Any of us living in big cities during the holidays knows that for one part holiday excitement, there are three parts general frustration. Weekend tourists coming to see the lights, doing their gift shopping, and just standing in the middle of the sidewalk blocking other pedestrians from getting by is something that all of us city dwellers have to deal with as soon as Thanksgiving hits until January 1st. It makes us actually appreciate our smaller than desired apartments that become a sanctuary from the chaos. But there comes a time when even the bravest want to get a way and feel a little bit of peace.

For those of us in New York, Chicago, LA, and San Francisco, we’ve done some research to find places that are within driving distance. They are equally stylish as they are comfortable – places where you’ll be sipping a cocktail by a roaring fire thinking about what a great decision it was to leave the city.