Festive Ideas for a Winter European Getaway
Posted on 10/30/2017
There may be a “war on Christmas” in the United States, but the spirit of the holiday season is alive and well in Europe.
Red Carnation Hotels from London to Geneva are pulling out all the stops to create a festive atmosphere for their guests in a variety of unique ways such as an après-ski experience in London and craft workshops in Dorset.
London, which is not known for its skiing, will be home to the Montague Ski Lodge. The Montague on the Gardens is transforming its Wood Deck into one of London’s coolest party venues, with pine trees, falling snow, reindeer, snowmen, ski racks and even a trail map. The ski lodge will be serving up a variety of holiday-themed beverages, such as schnapps and flavored vodkas as well as mulled wine, hot spiced cider, hot chocolate, candied pecans and more.
At the Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa in Dorset, winter will be in full swing.
Guests can participate in a Christmas wreath workshop in December, learning how to design and create their own wreaths at home. Guests get a take-home wreath kit and can enjoy all the flavors of the holidays sipping mulled wine and eating mince pie.
In Guernsey, at the Old Government House Hotel and Spa, visitors can enjoy Christmas markets and panoramic seaside views from the island’s only five-star establishment.
In December, the hotel will launch the Alpine Lodge, transforming the rooftop terrace into a retreat with snow, a cozy fire, sofas and blankets. There would also be a variety of holiday drinks, including mulled wine, spiced cider, flavored schnapps and beer served in steins.
At the Chesterfield Mayfair in London, visitors will want to stop in for the Winter Wonderland Afternoon Tea. Guests start with a shot of mulled wine and are served finger sandwiches. They will then have festive sweet treats like chestnut macarons, a chocolate Yule log, Christmas tree chocolate and coffee pots, black forest cupcakes and gift-shaped salted caramel chocolate tarts.
Children are not left out of the mix. They have their own Christmas tea. The Little Elves Afternoon Tea is for children 12 and under who receive sweet treats, a milkshake or hot chocolate.
Hotel d’Angleterre in Geneva also offers a holiday tea. The Traditional Advent Afternoon Tea takes place at the Windows Restaurant. There, guests enjoy Christmas-themed treats prepared by the pastry chef, including a classic yule log, meringue snowmen, gingerbread, pannacotta, macarons, cheesecake and praline puffs while enjoying panoramic views of the lake and Mont Blanc.
At the Egerton House Hotel in London, guests can enjoy the Festive Afternoon Tea. The Hotel 41 is offering the Magical London package that includes tea for two, a selection of movies, a holiday-themed turndown treat and full English breakfast each day.
PHOTO: Gluhwein at the Montague Ski Lodge. (photo courtesy of Red Carnation Hotels)