This article originally appeared in the February 5, 2012 edition of The New York Times.
By SHIVANI VORA
The ideal cold-weather getaway usually involves a tropical destination and sparsely populated beaches. But several hotels in wintry climates are offering reasons to embrace the cold.
The Affinia Chicago, above, is rewarding guests who complete various cold-weather tasks. For the program, called Winter Warrior Challenge, guests who take part in three of seven activities, including riding the Ferris wheel at Navy Pier, dipping their fingers in Lake Michigan and making a snow angel, receive hot chocolate or soup from C-House, the hotel’s restaurant.
The reward requires no self-sacrifice at Kimpton’s Palomar Chicago. Its promotion: for every five degrees the temperature drops below freezing or for each additional inch it snows over five inches while a guest is at the hotel, it will tack on an amenity like a bottle of wine, chocolate chip cookies and late checkout.
In New York, AKA Sutton Place has a complimentary package no matter the weather for its guests; it includes workout sessions in the heated pool, poolside cocktails and an in-room hair blowout.