A boutique hotel can be just what the doctor ordered for a winter getaway. Not only is the winter an ideal time to travel because of the lack of crowds and the snowy scenery, but also this is a perfect season to cozy up in a boutique hotel. If you are looking for some ideas about where to head this winter, these boutique hotels and resorts are worth checking out (and checking in) for a wintery getaway.
While the Hamptons are known for their glitz and glamour in the summer months, winter can be a quiet time to visit. If you want to escape to the Hamptons for a winter getaway, you can check into the Topping Rose House. Topping Rose's story dates back to 1842. It has that classic historic home feel. The property is also conveniently near the boutiques, galleries and restaurants in Bridgehampton. This makes it possible to pop into a shop or two for some holiday gifts. Rooms and suites at this boutique hotel come equipped with plush bedding and designer linens. Those seeking more privacy can always hole up one of the property’s cottages for added isolation. Topping Rose House features a restaurant run by celerity chef Kyle Koenig.
The Wild Rabbit
The Cotswold area of England comes alive in the winter months. There are plenty of opportunities to go on winter walking trails and explore quaint market towns. Travelers looking for a boutique option in the Cotswolds should look no further than The Wild Rabbit. Perched in Oxfordshire, England, right in the heart of the Cotswolds, the property boasts a classic English country inn vibe. The Wild Rabbit provides all the elements for an idyllic winter retreat with its brick walls, fireplaces and wood beams. In-room amenities include soft mattresses, pure linen sheets and Nespresso machines. In addition, guests can enjoy noshing in the cozy onsite restaurant or the 18th century pub.
Not all winter boutique hotels need snow and cold. In Costa Rica, North American winter months bring the dry season. For a warm weather winter getaway spot, Nayara Springs beckons with 16 different villas in the middle of lush mountain forests. Perched near the Arenal Volcano National Park, the boutique resort's villas come with their own butler services, maid services and wireless internet access. Guests can partake in a canopy tour in the surrounding jungle or even join a tropical yoga session.
Set just outside of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Home Ranch provides the classic winter getaway experience. All of the features are in place at Home Ranch from skiing to horseback rides to tubing to sleigh rides. Guests can experience Colorado's winter wonderland through the property’s many snow-based activities. Located in the scenic Elk River Valley, Home Ranch includes a Western themed main lodge with six rooms that have views of the surrounding mountains. For additional privacy, the Ranch also has eight cabins.
Ireland is an attractive country to visit, even in the winter months. Castle Leslie in northeast Ireland proves this. Perched in the scenic Irish countryside, amidst fields, forests and lakes, the boutique property has become one of the country’s finest luxury hotels. Guests are surrounded by original décor and authentic furnishings in each of the four master bedrooms and 16 heritage bedrooms. During the winter months, guests can take advantage of activities including horseback riding around the grounds and walking on the many trails on the expansive grounds.
The Caucasus Mountains of Georgia are known for their rugged beauty, especially in the winter months. Skiers will delight in the chance to stay in this little-visited country because of its fine winter conditions and natural beauty. One of the best options in the Georgian mountains is Rooms Hotel Kazbegi, which is known for its comfortable yet luxurious mountain lodge feel. This property offers up soft bedding, satellite television, Wi-Fi and perhaps most importantly, amazing views of the surrounding Caucasus. Not only can the boutique hotel facilitate adventure sports, but the property appeals to those who want a more relaxing winter retreat.
Brush Creek Ranch
Wyoming can be truly wild in the winter months, when much of the state hibernates under a sparkling blanket of white snow. Located in Saratoga, Brush Creek Ranch provides guests with 15,000 acres in the famed Platte River Valley. Guests can stay in the classic lodge or enjoy cabin suites and residences for additional privacy. Brush Creek Ranch has all of the ingredients for a great winter getaway with activities such as snowmobiling, snowshoeing, ice fishing and cross country skiing.
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