Chic Holiday Escapes: Where to Travel This Winter

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Christmas at Meadowood Napa Valley
Christmas at Meadowood Napa Valley

Don’t want to spend another year stressing out about holiday menus and decorating? Opt for a few days with family and friends at one of our favorite hotels, where everything is done for you.

Meadowood Napa Valley

There is no other place quite like Meadowood Napa Valley and during the holiday season it’s magical. The second you step onto the 250-acre property, life slows down and you can’t help but take in the beauty of the surroundings. Meadowood has 85 guest rooms designed in a variety of styles with different views. The resort oozes rustic sophistication and everything, from the deluxe bed linens to the elegant little shaving kits, is extraordinary. Enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal, prepared by chef Alejandro Ayala, that includes two different types of free range turkey and all the fixings—Yukon gold mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, haricots verts, and candied yams. During December, there are a handful of holiday classes: Learn how to make a perfect pork roast, stir up a sensational cocktail, discover the world’s best sparkling wine regions, or decorate cookies with the kids.

Natural beauty is everywhere at Gateway Canyons
Natural beauty is everywhere at Gateway Canyons

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa

Looking for an active holiday escape? Book a room at Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa in central-western Colorado. At the base of a massive rock formation known as a palisade and the meeting point of five canyons, Gateway offers unparalleled experiences for everyone from curious kids to thrill-seeking bachelors in a breathtakingly scenic natural setting. Want to ride a helicopter over the canyons? Drive through the desert in an UTV? Ride horseback across a meadow at sunset? You can do all of these things at Gateway. In fact, the hotel has an entire adventure center devoted to active outdoor pursuits that include motor biking, river fishing, shooting, and hiking. Walk the canyon’s valleys with the Curator of Curiosity, Zebulon Miracle, in search of dinosaur fossils. Learn about rocks, the history of the earth, and local landmarks like the Hanging Flume. Gateway also has an Auto Museum that showcases a hundred years of American automotive history with a display of 60 rare classic cars.

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch

Located a quick 30-minute drive from the Eagle County Regional Airport, the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch is nestled into the mountain at Beaver Creek, Colorado. With nine floors, a cozy vibe, and a sumptuous spa, the hotel is the ideal home away from home. From the picture-perfect view to the addictive house-made potato chips, everything about Bachelor Gulch is restful, rejuvenating, and exhilarating. Skiing enthusiasts will love the complimentary ski valet, who will take your gear the second you arrive at the resort. Your equipment will be ready and waiting for you at 7:30 a.m. each morning. For those cozy holiday evenings, enjoy a special fondue dinner at Anderson’s Cabin, a one-bedroom log cabin that dates back to the early 1900s. Dine on a gourmet holiday roast at Wyld, the just-opened restaurant. Stargaze and learn about the local wildlife with the resort’s resident naturalist while eating s’mores and sipping hot buttered rums.

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