11 Distillery Hotels Worth Planning a Trip Around

Have your drink and sleep there, too.

Glenora Distillery exterior
View of Glenora Distillery at Glenville on the Ceilidh Trail. Photo: Wally Hayes

After touring Marble Distilling Co.'s eco-friendly facility and sipping rye whiskey with co-owners Connie Baker and Carey Shanks on a frigid evening last December, I was grateful I didn't have to go far to turn in. I left the tasting room, walked a few paces, and climbed the stairs to my hotel room, where I slept soundly above the distillery.

If you always make a point of stopping by the local distillery whenever you travel somewhere new, consider booking a stay at one of these hotels that combine craft spirits and cocktails with cozy, overnight accommodations. At these distillery hotels, you can have your drink and sleep there, too.

Distillery Inn (Marble Distilling Co.)

The five rooms in Marble's boutique Distillery Inn are kept at a pleasant temperature — and the showers are nice and hot — thanks to a custom, zero-waste system that captures and repurposes all of the energy created during the distilling process, about 1.8 billion BTUs per year. (The system also allows Marble to recycle 100 percent of the processing water used to make its vodka, whiskey, and coffee and "gingercello" liqueurs.)

In addition to showing off Marble's sustainable practices, the inn gives visitors somewhere modern and comfortable to stay while visiting Carbondale, Colorado, a tiny, artsy mountain town about 30 miles west of Aspen in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Marble Distilling Inn room interior
A room at Marble Distilling Co.'s The Distillery Inn. Courtesy of Marble Distilling Co.

It doesn't hurt, either, that after a stiff cocktail or two at 6,181 feet above sea level, travelers can simply wander upstairs and go to bed. But perhaps more than anything, staying at the distillery is a unique and totally memorable part of their vacation.

"We have people come to us from all over the world — literally, Germany, Australia, Italy, and all over the United States, too — but when they go home and then they see our bottle on their shelf, they're like, 'I stayed at that place,'" Baker told me. "There's a connection."

The Maven and Deviation Distilling

In the early 1900s, Denver's Lower Downtown, or LoDo, neighborhood was home to the Windsor Dairy, which delivered milk to thousands of the city's residents. Today, the site has been transformed into Dairy Block, a lively micro-district with shops, restaurants, bars, service providers, and a coworking space.

Dairy Block is also home to Deviation Distilling, which makes culinary-inspired gins and specialty coffee whiskeys, and The Maven, a seven-story boutique hotel. After downing a few gin and tonics made with Deviation's mountain herb, spice trade, or citrus rosé gins, visitors can tuck in for the night in one of The Maven's 172 loft-style guest rooms.

Hotel Cerro

Located inside a restored 1920s-era building on the laid-back, breezy streets of downtown San Luis Obispo, California, Hotel Cerro has 65 guest rooms and suites, a rooftop pool with views of the surrounding Nine Sisters mountain peaks, an edible garden, a spa, a bakery, an on-site restaurant, and a distillery with a custom copper still.

Hotel Cerro
The Hotel Cerro exterior. Brad Daane

The hotel's food and beverage team makes botanical vodkas, fruity brandies, intense liqueurs, and savory gins from the seasonal fruits and aromatics grown in the surrounding hills and valleys, plus the on-site garden. They also make hydrosols, or zero-proof flower waters, that can be a fun, flavorful alternative for people who aren't drinking.

"Hydrosols themselves contain no alcohol, so we craft creative and interesting non-alcoholic beverages that deliver deep, fragrant, and elevated flavor for those guests abstaining from alcohol," says Blake Foster, Hotel Cerro's restaurant general manager.

The Lodge at Blue Sky and High West Distillery

Guests at The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection in Wanship, Utah, can wander over to High West Distillery & Tasting Room to sip whiskey before turning in for the night. The distillery is located on the 46-room luxury resort's grounds, nestled among the Wasatch-Uinta Mountains outside of Park City, Utah.

When it launched in 2006, High West became Utah's first legal distillery since 1870 (they also have a saloon in downtown Park City). In addition to trying High West's bourbon, double rye, and craft cocktails, guests can dine at The Refectory, the distillery's on-site restaurant. The resort even offers a special "High West Whisky Rubdown" spa treatment, complete with a whiskey, salt, and sage foot soak and an herbal-infused whiskey elixir.

The Cavalier Hotel

The iconic Cavalier Hotel in Virginia Beach, originally built in 1927, reopened its doors in 2018 after undergoing an extensive $85 million renovation. Over the course of its storied history, the glamorous, seven-story building with views of the Atlantic hosted numerous celebrities and U.S. presidents, It was the site of big band performances during the Roaring '20s, and served as a U.S. Navy training facility during World War II.

Today, the updated 85-room hotel is home to three restaurants and Tarnished Truth Distillery, which makes whiskey, gin, vodka, canned cocktails, moonshine, and bourbon cream liqueur. In addition to taking distillery tours and drinking craft cocktails, guests can unwind with a special bourbon treatment at the on-site SeaHill Spa, which includes being wrapped in a bourbon-infused cream mask.

The Raleigh Room at The Cavalier
The Raleigh Room at Cavalier Hotel. Mark Edward Atkinson

Cantilever Distillery & Hotel

Inspired by the bootleggers who smuggled alcohol from Canada to the United States via a cantilever railroad bridge, Cantilever Distillery & Hotel is located in Ranier, a historic fishing village — and popular hub for shuttling hooch to Minneapolis and Chicago during Prohibition — in far northern Minnesota on the Canadian border. (The distillery even has artwork depicting a big 1932 whiskey raid, when U.S. authorities smashed 79 barrels of contraband Canadian whisky, and locals slurped it off the frozen Rainy River.)

Visitors can take a distillery tour and sip Cantilever's bourbon, gin, vodka, and rye whiskey in the cocktail room, then rest and recharge in 31 guest rooms decorated in a warm, industrial style. The modern brick building, which is within walking distance of Rainy Lake and 10 miles from Voyageurs National Park, also has an on-site restaurant, a rooftop patio with a hot tub, and a yoga studio.

Casa Silencio

Brand new to the distillery hotel scene is Casa Silencio, which opened in September in the valleys of Oaxaca, Mexico. The 9.5-acre boutique retreat in Xaagá encompasses the Mezcal El Silencio distillery and six high-end guest suites built from reclaimed wood and local soil (the walls are made from rammed earth, an ancient building technique called "tapial" in Spanish). The self-sustaining, no-waste property, located 45 miles southeast of the city of Oaxaca, is powered by solar panels and incorporates water reuse and rainwater harvesting systems to minimize its environmental impact.

Guests can take tours of the distillery and even participate in the mezcal production process, working alongside mezcaleros to chop and prepare agave hearts for roasting. They can also sip rare, specialty mezcals that are only available at the property.

Adrift Distillers and Adrift Hotel

Spirits lovers visiting the Long Beach Peninsula along the Pacific coast of Washington can plan a sleepover at Adrift Distillers, which shares a site with Adrift Hotel. The distillery makes vodka, several types of gin, multiple whiskeys (including one made with triticale, an heirloom grain that's a hybrid of rye and wheat), and liqueurs flavored with ingredients like rhubarb, elderflower, coffee, and spiced cranberries.

The 82-room, dog-friendly hotel has a beachy, minimalist vibe with ocean views, complimentary cruiser bikes, a heated indoor saline pool and barrel sauna, and a full-service spa. Travelers can sip spirits in the distillery's tasting room, grab a bite at the Pickled Fish Restaurant, listen to live music, and take a few bottles home as souvenirs.

Brush Creek Ranch and Distillery

Set among the expansive, wide-open spaces of southern Wyoming, Brush Creek Ranch is a 30,000-acre working cattle ranch with luxury accommodations and an on-site distillery. The ranch offers all-inclusive vacations that give visitors a taste of the American West, with activities like horseback riding, fishing, hunting, archery, mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking, and more.

The lodge bar at Brush Creek
The lodge bar at Brush Creek. Dan Ham

Brush Creek Distillery opened in 2019, along with a "seed-to-table" restaurant, creamery, bakery, 20,000-square-foot greenhouse, brewery, spirit vault, 30,000-bottle wine cellar, and other culinary offerings. The distillery, which makes bourbon, rye whiskey, vodka, and gin, contributes elsewhere at the ranch, too. Executive pastry and bakery chef Keisha Sanderson uses the distillery's mash to bake special loaves of spent grain bread; the creamery infuses its cheese and ice cream, made with milk from the ranch's herd of adorable alpine goats, with char from the emptied bourbon and rye barrels.

The Glenora Inn & Distillery

You don't have to travel all the way to Europe to experience a little bit of Scottish culture. Instead, plan a trip to The Glenora Inn & Distillery in Nova Scotia, Canada, where distillers have perfected the art of Scottish-style single-malt whisky. The distillery draws inspiration from the surrounding landscape of Cape Breton Island, which reminded Scottish immigrants arriving in the early 1800s of their homeland (the name "Nova Scotia" means "New Scotland").

Visitors have their choice of several rustic accommodations, including guest rooms with views of MacLellan's Brook (which provides the water used in Glenora's whisky) and private log chalets tucked into the surrounding tree-covered hillsides. Guests can enjoy distillery tours, tastings, and meals at the on-site restaurant and pub, which often has live music.

Casa Salles and La Guarreña Distillery

Travelers hoping to immerse themselves in the world of tequila will love checking into one of the 25 guest rooms at Casa Salles, a boutique hotel on the grounds of La Guarreña Distillery, which makes El Tequileño tequila. Though the tequila company has been around since 1959, the hotel is brand new — it opened in early 2020 at the site of many Salles family gatherings and celebrations over the last 60 years.

Visitors can tour the distillery, take a historical walking tour of the town of Tequila, hike to the Los Azules waterfalls, dine at the on-site restaurant, and enjoy cocktails by the pool.

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