Winter is here, and at Kammok, we love to celebrate the cooler temps, both inside and out. The cold and snow (depending on your locale) brings calm and quiet, which opens up a reflective kind of adventure that’s not quite as inherent in summer. Whether it’s gathering with friends around a huge stone fire, trekking powder-white backcountry or soaking in hidden hot springs, for many winter really is the most wonderful time of the year. Here are a few of our favorite spots to escape.
WYOMING | Grand Teton National Park
Jackson Hole is an iconic winter wonderland, with access to some of the most coveted ski trails—groomed, and of the more secret variety—in the country. One alternative means of taking in the beauty of Grand Teton National Park is by sleigh: from December through April, opt for a horse-drawn ride through the nearby 25,000 acre National Elk Refuge, where you’ll blaze through snow drifts and witness thousands of elk as they habitate their wintering grounds. Access: $21; open in the winter months.
VERMONT | Inn at the Round Barn
At Waitsfield, Vermont’s Inn at the Round Barn, guests can explore a slice of the Mad River Valley in and around a converted dairy barn and relic of New England history. Outside, hit the famous Mad River Glen for small-town skiing, or hike or showshoe up East Warren Road past farms, horse barns, and the Von Trapp plant nursery (yes, those Von Trapp’s); inside, in the Inn’s library, you’ll find a glowing fire surrounded by books about the Green Mountain state. Access: room rates change based on the season; open year-round.
NEW YORK | Lobby of the Bowery Hotel
The lobby at the Bowery Hotel alone is a perfect recess from the biting cold—upon entrance, you’ll see plush velvet reading chairs and the encouragement of a roaring fire. Take a seat, do some reading—or take advantage of the prime people watching—and make sure you visit the bar at the hotel’s stylish brasserie, Gemma, for some hot mulled cider. Access: free; if you plan on staying, room rates change based on the season. Open year-round.
NEW MEXICO | Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs
Near Sante Fe, these ancient springs have been a gathering place and source of healing for thousands of years—tucked in the sagebrush desert of Carson National Forest, use of the waters can be traced back to the earliest human migrations in the region. In the winter, Ojo Caliente is a tranquil village of pueblo buildings, terraces, and steaming springs—spend the day soaking, and enjoy the hush of voices and quiet snowfall. Access: $20 Entry fee includes access to the public mineral pools, mud pool, and steam and sauna; sunset rate is $16, lodging available. Open year-round.
massachusetts | BOSTON PUBLic library
A block from the Victorian brownstones and lit-up facades of the Back Bay sits the majesty of the Boston Public Library—a former schoolhouse and the first free library in the country, the wordsmith-packed stacks invite a deep-dive into history and your favorite writers, classic or contemporary. Take your picks, get settled under the soft light of Tiffany lamps in Bates Hall, and get ready to hibernate. Access: free; open year-round.
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