There is something so comforting about exposed stone walls and dark wood beams, particularly when paired with a generous glass of red wine by the fire and a romantic blanket of snow outside. Surrounded by mountain vistas and endless trees, lodge resorts are warm and welcoming by nature. No matter how big or luxurious they may be, the best ones still feel cozy, with plush leather couches in lobby bars, heated indoor pools, oversized bedrooms, dimly lit and lounge-y restaurants, and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the expansive horizon. Whether your mission is to hit the slopes, ride in a horse-drawn sleigh, go sledging, laze in natural hot springs, try your hand at bobsledding, or, just enjoy that leisurely après-ski, mountainside lodges are prime winter destinations.
The country’s most luxurious lodges sit in picturesque settings — from Grand Teton National Park to Colorado’s natural hot springs and from the chic slopes of Deer Valley to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. When your outdoor activities are done and night falls, they offer comforting and indulgent food and drink, like fondue at the Montage Deer Valley Resort, crispy pork-shank croquettes at Primland Resort, green-chile pot pies at New Mexico’s Bishops Lodge, and a s’mores happy hour at the Park Hyatt in Beaver Creek.
Rocky mountains, whether they have snow-capped peaks or are covered in lush green grass, are the perfect backdrop for a true off-the-grid getaway. Your getaway can be as adventurous or relaxing as you like, since most lodges often have full-service spas that restore weary muscles and a dimly lit bar to hibernate in while the snow comes down outside. But nothing works better to restore the feeling in your fingers and warm your bones than home-cooked, seasonal eats enjoyed by the fire.