Cozy is a craze—but unlike most trendy ideas, this one has legs to last.
The lifestyle of “Hygge,” a Danish word loosely translated as “coziness and comfortable conviviality,” is behind a crop of new books and a spate of soul-soothing products (like cashmere socks and gourmet hot cocoa). And indeed, more vacationers are seeking a sense of Hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) escapism. Enter luxe lodge-like retreats, especially enticing during the shorter, darker days ahead. Take a peek at the perfect lodges, near and far, where travelers can take comfort in simple pleasures when the real world gets a little too real.
The Fern Lodge, Chesterville, NY
In the middle of the Adirondack Mountains, this lodge sits on its private Friends Lake. There are only five guest rooms, but owners Sharon and Greg Taylor have plenty of bandwidth to pamper their guests, not least of all with a homemade breakfast. The Adirondack Great Room sets the tone with vaulted log ceilings and a stone fireplace. There’s also a wine cellar and a lakeside fire pit. The rooms have stone fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs and private balconies. Each night, the lodge’s private boat ferries guests around the serene lake.
Kimpton Taconic, Manchester, VT
The Kimpton Taconic oozes Hygge. The property has a true country-cottage vibe with multiple fireplaces, plush plaid blankets and a library full of local Northshire Bookstore’s latest “staff picks.” Guests who want the ultimate Denmark experience can opt for a “hygge kit” to use during their stay (after a sleigh ride at nearby Taylor Farm, perhaps) and take home. It includes local goodies like Icy Palmer’s Nordic White candles, Silly Cow Farms hot chocolate and a pair of Darn Tough socks.
Glasbern Inn, Fogelsville, PA
Located on a 19th century farm in the hills of the Lehigh Valley, the Glasbern Inn is near seven covered bridges and Grim’s Orchards for U-pick apples and pumpkins. Even better, sip your way through The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail (or The Lehigh Valley Ale Trail). Consider timing your visit with The Lehigh Valley Wine Trail’s Chambourcin Weekend (Oct. 14–15), when nine locally-owned wineries show off the region’s star wine grape. Visitors often head over to Bethlehem for dinner, where eateries line Main Street. And what better for a solace-seeker than indulging in comfort food? A favorite is The Mint, a gastropub focusing on giving old-time comfort fare a modern spin.
Teton Village Resort & Spa, Teton, WY
When folks think of national parks, roughing it may come to mind as a necessary part of enjoying the scenery. But sitting one mile from the south gateway to Grand Teton National Park, and an hour’s drive south of Yellowstone, this hideaway is about as far away from camping as one can get. It successfully combines two concepts that rarely go together: elegant and western. Reclaimed structural fir timbers and hardwood floors make up the lobby and rooms have stone-face gas fireplaces. The new SpaTerre has just what you came for: a tranquility lounge.
The Pondview at Deerfield, Water Mill
Admittedly, true lodges on the Island are scarce. But this homey, rustic estate on 10 secluded acres (yes, there’s a pond to view) gets our nod. In a hidden enclave of sorts, it gives guests privacy and peace and quiet, while still being close to ocean beaches and the other lures of Southhampton and Sag Harbor. Playing tennis on the low-impact court, taking a few swings on the 60-yard chipping tee and putting green and bird watching at nearby Morton Wildlife Refuge are all downtime options. Wölffer Estate and Duck Walk are also a short drive away, as is the Parrish Art Museum. Choose from either a sunrise or sunset room in the Main House or a two-bedroom cottage. A beach parking pass and beach towels and chairs are included with your stay, as is breakfast made with locally-sourced ingredients.
The Four Seasons, Jackson Hole, WY
About the least likely place imaginable to get the winter blues, this Forbes Five star and AAA Five Diamond rated property offers a collection of experiences any foodie (or really, anybody who enjoys fine food and drink) would love. Watch for an outdoor pop-up Veuve Clicquot Bar; a “mountain whisky ceremony” performed tableside (hint: it involves a handheld torch); hotshots, mini-shots all based on varying flavors of hot cocoa; and Ramen Night, when executive chef Michael Lishchynsky gives the staple West Coast flair and pairs it with togarashi edamame and fried banana lumpia.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Resort & Spa, Beaver Creek, CO
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek offers stellar outdoor recreation options including hiking trails and bike paths. Winter Wine Excursions begin at the Nordic Center, where guests are whisked up Strawberry Park Express Chairlift to McCoy Park for a guided snowshoe tour (no experience necessary). Following the tour, The Osprey Fireside Grill and executive chef Ryan Murray serve up an assortment of charcuterie paired with select wines. (Beer floats, gourmet ice cream in suds, are an alternative.) The Allegria Spa is modeled after ancient Roman baths with a couples Vichy suite. After resting up, consider taking part in the High Altitude Cycling Camp under the tutelage of Tour de France competitor and Olympic Gold Medalist Tyler Hamilton.
Lodge at Tiburon, Tiburon, CA
For an option with a West Coast vibe, check out this Lodge. Nestled at the tip of the beautiful Tiburon Peninsula on San Francisco Bay, this three-story, 103-room California Craftsman-style property near Sausalito is set on three acres, just off Main Street in a Marin County sailing village. Boutiques, cafes and cozy nooks are easy to find.
If you’re a dog lover, you and your pooch may like to take advantage of the property’s Top Dog Package, which includes a tasty welcome amenity, personal bowl and a map of local pet-friendly hangouts. And there are plenty: Locals love their pups.
Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, NY
From the felled trees used in its construction (all of which grew on property) to its reuse of dying trees as mulch and in landscaping, just in timber protocol alone Lake Placid’s Whiteface Lodge shows its environmental cred. And guests as well can’t help but appreciate and respect nature here. The all-suite classic lodge is tucked into the High Peaks of Lake Placid, surrounded by the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, the largest publicly protected area in the contiguous U.S. For those who aren’t quite up to tackling all that outdoor adventure on their own, the resort’s ADK Guides (short for “Aide de Kamp”) are on hand to lead them through snowshoeing, ice skating, rock climbing and even bobsledding. The guides, some of whom are former Olympians, teach participants about Lake Placid and the larger region as they help them clear their minds in the crisp air.