If you are thinking of getting out of town for the holidays, you are not alone. Many hotels are ramping up the spirit of the season with holiday amenities and special events targeted at travelers looking to relax and get away during a winter break.
From the nearby to the far-flung, here are a few of the most intriguing celebrations of the season:
French Quarter Inn
Travelers can really get into the holiday spirit at Charlestons’ French Quarter Inn. Book the decked out Southern Sleigh Bell Suite through January 1.
Regardless of which room you occupy, guests at the hotel can enjoy complimentary seasonal amenities, including warm Christmas cookies, bourbon-spiced eggnog, hot apple cider, hot chocolate and classic holiday movie screenings.
The hotel also delivers gifts to guests on Christmas Eve and Santa visits for a special reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”
JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa
The California resort is decking the halls with a giant gingerbread house. The Gingerbread North Pole is 8 feet by 12 feet wide and 11 feet tall and from December 18-24 guests can walk inside for a photo with Santa.
Visitors can also book the Conductor’s Cabin room package, which includes a private Winter Express gondola ride through the resort’s waterways. Guests are also welcomed by the Frosty’s Flight drink cart and receive four tickets to Wild Lights at the Living Desert, a holiday safari featuring over 750,000 twinkling lights.
At Hotel Zoe in San Francisco’s Fishermen’s Wharf area, guests receive Miette gingerbread house kits, Christmas trees on-demand provided by the nearby The Guardsmen Christmas Tree Lot and tickets to The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square when staying during the Christmas season.
The Greenbrier Resort
Enjoy “60 Days of Holiday Cheer” at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.
The resort is adorned with 120,000 Christmas lights, 2,000 Poinsettias, more than 100 Christmas trees and a 2,000-pound chocolate display. Guests can also enjoy tree-lighting ceremonies, three family-friendly galas, horse-drawn sleigh rides, an ice skating rink dotted with fire pits begging for s’mores, holiday mixology classes, scavenger hunts and more.
The Henderson, a Salamander Beach & Spa Resort
The Henderson invites friends and families to kick off the season with their Give the Gift of The Henderson campaign. When visitors book the Gift of The Henderson package, they receive $100 per night in room credits.
The hotel also offers a number of holiday celebrations such as a snowman building contest on Christmas Eve, a Christmas Eve dinner and a Christmas Day brunch.
Desire Riviera Maya Pearl Resort and Desire Riviera Maya Resort
For the avant-garde holiday vacation-seeker, Desire Resorts has you covered.
Head to either of these Mexican Caribbean resorts for Desire’s Naughty or Nice Christmas Eve white sand dinner and the Guys in Ties & Girls in Pearls New Year’s Eve party by the pool.
Highlights of the adult entertainment include a “Fantasy Menu.”
Temptation Cancun Resort
Temptation Resorts is tempting travelers to “ditch that ugly Christmas sweater” this holiday season and attend their Christmas and New Year’s Eve special events.
Enjoy the Temptation-style Christmas Eve Dinner or the Trendy White New Year’s Eve Bash as well as seven new restaurants and thevacation packages “Sexy Pool.”