Creating a magical holiday atmosphere for guests comes naturally for Benchmark Resorts & Hotels. With hotel lobbies transformed to Christmas Tree mazes, a full calendar of festive events and snowy holiday light shows aplenty, these hospitality experts are ensuring the holiday season is one guests won’t forget this year. Here are some stand out properties for holiday cheer this year:
Willows Lodge in Woodinville, Washington
With breathtaking views at every turn, Willows Lodge is a winter oasis for travelers heading to the Northwest this holiday season. With wooden interiors, large stone fireplaces and rustic features throughout, the Lodge encapsulates a cozy winter getaway perfectly. For the holiday season, every inch of the property is decorated with lights and garlands creating a magical atmosphere for all the family to enjoy. And, with a number of ski resorts to explore, the property offers plenty of ways to enjoy winter recreation, whether it’s for relaxation or adventure.
A favorite among Willow Lodge guests is the daily Snowflake Lane where visitors can experience the wonder of falling snow, dazzling lights, festive music, toy drummers and dancers at the complimentary parade of holiday floats each night at 7 p.m.
The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, Virginia
Two-time White House holiday designer Mark Frye is responsible for the enchanting holiday display on show at The Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center this year. Guests can delight in the gorgeous decorations throughout the historic property, including the renowned 35-foot outdoor tree, which draws visitors to the hotel each year.
Another driver to the property is the annual Fashion for Evergreens event. The highly anticipated, competitive tree-decorating contest is a beloved event for families who venture to Hotel Roanoke over the holidays. To date, the event has raised more than $80,000 for United Way.
La Cantera Resort & Spa in San Antonio, Texas
A holiday home on the hill, La Cantera Resort is the ideal getaway for families this holiday season. A 24 foot tree greets guests on arrival at the resort, with some mistletoe magic for lovebirds in the main lobby. On top of the family amenities available year-round (including five pools, a kid’s club, water slides, arcade and nightly sunset fireside s’mores), the property has a jam-packed calendar of events in the lead up to the holidays.
A highlight each year is the “How the Grinch Stole Brunch” event where the Grinch brings his mischievous antics, making brunch at the hotel an animated affair.
Legacy Lodge at Lanier Island in Buford, Georgia
Holiday guests at Legacy Lodge will experience Southern hospitality in full flow with a visit to this Georgia property. The Lodge and surrounding grounds are decked in sparkling lights and quintessential holiday décor – the perfect opportunity to relive younger years and reminisce on Christmas’ past. The Lakeside Lights Spectacular walk and Snow Island snow tubbing park are must-dos for all families fortunate to spend the holidays at Lanier Island.
But no winter stay at the Lodge is complete without a visit to Santa’s workshop to see the legend himself. Experience a truly magical memory when kids join Santa for some festive chats and cheer.
Stonewall Resort in Roanoke, West Virginia
Taking inspiration from its surroundings, set among 1,900 acres of nature, Stonewall Resort’s “The Tree Adventure” themed décor transforms its newly furnished lobby into a winter wonderland of 9 foot tall Christmas trees, with dazzling lights throughout. The tree spectacular offers the perfect backdrop for holiday photos and selfie moments.
In addition to the elaborate tree display, Stonewall Resort is hosting a month of festive celebrations, fit for all the family. Brunch with Santa, a dance party with Santa, holiday artisan markets and family Christmas crafting are among the top picks this year.