Itching for a weekend getaway this winter? These hotels within driving distance of New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, and Washington DC, are the perfect places to unwind. Whether you’re more into curling up by a fire, exploring a new city, or skiing a scenic mountain, you’re sure to find something just right for your next adventure.
Livingston Manor, NY
This upscale 14-room retreat in the Willowemoc Valley is a great home base for a winter wilderness getaway near New York City. Access to nearly 600 acres of private land with trails for hiking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are walking distance from the property. Or, lay low at one of the beautifully designed rooms outfitted with down duvets, Sierra linens, and clawfoot bathtubs. The highly acclaimed restaurant run by chef Aksel Theilkuhl offers a nine-course tasting menu one night a week.
For a trip with a dose of mindfulness, visit this sprawling wellness center on 1,300 acres in the Catskill Mountains. At the state-of-the-art therapy and fitness center, guests can experience a series of healing services, including ayurveda, naturopathy, yoga, and acupuncture, and enjoy a healthful menu of organic food. With mud therapy, hydrotherapy, an indoor pool, a juice bar, and more, YO1 has everything you need for a refreshing weekend away.
This rustic take on the motel offers a stylish getaway outside of L.A. With fireplaces, jacuzzis, and kitchenettes in some rooms, Ojai Rancho Inn is the perfect place to unwind and unplug for a weekend. Grab one of the complimentary bikes to ride into town, or stay onsite to enjoy the artsy decor, fire pit, sauna, charming beer and wine bar, and log cabin-esque rooms. There’s a pool to enjoy if the weather allows, and the property is steps from the Ojai Valley Trail for any aspiring hikers.
Big Bear Lake, CA
Stay in one of the Noon Lodge’s 15 cabins for an outdoorsy winter experience. The renovated property, first built in the 1950’s, offers charming vintage touches and modern details in a summer camp–style retreat. With various accomodation sizes available (the largest cabins are three bedrooms), Noon is perfect for a group outing. It’s worth noting that this isn’t a traditional hotel experience—there’s no concierge, restaurant, or housekeeping, but all basic amenities are provided. The lodge is a quick drive to Bear Mountain Ski Resort or Snow Summit Ski Resort, where you can take advantage of skiing and other winter sports.
One of the best new places to take in Napa Valley is this boutique hotel in a former 1940’s roadside motel. The retro-inspired decor by design firm AvroKO is colorful and inviting, dogs are welcome, and the spa boasts geothermal mineral water-fed pools, a mud bar, and one-of-a-kind massages. It’s a short drive to some of the region’s best wineries and restaurants, and there’s plenty to do in the area for a weekend when the weather is a bit too chilly for pool time.
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Adjacent to the Heavenly Mountain Resort, the Coachman Hotel is the ideal destination for skiers and snowboarders. In the simple, design-minded rooms and communal spaces, you’ll find a comfortable place to rest after an active day on the slopes. Find Stumptown coffee, drinks, board games, and reading material in the lobby, plus fire pits and jacuzzis outside. The property’s location near the Stateline Casinos in Nevada will give any gamblers in your group plenty to keep themselves occupied, too.
The cozy Pitcher Inn in the village of Warren features 11 elegant rooms and suites, each decorated with a different theme inspired by everything from Calvin Coolidge to mallards. Skiers will be ecstatic about the proximity to Sugarbush and Mad River Glen—the latter is considered one of the the most challenging slopes on the East Coast. After working up your appetite on the mountain, you’ll want to make the most of the inn’s farm-to-table dining experience, which is complemented by an extensive wine selection from the 500-bottle cellar.
There’s plenty to do in Newport, Rhode Island, in the winter—from antiquing to touring the city’s historic architecture. And there’s no cozier place to stay than The Chanler, a hotel in a grand mansion with elaborately decorated guest rooms, top-notch service, manicured gardens, and ocean views. Enjoy a fine-dining experience at the Cara restaurant, order a hot toddy by the fire at the lobby bar, stroll along Cliff Walk, or take the complimentary house car out to explore more of what the seaside city has to offer. The time to visit this in-demand hotel is in the winter, when rates lower considerably.
If you’re looking to spend a cozy weekend catching up on sleep, eating well, and being pampered at the spa, the American Club is the perfect destination within driving distance of the city. The five-star facility in the quaint village of Kohler offers a number of excellent dining options, from a historic tavern to the award-winning Immigrant Restaurant. The Kohler Waters Spa has soothing treatment rooms, a relaxation pool, a cafe serving healthy fare, and more.
Those craving a more bustling experience can head over to nearby Milwaukee to explore the city’s beer legacy at the Brewhouse Inn & Suites. Located on the site of a historic Pabst Blue Ribbon facility, the hotel still has nods to the past in the form of restored copper brew kettles and other decorative touches that pay homage to the beer-making craft. Once you check into one of the 90 industrial-inspired rooms, embark on a self-guided tour of Milwaukee’s many craft breweries or head downstairs for a drink at Jackson’s Blue Ribbon Pub.
Escape from the city with a quick trip to Charlottesville, where a stay at The Clifton is in order. The 20 guest rooms are located in five majestic 18th- and 19th-century buildings on a beautiful 100-acre property. A winter weekend is the perfect time to enjoy the cozy accommodations decorated with striking antiques and details like fireplaces and soaking tubs. There’s plenty of great dining venues onsite, including the 1799 Restaurant, a library, a wine cellar, and a chef’s counter in the kitchen, plus many more options a short drive into downtown.
Hot Springs, VA
In addition to skiing and snowboarding at the hotel’s slopes, a stay at the Omni Homestead Resort offers an opportunity to soak in the two rejuvenating hot springs that flow from the Allegheny Mountains. There’s also ice skating, tubing, and plenty of active fun for the whole family. If winter sports aren’t your thing, the full-service spa is the place to go: With experiential showers, a cold cabin, heated lounges, and more, this über-luxurious experience is not to be missed.
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