Originally published in Reader’s Digest
Tis the season for jingle bells, mistletoe, and gingerbread. Each year, travelers are finding an abundance of holiday cheer at historical hotels across the U.S.
MOANA SURFRIDER, A WESTIN RESORT & SPA, OAHU, HAWAII
With a prime beachfront location, this luxurious Hawaiian legend opened in 1901; today, it’s the oldest hotel in Waikiki. For the holidays, the property is illuminated brilliantly, both inside and out, with over 10,000 flickering lights that celebrate the season. At the grand entrance, an exquisitely festive Christmas tree attracts the attention of guests, as it transforms the lobby into a winter wonderland filled with the Aloha spirit. Throughout the Moana Surfrider, eight additional trees are decorated beautifully and on display in the common areas and picturesque courtyard. Over 700 feet of garland is wrapped around the property’s striking pillars and red and white poinsettias adorn the many flower beds. These charming towns are even cozier when it snows.