Want to drop into an eggnog and sugar cookie coma, sans guilt? Spend your days swooshing off those treats and the nights cozying up to your sweetie by the fire! Try these tucked away cabins, fireside sips, and après-skis so romantic they will melt your heart (if you catch our drift!).
Stowe Mountain Resort
Santa won’t be the only new arrival in this quaint historic village this holiday, as Vail Resorts continues their tradition of conquering some of the world’s best mountains by taking Stowe under its impressive umbrella. This is epic, as in go ahead and pop for the “Epic Pass,” which gives you year-round privileges at mountains from Vail to Europe to Australia. Also new is a $30 million adventure center, indoor climbing center (appropriately called Stowe Rocks), and the Spruce Peak outdoor ice skating rink.
New slopeside shopping at The Shops at Spruce Peak has you covered for last minute gifts, while the Stowe Mountain Lodge and its expansive outdoor pool, exquisite spa, and onsite dining makes it a one-stop shop for luxury digs. Simple stroll out for a ski or in for a snuggle as you enjoy the pristine mountain vistas. Multi-room suites with fully equipped kitchens make this ideal for painless family holidays. Stowe.com
Omni Mount Washington Resort
Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Soar through the snowy treetops of Bretton Woods, over swooshing skiers and above breathtaking mountain vistas, on one of the world’s most scenic and thrilling zip lines. If that adrenaline rush isn’t enough, hit the slopes for some worthy bowls and glades tucked within 464 acres of terrain before retiring with a hot toddy fireside at the historic marvel of the Omni.
The national historic landmark, opened in 1902, has been keeping the late winter/early spring season hopping ever since. Dog sledding, sleigh rides, snowshoe treks, ice-skating, and simple card games by the fire occupy guests of all ages. For your downtime, a full-service spa offers signature treatments like the Zents Journey, an ultra-hydrating 100-minute ritual combining a Vichy-massage shower, hand-harvested shea butter quench cocoon, and Moisture Drench Facial to refresh your winter-battered skin. Refuel with a hearty steak at Stickney’s Restaurant or a cocktail in the rock-walled bar, The Cave. OmniHotels.com
Mountain Top Inn & Resort
This winter wonderland is the perfect place for a romantic escape. The main lodge overlooks a sweeping hill primed for old-fashioned sledding (toboggans are provided outside the inn’s tavern between rounds from the excellent Vermont craft ale list). Horse-drawn sleigh rides traverse the property, dipping through woods filled with cross-country ski and snowshoe trails. Farm-to-table meals highlight the best of local produce and goat cheeses.
Guests who crave adventure can hit nearby Killington’s six peaks for “Beast”-style downhill, fat bike snow cycling, a 4,800-foot-long alpine coaster, the 30mph Skyeride glide above the drifts, or snow tubing. As evening falls, return to catch the last few floating snowflakes under the stars as you bubble away in the outdoor hot tub.
The romance continues for those staying in the well-appointed cabins in the woods, which come primed for coziness with wood-burning fireplaces and full kitchens, making this a great option for longer spring break getaways. MountainTopInn.com
Bixby House in Jackson Gore Village
The upscale Bixby House combines the best of townhome spaciousness (up to three-bedroom loft options with fireplaces and full kitchens can accommodate 12 guests for friends-getaways), with interior halls to keep away winter’s chill and provide direct access to outdoor slope-side fire pits, pools, and hot tubs. Hitting the slopes is as simple as strolling outside, made even more convenient with the resort’s ski valet. Adults can brush up on their skills with group lessons, or head right out on the 120 trails served by 20 lifts. Young advanced skiers and riders aren’t left out in the cold, with the AmplitudePLUS program serving ages 7 to 14.
Live music and an award-winning wine list that features almost 800 selections and 7,000 bottles can be enjoyed on-site at Coleman Brook Tavern. Kids’ Night Out allows for grown-up après-ski fun, while kids stay entertained with pizza, movies, ice skating, and swimming. For a memorable Saturday night, guests can board an Okemo snowcat from their doorstep for a star-lit ride to Epic restaurant in Solitude Village, where they’ll enjoy a gourmet five-course meal served fireside. Okemo.com
By Sascha Zuger