January 19, 2017

Enjoy Wintery Weather At These Five Historic Hotels Of America

Things may seem grim now that the holidays are over, but never fear—at the National Trust's Historic Hotels of America (HHA), there are plenty of ways to enjoy the several long, cold months ahead. Read on to find out how to beat the winter blues at these HHA locations in Massachusetts, Colorado, Oregon, Vermont, and Indiana.

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The Porches Inn at MASS MoCA, North Adams, Massachusetts

Located directly across the street from the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (or MASS MoCa), a stay at The Porches Inn provides unparalleled access to what's going on at the museum. This February brings a documentary flim series highlighting female filmmakers and featuring films like “A Revolution In 4 Seasons,” focusing on two politically opposed young women in the new democracy of Tunisia. Other don't-miss events taking place this winter include XXYY, a “multi-sensorial, poetic, and otherworldly theatrical event” exploring the gender binary (January 20) and a concert featuring Steven Bernstein’s Universal Melody Brass Band (February 4). Find a complete calendar of events here.

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The Pikes Peak Cog Railway at The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado

This cog train has been in operation since June 30th, 1891, bearing riders to the 14,115-foot high summit of Pikes Peak, a National Historic Landmark that inspired Katharine Lee Bates to start framing the words to “America the Beautiful” as she surveyed the panorama in 1893. Although the train doesn’t bear riders to the mountain’s summit in the winter, visitors can still take in views at the 11,500-foot Inspiration Point. After the trip back down the mountain, warm up with a drink and a hot meal at one of the Broadmoor’s dozen restaurants (hint: try the pot pie at the Golden Bee).

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Outdoor Sports and Tastes of Wine Country at Timberline Lodge, Oregon

The WPA-built Timberline Lodge, dating from 1937, is perhaps most famous for serving as the exterior of the eerie hotel in Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. You’ll find the real-life lodge, however, to be much more hospitable. Located in Oregon’s Mt. Hood National Forest, the Timberline offers easy access to ski areas, as well as plenty of opportunities for indoor, or at least slower-paced, activities throughout the winter months. Experience a winemakers’ dinner, featuring wines from Oregon vineyards Luminous Hills and Seven of Hearts and wine-and-food pairings curated by the lodge’s executive chef Jason Stoller Smith, on January 26th. Join Timberline Lodge Staff for a guided Full Moon Snowshoe Tour on February 9th at 7 p.m. Find a full calendar of events here.

Rich with architectural significance, cultural heritage, and historical ambiance, each Historic Hotels of America property has a story to tell. And once you stay, so will you.

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Skiing, History, and Beer Tasting at the Middlebury Inn in Middlebury, Vermont

The Middlebury Inn, which has been in continuous operation as a hotel since 1827, offers guests a taste of Victorian elegance in the middle of a winter wonderland. Visitors can obtain combination packages that offer two nights of lodging at the inn, in addition to all day passes to the nearby Middlebury Snow Bowl and the Rikert Nordic Center (offering downhill and cross country skiing, respectively.) The Historic Middlebury Package is available year-round, and it offers lodging, as well as tickets to the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History and breakfast at the inn’s Morgan’s Tavern. For beer and wine lovers, try the Tasting Trail Package, including stops at the Woodchuck Hard Cidery, Ottercreek Brewing, Lincoln Peak Winery, Drop In Brewery, and Appalachian Gap Distillery. Check out all the inn has to offer here.

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Food and Drink at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana

French Lick, Indiana, might not be known as a winter hotspot, but that doesn’t stop the French Lick Springs Hotel, built in 1901 as part of the French Lick Resort Casino Complex, from offering a rich bevy of options for winter visitors. Regular musical performances are the norm, featuring renowned harpists, pianists, and jazz musicians, as well as periodic Kitchen Live events throughout January and February that allow chefs to show off their cooking skills in front of the whole dining room. See the full calendar of events here.

Katherine Flynn is a former assistant editor at Preservation magazine. She enjoys coffee, record stores, and uncovering the stories behind historic places.


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