Refreshing Fridays: Start Your Christmas Holiday with a Tall Glass o’ Rum and Eggnog

- Melissa Mewdell,

Christmas EggnogThere is no better way to welcome the holiday season than with a tall glass of Eggnog. We give you one of our favourite holiday drink recipes, and show case some of our more rustic retreats – perfect for the holiday season.

Merry Christmas!

• 2 oz light rum
• 6 oz milk
• 1 tsp powdered sugar
• 1 whole egg
• Nutmeg

Shake all of the ingredients, except the nutmeg, with ice and strain into a Collins glass. Sprinkle nutmeg on top and serve.


You’ll feel as though you’ve been transported into the middle of a Jane Austin novel at Blantyre, perfect for some luxurious Christmas cheer. This gorgeous boutique hotel in Massachusetts is extremely intimate and Victorian and is perfect for a winter getaway and a mug of eggnog.

Lilianfels Blue Mountains

Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort & Spa:
For those of us in the other hemisphere this Christmas, an intimate stay at Lilianfels Blue Mountains Resort and Spa may be in order. This boutique hotel in Australia is just a quick jaunt from Sydney, but is one of the most romantic places around (especially if you’re a lover of nature and excellent food and wine).

Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa

Tierra Atacama Hotel & Spa:
There’s no place more rustic than the Atacama Desert in Chile – so if you’re extremely lucky, you may be finding yourself at Tierra Atacama Hotel and Spa this season. Make sure to snuggle up with your sweetheart in front of a crackling fire and enjoy the view of the Licancabur volcano.

Mandarin Oriental in Prague

Mandarin Oriental Prauge:
There isn’t a more magical place to visit than Prague during the holidays. This city is rich in history and takes the Christmas spirit seriously. If you’re planning on being in Prague this season, try staying at the Mandarin Oriental Prague. This gorgeous hotel is located in a monastery with roots dating back to the 14th Century.

Schloessle Hotel in Estonia

Schlossle Hotel:
Unique and intimate are how we describe the comfy, rustic Schlossle Hotel in Tallinn, Estonia. If you’re in this historical town over the holidays, this is definitely an inn to check out. Aside from the luxurious, historical décor, Schlossle Hotel is noted for its famous restaurant. With a huge, roaring log fireplace and 13th century vaulted ceilings, you’ll find some holiday spirit here for sure.

Opus Hotel in Montreal

Opus Hotel Montreal:
If you’re spending the holidays in snowy Montreal, heat this up with a stay at the Opus Hotel. It’s convenient location (walking distance of Montreal’s trendy St. Laurent district of bars and restaurants, and St. Catherine Street for great shopping) means you can truly enjoy boxing day and this city’s great night life without getting too cold.

Grasmere Lodge High Country Retreat in New Zealand

Grasmere Lodge High Country Retreat:
What’s a better way of getting in to the holiday spirit than by spending some time in the mountains at a luxury lodge? This is exactly what holiday goers can expect when they stay at Grasmere Lodge High Country Retreat. Found in beautiful New Zealand, this gorgeous country retreat is perfect for getting away from it all, enjoying the outdoors and enjoying some fine cuisine and wine.

grand-hotel-europeGrand Hotel Europe:
Known as one of the greatest luxury hotels in the world, the Grand Hotel Europe is quite possibly the perfect winter escape. Guests will be charmed by this historical, cultural and culinary Russian landmark on the main avenue of St. Petersburg in its snowy surroundings while keeping warm sipping on rum and eggnog.

anatolian-housesAnatolian Houses:
If you are looking for a unique getaway, the Anatolian Houses in Turkey is a rare boutique hotel that offers a glimpse into the traditional cave living of ancient societies. Constructed within five different cave formations each room is stunningly luxurious and each with characteristics all their own. Enjoy a traditional look of Anatolia with the harmony of past and present.

hambleton-hallHambleton Hall:
Once a former fox-hunting lodge, the Hambleton Hall is now a fabulous plush country house hotel. Set along a lake and only a few hours north of London this is a perfect destination for a relaxing and luxurious escape or an exploration of a charming unspoiled region this holiday season.

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