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Six Serene Pools to Dive into this Winter

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Ease your bad case of the winter blues by putting a little sunshine in your life. While Punxsutawney Phil hasn’t delivered the news just yet, you know it’s probably coming - more winter, more snow and more bulky clothing to keep you warm. Most people wouldn’t even consider diving into any bodies of water for the next three months. But why not use your unused vacation time (if you’re lucky enough to have some) to recover from last week’s Polar Vortex?

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From private island pools, to infinity pools and cabanas, no passport is needed to get to these inns. At this time of year, each location boasts an average monthly high of mid-60 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit, with plenty of sunshine to bask in while lounging by these pools. It’s time to start picking out your best swimsuit.

The Island City House Hotel in Key West, FL, has a pool that is tucked away amongst their three historic buildings – The Cigar House, Arch House and the Island City House. After shopping at the local boutiques nearby, explore the inn’s grounds where you will discover the pool area hidden by palm trees and tropical flowers, with lounge chairs to match.

Looking for a good way to remember your relaxing stay over and over again? Take a dip into Bespoke Inn, Café & Bicycles’ infinity pool. Located in Scottsdale, AZ, the 43-foot long, stainless steel pool compliments the fountain pool located in the central courtyard. Other popular hideaways where you can relax on the grounds include a daybed surrounding the chef’s garden, or on your room’s private patio (each room has one).

Envision yourself taking a nap on a hammock. Then once you’ve been rejuvenated from your nap, explore the property at Casa Grandview Luxury Resort in West Palm Beach, FL. No, you are not dreaming; this inn feels like a private island escape. Even when the weather might be a little chilly, the pools are heated for your comfort. If you’re there with good company, take advantage of the outdoor kitchens and grilling areas and have a good ol’ fashioned barbecue.

Don’t forget your cowboy hat when traveling to New Braunfels, TX, to visit Lamb’s Rest Inn. Located in the heart of Texas Hill Country, this inn has a clear, blue and peaceful pool area with a custom built cabana to briefly take a break from the heat. The entire estate has custom décor, including a porch to overlook the lake surrounding the property that will have you reminiscing about your summers growing up.

If you’re feeling a little posh, then jet-set over to POSH Palm Springs in Palm Springs, CA, to sunbathe by their pool and enjoy all they have to offer. Along with their signature POSH martinis, you can also take advantage of the plush spa robes, pillows, fine linens and high-end body care while enjoying a complimentary pool-side beverage.

The McMillan Inn based in Savannah, GA, will make you swoon over its Victorian architecture and historic surroundings. After you’ve taken in as much culture through various attractions surrounding the property such as historic Forsyth Park, make your way back to this Italianate Revival for a soak in the pool overlooked by bedroom patios and a courtyard surrounded by colorful flower arrangements.

No more wishing it was warmer. Take your first plunge of 2014 and start the year off with a splash!

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