Gingerbread houses, the smell of fresh fir trees and cozying up by the fireplace with a glass of peppermint cocoa all mean one thing; the most wonderful time of the year has officially arrived, the holidays! With this seasons abundant in spending, it’s the perfect time to give back. Looking for ways to help? We’ve chosen a few hotels around the U.S. that are giving back, providing an extra boost of holiday happiness. Check out this list of magical places that are all about spreading some serious holiday cheer.
Hotel Del Coronado
This iconic beachfront San Diego resort transforms into a winter wonderland during the holidays, offering visitors an array of whimsical activities while also giving to children in need. Their Polar Tea experience invites families on December 21st from 11-4 pm to enjoy a classic tea experience with holiday surprises including book readings with Mrs. Claus. A Polar Bear keepsake gift from Coca-Cola will be given to guests who donate a new unwrapped toy for Toys for Tots. In addition to this unique dining experience comes the 13th year return of the infamous beachfront ice skating rink event, “Skating by the Sea.” You’ll be sure to enjoy the stunning views of the Coronado and Pacific Beach with the backdrop of the Del’s Victorian Building sparkling with thousands of white lights.
Harbor View Hotel
Located in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, the Harbor View Hotel has become an annual holiday destination for families coming to see the Teddy Bear Suite. Founded in 2010 by Point B Realty and hosted at the hotel, Captain’s Cottage Suite is filled with teddy bears of all shapes and sizes to bring the spirit of the season to life. Proceeds from the event go to help the Martha’s Vineyard Boys and Girls Club and its after-school programs. In addition to this holiday attraction, families can also learn about the charm of Edgartown at the 36th annual, “Christmas in Edgartown.” Event highlights include the great annual chowder contest, the lighting of the lighthouse at the Harbor View Hotel, and so much more.
Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia
Established in 2008, this luxury resort built in the lush Sonoran Desert receives more than 300 days in the sunshine, making it a perfect spot if you’re looking for a holiday in the sun! The resort is home to a 31,000 sq. ft. luxury spa that is also a location where guests can give back. The Joya Spa giving tree offers visitors the opportunity to sponsor a child in need this season. Proceeds benefit the Sojourner Center of Phoenix, which provides support and shelter to women and children affected by domestic violence.
Great Wolf Lodge
Named “Indoor Water Park for 2017”, this family fun destination is sure to bring the inner kid out in you, and there is no better time to visit than the holidays. The most exciting holiday activity is “Snowland” the properties life-sized gingerbread houses where families can book a holiday dinner to enjoy inside. Proceeds from every meal booked benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities. Other free holiday events include witnessing the nightly snow showers in the Grand Lobby and visits with Santa Claus every weekend during the holiday season.
1 Hotel Central Park
Located near Central Park, this mission-driven luxury hotel brand is proud to have nature inspire everything they do while also aiming at giving back during the season. As a part of the Winter Solstice offer you can save 30 percent off your stay and in the spirit of the holidays 1 Hotel will make a donation to Housing Works, a nonprofit organization fighting for the legislation and funding for those living with HIV/AIDS. The hotel also invites guests to bring gently used clothing that can be left in the “1 Less Thing” box which is located in every room. Clothing donations go to Housing Works to help those in need.
Photo Courtesy of Hotel Del Coronado