Do you wish the holiday season lasted all year long? Your motorcycle can’t change the seasons, but it can take you to places where the festive cheer never ends.
There are many hotels across the U.S., from the South to Alaska, that draw in Christmas-starved visitors with a year-round holiday theme. Staying at one—or several—of them lets you plan a holly jolly motorcycle tour even in the heat of summer
Here are five hotels to get you into the holiday spirit, no matter the time of year.
What kind of a theme could a hotel named Santa’s Lodge, located in Santa Claus, IN, possibly have? Why, it’s the holiday season all year long at this fun Indiana hotel!
Many amenities at Santa’s Lodge make it a worthwhile stop on your moto tour. The private, spacious parking lots are right by the hotel, there are various room sizes available for spreading out your gear, and each room comes with the ever-so-vital coffee maker. Santa’s Lodge also offers express check-in so you can get right into bed after a long riding day, in addition to laundry facilities (for an additional fee).
There are several restaurants within a reasonable distance from Santa’s Lodge. The hotel is also a good place to take a break from the saddle for a day or two, with Abraham Lincoln’s boyhood home and the Holiday World amusement park nearby.
You can find some nice riding roads in Hoosier National Forest, with SR 37 going north from the nearby Tell City offering some nice curves and elevation changes. The Morgan-Monroe Loop from Bloomington to the north is also doable as a long one-day ride.
Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, AZ
Did you know the trolley to Santa’s workshop leaves from Arizona? Now you do! In November and December, the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff is the launching point for the North Pole Experience that takes on a tour to see Santa’s elves craft toys for all good boys and girls.
The hotel serves up a lot of riding fun even during other seasons. The spacious rooms and suites all feature a seating area that allows you to spread your gear to your heart’s content after washing it in the laundry facilities. There’s ample private parking all around the hotel, and the spa and seasonal outdoor pool let you remove the stresses of riding from your body.
When your stomach grumbles, you won’t have to even leave the hotel to enjoy the delicious menu of the on-site Silver Pine Restaurant. If they don’t have something you’d like (unlikely), there are other options within walking distance as well.
But where should you ride in the Grand Canyon State? How about the Grand Canyon, which is an hour and a half away along US 180? Flagstaff is also a great base for exploring the Coconino and Sitgreaves National Forests to the south.
The Inn at Christmas Place in Pigeon Forge, TN
The Inn at Christmas Place is a fantastic base for festive motorcycling adventure. It’s located right by some of the best riding roads in the country and the Christmas-themed decor keeps the holly jolly vibes going year-round.
You can park your bike near the entrance and the parking lot has plenty of room for maneuvering even a big touring beast. The rooms are well-sized (with two huge suites available) and a complimentary hot breakfast gets you ready for a day of riding. Oh, and the rooms have coffee makers.
You certainly won’t go hungry in Pigeon Forge, with many great restaurants for all tastes within a wrench’s throw from the hotel. There’s a lot of entertainment around, too, from hiking to theaters (Country Tonite Theatre), museums (Titanic Museum and Tennessee Museum of Aviation), and more.
For riding, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is six miles away—need I say more? Yes! The Cherohala Skyway is easy to get to from the Inn at Christmas Place and makes for a stunning loop before returning to the Christmassy comfort.
Christmas Farm Inn and Spa in Jackson, NH
Now, Christmas Farm Inn isn’t precisely holiday-themed, but the spirit of the season is intricately linked to its 200-year-old colorful history. At one point, the farm-turned-church-turned-farm-turned-inn was given over to a Philadelphia gentleman’s daughter as a Christmas present.
Each of the inn’s many rooms and suites is individually decorated (although you’ll likely see a lot of red, white, and green). Parking is available next to the property, and if you rent a cabin, you can park right by your front door. Most rooms also have a coffee maker.
The on-site spa facilities and pools (a year-round indoor and a seasonal outdoor one) let you calm down and relax between your rides. You also won’t have to go far from your room for food, as the inn’s restaurant has delicious breakfast and dinner menus.
As for riding options, the Mount Washington Auto Road is mere miles from Christmas Farm Inn. The surrounding rural landscapes also bristle with great country roads that let you zip and zoom past New Hampshire’s farms and woods.
Hotel North Pole in North Pole, AK
If Santa were to stay at a hotel, he’d probably pick Hotel North Pole. This newly built, festively decorated cozy hotel is a prime choice for exploring Alaska’s wilderness, whether for a few days or weeks.
There are parking spots right by the hotel entrance and there’s no bike big enough that couldn’t easily turn around in the massive lot. The rooms and suites are well-sized and you may be able to choose a room with no tub so you can easily wash your gear in the shower (if you don’t want to pay for the on-site laundry facilities). You can fill your stomach with the complimentary continental breakfast before the day’s ride.
Despite its location in central Alaska, North Pole has multiple restaurants within accessible distance. You can also hop on your bike and zip to nearby Fairbanks for even more dining and entertainment options.
But where should you ride? Well, you’re in Alaska—there aren’t many roads, but each of them lets you marvel at the majesty of the northern wilderness all the way up to Prudhoe Bay. Just remember, your motorcycle isn’t Santa’s sleigh that can simply fly away from adverse conditions, so prepare appropriately for any Alaskan expedition.