Last July we wrote our blog about how and when the unofficial holiday, Christmas in July, came to be. Most of us can’t wait for summer to get here, but then July hits and we find ourselves trying to come up with ways to get some relief from the heat. For those who are already dreaming of winter activities and starting to count down the days until Christmas, we recently discovered a fun summer alternative:  Year-Round Christmas Hotels!!    Yes, we couldn’t believe it either.
The news/media company, Simplemost, ran this article about two such amazing vacation spots here in the United States…

 

         The Inn at Christmas Place

The Inn at Christmas Place is located in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. It is yet another hotel where you can go to experience the most wonderful time of the year — no matter what time of year it actually is.
Every room, from a standard guest room all the way up to the Santa Suite, comes equipped with a fully decorated  Christmas tree (of course!) and some rooms even have in-room hot tubs.  
Needless to say, that’s all you’ll need to feel nice and cozy, which is precisely what you crave during the Christmas season, isn’t it?
The hotel offers complimentary hot breakfasts and visits with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. If your kids had any doubt whether they are naughty or nice, well, they can ask the big man himself.
Naturally, the inn also provides cookies at bedtime for guests with a sweet tooth. After all, someone’s got to eat the cookies on Santa’s nights off!
As far as things to do, you can sit by the huge fireplace in the lobby, take a dip in the pool, or snap an elfie (that’s a selfie with an elf) with any of the Christmas paraphernalia.
Longing to sip cocoa in front of a nice, warm fire right about now? We can’t say we blame you!

 

Christmas Farm Inn & Spa

If New England is more your speed than the South, then you need to check out the Christmas Farm Inn & Spa in Jackson, New Hampshire.
As the name suggests, it’s always Christmastime at this sweet spot. The rooms in the Main Inn have clever, holiday-themed names, such as “Mr. and Mrs. Claus,” “Sleigh Bells,” “Three Wise Men” and “Blizten.”
Sip a cup of hot cocoa at the Mistletoe Pub, and you’ll feel the warm holiday spirit whether it’s July or December.
But here’s the best part: The Christmas Farm Inn & Spa offers wonderful packages such as their “Annual Journey to the North Pole,” in which guests can enjoy an evening train ride through the White Mountains along with a bunch of elves and, of course, Santa himself.

 

After reading about these two unique and fun hotels, I have a feeling many others who discover them might agree that celebrating Christmas in July sounds like a good idea. Just think about how much fun our kids and/or grand kids would have at one of these hotels!!  And us too!! While I am one of those who really doesn’t mind the hot weather, taking a short break from the heat and humidity of the summer does sound like a really “cool” idea. And now that I think about it, even during those times of the year when the weather is not hot and humid, celebrating Christmas at a relaxing hotel where someone else does all work involved might be pretty awesome!
What do YOU think?