Plan a snowy escape with your family.
Here are five wintry lodges to consider:
1) The National Park Inn; Mount Rainier National Park.
Leave your technology behind and immerse yourselves in the beauty of this majestic setting in the park’s Longmire Historic District. Check in to one of 25 rooms in the two-story lodge.
Relax in the lounge and sip hot cocoa near the massive stone fireplace while enjoying stories of the day and making plans for the next. Stop by the general store, a circa 1911 log cabin, for access to cross-country and snowshoeing rentals and other goodies.
2) Shore Lodge; McCall, Idaho.
Nature fans are quick to fall for this small, picturesque town 100 miles north of Boise. While Payette Lake may serve as the recreational centerpiece, there is plenty to keep the family busy indoors or out.
Check in to a guest room or spacious cottage before setting out to explore via snowshoes, cross-country skis or snowmobiles. Hop on the shuttle to enjoy a day at the nearby Brundage Mountain Resort or relax in the spa and heated saltwater pool.
3) Sundance Mountain Resort; Sundance, Utah.
You’ll find it difficult to leave the cozy lodge warmed by a roaring fire, or your cabin crafted from indigenous materials. But when you do, choose from cross-country and snowshoe trails that run deep into the woods, or sunlit downhill runs on the slopes of Mount Timpanogos.
The resort, founded by filmmaker and conservationist Robert Redford, offers family-friendly pottery, beading and printmaking classes in the Art Shack. There’s also winter fly-fishing and dining menus with an emphasis on organic and locally sourced ingredients.
4) Bishop’s Lodge; Santa Fe, N.M.
Just 3 miles from the heart of Santa Fe, this 111-room lodge oozes old-school charm amid modern amenities. Thick adobe walls, dark beams and kiva fireplaces wafting the sweet smell of piñon provide an authentic backdrop for your winter getaway.
Hike, ski or ride horseback on 450 acres out the back door, or make your way to the nearby Santa Fe Ski Basin for downhill thrills. Stop in town for internationally renowned art, restaurants and museums.
5) Devil’s Thumb Ranch; Tabernash, Colo.
Stay in a cozy cabin or opt to sleep in the new 50,000-square-foot High Lonesome Lodge, where ranch guests take in expansive views of the Continental Divide and the Ranch Creek Valley below.
The centerpiece of the lodge is a reconstructed Civil War-era barn. Choose from 31 guest rooms and four suites, each with private outdoor patios and Adirondack-style rockers. Grab the binoculars to catch a glimpse of wildlife roaming on this 6,000-acre expanse of Colorado beauty, or set out on the Nordic trails for an up-close view of winter scenes.
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