We all know one day in the mountains is never enough, especially when there’s fresh powder involved. Finding a place to lay your head after your adrenaline-fueled adventures is the key to your mountain getaway success. So where better to turn than some of the best mountain lodges that Colorado has to offer? Whether you prefer rustic minimalism or a high-end spot with 800 thread count sheets, there’s definitely something for everyone. There’s no time to waste, so plan your winter adventures today.
Where: Vail, Colorado
For the ultimate luxurious ski getaway, Hotel Talisa tops the list in Colorado. This newly renovated spot is not even in the same category as most other mountain lodges, and offers the only true ski-in, ski-out resort option in Vail. The world-class service found here will truly make you feel like royalty. Need to rent skis? Buy a lift ticket? No problem. Talisa offers an onsite rentals and ticket office for your convenience. After spending your days on the slopes there are a number of options for unwinding. You can enjoy a drink in the fireside lounge, soak in the outdoor heated pool, or treat yourself to Swedish massage at the onsite spa.
Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort
Where: Near Buena Vista, Colorado
As the name suggests, this resort is renowned for its hot springs set amongst the scenic backdrop of Mount Princeton. If lift lines are not your thing, perhaps the wide open snow-covered peaks of the Collegiate Peaks are more your speed. With plenty of winter activities here it is nearly impossible to get bored. Snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing are just a few of the adventures nearby. The resort offers a variety of lodging options between the lodge, cabins, cliffside and hillside rooms which can accommodate a variety of group sizes.
Where: Near Steamboat Springs, Colorado
In our minds, there is nothing better than a secluded cabin covered with a thick layer of snow. This scene just screams with the promise of outdoor winter adventures that are to come. Home Ranch is a lovely combination of the two: the feel of a secluded mountain lodge, complete with lots of adventuring, and access to all of the luxurious amenities we all want on vacation. Tucked away in the quiet wilderness north of Steamboat Springs, you will enjoy luxury cabins, gourmet food and private cross country skiing. The guided backcountry ski tours, 30 kilometers of groomed trails, and private hot tubs at every cabin aren’t so bad either.
Mountain Lodge Telluride
Where: Telluride, Colorado
Offering everything from suites to condos and luxury log cabins, this gorgeous resort is one that should be on your winter bucket list. Located in the beautiful wilderness of Telluride, it is worth the extra driving time it takes to get here. From here you can enjoy just about every winter activity there is, so a longer stay is highly recommended. In addition to the usual winter suspects, you can go heli-skiing, on a sleigh ride or enjoy the state-of-the-art nordic center. All great ways to mix up your winter adventures. The aprés ski atmosphere, free shuttle and grocery shopping service will keep your adventure going for as long as you would like.
The Lodge at the Stanley Hotel
Where: Estes Park, Colorado
The Stanley Hotel needs no introduction, but we are partial to the Lodge at the Stanley when we visit. It’s dog-friendly, you get daily breakfast, and they offer plush accommodations for your pooch, so what’s not to like? It offers an extra luxurious dose of comfort with its newly updated decor and furnishings and is a lot less hectic than the main hotel with its never ending cycle of tourists. You have easy access to Rocky Mountain National Park (which is not dog-friendly, by the way) and a number of backcountry trails for skiing and snowshoeing just a stone’s throw from the lodge. The cherry on top of this unique accommodation is definitely the Whiskey Bar and its impressive whiskey menu.
Your Very Own Lodge
Where: Aspen, Colorado
If being around lots of people isn’t really your thing, or at least those you haven’t chosen to be around, perhaps creating your own mountain lodge is perfect for you. This beautiful, historic cabin has plenty of space for the whole clan while enjoying the privacy and relaxation you crave. Enjoy plenty of peace and quiet in the backcountry nearby, complete with skiing, sledding, and backcountry skiing.