Nothing makes winter more special than spending some time cozying up to a warm fireplace with a cup of hot chocolate in hand. The crackling sound and charred smell from fireplaces exude the ultimate cozy vibe, especially on a chilly wintry night. From affordable to high-end, we’ve rounded up a few charming hotels from around the world, offering indulging amenities along with cozy fireplaces.
Half Mile Farms, Highlands, North Carolina ($$)
Located at the picturesque Highlands in North Carolina, this quintessential country inn is a quaint Southern small-town getaway. With 14 acres of serene woodlands overlooking a tranquil lake, this luxury retreat offers a mineral pool, an alfresco fire pit, farm-fresh lunch and dinner, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. The 34 rooms of the property are tastefully decorated in luxe country style and feature heated marble bathroom floors and fireplaces in some. The luxury suites come with a more modern farmhouse look.
Storfjord Hotel, Glomset, Norway ($$$)
Located at the off-the-beaten path of Glomset, overlooking the Storfjord and the Sunnmore Alps, this secluded boutique hotel oozes classic Scandinavian charm. This magnificent luxury property features an on-site restaurant and spa and offers an exclusive local artisanal cheese selection. In the countryside setting, the rooms come with impressive alpine and fjord views and exude Scandinavian modernism through artful rustic touches like wood beams and plaid upholstery. The fireplaces in the suites are perfect for long Nordic nights.
Castle Hot Springs, Bradshaw Mountains, Arizona ($$$$)
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this remote retreat is tucked into the Hieroglyphic Bradshaw Mountains in the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. The luxury property is highly lauded for its relaxing and restorative atmosphere and especially, for the exclusive natural hot springs and thermal pools, filled with rejuvenating minerals. A true oasis, the resort offers meditation sessions, e-bikes to explore the vast 1,100-acre premise, gourmet farm-to-table dining, and luxury accommodations with fireplaces and outdoor tubs.
When you think of France, there’s a high chance that you think of the Eiffel Tower, walks along the Seine, and beautiful cobbled streets that make their way to world-famous restaurants. However, there is so much more to France outside of the cities, as this country is home to some of the best wine regions in the world.
The Loire Valley
If you’re a fan of sparkling wine, you’ll want to book your plane tickets to Loire Valley ASAP. Not only does this place feature some of the most stunning architecture and castles that you may have ever seen in your life, but it’s also the second-largest producer of sparkling wine in the country. Many of the vineyards have settled close to the impressive Loire river, with even more vineyards trailing up the valleys.
Those looking to explore a French wine region that’s been kept under the radar will love to check out Jura. Nestled under the Jura mountains, this region is often forgotten by those who compare it to other, larger regions – but that doesn’t mean that it’s no good. In fact, Jura has built up a reputation for itself as one of the exclusive areas in France to cultivate the Savignin grape. Plus, this small region is like a picture postcard.
You’ll probably already be familiar with this name because Bordeaux is one of the most impressive wine regions that this planet has to offer. Brought to life by Emperor Napoleon III back in the mid-1800s, this wine region has since become a leader in full-bodied wines that ooze class, sophistication, and delicious fruity notes. Featuring knowledgeable growers and beautiful vineyards, it’s well worth a visit for the wine tasting and the views.
Whether you love wine or whether you just want to check out new destinations in France, these beautiful wine regions in France will definitely float your boat.