5 Warm and Cozy Winter Lodges

I’m one of those crazy people who loves snow and winter.  I don’t necessarily like the freezing cold temperatures, but I love being outdoors skiing, sledding or snowshoeing during the day and snuggled up by a roaring fire at night.  So while many of you are probably dreaming of the beach right now, I wouldn’t mind a winter weekend getaway to a cozy mountain lodge.

Here are some really incredible winter lodges that offer something for everyone:

Snake River Lodge and Spa

Teton Village, Wyoming

How often is it that you get a good value, fantastic location and incredible spa all in one place?  At the Snake River Lodge you’ll find yourself at the foot of the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.  You can’t beat the location and convenience of the full service ski valet.  When you’re done skiing, enjoy yourself in the hot tub or book a session at the 17,000 square foot 5-story spa with view of the mountains.

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Triple Creek Ranch

Darby, Montana

If you need an adults-only weekend getaway that caters to your interests and idea of relaxation or excitement, then pack your bags for a visit to Triple Creek Ranch.  Located in the Bitterroot Mountain Range of the Montana Rockies, the ranch offers a romantic getaway in a rustic setting, complete with contemporary cuisine and fine wines.  There’s no boredom here! Participate in fun activities such artists weekends, cooking school or dog-sledding Iditarod style.

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The Whiteface Lodge

Lake Placid, NY

While it’s only been open since 2005, the Whiteface Lodge has made its mark as a premier destination for those seeking the ultimate winter lodge experience.  Whiteface Lodge is located in the six-million-acre Adirondack Park and offers families wintertime memories of a lifetime.  Ski at the nearby Whiteface Mountain or hang out at the lodge for the spa, swimming, movies, bonfires and ice skating rink.

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Stowe Mountain Lodge

Stowe, Vermont

Another amazing weekend getaway conveniently located for those on the East Coast, Stowe Mountain Lodge is a great option for snow sports enthusiasts or those seeking a little rest and relaxation.  You can’t beat the nearly perfect mountain-side location.  Make sure you take advantage of the ski valet who will have your boots heated and skis placed outside every morning.

[See Related: Fall in Love With Stowe, Vermont]

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Emerald Lake Lodge

Field, British Columbia

If jetting off to the Canadian Rockies and visiting the famous jewel colored lake is on your travel list, then consider staying at the historic Emerald Lake Lodge.  Located in Yoho National Park on a private island, you probably won’t get good cell phone reception, but you’ll have full access to some of the most stunning wilderness anywhere in the world. Spend the day outside, the nights in front of a roaring fire and fill your tummy with Rocky Mountain cuisine and fine wine.

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