13 of the Coziest Inns and B&Bs to Visit This Winter
For those of us living in the Northeast and Midwest, you quickly learn to look past the falling temperatures and appreciate winter’s charm. Snow-capped mountains and rolling plains will have never looked more breathtaking. Hot cocoa will taste even sweeter. And most of all, a cozy B&B escape will sound even more appealing than a cookie-cutter beach vacation.
If you’re looking to experience a different kind of warmth in the form of unmatched hospitality, roaring stone-clad fireplaces, hearty menus of locally sourced ingredients and perfectly imperfect fixtures as a reminder of longstanding lifespans serving guests, here are some of our favorite deals at inns and B&Bs.
With as many accolades as acres of rolling farmland, the Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, located in D.C.’s wine country, will have guests longing for an extended stay. Conde Nast Traveler readers’ rated it one of the Top 30 Hotels in the South. Opentable listed it among the 100 Best Restaurants in America. And USA Today named it one of the Top 20 Romantic Inns in the nation.
Dubbed the “Switzerland of America”, the Victorian-esque town of Jim Thorpe has long rested at the foot of the Pocono Mountains and so has been rightly labeled a National Register Historic District. The Inn at Jim Thorpe has more than a century-long career of hosting guests including luminaries such as President Ulysses S. Grant and Thomas Edison. It is ideally located in the heart of town and just a 20-minute drive to nearby ski trails.
Despite living just one hour outside of Philadelphia, Peddler’s Village in Bucks County feels world’s away with its quaint cobblestone streets, colonial charm and slew of specialty shops and boutiques. The village’s Golden Plough Inn shines after a multi-million dollar renovation in 2014, yet it still retains the essence of a small inn. Breakfast is served at the neighboring Buttonwood Grill, which is a favorite among Open Table diners.
Dating back to 1827, The Middlebury Inn is one of the oldest hotels in America and has guests returning year after year. Rooms feature Victorian accents to celebrate the inn’s treasured past, and the charming town of Middlebury conveniently sits in the heart of the Champlain Valley.
A favorite among our members, Devonfield Inn, once host to Franklin D. Roosevelt, has 200 years of service and resides on a 32-acre English estate in the Berkshire Mountains. Here guests will experience impeccable service and special touches like complimentary cognac, handmade chocolates and fireside lit breakfast buffets each morning.
Offering families the best of both worlds, The Valley Inn combines the charm of a bucolic lodge and the boundless activities of a ski resort. The inn offers shuttle service to the nearby Waterville Valley Ski area, and for those looking to experience small-town life, the Town Square is a short stroll away.
Settled amidst a region of “mesmerizing beauty, like a dream marriage of Scotland and Napa Valley,” (Frommer’s) the White Springs Manor offers guest the opportunity to explore one of New York’s best-kept secrets – the Finger Lakes wine country. With cozy features like in-room gas fireplaces and Jacuzzi baths and access to complimentary wine tastings at Belhurst Estate Winey and Ravines Wine Cellars, this Georgian Revival farm mansion is sure to leave guests relaxed and rejuvenated.
With views overlooking the shoreline, bright, beach-themed décor and deluxe amenities, The Virginia Hotel & Cottages is one of the top hotels in New Jersey, according to U.S. News and World Report. Guests feel right at home with the property’s simple comforts and can get a taste of luxury at the on-site restaurant, which serves farm-to-table American cuisine in a fine-dining setting.
Far enough away for an escape, but only an hour’s drive from Madison and Milwaukee, the Audubon Inn offers guests updated luxuries in a historic setting. Built in 1896, the inn is on the National Register of Historic Places and maintains its old-timey atmosphere while giving guests access to the modern world with features like free Wi-Fi and in-room Jacuzzi baths. Visitors of the region should be sure to stop at the nearby Horicon Mash wildlife area, recently named one of America’s top natural wonders by CNN.
The historic Afton House Inn is an ideal place to warm up and unwind after a long day on the nearby Afton Alps slopes. Guests can cozy up by the fireplace, soak in a Jacuzzi or reserve a romantic candlelit dinner, all the while taking in the sparkling river views.
Lake Geneva has always been favorite place for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of Chicagoland and The Geneva Inn is an ideal location for that quiet respite. As Lake Geneva’s only shorefront hotel, the inn not only offers guests gorgeous panoramic views, but also luxurious amenities, including free Wi-Fi, Keurig coffee machines and mini-fridges, and in select rooms, whirlpool tubs and private balconies.
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