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14 of the Coziest Hotels in the United States

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14 of the Coziest Hotels in the United States
Winter is coming—so make sure your travel plans include somewhere to hunker down and enjoy the season. Proving that hygge is not just a Danish concept, these domestic hotels, set from New England to the Sonoma coast, offer services, amenities, and design elements that encourage cuddling up and getting comfy, whether you’re traveling solo or have a snuggling partner. From roaring fireplaces and in-room hot tubs to “hot cocktail” menus and complimentary breakfast-in-bed, here are 14 places in which to get cozy.
By Sandra Ramani
Sandra Ramani
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    XV Beacon
    When the Boston winter has you shivering, head one block north of Boston Common, along the cobblestoned streets of Beacon Hill, and into this dimly lit, art-filled boutique hotel. To help guests warm up, each of the 63 pet-friendly rooms and suites are outfitted with custom-designed gas fireplaces, cashmere blankets, four-poster beds, heated towel racks, and well-stocked private bars. With the entire menu from the award-winning on-site Mooo… Steakhouse available via room service, there’s really no reason to get out of your bathrobe, but if you do feel like venturing outside, enjoy ice-skating at nearby Frog Pond—then hurry back for an in-room massage.

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    The Hewing Hotel
    Opened in late 2016, this downtown Minneapolis hotel features a blazing lobby fireplace, around which there’s always a crowd of locals and travelers enjoying drinks and bites. Inspired by the city’s Scandinavian heritage and the region’s ties to lumber and woodworking (the name “Hewing” is a nod to a method of hand-working timber), the decor in the public areas and 124 guest rooms is full of warm woods, handmade rugs, custom wool blankets, and materials like leather and flannel. Best of all, the year-round rooftop features outdoor fire pits and hot tubs, a 20-person cedar sauna (with a window framing downtown views), and a lively bar serving seasonal cocktails—including a Vodka Hot Toddy and a gin and toasted cardamom concoction named, appropriately enough, “Hygge.”

    Plan your stay: The Hewing Hotel
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    The Chanler at Cliff Walk
    Newport, Rhode Island, may be best known as a summer getaway spot, but it’s worth visiting in the cooler months to enjoy the cozy perks at this historic mansion turned boutique hotel. Although each of the 20 rooms boasts a unique design and décor—a Gothic theme here, a touch of Louis XVI there—most feature warming touches like fireplaces, hot tubs or Jacuzzis, and fluffy, oversized beds, as well as bathtubs in which you can enjoy a soak from the Aromatherapy Associates bath program menu. Join other guests around the fire pit to roast marshmallows and build s’mores, or head to the oceanview bar to sip something from the new seasonal hot cocktail menu. The hotel’s complimentary local transport service makes it easy to explore the destination without having to brave the elements. 

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    Since 1765, thinkers and creative types looking to regroup and get inspired—including such notable names as Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sinclair Lewis, and Teddy Roosevelt—have headed two hours north of Manhattan to this Hudson Valley estate set on 45 woodland acres. Today, guests checking into one of the 33 rooms will find warm interiors recently renovated by noted designer Alexandra Champalimaud, who has preserved original elements, including the stone and wood floors, carved mantles, and wood-burning fireplaces. In the main Manor House dining room, settle into a leather-clad booth or a chair at the fireside farmhouse table to enjoy a hearty meal made with Hudson Valley–sourced ingredients, then toast the evening with a drink at the copper-topped bar. A snack-stocked pantry (available 24/7), generous king beds, and personalized service add to the homey vibe.

    Plan your stay: Troutbeck
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    The Lincoln Inn & Restaurant at the Covered Bridge
    Find a bit of Europe on six rolling acres outside Woodstock, Vermont. Inspired by the traditional “restaurant with rooms” found in smaller towns, owners Mara Mehlman and chef Jevgenija Saromova (who has cooked in Michelin-starred restaurants around the world) opened a fine dining spot with six guest rooms on the second floor. Come for the delicious five-, seven-, and 12-course dinners, then stay for overnights in the comfy rooms and country breakfasts in the morning. In between, enjoy drinks by the tavern’s fireplace, a night of board games with friends, or a book from the inviting library.

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    The Ivy
    Set in a restored 1890s mansion in Baltimore’s leafy Mount Vernon neighborhood, The Ivy encourages lingering with facilities and perks that make you feel like you’re bunking in a private home. The 18 individually designed rooms vary in size and shape—some have bay windows, others gabled ceilings or reading nooks—but all have gas fireplaces and Frette linen–topped four-poster beds. All rates include the mini-bar goodies, afternoon tea, evening cocktails, midnight snacks, and a gourmet breakfast, as well as transport to area attractions (based on availability). While the weather outside rages, stay warm in the elegant library, pool table–equipped conservatory, and intimate spa—the latter offering hot stone massages for added heat.

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    Montage Palmetto Bluff
    Set up like a charming small town—with accommodations spread out among a main house, forest- and water-view cottages, and multi-bedroom homes, and a central square with shops and restaurants—this South Carolina resort instantly slows you down into relaxation mode. If the weather’s too nippy to go golfing or boating, snuggle up around the fire in the clubby main library, which is lined with first-edition books and serves specialty cocktails like the New River Mule and Chocolate Mint Mojito, or head to the fire pits to make treats using provisions from the vintage-style s’mores cart. The serene spa will warm you up quick with treatments like the Signature Carolina Kur, which includes a mineral-rich mud mask and a soak in therapeutic waters.

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    Madeline Hotel and Residences
    After a day of hitting the slopes around Telluride, leave your gear with this Mountain Village ski-in/ski-out hotel’s dedicated M Ski Valet, then enjoy one of the best après-ski scenes in town. Just off the lobby, the Living Room sets the cozy mood with plush leather seating and an always-roaring fire, while the year-round Sky Terrace has a heated pool, hot tubs, and fire tables, all backed by mountain views. After a spa treatment like the Spirit of the Mountains massage (performed with warm oil and heated poultices filled with aromatic herbs) and a restful night in one of the cushy rooms—all with oversized soaking tubs, suites with gas fireplaces—you’ll be ready for another day on the snowy trails.

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    The Allison Inn
    At this wine country hotel, set just 45-minutes from Portland, Oregon, the perfect winter ritual might involve turning on your room’s fireplace, grabbing something from the complimentary welcome snack basket, wrapping up in the provided throw, and settling onto your room’s plush, oversized bay window seat to take in views of the Willamette Valley. If you do feel like being more social, head to the award-winning JORY restaurant for hearty seasonal fare paired with something from the 800-plus-label-strong wine list, or to the 15,000-square-foot spa to enjoy the indoor pool and whirlpool, plus treatments that nourish winter skin using wine and grape seed extracts sourced from the resort’s on-site vineyards.

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    Hotel Emma
    A 19th-cenutury former brewhouse in San Antonio’s vibrant Pearl Brewery district has been beautifully converted into the 146-room Hotel Emma, named for the wife of the original brewer. Envisioned by noted hotel design firm, Roman and Williams, the decor melds details and items salvaged from the historic building with lots of rich woods, buttery leathers, and handwoven textiles, creating spaces that encourage curling up with a stiff one. Particularly cuddle-friendly spots include the popular Sternewirth Bar—get there early to snag one of the seating nooks set inside a former fermentation silo—and the bi-level Library, stocked with over 3,700 tomes. Upgrade to a suite for fireplaces and claw-foot tubs.

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    Timber Cove
    Even typically warmer destinations need cozy spots, and this 46-room hideaway fits the bill for those chillier coastal northern California nights. Fronted by the Pacific Ocean and surrounded by mighty redwoods, the recently redone hotel is awash in rustic woods, beautiful textiles, and worn leathers, with fireplaces adorning the rooms and the Coast Kitchen restaurant. When temps dip, guests like to gather around the outdoor fire pits, hot toddy in hand, or snuggle up under the deer antler chandelier in The Great Room for a round of board games.

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    Snake River Sporting Club
    This stunning 800-acre property outside of Jackson, Wyoming, operates primarily as a private club (and has a real estate component), but non-members can now experience the place by checking into one of the recently introduced Discovery Village accommodations—which include a selection of cozy “tiny homes.” Done in a crisp, contemporary style, and featuring kitchens, heated floors, and fireplaces, the one-bedroom, one-bathroom homes are great to come back to after a day of skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, snow tubing, or ice-skating—all of which can be arranged by the on-site concierge. Guests also have access to the main Clubhouse (home to a restaurant, pro shop, and lounging areas), and to a communal outdoor fire pit stocked with kindling, furry blankets, and vintage Scrabble boards. 

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    Nick’s Cove
    Founded as a restaurant over 80 years ago, this icon along northern California’s west Marin County coast now invites guests to linger longer in one a dozen refined-rustic cottages—five set on the waterfront, seven tucked inside pine and eucalyptus groves, with views of Tomales Bay. Each is outfitted with plush bedding, rainforest showers, and heated floors, plus perks like claw-foot bathtubs or wood-burning stoves. Tasty amenities include complimentary barbecued oysters (a Nick’s signature) upon arrival and in-cottage breakfast daily, so there’s no need to get out from under the covers for coffee. On-site foodie activities range from oyster-shucking lessons off the private dock to roasting s’mores around the beach fire pit.

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    The Rusty Parrot Lodge
    After days spent snowmobiling along the Continental Divide Trail, viewing wildlife in Grand Teton or Yellowstone National Park, or skiing the Jackson Hole runs, return to this family-owned, 31-room lodge for some homey R&R. The cozy tone starts with owners and staff, who love to chat about the destination and offer their local insight and continues with the woody, Western-inspired decor, warming fires, and comfortable rooms—some with fireplaces, all with deep-soaking tubs, European down comforters, and fleece slippers. Hearty dishes featuring local game and veggies are served around the river rock–framed fireplace at the intimate Wild Sage restaurant, one of the area’s most-lauded gourmet eateries.

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