Daddy's Christmas Angel

Friday, December 13, 2013

Christmas Trees at Fabulous Hotels

La Playa Hotel (CA) ©Mary Montague Sikes
Christmas glows from the lobbies of beautiful, glorious old hotels across the country. What a special treat to travel during the holiday season and get to visit some of those glittering trees and other sparkling decorations along the way.

Several years ago we were in Carmel-by-the-Sea in California and got to see the giant tree that filled the lobby of the La Playa Hotel. Not only did we view the Christmas decorations there that year, but I also took photographs of flowers in their gardens that later inspired paintings.

On the other side of the country, in Richmond, Virginia, the Jefferson Hotel glows in spectacular beauty during the holiday season each year.
Hotel Jefferson Lobby ©Mary Montague Sikes

On July 25 of this year, we experienced Christmas in July at the Lake McDonald Lodge in Glacier National Park. It was a bit disconcerting to discover glitzy Christmas decorations along the way as we headed to the lodge from Jammer Joe's grill. Santa and an elf drove by while we waited on a bench for transportation back to the parking lot. They called out a Christmas greeting all along the roadway.
Jammer Joe's ©Mary Montague Sikes

Christmas trees. Fabulous hotels. What have been your favorite experiences?


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've been to Disney during the holiday season and they really decorate in style.
Those are some huge trees!

Sharon Himsl said...

Enjoying the decorations of my neighbors right now.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Alex, I can imagine that Disney would be fantastic now! The Jefferson tree is tall because the lower lobby is so big.

It's nice to enjoy the beauty of Christmas displays along the streets and highways. Thanks for visiting, Sharon.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

We were in a hotel a couple weeks ago that had a beautiful tree with the biggest ornaments I have ever seen. The balls were twice the size of my head!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Would love to see that one, Diane!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti .. there are some wonderful decorations around and some really dull ones!

I enjoyed seeing these .. I still have to put mine up ..

Cheers Hilary