, this idyllic mountain resort is perfect for adventure enthusiasts with a penchant for snow. Among the cozy accommodations at this inn include multi-room spa suites that each have a backyard with a hot tub and fire pits. Venture beyond the luxurious lodgings to experience winter activities, like a horse-drawn sleigh ride through a local ranch guided by a real cowboy, a dog sled excursion that stops to marvel at the vistas of the Grand Teton National Park, and snowshoeing tours that survey the ecology of the season.

Ojai Valley Inn in Ojai, California

Settled by the ancient Chumash Native Americans, the mountain range that forms the valley of Ojai has long been believed to hold mystical energies that radiate feelings of peace, and this inn taps into that serene sentiment. Contemporary Spanish-style design enters guest rooms like the family-friendly Paseo Suite, which features a terracotta tiled foyer and living room, fireplace, hand-painted Spanish tile accents in the bathroom, and a private patio with outdoor seating and a fire pit. Among the nature-loving activities available in and around the property include the must-visit Topa Topa bluffs—situated over 6,000 feet above sea level—where gazers can see the sun cast an Instagram-worthy pink glow across the sky as it sets.

Woodstock Inn & Resort in Woodstock, Vermont

Nestled in the quintessential heart of Woodstock, this enchanting lodge pays tribute to its New England heritage with a colonial craftsman space outfitted with handmade furnishings by local artisans. Visitors can take a book from the inn’s library and snuggle up next to the wood-burning fireplace in their room or in the main lobby. For those looking to partake in wintertime activities, guests can venture to the nearby Suicide Ski Area that has beginner-friendly terrain ready to greet skiers and snowboarders, or go to the Nordic Center to rent fat bikes for a day of exploration along the snow-covered trails.

The Greenwich Hotel in New York, New York

Robert De Niro owns this secluded Manhattan hotel in which no two rooms are alike. The worldly furnishings include items like Tibetan silk rugs and English leather settees, while bathrooms feature singular patterns of hand-laid Moroccan tiles or Italian Carrara marble. While staying at this locale, book a private yoga or pilates session poolside at the hotel’s Shibui Spa before enjoying a cold weather treatment that exfoliates the body and purifies skin through a mineral-rich thermal clay, and ends with a nourishing aromatherapy massage.

The Omni Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Virginia

Experience a bit of Southern charm at this scenic destination, which has welcomed over 20 U.S. presidents during its 250 years of business. The winter season at this resort provides plenty to do in the form of zip lining across powdery snow, ice skating around a twinkle light rink, and skiing along 45 acres of trails in the Allegheny Mountains. After a day spent outdoors, take respite in one of the suites adorned with classic mahogany furniture, plaid throws, and inviting featherbeds to have a comfy night’s rest.

The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Arizona

Invite the milder climate of the season at this luxurious resort, placed against the backdrop of Camelback Mountain, where the hotel’s canyon suites are equipped with modern amenities, private terraces, and access to an exclusive infinity pool. Nature aficionados will enjoy the outdoor offerings that venture into the Sonoran Desert, such as hiking along the Cholla Trail to learn about the indigenous flora and fauna, viewing the wildlife during a golf cart safari tour, and strolling through the cactus garden to see 250 varieties of the spiny plants.


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