Forget the Beach: These Cozy Winter Retreats Will Help You Hibernate in Style
These hotels are peak hygge.
Updated Sep 29, 2021 7:23 AM
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With the holidays nearing an end, we’re about to get into the time of year when winter stops being a festive, cheery season and starts being a gloomy obstacle standing between us and the sun. Escaping to the tropics is one way to handle Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), but it’s not always feasible to take a quick weekend getaway. Instead, try to embrace the cold in a more palatable way by staying at one of the U.S.’s coziest boutique hotels. From a Scandinavian farmhouse-style Airbnb in Upstate New York to rustic cabins in Colorado, here are our favorite cozy retreats worth booking for your next winter weekend escape.
One of the Catskills’ most-Instagrammed retreats, Scribner’s is noteworthy for a few reasons. With a delicious restaurant negating the need to venture into the cold—seriously, the sourdough bread alone is a reason to book a visit—and a gorgeous common area complete with books, a fireplace, and board games, you’ll never want to leave.
13 Scribner Hollow Road, Hunter, NY
Situated in the middle of the Berkshires, this recently opened hotel was inspired by the idea of a classic American roadside motor lodge; though the interior is so much chicer. Prizing natural materials and contemporary design, it’s a must-visit for any architecture lovers. There’s a restaurant opening in early 2019, helmed by James Beard Award–winning chef Cortney Burns, so book now to take full advantage of that. Pick up a copy of our winter issue for a more in-depth look at this gorgeous space.
915 State Road, North Adams, MA
This particular hotel is equally impressive in the summer, but in the winter months, guests will want to spend all day curled up in the Great Room with a book or enjoy fireside drinks in the new Outdoor Living Room. With a mid-century modern design sensibility and breathtaking views of the Sonoma coast ocean, it’s a peaceful retreat that both nature and architecture lovers will want to keep coming back to.
21780 Highway 1, Jenner, CA
It wouldn’t be dramatic to state that the Aman hotel chain is one of the most jaw-droppingly impressive in the world, and the Jackson Hole location is particularly perfect for a winter getaway. A mere 20-minute drive from the slopes, avid skiers will love coming back to Amangani to warm up. Prime spots in which to do so include the heated outdoor infinity pool and the wellness-driven spa.
1535 North East Butte Road, Jackson, WY
This Colorado spot is situated smack in the middle of a 1800s ghost town–slash–natural hot springs. A bizarre combination, but for anyone with a penchant for the rustic outdoors, it’s the hotel for you. The accomodations at Dunton Hot Springs are an assortment of fully restored cabins, so you get privacy built into your stay.
52068 Road 38, Dolores, CO
Coachman is the type of “motel” that puts even luxe hotels to shame—stunning wooden architecture, Malin & Goetz bath products on tap, and a modern fire pit prime for gathering around in the winter months. It’s right near Lake Tahoe, so if you want to infuse a bit of nature into your cozy winter retreat, you can do so without having to trek.
4100 Pine Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
What was once a movie theater is now a fully redone boutique lodge, right in the heart of Hudson. A collaboration between the owners and New York design studio Workstead, Rivertown Lodge includes custom-made beds, local artwork, an open-plan lobby with two wood-burning stoves, and a communal kitchen—so you don’t have to go far to enjoy a hearty meal.
731 Warren Street, Hudson, NY
Not all rustic retreats have to be situated on the top of a mountain; the Hewing Hotel is in the middle of a city, and it’s just as cozy. With a leather furniture–laden lobby (which includes a fireplace) and industrial elements like brick walls and exposed beams, it’s the perfect city escape. Dine on the restaurant’s Nordic cuisine for an authentic hygge experience.
300 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN
This one’s a bit different since it’s technically an Airbnb, not a hotel, but if you value privacy, this is a great option. Every square inch is Scandinavian farmhouse perfection—prime for Instagram, of course—and as it’s a renovated barn, it’s full of rustic architectural features. Exposed wooden beams and shiplap walls make a gorgeous backdrop for the home’s antique furniture.
Right near Yellowstone Park, this ranch will give you a real taste of living in the wilderness. Each of the 27 historic log cabins is fully updated for modern needs—including luxe bathtubs, naturally—where you can warm up after a day of skiing. A restaurant specializing in farm-to-table food gives you a taste of local ingredients.
750 Lone Mountain Ranch Road, Big Sky, MT
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