Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day or winter snuggles, these hotels put the “hug” in hygge, the Danish word for cozy contentment (pronounced “hoo-gah”). Robes, slippers, fireplaces, hot cocoa — and perhaps a steamy adult beverage or two, depending on the company — all make for a winter filled with the warm and fuzzy.
At boutique collection Lark Hotels, throughout New England and California, the Hot and Hygge Package celebrates all things named for this Danish tradition through March 15. From coastal charm at Captain Fairfield Inn (Kennebunkport, Maine) to colonial cool at The Merchant (Salem, Massachusetts), or winter ski sports at Field Guide (Stowe, Vermont), even at the beach with Blue — Inn on the Beach (Plum Island, Massachusetts) or Blue Door Group (Mendocino, California), cuddle up in front of their fireplaces with soft blankets and hand-knitted slippers to keep, a handmade hot cocoa kit and a longer sleep-in for later check-outs.
Get active during the day like a snow bunny at the 250-year-old Equinox Golf Resort & Spa in Manchester, Vermont, a quaint 147-room inn nestled in the Green Mountains (pick from snowshoeing, dog-sledding, skiing and more), then head to the Great Room or several other common areas for magnificent and historic fireplaces accompanied by complimentary hot cocoa. The spa’s relaxation room’s comfy couches are great for unwinding and watching the flames fly, framed by rocks sourced from the resort’s namesake, Mount Equinox. There’s also an indoor heated swimming pool, sauna and steam rooms, along with the Falcon Bar for either chocolate-y goodness or an adult tipple. The 1811 House makes a good option for those looking for extra elbow room when meeting up as a family, with 13 guestrooms offering fireplaces and canopied beds, along with the modern comforts for kids like WiFi and flat-screen TVs.
If modern is your jam, then look to the Bungalow Hotel, a seaside escape where each of the 24 rooms in this contemporary hideout on the Jersey Shore has a fireplace. Each room has a touch of Scandinavian cool, with local artwork and ocean views, while suites also have snuggly living rooms, in-room bathtubs for a soak and chandeliers. The hotel just opened Bungalounge, a bar and rotating art gallery and cozy hangout spot for guests to sit back and enjoy drink specials like hot toddys and spiked cocoas. Traveling with the family? There’s also an ice rink at nearby Pier Village, with ice skating, warm winter beverages, restaurants and shops, all the way through President’s Day for school break.
Those who’ve traveled to Scandinavia know that no one does “cozy” better than modern Vikings, but the Hotel Viking comes close. This Newport, Rhode Island ,Historic Hill neighborhood gem with a spa offers a modern center fireplace in the lobby and several throughout the property in common areas and suites. There’s also a fun, communal atmosphere at outdoor patios, and at One Bellevue restaurant on site. Pair up family-friendly accommodations (the Viking has an indoor heated pool) with fun at the 31st Annual Newport Winter Festival, New England’s largest festival of its kind. Running through February school break, it features teddy bear teas, princess parties, a country music festival, chili cook-off and much more.
Modern YOTEL makes Boston’s trendy Seaport District the comfort zone, with a new hygge-themed winter menu. Think four-cheese fondue; baked Brie with cinnamon, apples and walnuts; shareable charcuterie and cheese boards; and hot cocktails on a 360-degree heated rooftop. Toast the season with a 1773 (bourbon, lemon, black tea syrup) or Le Baron Rouge (cognac, coffee, cinnamon syrup), and cuddle up all winter long thanks to new heaters, European-style hot water bottles and plush blankets.
People need a “chance to get some well-needed rest, relaxation and fresh air.” This is a sentiment we all likely share, as does the European Commission, the executive branch of the European Union. The EC included that phrase when it released its plan to help reopen Europe following the COVID-19 global pandemic. While most EU borders remain closed to international travel until at least mid-June, the EC’s plan starts with inter-Europe travel, and are non-binding recommendations and guidelines. European countries still have the final decision, so travelers are advised to check the restrictions of the countries they plan to visit. According to the EC, “blanket restrictions of free movement are replaced by targeted measures.”
If you’re looking for a charming new island escape on the East Coast, get away to a locale many have yet to discover. Daufuskie Island considers itself the Nantucket of the South, a hidden gem off the Southeast Coast, near Savannah, Georgia, and Hilton Head. The luxurious environment is unpretentious, but filled with all the amenities discerning family travelers need.
A beach vacation is a family favorite in the summertime; the weather is nice, towns are thriving and there are fun activities all season. For families looking for the ultimate summer beach vacation, consider Ocean City, New Jersey.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
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