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Holidays in Hotels: The Worlds Best Food and Cocktails
Celebrating the season at The Singular in Patagonia.

Celebrating the season at The Singular in Patagonia.

Instead of going home for the holidays, make a hotel reservation instead. The world’s hottest hotels are serving up tasty snacks and potentially necessary cocktails to celebrate the season in a whole new way. From hearty elk chili at a new hotel bar in Jackson Hole, to chilled Chilean eggnog at the sleek Singular Patagonia, these global hotspots are creating a new breed of holiday cravings.

So put on a reindeer sweater and get ready to take the edge off. Whether you’re stopping in for a nightcap after a family meal, or taking your culinary celebration on the road, these four hotels have your holiday hunger covered.

The Singular Patagonia

Having spent 70 years as a sheep processing facility, the ultra-cool Singular in Puerto Bories has strong ties to Chilean culinary history. These days, its 57 stylish guestrooms are located alongside a sweeping bar and dining room, where an incredibly attentive staff pours Chile’s signature Christmas beverage, cola de mono, until late January. The drink, whose name loosely translates to “monkey’s tail,” is something of an eggnog equivalent: a latte is spiced with cinnamon and cloves, then spiked with brandy. At The Singular and throughout Patagonia, cola de mono is served over ice throughout to combat warm December temperatures in southern Chile.

Four Seasons Jackson Hole

Planning to spend the season on the slopes (or at the après-ski bar)? Check out the amazingly named Handle Bar, opening this month in the posh Four Seasons. The 50-seat spot has a rib-sticking winter menu designed by San Francisco chef Michael Mina. The holiday highlight is Rocky Mountain Elk Chili, made from local, Wyoming elk, and topped with crema, cheddar and scallions. Available throughout ski season, the hearty bowl will be making hearts merry and bright until early April.

Shangri-La Paris

The only hotel in the City of Light with two Michelin-starred restaurants, Shangri-La Paris" is housed in a historic palace overlooking the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. This winter, its Chef Pâtissier François Perret is serving an indulgent take on a classic Bûche de Nöel. The chocolate-and-cognac dessert comes topped with a mahogany crystal from Baccarat’s Medicis collection, and is wrapped in white satin in what might just be the world’s most elegant take-out box. Available from December 15 – 25, the cake serves six – but no one will know if you keep it all for yourself.

Liaison Capitol Hill

This Affinia hotel has nearly 350 newly renovated rooms and a prime location within walking distance to the Smithsonian and Lincoln Memorial. But no trip to the Mall is complete without a stop at Art & Soul, Liaison’s restaurant from Southern savant Art Smith. This month, Art & Soul mixologist Ronald Flores is introducing three warm cocktails. Those with a taste for the toddy might want to try the Co-Op, a mugful of holiday cheer that combines Calvados, fresh lemon and Knob Creek Rye, available through mid-January.

Montage Deer Valley

Montage, a sprawling, ski-in/ski-out resort in the Wasatch Mountains sets the bar for holiday s’mores. This winter, Park City-bound celebrants can stop in the resort’s antler-bedecked Vista Lounge & Terrace for house-made, artisanal marshmallows made with seasonal spices like cinnamon, peppermint and this year’s ubiquitous “pumpkin spice.” The marshmallow menu will be on offer throughout the winter, and definitely beats a slice of that fruitcake.
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