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As snow starts falling over the Eastern seaboard of the US, travelers are thinking of socially distanced winter breaks that revel in all the icy pleasures of the season.
Vermont, for instance, has a new list of rules for travelers including a mandatory quarantine and a negative Covid-19 test prior to arriving in the state, but many of the Vermont snowbound resorts are still open.
As the media mitten blitz proves, after Bernie Sanders’ star turn at the Inauguration, warming up when it’s cold is, well, hot. Resorts, too, are in prime snow days, with special offerings designed to melt the hearts of travelers, lovers and aficionados of crocheted mittens.
Here are three resorts where a warm pair of winter mittens will look right at home just in time for pre-Valentine’s day heart and hearth warming.
Nestled in the Green Hills of Sanders’ own state, Vermont, The Equinox Resort and Spa is offering winter specials where mittens will be de rigeur. These include the resort’s Igloo Special and Snowman Garden experience. The Igloo Special is a 2-hour private igloo experience complete with charcuterie for four and choice of bottle of wine, bottle of prosecco or four craft beers.
The Snowman Garden allows you to purchase all the accoutrements you need to build a snowman (bring your own mittens) on the hotel’s historic lawn where Theodore Roosevelt once gave a speech.
The hotel was originally built in 1764 and has played host to many historic figures. You can take in some of this atmosphere in the hotel’s atmospheric Marsh Tavern (named after the original property) where you can dig into an apple cider donut bread pudding with a steaming mug of hot chocolate after all that cold and snow.
The Equinox also has a buy-one-week-get-one-week free (with no resort fee) deal for people who want to work remotely in mitten-land. A “Snow Excuses” package offers discounted overnight accommodations, daily breakfast and two free S’mores kits for the Fire Pit.
Washington State’s Willow Lodge, a luxe modern hotel on five landscaped acres on the Sammamish River in the heart of Western Washington’s wine country, is offering a seasonal “Stay More, Sleigh More” winter package (good until February 28, 2021) which gives travelers 15 percent off a two-night stay and 25 percent off a three or more night stay.
The Lodge is located in Woodinville, a wine-lover’s dream, which is also home to the award-winning Woodinville Whiskey and Wildwood Spirits distillers.
Bundle up and tour the area’s 115+ tasting rooms, then come back to Willow’s spa for a CBD massage. Afterwards, back to your room for a nightcap before a warm gas fire (all rooms have fireplaces) and a soak in the Willow’s deep tubs (again, in all the rooms) built to cradle two in a warm post-tasting bubble bath.
Lake Arrowhead Resort near some of California’s best skiing at Snow Valley Mountain Resort and Big Bear Mountain Resort has the added value of being located in the National Forest of San Bernardino, a Ponderosa Pine forest at an elevation of 5,174 feet, and right beside Lake Arrowhead itself.
The Resort’s Snow Valley Powder Package includes a Lakeside Room with two Direct-to-Life Passes to Snow Valley Mountain where you can access Southern California’s only high-speed, six-passenger chairlift. The passes let skiers skip the ticket window and go straight to the ski lift from the Snow Valley parking lot, about 14 miles from the resort.
Their Winter Retreat Package includes a $50.00 per couple per night food and beverage credit good for room service from the resort’s Bin 189 Restaurant.
When you’re not wandering the 823,816 acres of Ponderosa Pines in the National Forest, skiing, skating, snowshoeing or snow tubing, you can nestle into the Resort’s Lakeside Suites or walk in pristine social distance on the Resort’s private lakeside beach. Travelers can also visit Heart Rock, a geological anomaly at the end of the half-mile Seeley Creek Trail in Crestline, a short drive from the resort. It’s a perfect, heart-shaped pool carved out of the rock by Seeley Creek centuries ago.