NEVADA CITY, CALIF .
STAY The Outside Inn  provides holiday comforts: in-room hot chocolate and an outdoor fire pit beneath towering pines. From $75. (530) 265-2233.
EAT The bar at Citronée Bistro  offers views of downtown festivities. Try mussels in coconut broth for $11. (530) 265-5697.
PLAY Roasted chestnuts and knicker-clad carolers lend Dickensian warmth to the town's Victorian Christmas. Dec. 5, 9, 12, 16, 19.
OGDEN, UTAH 
STAY Tucked away in Ogden Valley in a log cabin, Snowberry Inn  provides cozy rooms, an outdoor hot tub, and views of the lake. From $109.* (888) 746-2634.
EAT In a century-old building, the Roosters Brewing Co . serves a three-course meal for $8 before 6 p.m. (801) 627-6171.
PLAY Sip hot cocoa, visit Santa, and stroll past dozens of miniature houses depicting holiday scenes at the Christmas Village. Free.
COOS BAY, ORE .
STAY The well-equipped yurts at Sunset Bay State Park  keep wintertime guests warm with firewood and electric heaters. $27. (800) 551-6949.
EAT In nearby Bandon , try the Wild Rose Bistro on Monday nights, when entrées go for about $10. (541) 347-4428.
PLAY A quarter-million lights sparkle at Shore Acres State Park , which overlooks the Pacific Ocean.
BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WASH.
STAY The Island Country Inn is Bainbridge's hospitable version of a budget hotel, with 45 comfy rooms and an outdoor hot tub. From $90.* (800) 842-8429.
EAT At Mora Iced Creamery , holiday flavors include pumpkin pie, eggnog, and peppermint. (206) 855-8822.
PLAY Artists' open studios, Victorian house tours, and a Norwegian Yulefest: For a complete listing of free holiday events on the island, go to www.visitkitsap.com .
*Ask about the AAA discount.
Photography courtesy of Dave Carter
This article was first published in November 2007. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.