When the weather starts to shift and the sun begins to set a little earlier, it means fall is just around the corner. The mark of the changing seasons also ushers in another harbinger of cooler temps: the beer festival.
Held annually in Munich, Oktoberfest is a weeks-long event dedicated to food, fun and most importantly: beer. For dedicated ale drinkers around the world, its the place to be. Lucky for us, there are plenty of places across the United States where beer lovers can celebrate this festival of fermentation without ever leaving the country.
Raise a glass to these 8 hotels across the country that celebrate a hoppier way of life and book a stay to celebrate Oktoberfest on Booking.com.
Trapp Family Lodge Stowe, Vt.
To get a taste for Austria without ever leaving the States, head to the Trapp Family Lodge in Vermont, run by the von Trapps for three generations. Remember The Sound of Music? Yes, those von Trapps. In 2010, the 2,500-acre property grew to include a traditional Austrian-style microbrewery. When guests stay at the sprawling estate, they can sip on house-brewed helles, ambers and lagers while taking in views of the nearby mountains. Okay, so its not the Alps, but its close.
Starting rate: $225
The Lodge at Woodloch Hawley, Pa.
Who says beer is just for drinking? At this luxurious, 57-room resort and spa, indulge in a body scrub that takes a love for fermentation to a whole new level. For 75 minutes, relax as a combination of hops, barley and essential oils are used to slough away all your cares. Following the exfoliation, youll receive a massage and a cold bottle of Dogfish Head Biere de Provence the inspiration for the treatment to finish out the experience.
Starting rate: $299
McMenamins Edgefield – Troutdale, Ore.
The whimsy of the Pacific Northwest is on display at this epically charming compound, which is equal parts hotel, entertainment complex and artists colony. The former farm was converted into this multi-use property in 1990 by brothers Mike and Ben McMenamins, who have tackled a series of similar projects throughout the area. Of the 24 breweries run by the McMenamins, nine have adjoining hotels. Located a 20-minute drive from Portland, Edgefield features an impressive on-site brewery, where guests can sample rotating draughts of seasonal suds. Theres also a spa, distillery, music venue, movie theater, pub, some restaurants and two golf courses on the premises. Warning: You may never want to leave.
Starting rate: $120
Hotel Vermont – Burlington, Vt.
Did you ever arrive at a hotel and wish there was someone waiting there to point you in the direction of a decent pint? Hotel Vermont has just the guy. In addition to providing excellent beverage recommendations for spots throughout Burlington, Beer Concierge Matt Canning also leads guests on tours of local craft breweries, like Heady Topper and Hill Farmstead. After sipping your way through the state, retire to the rustic meets modern respite or grab a bite at one of the three on-site dining options. Cheers to that!
Starting rate: $229
Ale House Inn – Portsmouth, NH
Housed in a former storage warehouse owned by the Portsmouth Brewing Company, this boutique hotel offers a unique blend of cozy nautical decor and urban sophistication that pays homage to its hoppy roots. When you arrive to check in, youre immediately handed a beer from nearby Smuttynose. Explore the area by touring other local haunts, like Portsmouth Brewery and Earth Eagle Brewing, or kick back in one of the 10 rooms at the hotel and request that a 6-pack be delivered to your door.
Starting rate: $169
The Fairmont – San Francisco, Calif.
Doing their part to combat the decline of the honeybee population, The Fairmont San Francisco set up a home for some 200,000 insects right on the property. Catch a glimpse of the hives through floor-to-ceiling windows in the lobby, which provide a gorgeous view into the nearby gardens. When deciding what to do with all that honey, a hoppy marriage was born. The Fairmont joined forces with Almanac Beer Co., supplying the sweet stuff to the brewery for a beer exclusive to the hotel, The Fairmont San Francisco Honey Saison. Get a taste for yourself at the Laurel Court Restaurant & Bar, located on site, to see what all the buzz is about.
Starting rate: $299
Brewhouse Inn and Suites – Milwaukee, Wis.
So you like beer? Well the folks at the Brewhouse Inn and Suites in Milwaukee love beer. The 90-suite hotel is actually the former Pabst Brewery, which ran its operations out of this spot from 1882-1996. Explore Wisconsins rich beer legacy at this historic hotel, complete with stained glass windows depicting the patron saint of brewing King Gambrinus and a front desk constructed out of some 1,500 beer bottles. At Jacksons Blue Ribbon Pub, munch on things like artisan pizza or BBQ pulled pork and select from a list of more than a dozen beers to wash it all down.
Starting rate: $169
The Standard, High Line – New York, NY
Step into a room at this 18-story luxury hotel and transform your perception of New York forever, thanks to sweeping views and plush accommodations. If you can peel yourself away from the floor-to-ceiling windows, head down to The Standard Biergarten to enjoy all the sausages, pretzels and ping pong your heart desires. Theres beer too so much beer. Book one of the specialty tables called Stammtisch for a truly special experience. Each one comes equipped with three personal taps, so youll never have to wait for a refill again.
Starting rate: $386
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