Check out these resorts and spas and celebrate the frosty weather in style. Before traveling, check the COVID-19 rules for your destination at the city and state level.
Twin Farms, a bucolic all-inclusive resort 90-minutes from Burlington, VT, is the perfect winter retreat. Explore private, groomed trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing or skate on Copper Pond using equipment included in your stay. The Bridge House Spa uses organic products by Vermont's own Tata Harper and the spa menu offers a wide array of massages and treatments. For a more private experience, book an in-room, candlelit massage. Indulge in a glass of champagne or a hot toddy by the fireplace before digging into the elegant, seasonal meal. Trying to stay socially distant? Twin Farms has 10 stand-alone cottages with fireplaces, wood-burning stoves, and stone hot tubs that perfect for a romantic hideaway.
Stowe Mountain Resort
Looking for an idyllic winter village that looks like something by Currier and Ives? Stowe Mountain Resort is the immaculate ski town you're seeking. Ski down both Mount Mansfield and Spruce Peak, take scenic gondola rides, cross country ski, or ice skate on the outdoor rink. Take some time off the slopes and visit The Village at Spruce Peak, a picturesque taste of small-town Vermont. There are several ways to dine at Stowe including quick bites that make it simple to refuel before heading back to the slopes. For a more refined dining experience, visit the Cliff House. On select evenings, Cliff House hosts "Summit Series" dinners which include a gondola ride and a candlelit six-course meal. Reservations required.
Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa
Situated right in the heart of the White Mountains, Mountain View Grand Resort and Spa is a charming winter wonderland. The 1,700-acre property has trails for cross country skiing, snow tubing, dog sledding, and snowshoeing. They even have a BYO-Snowmobile policy with plenty of parking and designated trails. Take a stroll through nearby Littleton and visit all kinds of independent boutiques or one-of-a-kind restaurants. Take some time for you at the Tower Spa. They offer a full line of massages, body treatments, and facials. The elegant Harvest Tavern offers 3 square meals a day, while the 1865 Wine Cellar presents a more formal and curated dining experience.
White Mountain Hotel and Resort
White Mountain Hotel and Resort has been called the "best lodging in the valley" by Ski Magazine. It's proximity to so many local slopes, Nordic skiing areas, and snowshoeing trails makes it ideal for winter sports enthusiasts. Come in from the cold and relax in the Finnish sauna or take a dip in the outdoor heated pool and jacuzzi (both open year-round). Sleigh rides and dogsledding excursions are available and fun for the whole family. Ledges, the fine-dining restaurant within the hotel, has consistently received Wine Spectator's Award for Excellence since 1995.
Cliff House sits atop Bald Head Cliff with striking views over the rocky dropoff to the churning winter sea. The luxurious accommodations are decorated with coastally-inspired decor and private terraces for those who will brave the winter chill. The 9,000-foot spa is just as lavish and provides energetic, holistic therapies using local products for maximum relaxation and renewal. The floor-to-ceiling windows offer stunning views of the sea and a deep connection with nature as guests receiving their treatments. Spend some time and reflect in the Seaside Sanctuary before returning to your elegantly appointed room. The Tiller Restaurant also offers panoramic ocean views at every meal but, for the most New England dining experience, visit Nubb's Lobster Shack and get an iconic Maine lobster roll.
For the quintessential Maine skiing experience, head to Sugarloaf. The mountain for which the resort is named has more than 1,200 skiable acres and 13 different lifts to get avid alpinists up the 4,000-foot summit. There are several lodging options including the Sugarloaf Mountain Hotel, premiere properties, or even private homes for extra social distancing. After working up an appetite on the slopes, there are plenty of eateries to satiate the hungriest skiers. On weekends, check out Food Truck Alley which is full of independently owned and operated restaurants on wheels. A local favorite, Gouda Boys, serves some of the best mac 'n cheese in the Carrabassett Valley.
Castle Hill Inn
Grace Kelly loved vacationing at Castle Hill Inn and she visited so often they gifted her a private hotel-to-beach staircase of her very own. The glamor of the 40-acre seaside property has only increased since Kelly's day. Book a room with a fireplace and relax staring out over the wintry sea. For the real "star treatment" visit The Retreat, the Castle Hill Inn's spa where they use herbal products by Farmaesthetics, based in Rhode Island. Let all your worries go in a saltwater soak with vapor elixirs and lavender or go for a classic therapeutic massage.
As climate change threatens to shorten the winter sports seasons throughout New England, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort has switched to 100% renewable energy for its electrical power. Skiing and snowboarding lessons are available for the whole family and season lift passes are available now. Book private lessons for a socially distanced slope day. There are plenty of Berkshire lodging options near the resort including Country Inn and vacation homes for every budget.
Mayflower Inn and Spa
Mayflower Inn and Spa, an Auberge Resort, is a popular wedding and event venue in the summer, but in the winter it's a cozy hideaway. The spa combines Eastern and Western holistic philosophies to cultivate the most rejuvenating experiences in Connecticut. The spa offers a full menu of treatments for the face and body but goes above and beyond with personal health coaches, a personal touch. Wellness journies continue into the dining room with elevated farm-to-table cuisine, wine lists that pair perfectly with everything on the menu, and thoughtfully curated (and clever) cocktails.