Folks may say "there's no place like home for the holidays," but clearly, they haven't visited one of these Christmas inns. Plan a stay at one of these small town bed-and-breakfasts this December to get in your , escape the holiday madness, or to enjoy a .
Take a break from the hectic holiday rush and treat yourself to a seaside retreat at the . Each December, the inn celebrates the season with and galore. You can also get into the holiday spirit by viewing the holiday decorations around town with a carriage ride or indulging in their Christmas buffet.
At , Christmas isn’t a day or even a season. It’s a year-round celebration, which is best experienced at their Christmas shoppe and local village. Starting in November, the historic inn hosts a variety of events including a Tree Lighting, Dinner Dance with Santa, and a special Christmas market as part of their “32 Days of Christmas” festival. Visit the destination for a weekend away, or skip the holiday cooking and attend their annual for festive fares.
With decked halls, Christmas trees in every guest room, and holiday bells that ring every hour, it’s no wonder the in is known as “Santa’s home away from home.” With every stay, guests will get to eat breakfast with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and enjoy daily performances and activities led by Saint Nick himself.
If you’re making a trip to the this Christmas, make a weekend out of it by staying at the nearby . Throughout the month of December, every nook and cranny of this 1889 bed and breakfast is decked out with , , and swag, most of which is gathered from around the property. And don't miss the three-course breakfast served in the grand dining room every morning, which is the perfect fuel for a day of touring the historic estate.
Get in all your favorite Christmas traditions—gift shopping, cookie decorating, and sleigh rides by taking advantage of 's "Country Christmas Package." And while you're at the , destination, take time to roam the quaint village just a few steps away or spend a day on the snowy slopes.
Don’t be fooled by its autumnal name! The is full of holiday cheer come December. Book your stay for the first weekend of December and you’ll be in for a yuletide treat, which includes endless Christmas cookies, a holiday breakfast, tickets to the National Christmas Center, and tickets to tour the many local inns decked out for Christmas.
Imagine a place where you could visit at any time of the year and always experience the . No it's not the North Pole—it's the , a charming bed and breakfast nestled in the White Mountains in . Though the inn always operates with the spirit of Christmas in mind: to celebrate the simple pleasures of everyday life, including friends, family, fun, love, adventure, inspiration and well-being, visiting is extra magical—and while you're in the area, don't miss New Hampshire's annual train ride through the mountains.
When the winter air is brisk, simply walking past the high-back rocking chairs on the porch of the in might be frustrating for dedicated porch-sitters. Don't despair: the hosts have left a basket of warm blankets by the front door to wrap yourself in while you rock out under the holiday lights.
This inn takes the holiday seriously: Fresh, handmade boxwood and mixed greens wreaths hang in all of the windows and on the doors, and five Christmas trees decorate the house. There's a holiday-themed model train set up outside and a two-day artisanal holiday fair that features local artists and makers. Special baked goods and Christmas punches are served in place of the usual champagne and cheese in the evenings.
There's even a fun and goofy game, the "Find the Pickle Ornament Challenge" each evening of December, through Christmas Eve—guests have five minutes to find the pickle ornament on the Inn's main Christmas tree. The winner gets a locally made hand-blown ornament!
You know the warm and inviting lodge in that Christmas classic Holiday Inn? Walk into the and experience that same charming welcome. Tasteful Christmas decorations, unfussy rooms (calm pastel colors, sweet simple antiques, high ceilings), roaring fireplaces, and a pub may keep you indoors, but outside you'll find all manner of activities, from downhill and Nordic skiing to shopping at the town center.
If price is no object, you may want to check into , a Relais and Chateaux property near . The beloved inn is located on the picturesque grounds of a historic farm (you'll see Belted Galloway cattle on the drive in) and Chef Colin Bedford's award-winning farm-to-fork cuisine is the result of the bounty. The inn offers a popular Christmas package that includes festive meals and wine pairings in addition to its regular elegant service (a small decanter of port and chocolate at turndown service, thanks!) and idyllic grounds.
Some guests check into the to get some last-minute shopping done at 's surprisingly festive outlet stores, but most come for the charming Maine vibe. The inn is decked—halls and all—with signs of the season and the fireplace is the gathering point for afternoon tea (or cider) and scones. The hotel's restaurant serves a grand buffet on holidays so lavish that locals venture out into the New England winter to join the celebration.
Winter on the is not cause for hibernation. Locals get outside, and the introduces guests to that active way of life the easy way. If the weather permits (and Lake Michigan is a nice guarantor), offers sledding, sleigh rides and cross-county skiing. On weekends in December, the inn partners with a nearby historic property to host progressive gourmet dinners in which drinks and appetizers are served at one inn and then the main course and dessert at the other. The ten-minute walk down Main Street between the inns, through the clear cold evening, somehow makes spirits higher and appetites stronger.
Without going down the icy slope to tacky Christmas decorations, the manages to remain tasteful while piling on the ornaments, pine boughs, swags of greenery, and twinkly lights. This lovely wine country inn has a gracefully curved staircase, a crackling fireplace, a wide front porch, and a warm welcome for holiday visitors that includes a special ornament upon check-in. Don't forget to ask for a fireplace room!
When a town has 'Santa' in its name, you expect some holiday magic and , with twinkling luminarios and brilliant shop windows, doesn't disappoint. Outside of town, along the Turquoise Trail, has some winter solstice sorcery up its sleeve, too. Five quiet guest rooms, in low-slung adobe buildings, surround a courtyard. Guests hike or horseback ride and then relax in the hot tub under the stars. The regular nightly dinners in the ranch house bring raves, but Christmas dinner in the renovated barn is a four-course French-influenced affair with duck à l'orange. Before you head back to your room to tuck in, linger by the bonfire crackling out in the chilly desert air.
Ahoy! At the , you can spend the holidays in the historic 19th-century home of a ship owner. The brick mansion, quite the upright and respectable Yankee edifice, is cozy inside with fireplaces and swags of greenery. Out along the cobbled streets of the historic district, the local shops and restaurants are lit up and busy as the island celebrates the Festival of Trees at the . You'll be glad you washed ashore to see the island in the charming off-season.
Seven rustic cottages (seamlessly updated with modern comforts and and scattered across the 35-acre property) are decked out for the holidays and ready to provide you with a break from the hectic season. The cabins are outfitted with antiques, wood-burning fireplaces, front-porch rocking chairs, and, at night, an impossible blanket of stars glowing in the dark winter skies. If you want to see the lights of town, you'll discover that all this blissful quiet exists just six miles outside the Christmas-crazy town of .
Not-home for the holidays can feel downright cozy at . This comfortable, bright, and endearingly offbeat B&B is within walking distance of 's busy town square. Perhaps not surprisingly, this college town has cultural events and great restaurants if you want to get out in the evenings and many of the historic homes have special holiday tours during the days. But back at the Z, there's the fireplace and Annie's home-baked Christmas goodies, cocoa, and s'mores, so you may not want to venture far.
You may just get the notion that innkeeper Cheryl Grono loves Christmas when you enter the circa 1714 during the holidays. Outside, the holiday lights enhance the house without obscuring its historic good looks, but inside, the inn is decorated with enthusiasm: wreaths guest room doors, trees in every room, tiny illuminated village scenes on tabletops, holiday quilts and afghans draped over the sofas and chairs for extra warmth. In the public space, a nativity scene carved by Cheryl and her husband takes center stage. The staff's sincere delight in the season draws guests back time and again for a little boost of Christmas cheer.
In this small town on Florida's Forgotten Coast, 250 of the buildings appear on the National Register of Historic Places. This is old Florida, after all. Leading up to the holidays in , locals hold a Christmas parade as well as a parade of boats in which Santa arrives on the bow of a shrimp boat. The famous local oysters here are harvested by tonging—raked from the beds by hand with long tongs, the traditional and more sustainable way—so much of the holiday festivities and traditional recipes include oysters. , a restored Victorian mansion walking distance from everything, provides a warm (and beautifully decorated) introduction to gracious Gulf Coast holidays.
's region is quiet during winter months, but makes a romantic destination over the holidays. This grand old house, on the National Register of Historic Places, includes a winery, a restaurant, a spa, an additional guest building, and an off-site Georgian Revival farmhouse with more guest rooms. Some of the rooms are in turrets; some have fireplaces or in-room Jacuzzis, all have a sense of history and access to the bucolic views of Finger Lake wine country. On Christmas Eve, guests are invited to join the owners for a toast of hot mulled cider and canapés in the Great Hall with carols before dinner.