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The Washington School Inn

Stay at this Park City, Utah, hotel for a romantic weekend.

An elementary school from 1889 until 1939, this building off Main Street was renovated in 1984; today, the limestone shell is the school's last remnant. The comfy rooms, named after former teachers, are decorated with down duvets on king or queen beds. A hot tub and sauna are on ground level, and guests eat a hearty breakfast buffet in the dining room before heading out on Town Run, a block and a half away. $255-$455; 800-824-1672; washingtonschoolinn.com

Double Eagle Resort

Double Eagle Resort
double eagle
So much going on you won't want to stay inside.

Just 20 miles north of Mammoth Lakes and a few minutes from the small ski area of June Mountain, The Double Eagle Resort and Spa has 16 rooms, plus 15 two-bedroom cabins with kitchens, outdoor barbecues, and indoor wood-burning fireplaces. But you won’t come to stay inside: The resort is located on 13 acres surrounded by lakes, skiing, and fishing. Finish the day with a hot-stone massage at the award-winning Creekside Spa. The on-site Eagle’s Landing Restaurant serves made-to-order omelets, French toast, and more for breakfast.

R&R Properties

These properties are perfect for that family reunion you've been meaning to plan.

A property-management company, R&R's offerings run the gamut from mid-priced condos to gargantuan, ski-in/ski-out houses. The Town Lift Home, a historic 4,500-square-foot house built in 1906 on the sagebrush-covered slopes of Park City Mountain, has three sweetly decorated bedrooms and three studio apartments to house 16 people. The plush King Road Home is a five-bedroom beauty set on a perch above old-town Park City. Main Street is a downhill stroll from both-which translates into a hike on the way home. In other words, order dessert: You'll work it off.

The Silver Queen Hotel

If you've got unique taste, this hotel might be just your style.

This is not your grandmother's hotel (unless she favored leopard-print carpeting). But depending on your appetite for the unusual, the Silver Queen might be the perfect ski retreat. Set on Main Street a quick walk from the Town Lift, the hotel has 12 suites. Each has a full kitchen and a washer/dryer, and the six two-bedroom suites boast steam showers in addition to jetted tubs. After a day on the hill, head for the rooftop hot tub. Or, if it's that kind of night, Mother Urban's nightclub is just across the street.

The Hotel Park City

Near the slopes of Park City, Deer Valley and The Canyons, the Hotel Park City's guests never quibble about location—they hardly have to leave the grounds.

Designed in circa-1900 national-park-lodge fashion, Hotel Park City opened in early 2002, bringing a new level of luxe to the lodging scene (Deer Valley notwithstanding). Skiers hitting all three resorts will like its location, as well as the on-demand shuttles to ferry them to and fro. The resort comprises 11 miles of cross-country trails, two championship golf courses and an 8,000-square-foot spa. Rooms are elegantly decorated with king beds, flagstone fireplaces, triple-head showers and living areas with TV, DVD and Bose surround sound.

The Westin Monache Resort

The Westin Monache Resort
Room service—particularly with choices like mac and cheese made with tallegio and truffles—is a new concept in Mammoth. And while 32-inch flatscreen TVs, fireplaces and plush robes make in-room dining at this 230-suite condo hotel particularly appealing, guests find it easy to venture out. The Village at Mammoth and a gondola to the slopes stand some 75 steps downhill from the Westin’s ski valet. Even so, the hotel’s free shuttle ferries guests on the 60-second drive. Après-ski, families splash in the heated pool amid big views before dropping the children at the free Kid’s Club while adults repair to the postmodern environs of Whitebark for epicurean eats. $299–$1,079; 760-934-0400; westin.com
Book a ski-and-stay package at Mammoth's Westin, which is walking distance to the gondola, and get a $20 tab for après ski drinks.

Book a studio or a one- or two-bedroom suite at the Westin Monache Resort, located across from the Village at Mammoth and walking distance to the gondola that accesses the ski resort. The on-site Whitebark Restaurant is a popular lounge spot for après ski and features a new sushi menu. Resort amenities include free town shuttle, ski and snowboard rentals, a kids’ center, and more. Good news for pet owners: Dogs are welcome, and the hotel even provides a Westin Heavenly Dog Bed, food bowl and mat, water bowl, and a dog amenity kit.

Cinnamon Bear Inn

Cinnamon Bear Inn
Cinnamon Bear Inn
Going on a romantic weekend to Mammoth? The Cinnamon Bear Inn is as cute and cozy as it sounds.

Going on a romantic weekend to Mammoth? If you can’t already tell by the name, the Cinnamon Bear Inn is as cute and cozy as it sounds (translation: your girlfriend will think the checkered quilts and vintage, Colonial-style furnishings are kitschy, but still adorable). For the full experience, book the Honeymoon Suite, which has a four-poster canopy bed. It’s also a good spot for families—kids’ rooms come with two twin beds. There’s complimentary breakfast in the morning and hors d'oeuvres in the afternoon. Their three-day lift ticket and lodging package starts at $354 per person.

Cedar House Sport Hotel

Cedar House Sport Hotel
from $170 per room, per night
It’s on the pricier end of our collection of cheap green hotels, but the Cedar House Sport Hotel doesn’t disappoint. A study in green architecture, the hotel has a decidedly unique, earthy design with a European atmosphere. All the exterior siding and logs came from a reforestation project and were milled locally. Grab a drink at the bar in the lobby and soak up the outdoor spa, and admire the roofs with plants growing on top of them.

More Info: www.cedarhousesporthotel.com, More eco-luxury hotels
Built with sustainable cedar wood siding and energy-efficient heating and lighting

Built with sustainable cedar wood siding and energy-efficient heating and lighting, the Cedar House Sport Hotel in Truckee has ski storage, European-style breakfasts, an outdoor hot tub, a full bar, and they allow dogs. Their new on-site private dining room and events center, called Stella, serves Tuscan-inspired dinners and wine tastings most Friday and Saturday nights and has live music. Stay here if you’re skiing Sugar Bowl or Northstar.
[from $170; cedarhousesporthotel.com]

Ritz-Carlton Highlands

Ritz-Carlton Highlands
Ritz Carlton: Northstar-at-Tahoe, Calif.
The first from-scratch hotel in the Tahoe Basin in decades.

The first from-scratch hotel in the Tahoe Basin in decades, the Ritz boasts a ski-in/ski-out midmountain location on Northstar, accessed by gondola from the new village. The 170 guestrooms and suites offer goose-down comforters and fireplaces in every room, but that’s nothing compared to the heat generated by the hotel’s Manzanita restaurant. In her open kitchen, San Francisco chef Traci des Jardins blends French-California flavors with mountain influences. Rounding out the experience is the Highlands Spa, 17,000 square feet of treatment rooms, fitness center and heated outdoor lap pool.

Embassy Suites

 Embassy Suites
You gotta stay somewhere, right? Might as well make it the most accessible, the most comfortable, and the most pampered hotel stay you can afford. The Embassy Suites is more than you’d expect simply because it has a suite format – every room comes with a full living room, dining table, and mini bar which is separate from the bedroom. Go big with a king bed and you won’t regret being able to stretch out at the end of a very long day.

Why Go: It’s the most accessible and nicest hotel around. Within walking distance (i.e. one block) to the gondola, shops, a spa, a few bars, and of course, the casinos, you won’t need walking shoes, a jacket, or a car...meaning that the ladies can get by in their cutest outfits and not freeze.

Insider Tip: Check with their website for packages. You can add a $100 dining credit onto your room if you book a two-night stay.
Located stumbling distance from the bars, casinos, and the Heavenly gondola.

You’re headed to Tahoe to ski Heavenly or Kirkwood—and enjoy the nightlife that only the Nevada side of the lake can offer. So book a room at the Embassy Suites in South Lake Tahoe, right on the California-Nevada border. The entire hotel is built around a massive interior courtyard and they offer a free made-to-order breakfast each morning. You can walk to the Heavenly gondola to access the ski resort. You can also walk across the stateline to gamble in the casinos. Be sure to hit up the free cocktails and snacks in the lobby daily during après ski.

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