Special Winter Report: To Ski or Not to Ski?
Bed & Breakfasts and Country Inns are Ideal Spots for Skiers
FOR THE NONSKIER AND FOR THE SKIER ALIKE: We offer some wonderful bed & breakfasts and country inns as an alternative to other lodging
The first snow has fallen and you're ready to hit the slopes, pull out your snowshoes or snuggle by the fire. Are you going to stay at the same old institutional condo or resort? We encourage you to stay at a bed & breakfast or country inn. Plenty of inns and small hotels now cater to skiers, and they offer much more intimacy and charm to boot. Whatever your interests--shopping in Aspen, ice-skating in Sun Valley, gambling in Lake Tahoe--iLoveInns.com travel writers have compiled a list of the best inns at ski resorts and villages for you to enjoy.
If you enjoy a winter wonderland sans skis, take advantage of the amazing scenery with a wonderful sleigh ride. In Lake Tahoe, your bed and breakfast will book a ride with The Borges Company on one of their five antique European sleighs. You’ll have a storyteller for a driver, an exciting ride and all the best views overlooking Lake Tahoe. In Vail, try an evening ride drawn by Belgian Draft horses with jingle bells under a star-studded sky. If your companions ski every day, don’t deny yourself a daily sleigh ride. How often is it available at home?
Consider other activities such as shopping, singing carols, spa treatments, scenic drives, skating, and dog sledding. Perhaps you are a photographer or a wonderful cook. Most areas have cooking classes for the locals as well as tourists. At the Savory Inn, in Vail, you can enjoy fun and food with demonstrations by the chef. This month the offerings include Warm Soups for Cool Days (Corn Chowder with Roasted Poblanos, Classic French Onion, Roasted Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Maple Cream) or Duck Legs Braised in Port with Dried Cherries or a Tapas and Sangria Party with appetizers that will linger in memory long after you have returned home.