After weeks of holiday celebrations, gift-giving and family time, the New Year rolls around and brings its own festivities to enjoy. These run the gamut from black tie soirees, romantic relaxation and casual outings with friends. As you say “goodbye” to 2017 and turn the calendar to 2018, it’s a time for reflection, gratitude and a few glasses of champagne. Why not experience the big night at an incredible boutique inn? Queue up “Auld Lang Syne” and watch the ball drop in style this year at a home away from home.
This year, New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday—creating the perfect long weekend to parcel off at an exciting destination. Select Registry’s catalog of more than 300 hotels, inns and B&Bs presents a choose-your-own-adventure of options. Should you ring in the New Year by the ocean? On a lake? In a cabin? In the city? The choice is yours, and these properties still have available rooms for the big night. Book soon—they won’t last long!
Resolutions can wait until Monday. Here are four ways to welcome 2018:
ON A LAKE
Geneva on the Lake: Geneva, New York
Snowy upstate New York becomes a winter wonderland in January and February: Ring in the New Year at a stately mansion by the water.
Welcome to Geneva, New York: A beautiful town in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine country. Geneva on the Lake sits on 10 acres of formal gardens with incredible Seneca Lake views and 29 luxurious guest accommodations. Modeled after an Italian Renaissance villa, the hotel overlooks manicured lawns and wooded walks sloping down to the shore.
The hotel comes alive on New Year’s Eve, when guests enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres followed by a candlelight gourmet dinner in the dining room. Dance the night away to live music and cap the evening with a champagne toast at midnight. On New Year’s Day, guests enjoy complimentary late check-out following an incredible chef’s brunch.
ON THE OCEAN
Elizabeth Pointe Inn: Amelia Island, Florida
You have a weakness for long walks on the beach: Start 2018 on the right foot! Endless horizon and starry skies await.
Escape to Amelia Island, Florida and the exquisite oceanfront charm of Elizabeth Pointe Lodge. The main Lodge offers spacious rooms and perfect Southern features including wide wraparound porches to take full advantage of the breathtaking views. Boat rentals, bicycle tours, beach horseback riding and more outdoor adventures await on your mild Floridian winter vacation.
While the Lodge doesn’t aggressively program their New Year’s activities, nearby downtown offers a multitude of options for drinking and dining. The concierge can provide recommendations and arrange reservations for all activities during your stay. Retire to your guestroom or wander down to the beach for a midnight stroll under the stars. Elizabeth Pointe is the perfect place for couples to leave their kids, work and home life behind for a romantic getaway.
IN THE CITY
Central Park Bed and Breakfast: Louisville, Kentucky
This year, you want to ditch the suburbs for a fun, hotspot-hopping night on the town. Get ready to survey the drink menu, meet new friends and experience midnight at the center of it all.
Listed on the National Historic Register, this magnificent three story residence, constructed in 1884, displays an ambiance of fine period furnishings and examples of exquisite hand craftsmanship. The historic neighborhood features America’s largest collection of Victorian homes and is a wonderful step back in time.
Downtown Louisville offers the urban New Year’s Eve experience of your dreams: Fireworks, hot-ticket dining and stylish bars and lounges for relaxation at midnight.
IN A CABIN
1906 Pine Crest Inn and Restaurant: Tyron, North Carolina
Escape to nature with a structure of your own: A cup of herbal tea and cozy relaxation are your idea of a perfect New Year’s Eve.
Imagine 250-year old mountain cabins so captivating they inspired literary greats F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. Those historic spaces can be yours for the New Year’s weekend at 1906 Pine Crest Inn and Restaurant. Pamper yourself with a hot tub bath, massage or bottle of bubbly as you soak in the pristine North Carolina scenery.