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Maison Fleurie, Yountville, Calif.
Centrally located in Yountville, this 13-room inn is within walking distance of the town’s holiday decorations, festive shops, and standout restaurants. Enjoy the inn’s complimentary wine and seasonal hors d’oeuvres each afternoon with cranberry-chocolate scones and carafes of hot cocoa. And since you’re in wine country, be sure to celebrate the holiday season by taking a tasting tour at some of the top vineyards in the country — some are in walking distance from the hotel. Doubles from $150/night.
Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
One of the Loop’s most popular hotels, the 687-room Fairmont hosts several special holiday events, including brunch with Santa, Christmas Eve dinner, and New Year’s dinner. Located within walking distance of Millennium Park and the shopping on the Magnificent Mile, this hotel makes a great home base to enjoy Chicago’s holiday cheer including the city’s outdoor Christmas Market and Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest. Doubles from $169/night.
Bonaventure Resort & Spa, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
This 23-acre family-friendly resort is the perfect warm-weather getaway spot for the holidays with four heated outdoor pools and waterfalls, a full-service spa, and a holiday gingerbread house display in the lobby. While there’s plenty to do at the hotel itself, Ft. Lauderdale Beach is just a half hour drive from the resort. Ring in the new year at one of the resort’s New Year’s Eve parties, with live bands and a midnight celebration. Doubles from$169/night.
Planters Inn, Savannah, Ga.
This historic 60-room hotel by Reynolds Square celebrates the holidays with decorations, hot cider, and homemade holiday cookies in the lobby. Take a festive carriage tour and learn about the city’s 275 years of history, or drive through the Savannah Harbor Foundation Festival of Lights that showcases over 80 larger-than-life holiday displays. Doublesfrom $159/night (from $199/night on New Year’s Eve). plantersinnsavannah.com
Coeur d’Alene Resort, Idaho
Voted by T+L readers as one of the Top 50 Resorts in the Continental U.S., this 33-room lakeside resort is 35 miles from Silver Mountain for skiing. Even if you don’t ski, there’s a tubing park at the mountain for sledding on snow tubes. Come for the Holiday Light Show to see more than 1.5 million shimmering lights reflecting on the waters of Lake Coeur d’Alene and stay for New Year’s Eve fireworks shows at 9 p.m. and midnight. Doubles from $129/night (New Year’s Eve rates start at $189/night).
76 Main, Nantucket, Mass.
While Nantucket is a popular summer destination, it’s just as lovely in the quieter off-season when the town gets decked out in lights for the holidays. Stay in the heart of town at this 20-guestroom hotel recently renovated in a crisp, modern, New England style. For the holidays, guests receive a locally made stocking stuffer gift as part of their stay. And if you’re in town the weekend of December 6, enjoy the 40th annual winter stroll weekend, featuring a Christmas market, Santa’s arrival by boat, a magical talking tree, entertainment, and more. Doubles from $139/night. 76main.com
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