by the Editors of Condé Nast Traveler
Spa resorts, ski resorts, mountain lodges--these are the top 5 resorts in the United States, as chosen by Condé Nast Traveler readers.
5. The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, MT
Overall Rating: 96.731
Set on a working cattle ranch in Western Montana, the Resort at Paws Up promises an up-close-and-personal adventure with nature without sacrificing elegance and comfort. Accommodations range from two-story pine cabins fitted with outdoor hot tubs to the secluded Blackfoot River Lodge, perfect for family getaways. In the summer, guests can glamp inside luxe safari-style tents pitched along the Blackfoot River.
4. C Lazy U Ranch, Granby, CO
Overall Rating: 96.778
This Colorado dude ranch offers the American West experience for families, with horseback riding, white water rafting, fly fishing, ice skating, skiing, and sleigh rides. On 8,500 acres, the ranch does it all--programs for kids and luxurious spa treatments for adults. Log cabins have been renovated in recent years, and with their indoor, heated riding area, visitors can ride horseback year-round.
3. The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, GA
Overall Rating: 97.024
Want to escape the annoyances of 21st-century life? Head to this island lodge just off the coast of Georgia, accessible only by boat. Just 32 guests at a time can overnight in the rustic digs, which range from river houses to the main 1917 hunting lodge. Expect Adirondack-style furniture, family-style meals in the dining room, and lots of bonding time with nature.
2. Cal-a-Vie, Vista, CA
Overall Rating: 98.006
Tucked in a valley, this 200-acre, French-style health resort overlooks a lavender-covered hillside and vineyards. Mediterranean villas come with Frette linens, travertine tile bathrooms, antiques, and sundecks with views of "pristine natural beauty as far as the eye can see," says a reader. Guests receive "life-changing" individually tailored wellness programs that "leave you feeling rejuvenated and motivated to stay healthy," says another reader. The healthy cuisine focuses on fruits and vegetables, unprocessed whole grains, essential fatty acids, and lean proteins--and actually tastes divine.
1. The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, WY
Overall Rating: 99.529
The Lodge in Saratoga, Wyoming is our readers' favorite U.S. resort, bringing an extra dose of luxury to the rugged West. Outdoor lovers enjoy fly fishing, hiking, and horseback riding at Brush Creek Ranch while also indulging in the luxuries of their spa services. The lodge serves up family-style dinners, gourmet meals, and barbecue to visitors as they enjoy beautiful Rocky Mountain views.
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