Every once in a while, you just need a little getaway, especially in the post-holiday winter weather.

With COVID-19, it’s hard to travel to all the places you really want to go, where it’s warm, sunny, and the sun doesn’t set in the afternoon. Distant traveling may be difficult right now, but I found a local gem that could scratch your getaway itch.

Move over, heated igloos, there's a new trend in town. The Chanler at Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island is offering a new yurt experience beginning February 5. This unique, cultured experience includes a heated yurt for two people, with a four-course prix-fixe menu curated by Chanler’s Executive Chef Jacob Jasinski. Just look at this incredible set-up. It is something out of a fairy tale.

Discover Newport explains on Instagram that the four-course menu takes influence from Scandinavian cuisine, focusing on locally-grown vegetables and hunted game.
But I'll be honest with you, when I saw this post, I had no idea what a "yurt" was.

The Chandler website explains how yurts are inspired by the Nordic concept of hygge (hue - guh), which means “well-being” in Norwegian, and really leans into coziness and comfort. Scandinavian culture and lifestyle is the primary inspiration for this new yurt experience.

The yurts are heated, candlelit and overlook the Atlantic Ocean and Newport coast, as well as the Chanler’s 105-year-old mansion. It's extremely Instagram-worthy and a wonderful reminder of just how beautiful our area is.

Whether you're looking for a special Valentine's Day evening with the love of your life or you are in desperate need of a luxurious staycation, consider giving this yurt a try.

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