Homey For The Holidays

Can't be home for Christmas? These homey hotels are the next best thing. And try getting pampered like this in your house. After some room-service champagne, visions of sugarplums are virtually guaranteed.

THE POINT in Saranac Lake, N.Y. Just a few hours from N.Y.C., this former Rockefeller estate has only 11 guest rooms. There's ice-skating on the lake, cross-country skiing and outdoor bonfires (with s'mores!). Adults only. $1,200 per couple, per night. Call 518-891-5674.

THE BREAKERS in Palm Beach, Fla. There's no snow, but this huge, kid-friendly resort is fabulously decorated. Try the snorkeling scavenger hunt and beach camp-outs. Starts at $495. Call 561-655-6611.

MORRISON HOUSE in Alexandria, Va. This Colonial-style manor house is decked out with dozens of poinsettias and pine swags. Check out the lobby's elaborate gingerbread house, designed by the resident pastry chef. Rooms start at $200. Call 703-838-8000.

MAISON DE VILLE in New Orleans, La. Evening sherry, port and eggnog get poured by the fireplace at this French Quarter hideaway--with 16 rooms and 7 two-bedroom cottages. Rates start at $235. See maisondeville.com.