7 of the most amazing hotels in winter wonderland


While it’s nice to be home for the holidays, these hotels are perfect for a winter getaway, with their festive decor and memorable vacation experiences you can book a vacation for the whole family. From snow-capped winter wonders to extraordinary light shows in the desert, hotels across the United States make sure everyone can have a happy holiday season. Here are some of our favorite hotels to get into the holiday spirit.

Halcyon Cherry Creek Hotel

Denver, Colorado

Learn about Après in the Clouds in Denver this winter. On December 3, celebrate the joys of the holiday season on the rooftop with gorgeous views, live music, free drinks, holiday goodies, and a tree-lighting ceremony. Throughout the winter season, Halcyon offers a few unique winter outdoor activities, such as a winter cabin experience. Each cabin is adorned with plush blankets, chic winter decor, a vinyl record player, and a 4-course dinner (think fondue and hot toddies). In addition to a fire pit, the rooftop also hosts outdoor concerts by local artists every Friday and Saturday and curling, also known as “The Roaring Game.” Groups of four to six can push granite stones towards the target or the “house” at the other end of the field. Just as a ski concierge would take care of tasks such as booking your lift tickets, Halcyon’s ‘Hot Handlers’ are on hand to make sure guests are prepared and ready for the cold.

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Fairmont Scottsdale Princess

Scottsdale, Arizona

Fairmont Scottsdale decorated for the holidays.

Fairmont Scottsdale Princess turns completely into an enchanting vacation wonderland. Over six million sparkling lights add a touch of holiday cheer throughout the season. Guests can ice skate (mostly in the desert), meet charming holiday characters, roast marshmallows around a campfire in a forest of Christmas trees, and send Christmas greetings to the world with the resort’s whimsical Christmas greeting paper. Groups can also opt to rent fire pits near the ice rink or an igloo for a magical evening.

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Sunriver Resort

Sunriver, Oregon

Sunriver Resort while on vacation.

From horse-drawn sleigh rides and gingerbread cookie decorating to the holiday night light show, there is something for families of all ages and sizes at the annual celebration of traditions at the Sunriver Resort. This kid-friendly resort offers dog sledding, stuffing your own Takoda Bear stuffed animal, family portraits, Nordic skiing, and several other winter activities and attractions that will keep guests entertained throughout the holiday season.

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Gaylord Opryland

Nashville, Tennessee

Gaylord Nashville decorated for the holidays.

The vacation activity options at Gaylord Opryland in Nashville are endless! With classic holiday activities like photos with Santa Claus, dinner shows like the Boys’ Christmas in Oak Ridge Tennessee, and experiences like ice bumper cars, a holiday horticultural hike, and fountain shows. Christmas, the resort sparkles with holiday cheer. This year, guests can also join Mission: Save Christmas with Elf, a multisensory experience that takes guests through immersive environments, including the North Pole, while guests and Buddy the Elf help Santa’s sleigh fly. .

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Coeur d’Alene Resort

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

Coeur d'Alene Resort during the holidays.

Located on the shores of Lac Coeur d’Alene, this resort features 10 restaurants, a spa, lounge and golf course. During this time of year, the resort is decorated with over a million lights for their Christmas light show viewed on a night cruise on the lake. Guests can also attend a holiday performance by Ellen Travolta and her family during the holiday season. Dickens Carolers will sing warm holiday tunes in and around the resort, adding charm and lively news to the season. Children young and old are invited to join Santa’s elves for story time by the fireside, while classic holiday stories will be read aloud.

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Tenaya Lodge

Yosemite, California

Tenaya Lodge in Yosemite during the winter.

Set in a wooded mountain setting, this Yosemite resort brings a bit of zest for guests to celebrate the holidays. Christmas activities include organizing decoration workshops, creating souvenir ornaments, decorating gingerbread houses, etc. The fun is also waiting for you this year with guided snowshoe hikes, tube sliding and ice skating.

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Grand Hyatt Vail

Vail, Colorado

Grand Hyatt Vail during the winter.

In the lobby of the Grand Hyatt Vail, guests can participate in a champagne saber and toast and help themselves to hot chocolate and freshly baked cookies. Giving all the vibes of a winter wonderland, the resort features an ice rink, outdoor ice bar, and outdoor fire pits for the daily s’mores roasting. Groups can also opt to hire the Imperial Moët Yurt, a cozy winter haven that includes two private fireplaces, a champagne saber, s’mores kit, and a homemade charcuterie spread.

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