Great Winter Getaways for When We Resume Travel in 2021

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Reception desk, Hotel Jerome

Hotel Jerome

Situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Hotel Jerome is one of the nation’s premier ski lodges. The Jerome opened in 1889, when Aspen was still a silver mining town. It was the first hotel in the American West to be equipped with an elevator and one of the first to be fully outfitted with electric lighting. The building itself is a landmark on the National Register of Historic Places.

Renovated in 2012, public areas include a grand full-relief oak-carved fireplace, encaustic tile work patterned after a Native-American rug, and the J-Bar’s Chippendale Chinoiserie bar.

The generously-sized rustic rooms feature stone fireplaces and comfortable furnishings and the hotel keeps a ski concierge on hand for winter fun. The concierge has a friendly four-legged assistant who will do anything for a guest as long as he gets a treat in return.

Schloß Elmau


Schloß Elmau

Located at the foot of the Wettersteingebirge, a range of mountains that includes some of Germany’s tallest, including the 9,740-foot (2,969-meter) high Zugspitz, Schloss Elmau was the site of the 2015 G7 Summit, with such dignitaries as U.S. President Barack Obama, French President François Hollande, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in attendance. It was also the site, in the 1950s, of a retreat by a very different group, a literary retreat that included Günter Grass and other luminaries of the time, which called itself Group 47.

Ask for one of the tower rooms. The majestic views to the south, west, and east are worth the climb.

Beyond the fairy tale-like building, which was rebuilt in 2007 after being destroyed in a fire, enjoy a variety of outdoor activities ranging from skiing to hiking or sit on the patio and take in the view of the Bavarian Alps.

Finish the day with a meal at the hotel’s highly rated Luce d’Oro, one of the property’s nine restaurants.

Mirror Lake in the Appalachians


Whiteface Lodge

New York State’s Adirondack Mountains offer a true winter wonderland, and Whiteface Mountain is one of the state’s premier skiing destinations.

Go into town to explore the historic Winter Olympic Village, which includes an Olympic museum and the ice rink where the “Miracle on Ice,” took place during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. A ride down an authentic Olympic bobsled run is not to be missed and a great adventure.

If you want to stay in, take in a movie in the hotel’s private theater, which seats up to 56 guests and offers complimentary popcorn. A game room with various activities, such as ping pong, shuffle board, air hockey, billiards, foosball, and bowling makes it hard to venture outside.

For those who do, there is kayaking and canoeing on nearby Lake Placid in warmer weather, as well as fishing, a nature trail, and an ice skating rink located on the premises.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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