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You’ll warm up to winter at comfy New
England spots
Moira McCarthy Thursday, January 19, 2017
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The Chesterfield Inn in West Chesterfield, NH/courtesy photo
At this time of year our personal directive is often “get cozy.” A warm fire, a good book, cocoa or something a
little stronger, a cat curled at our feet all fit the bill.
The lure of coziness might pull you away from travel plans, but it shouldn’t. New England is dotted with inns that
offer us all that and more. In the cold of the winter there are plenty of choices for comfort, where flannel is as
fancy as you get, and for being pampered. Pack your favorite book, some slippers, comfortable attire and head
out — these spots are putting logs on the fire and the teakettle on right now.
The Woodstock Inn, Woodstock, Vt.: Tucked in the middle of the quintessential Vermont town it is named for, the
Woodstock Inn has cozy in every corner. The giant lobby is centered with a huge, crackling fireplace surrounded
by comfortable couches and chairs. Grab a Vermont Flannel blanket out of the nearby basket and savor it all.
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The solarium is soaked in warm light even on the coldest days (and next to the daily afternoon offering of
complimentary fresh baked cookies, cocoa, coffee and tea). The library has games and books, and places to
settle into to enjoy them. Rooms are lush in a woodsy Vermont way, and the two eateries on site, The Red
Rooster and Richardson’s Tavern, are comfortable and relaxed. Then there is the spa. Want to achieve maximum
relaxation before tucking up next to that fire? Try a seasonal body wrap followed by a massage. You’ll be warm
until spring.
The Colonade Hotel, Boston: Winter in the city can be tough, but not at this oasis. The Colonade is tucked in the
Back Bay, a perfect spot for bundling up in your favorite scarf and mittens and exploring. But should you want to
simply stay warm and feel coddled, check in for one of its Frosty Friday weekends this winter, a setup that makes
you yearn for a completely frigid Boston night. Guests pay the temperature (Fahrenheit) on Friday nights and
$289 for Saturday night, meaning the colder it is, the hotter the deal.
Inside you’ll find comfortable rooms and a lobby that beckons you to hang out. To make you feel even more
pampered, The Colonade offers a make-your-own hot chocolate bar, with marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, candy
canes, caramel and other surprises. Should you want to venture out of your winter cocoon, the package includes
admission and skate rentals for Frog Pond or on Old Trolley tours. And how about this: Parking is free.
The Chesterfield Inn, West Chesterfield, N.H.: How can you go wrong with a country inn where guests are
greeted by a cat named Yoda? Yoda is always on hand with a friendly hello and ready to curl up at your feet. The
inn’s rooms are comfortable and lovely, many with their own private fireplaces. But you’ll find yourself
meandering down to the lobby, where a wood stove tempts you to pull up a chair. There’s no need to bundle up
to find a great meal out there; the inn’s dining room serves imaginative food in a lovely setting. Throughout the
inn, oversized windows let in natural light and look out on amazing views.
The Wentworth, Jackson, N.H.: Jackson is like a retreat from the real world. Quaint, small and void of sprawl,
the town is just north of busy North Conway (a great night out should you feel the need). Refurbished from an
old, elegant property, the inn is a delicious mix of modern amenities and old-time charm. Splurge on one of the
rooms with a cedar soaking tub on a private deck and sit and watch the snow fall. Or head back into your room
to relax next to your own fireplace. You can dine in style in the Wentworth’s four-diamond restaurant. Wander
across the road in the morning for a hearty breakfast at Yesterdays, or pop into the J-Town Deli to find baked
goods, soups and sandwiches the locals love.
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