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Hotels and resorts across the United States have been getting creative this past year in an effort to entice travelers to visit. This winter, a scattering of hospitality brands are finding ways to innovate and offer new experiences during the pandemic as the industry continues to weather the fight against continuing closures, furloughs and layoffs. These six properties are staying open this winter for the first time in their respective histories. From Virginia to Colorado, freezing temperatures will not deter these destinations from embracing the opportunity to turn cold weather into a winter adventure. Traditionally, the Tides Inn in Irvington, Va., closes after Thanksgiving. But the demand for safe getaway destinations with easy access to the outdoors led management to reconsider. Instead, the inn is staying open through the holidays and into January for the first time in its 73-year history. “We have seen an increase in our resort visits this past summer and fall due to people’s desire to find wide-open spaces, outdoor recreation and socially distanced stays,” says Jason Trollip, the inn’s managing director. To appeal to a winter crowd, it developed seasonal offerings such as s’mores-making kits. Guests can take the kits to firepits on the beach and make the treats without mingling with other people. The inn has also limited its dining room to 25 guests and removed bar seating to allow for a minimum of 6 feet between tables. Halfway across the country, in Nekoosa, Wis., the owners of Sand Valley Golf Resort declared […]