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
Photo of Elizabeth Nicholas
5 November 2020

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.

Salish Lodge and Spa, Washington

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.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Colorado

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.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Limo or Town Car service available
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Smoke-free property

Sonnenalp, Colorado

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.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Multilingual staff
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Topnotch Resort, Vermont

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.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
In-room accessibility
Full-service spa
Conference space
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

Four Seasons Resort and Residences, Wyoming

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.

Everything you need to know

At a Glance

Free WiFi
Outdoor pool
Breakfast available (surcharge)
Restaurant
In-room accessibility
Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)
Express check-out
Concierge services
24-hour front desk
Fitness facilities
Dry cleaning/laundry service
Terrace
Bar/lounge
Smoke-free property

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    Resort, Spa Hotel, Hotel
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    Triple Creek Ranch, Montana

    Hotel, Luxury
    Map View

    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.

    These recommendations were updated on November 5, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.