The Most Incredible Mountain Lodge Retreats in the United States for Winter

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is the ideal place to retire to after a long day on the slopes
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is the ideal place to retire to after a long day on the slopes | Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch / Expedia
Elizabeth Nicholas

When it’s time to plan a winter vacation, there are two types of people: those who prefer to flee the season in favor of a beach somewhere, and those who embrace winter in all its hygge glory. For the latter, we’ve rounded up eight of the best mountain lodge resorts in the United States to get cozy in when the snow starts falling.

1. Salish Lodge and Spa, Washington

Spa Hotel, Hotel

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Less than 30mi (48km) from downtown Seattle and overlooking the incredible Snoqualmie Falls, the Salish Lodge and Spa feels like another world. Each guest room has a wood-burning fireplace and an oversized bathtub. And for culture buffs, the hotel has the added benefit of being the setting for some of David Lynch’s creepiest moments in Twin Peaks.

2. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Colorado

Resort, Spa Hotel, Luxury

Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch lounge area in a a suite with antler lamp and outdoor terrace
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With its dramatic wood beams and stone walls, the Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch is the ideal place to retire to after a long day on the slopes. For those more interested in the après than the ski, the hotel also has a huge spa and four restaurants to choose from.

3. Sonnenalp, Colorado

Spa Hotel

A large deck at Sonnenalp in Vail, Colorado, with a table and chairs and views of the lodge-like resort
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In picturesque Vail, the Sonnenalp is modeled on the style of a European chalet and oozes alpine charm. The location is excellent for skiers, and the hotel staff are accommodating and famously friendly.

4. Topnotch Resort, Vermont

Resort, Hotel, Luxury

Outdoor pool area at Topnotch Resort features deck chairs and umbrellas
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Located 2mi (3.2km) from the base of the tallest mountain in Vermont (meaning excellent skiing), Topnotch has one of the best après-ski bars in the country, with fireplaces, live music and over 20 beers on tap. As a winter bonus, you may even see reindeer pulling sleigh rides.

5. Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Wyoming

Resort, Hotel, Luxury

A firepit burns in the outdoor dining area at the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole
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Surrounded by the Grand Teton Mountain Range, the Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole is one of the most luxurious mountain lodges in the world. The hotel offers skiing, snowboarding, heli-skiing, dog sledding and snowshoeing, as well as a sleigh ride through an elk refuge, making it an excellent choice for an activity-loving family or couple.

6. Knob Hill Inn, Idaho

Inn, Hotel

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Close to all that Sun Valley has to offer and near to charming Ketchum, the Knob Hill Inn is as cozy as they come, with wood-burning fireplaces, sunken bathtubs and a top-notch restaurant.

7. Blackberry Farm, Tennessee

Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel

Blackberry Farm, spread out over 4,200ac (1,700ha) in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, is one of the most romantic hotels in the country. Much of the food and wine served on-site comes from the farm and the region, and guests can enjoy everything from horseback riding to spa treatments.

8. Triple Creek Ranch, Montana

Hotel, Luxury

This stunning Relais & Châteaux property in Montana offers everything from one-bedroom cabins to luxury ranch homes. Based among beautiful pine trees on the southern side of Trapper Peak, the ranch also has an excellent restaurant and an award-winning wine cellar.

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