While you're in the giving mood, why not give just a tad bit more to your loved ones and maybe even yourself. This is Santa in slippers … fur-lined, of course.
To start with, why not celebrate the holidays in the mountains slopeside. Here are your best bets for sumptuous celebrating.
Get deliciously dizzy looking down the slopes and at the stars while cozied up in a blanket with hot cocoa in hand. Once you reach the cabin, warm up in a rocking chair by the fire before tucking into an exquisite Elk Tenderloin or grilled lobster tail. Oh, and you really do trade in your shoes for warm, fuzzy slippers at the door. Reservations: (970) 754-6575. http://www.zachscabinbeavercreek.com/zachs/index.aspx
In the chilly winter with Christmas bulbs shining through the window, what better way to relax than soaking in a copper tub with your loved one, followed by scalp rubs and full-body massages. Reservations: (800) 542-8680. http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/LakeTahoe/Spa/Menu.htm
The spa features one of the most expansive lists of facials in town, even for guys (Men’s Wellness edition). It’s amazing how healthy pores can lead to an overall sense of holiday joy, and not just for your face. Fight the cold and dryness of December inside a Coco Cream Cocoon … the ultimate happy place. Reservations: (970) 754-7828. http://lodgeatvail.rockresorts.com/LodgeAtVailAssets/files/spa/ROCK-486%20LAV%20Spa%20Brochure%20Single%20Page.pdf
Luxuriously rustic, Ski Tip Lodge is the most historic cabin in the area and offers the best four-course dinner you are likely to find over the holidays, so plan on dining before you retreat to your own cozy quarters. Ski Tip’s desserts are pretty much mandatory and always served by the fire. Guaranteed to keep sugar plums dancing in your head. Reservations: 800-354-4386. http://www.keystoneresort.com/diningdetail/signature-dining-detail-Key+-+The+Ski+Tip+Lodge.axd
There is a reason Conde Nast Traveler put The Pines on its Gold List. With ski boot warmers, in-room massages, outdoor heated pool and Jacuzzi, you can ski in and will never feel the need to leave. Grouse Mountain Grill, recipient of countless culinary awards makes everything from scratch – even its bread and sausage. Sipping champagne to the sounds of Tony Gulizia’s jazz piano makes for pleasantly heavy eyelids at the end of each ski day. Reservations: (855) 278-3430. http://pineslodge.rockresorts.com/hotel-highlights/amenities.asp
Brand spanking new, The 10th Restaurant can be accessed by Vail’s new, state-of-the-art Gondola One, which, unlike a sleigh ride, will keep your rear warm (heated seats!) while you watch the colorfully lit village become doll-sized through the back window. The 10th boasts comfort food at its finest from Veal Meatloaf to Elk Bolognese. The view to the jagged white peaks of the Gore Range is only matched by that of Mount of the Holy Cross, visible from Vail’s other on-mountain upscale dinner venue: Game Creek Club. A private club by day, by night the lodge is open for dinner to all, featuring adventurous five-course gourmet meals that have earned the restaurant a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Nestled in the forests of Game Creek Bowl, take the Eaglebahn Gondola and then a shuttle to the lodge. Reservations: The 10th - 970-754-1010. http://www.vail.com/lodging-and-dining/dining/the10th.aspx?page=viewall Game Creek: Reservations (970) 754-4275. http://www.gamecreekclub.com/community-info/game-creek-restaurant.aspx
Of Allegria’s many couples’ options, the Spa Romance package is the sexiest, replete with wildflower and eucalyptus scrubs, a Swedish massage, herbal bath for two and steam shower followed by champagne and chocolate. For more extended pampering, the day packages can mean up to four hours of massages, facials, manicures and pedicures and even treatments for pre teen ladies with scrubs, massages and even nail art sessions. Reservations: (970) 949-1234: http://beavercreek.hyatt.com/hyatt/pure/spas/specials-packages/packages.jsp