You may be daydreaming about a beach vacation, complete with umbrella drinks, splashing around in the water and building sand castles.
But winter scenery can be just as beautiful and taking even just a weekend trip somewhere new can help liven up these cold and dreary months — especially if there’s a hot tub involved. For inspiration, here are 11 resorts and hotels with insanely cozy hot tubs.
1. Viceroy Snowmass — Snowmass Village, Colorado
Is there anything better than soaking in a hot tub after a long day on the slopes? Actually, yes, there is — soaking with a view. The recently remodeled pool area at Viceroy Snowmass near Aspen, Colorado, has three soaking tubs that all offer incredible views. At night, you can gaze into the velvety black sky (you can see so many stars here!) with the glow of purple lights emanating from the hot tubs in the background. Or, if you’re relaxing during the day, you can watch skiers and snowboarders pass overhead on the Assay Hill lift.
The soaking tubs, which feature infinity edges and a waterfall wall, were designed with jets that focus on your lower back, quads and calves, all areas that tend to get sore after a day of skiing or riding. And since you can literally walk out the door of the Viceroy, grab your gear from the ski valet and head down to the nearly private lift, we’re guessing you’re going to be doing a lot of shredding while you stay here. There’s also an outdoor pool, plenty of lounge chairs and two 60-inch televisions if you want to catch some sun (yep, you’ll find that it’s warm enough to sunbathe on some days, even during the winter months).
2. Vista Verde Ranch — Clark, Colorado
Picture this: You wake up in the morning and step out onto your deck. Against a backdrop of bright blue skies and mountains, you see more than 100 beautiful horses grazing in a pasture. That’s the scene at Vista Verde Ranch in Clark, Colorado, which is about 40 minutes north of Steamboat Springs. Each cabin here has its own private hot tub, which makes Vista Verde perfect for a romantic getaway, a family vacation or something in between.
When you’re not soaking, you can choose from dozens of activities at this all-inclusive resort — horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, tubing, “snoga” (that’s yoga in the snow!), sleigh rides, fat biking and more. You actually won’t want to leave this place once you feel the warm hospitality, taste the delicious food and beverages and take in the stunning valley views.
3. Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa — Jackson, Wyoming
When you book a stay at the spa suites of Rustic Inn Creekside Resort and Spa in Jackson, Wyoming, not only do you get your own private hot tub, but you also get your own private butler, who doubles as your bartender, concierge and chef at breakfast time each morning.
The resort is just a short shuttle ride away from Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, which has some of the best skiing in the country, especially if you’re into steep terrain. When you’re not skiing or soaking in the hot tub, you’ll want to check out the incredible sauna at Rustic Inn, which is covered in hundreds of beautiful aquamarine mosaic tiles.
4. Sun Valley Lodge — Sun Valley, Idaho
Even the outdoor pools at Sun Valley Lodge in Sun Valley, Idaho, can help you relax — they’re both heated t0 98 degrees. On top of that, you’ll find a luxurious outdoor hot tub for soaking your aching muscles after a day skiing or riding at Sun Valley Resort. You’ll be able to take in views of Bald Mountain and grab a drink from the nearby Poolside Cafe, which has a full-service bar (and bites to eat if you get hungry!). And since the entire lodge was remodeled in June 2015, it’s essentially like visiting a brand new resort.
5. Sundara Inn & Spa — Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Talk about peaceful. Sundara Inn & Spa is tucked back in a 26-acre pine forest, which means it’s incredibly quiet. Even better? When it snows, the flakes gather on the pine boughs, which creates an additional layer of sound insulation — you’ll feel completely removed from the noise of traffic and other everyday sounds. To fully enjoy this experience, you’ll want to sit in the resorts oversized hot soak tub or swim a few laps in the heated outdoor infinity pool. If you’re looking for a little more privacy, the resort just finished a 40,000-square-foot expansion that added new suites with private outdoor hot tubs on their balconies.
Chances are also good that you’ll catch a glimpse of an eagle flying overhead or a whitetail deer passing through the woods.
6. Devil’s Thumb Ranch – Tabernash, Colorado
From cross-country skiing to snowshoeing to horseback riding, there’s no shortage of things to do during the winter months at Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa in Tabernash, Colorado, less than two hours from Denver. But if your ideal vacation involves a little less action, you’ll be happy to know you can also take a break in the resort’s stunning outdoor pool and hot tub, which are heated with environmentally friendly geothermal heat. Plus, in addition to beautiful snowy views of Grand County’s Ranch Creek Valley, you’ll also be entertained by skiers and snowshoers hoofing it across the resort’s 75 miles of groomed trails.
7. Cliff House Maine — Cape Neddick, Maine
After a long day of whale watching or lobster fishing, sit back and relax in the outdoor hot tubs at the Cliff House Maine, which is a little more than an hour north of Boston. As the name suggests, you’ll have awe-inspiring cliffside views of the Atlantic Ocean (the resort sits atop Bald Head Cliff on 70 ocean-front acres). There’s also a one-of-a-kind, infinity edge ice skating rink overlooking the ocean during the winter months.
8. St. Regis Deer Valley — Park City, Utah
If your Instagram feed could use a little magic, consider the hot tub and split-level heated infinity pools at St. Regis Deer Valley at the Deer Valley Resort in Park City, Utah. The pool recently underwent a renovation that doubled its seating capacity, plus you can get poolside food and beverage service while you unwind with views of the majestic Wasatch Mountains in the background. In addition to offering ski-in, ski-out access to the slopes, the resort also has a private ski beach and a ski valet.
9. Shore Lodge — McCall, Idaho
The glacier-fed waters of Payette Lake and the snowy Salmon River Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for the heated pool and hot tub at Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also explore the area’s various natural hot springs. Plus, the lodge offers sweet amenities if you stay there, like snowshoes for exploring the nearby Payette National Forest, board games and more. You can also go snowmobiling or hit up Brundage Ski Resort, which is just 15 minutes up the road. McCall gets more than 300 inches of snow a year, so this is truly a winter paradise.
10. Madeline Hotel — Telluride, Colorado
Take a trip to Colorado’s Western Slope and you’ll likely find yourself in Telluride, a stunning mountain town with a penchant for bluegrass music in the summer and incredible skiing and riding in the winter. You can see it all from the hot tub and pool at Madeline Hotel, which is surrounded on three sides by 14,000-foot peaks of the San Juan Mountains. The resort offers ski-in/ski-out access, a ski valet, fire pits and a dazzling ice skating rink. If that wasn’t enough, you can also go winter biking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing or dog sledding here.
11. The Blake — Taos, New Mexico
You may not picture snow and ice when you think of New Mexico, but when you head up into higher elevations, you’ll find yourself in a winter wonderland. Taos, for instance, is 7,000 feet above sea level and gets tons of snow. You can take advantage of all that powder with a trip to Taos Ski Valley, where you can soak in the outdoor hot tub at The Blake, a gorgeous newly constructed hotel, after a day on the slopes.
If that’s not enough, you can get a massage like the adobe clay wrap or the mountain arnica therapeutic treatment to ease your muscles.
Just down the road from The Blake is Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort and Spa, which has 12 different soaking pools filled with geothermal mineral waters. For a more intimate experience, be sure to book a private soaking pool.