Do you like snuggling under a pile of cashmere quilts on a cold day? How about sipping a steaming cup of cocoa or cider when the temperatures tip below zero? Does curling up with a good book alongside a crackling fireplace on a snowy night sound like your idea of winter fun? If you answered yes to any (or all) of the above, then you’ll certainly like hygge. You’ve most likely heard of this trend by now, but in case you missed it, here's what you need to know: hygge (prounounced hoo-ga) is a Danish concept that roughly translates to the word coziness. But it’s much more than that—it’s about enjoying life’s little pleasures, too. And given that Denmark is consistently named the happiest country on earth, it didn't take much convincing for us to jump on board. So now that winter is well underway, we searched for some hygge-focused properties that are embracing the cozy craze. Here are some of our favorites.
Every inch of this 1771 farmhouse-turned-inn oozes charm, character, and warmth. The hotel’s restaurant consists of one communal table lined with candelabras and oil lamps, while the bar, which features antique leather chairs, is a perfect place to relax next to an open-hearth fireplace, cocktail in hand. All rooms have a cozy and rustic chalet ambience, but we recommend booking The Grange, which features under floor heating, sumptuous carpeting, and a balcony overlooking stunning mountain views. Guests here are predominantly couples, though families and small groups can also get in on the hygge action.
Surrounded by gorgeous views of the Tetons, this secluded mountain retreat has hygge written all over it. Grab a cup of coffee, slip into a terry robe, and curl up alongside the wood-burning fireplace, which is available in each room. If your ideal winter vacation includes one-part adventure and one-part cozying up, opt for one of the hotel’s romantic horse-drawn carriage rides or snow coach tours that venture into the stunning Yellowstone National Park. Then, disconnect from the outside world during a massage offered at the Wilderness Adventure Spa. Trust us, it’ll live up the hygge hype.
You need not be in a cold-weather destination to indulge in a little hygge. Located on the site of a former cotton plantation—and accessed via an avenue of historic antebellum oaks dripping with Spanish moss—this hotel feels less like Georgia and more like Scotland, where golf, shooting, and fine Scotch whiskey are king. First, tuck into a steak and glass of red at the hotel’s steakhouse, Colt & Alison. At sunset, snag one of the Adirondack chairs on the lawn and listen to the resident bagpiper play. After dark, the fire pits come to life, and guests are invited to make s’mores while stargazing. To top it off, your personal butler will deliver milk and freshly baked cookies at bedtime.
As the name suggests, this hotel is a luxurious homage to Thomas Jefferson. Busts and regal paintings that portray the former president fill the first floor, and custom-made toile draperies in the rooms depict scenes from Monticello and other buildings designed by Jefferson. It’s not as famous as the Hay-Adams, but its subtle blend of technology (TVs embedded in bathroom mirrors; electronic housekeeping buttons) and colonial charms (intimate library, working dumbwaiter) are second to none. It also has a good location, just south of vibrant Dupont Circle and within walking distance of the White House. Given Washington D.C.’s nippy winter weather, business travelers and tourists might want to get their hygge on. If that’s the case, head to the Book Room, which resembles a cozy den, thanks to comfy club chairs, a fireplace, and vintage books.
The Mountain Lodge is a quintessential Colorado mountainside retreat, offering cozy spaces to relax after a day of skiing or hiking. Most rooms have kitchens, gas fireplaces, and private balconies in addition to small touches like humidifiers to battle the dry Colorado air. A cozy restaurant, called the View, has a huge rock fireplace and plenty of space to lounge over a local beer. Guests can take their hygge outdoors, too—the hotel features a year-round outdoor pool and hot tub with sweeping mountain views.
Couples looking for a romantic getaway in the French Alps will be hard-pressed to find a more quaint option. This wooden chalet with a wraparound balcony exudes charm from the moment it comes into view. Beyond the small front desk is a charming hotel bar with a stone fireplace, overstuffed cottage-style furniture, and plenty of exposed wood throughout, all of which creates a cabin-in-the-mountains atmosphere. The property also houses a sauna, an outdoor hot tub, and a bar with a stone fireplace. The hygge vibe spills into the inviting, homey rooms, too. Quilted blankets in Standard Rooms and wildlife-themed oil paintings in many rooms aren’t the most chic, but the effect is charming.
7. Kimpton Taconic Hotel, Vermont
For those who are still unsure of the meaning of hygge, the Kimpton Taconic Hotel should help clear things up. Situated in picturesque Manchester, Vermont, this hotel feels more like a country cottage than a hotel. In-room fireplaces, plush plaid blankets, outdoor fire pits, and a stocked library only add to the homey atmosphere. Guests who want to take their coziness to the next level can also purchase the hygge kit, which includes local goodies like Icy Palmer’s Nordic White candles, Sillycow Farms hot chocolate, and a pair of Darn Tough socks.
8. The Ludlow, New York City
New York City might be chaotic and crowded, but that doesn’t mean you can’t discover hygge here. Guests and locals mingle amidst the amber glow of the limestone fireplace at the Lobby Lounge in The Ludlow hotel. Vintage furniture, Moroccan rugs, and oversized chandeliers add to the cozy ambiance. Tuck into dishes from Dirty French, then retire to the room and slip into one of the hotel’s comfy Maison Margiela robes.
For those seeking hygge in the heart of Utah, the 170-room Stein Eriksen Lodge is just the spot. Cozy up indoors after a day on the slopes (the hotel is located directly on the famous Deer Valley Resort, and offers ski-in/ski-out access). Rooms are spacious and feature comfy bedding. But that’s just a warm-up for popular amenities like the highly reputed spa, two restaurants (try the Stein burger), and year-round pool with a large fireplace.
It’s not tough to embrace the hygge phenomena at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort, a rustic but luxurious getaway in an isolated location in the middle of the Rocky Mountains. For starters, the lobby features a lovely stone-stacked fireplace surrounded by a pair of big soft leather couches. The resort also boasts a heated pool, full-service spa, cozy coffeeshop, and three restaurants, the most casual of which (Heck’s) is equipped with simple wooden tables and chairs and an enormous floor-to-ceiling fireplace.
Located in downtown Lake Geneva, Baker House is an intimate, upscale boutique hotel with only four guest rooms. The property is family run, and the house itself is a Queen Anne Victorian, finished in 1885 for one of Wisconsin’s most notable families. Its owners restored the mansion, but many original pieces still remain, including the inlaid wood floors and fireplaces with hand-carved mantels. All of that plus ornate working fireplaces, taxidermy statement pieces, breakfast-in-bed, and Champagne upon arrival create the ultimate hygge experience. Book the Bordeaux Suite (pictured), which is the smallest of the four rooms, but exudes a cozy, seductive vibe.
Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, The Lodge on Lake Lure offers a quiet, romantic mountain retreat. The inn has 17 cozy rooms, most offering unobstructed lake views, often best taken in from private rocking chairs on a shaded terrace. (Some accommodations also offer fireplaces and kitchenettes.) The lobby is rustic, with wood-paneled walls and ceilings, an oversized stone fireplace, and leather and upholstered chairs and couches grouped into sitting areas. There’s also a piano and a well-stocked bookshelf. In the evenings, a free wine and appetizer social is held in the lobby, and, throughout the day, tea, lemonade, and snacks like homemade cookies are set out for guests to enjoy. Talk about hygge heaven.
Whether you’re searching for a romantic retreat or getaway with the family, Adventure Suites has all the hygge you need. Each of the hotel’s 17 suites has a different theme, from a romantic wine cellar to a treehouse for the family. There are also plenty of amenities: all suites have hot tubs in assorted shapes and sizes, and the Victorian lobby has a massive DVD library. Make-your-own breakfast and coffee are served in a 1950s-style diner and snacks are provided in the evening, though there isn’t a restaurant on-site. Outdoor activities like sledding in the winter and making s’mores by the fire in the summer up the hygge ante even more.
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