Home is Where the Slopes Are This Winter: Top Inns For a Stay & Ski Vacations
Now that winter is coming, it’s time to indulge in some of our favorite seasonal activities. Among the top contenders for family, friends, and fun is of course hitting the slopes. Whether its downhill or cross-country, on beginner trails or Black Diamonds, there are plenty of options for guests headed to BnB’s who want to ski.
Old Parkdale Inn in Parkdale, OR
Located in the majestic foothills of Mount Hood, Old Parkdale Inn in Parkdale, OR is a short drive away from Mt. Hood Meadows, Cooper Spur Mountain Resort, and Timberline Ski areas, as well as the vast Mt. Hood National Forest. The inn has three comfortable guestrooms with modern amenities including microwaves, refrigerators, and flat-screen satellite TVs, plus private baths. They are unique in their Oregon State symbols: Chinook, Douglas Fir, and Meadowlark. There are boot dryers in each room and a shared closet for equipment storage. Beverages are available 24/7.
Guests who book a stay here can purchase discount lift tickets to Mt. Hood Meadows and Timberline Ski Area directly from the inn or take advantage of Two-, Three-, and Five-Day Lodging Packages that include ski or snowboard passes, overnight stay(s), and hearty breakfasts each morning. Be sure to visit the website for more detailed information. (Note: You need not purchase a package to purchase discount lift tickets.)
Aldrich Guest House in Galena, IL
Just a 10-15 minute drive from one of the Midwest’s best ski resorts, Chestnut Mountain, Aldrich Guest House in Galena, IL offers guests to experience the elegance and luxury of a 170-year-old historic mansion that was frequently visited by both Ulysses S. Grant and Abraham Lincoln. The house is full of historic architecture and craftsmanship, plus a fireplace to relax and warm up next to after a day of skiing. All guestrooms feature private baths, central heating/air conditioning, and Bluetooth-enabled radios. Free Wi-Fi is available throughout. A full hot breakfast is served daily as well as wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5pm. Coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and homemade cookies are available 24 hours a day.
Guests to the inn receive a 15% discount if they show their lift passes, and the city’s destination marketing organization – VisitGalena.org – has created several ski packages with Chestnut Mountain and the inn.
Mercersburg Inn in Mercersburg, PA
Situated on six spectacular acres, Mercersburg Inn is a Select Registry turn-of-the-century Georgian mansion located in Mercersburg, PA. Each of the inn’s 17 guestrooms features a plush, heavenly feather bed with 360 thread count, Egyptian cotton linens and lots of soft pillows. Additional amenities include private baths with showers, hairdryers, bathrobes, and custom bath accessories. Guests can relax by the fire, indulge in an enticing meal at Byron’s Dining Room – the on-site fine dining restaurant with full bar services – and then sink into a blissful night’s sleep. The inn is just a morning’s drive from Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.
Mercersburg Inn is minutes from world-class skiing (just 6 miles), golfing, and the historic birthplace of President James Buchanan. The inn is a lodging partner to Whitetail Ski Resort, offering discount lift and equipment packages with discounts of up to $31 per ticket.
Noble House Inn in Bridgton, ME
Nestled in the center of Western Maine’s Lakes & Mountains Region, Noble House Inn is situated above the breathtaking Highland Lake in Bridgton. This historic Victorian Senator’s home is surrounded by vast lawns, stone walls, towering oaks, and a century-old pine grove. The inn features antique-furnished guestrooms with modern amenities (some have Jacuzzi tubs), the signature Wicked Good gourmet breakfast, a cookie jar stocked with homemade cookies, and more.
Shawnee Peak, Maine’s longest-running ski area, is just minutes away. It has over 40 trails, 19 lit for night skiing, two terrain parks, and more. The Ski & Stay package includes 1 night in a cozy guestroom for 2; 2 lift tickets for all-day and night skiing at Shawnee Peak from 4:00pm to close the night of check-in; breakfast each morning; the famous cookie jar; plus gourmet tea and cocoa. Prices start at $243 on the weekends with deep discounts on weekdays starting at $188.
1785 Inn in North Conway, NH
1785 Inn in North Conway is located in the middle of Mount Washington Valley, New Hampshire’s seven downhill ski resorts and seven major cross-country centers with over 450 km of trails (approximately 300 km classic groomed and approximately 300 km skate groomed), including more than 60 km of groomed trails from its own property that begin right outside the door. The inn features 17 cozy guestrooms, some with private baths and mountain views, and numerous amenities. Set against six acres of spectacular gardens and grounds, guests enjoy an onsite pub; a daily delicious hearty breakfast overlooking the famous Scenic Vista view or next to the roaring historic fireplace; and a year-round area shopping.
1785 Inn offers great value for both downhill and cross-country ski packages, with downhill packages (lodging, breakfast, and lift ticket) starting at $89.50 per person and cross-country packages starting at $39.50 per person.
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