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America's Wildest Hotels (PHOTOS)

Posted: 08/28/2012 7:00 am

By Chelsea Morse and Jasmin Sun, Food & Wine

Dream vacations often call to mind sandy beaches, frosty cocktails and poolside massage service, but adventurous travelers can opt to wrangle cattle, sleep in trees, run zip-line courses and ski trails accessible only by helicopter.

Here, Food & Wine names America's wildest hotels.

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  • Winterlake Lodge, Alaska

    Accessible only by bush plane, this remote resort organizes formidable outdoor adventures including dog mushing along the Iditarod Trail, helicopter-monitored glacier trekking and hunting for gold on the grounds. From $1,395. <strong>Plus:</strong> <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/blogs/2012/7/24/best-coconut-water" target="_hplink">Taste Test: Best Coconut Water</a> <em>Photo Courtesy of Within The Wild Alaskan Adventure Lodges. </em>

  • The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana

    Although Grammy-winning singer LeAnn Rimes recommends this rural Montana ranch as one of her favorite places to relax, most visitors come to the 10-square-mile property for year-round rodeo programs, shooting and fly-fishing. From $720 all-inclusive. <strong>Plus:</strong> <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-outdoor-dining" target="_hplink">America's Best Outdoor Dining</a> <em>Photo Courtesy of The Ranch at Rock Creek.</em>

  • Treebones, California

    Few locations offer as majestic a view of the Pacific Ocean as this cliffside resort tucked into Los Padres National Forest. Freestanding yurts (like permanent circular tents) are updated with real beds and pine floors, but they still let in the sounds of crashing waves and nearby elephant seals. The property is mostly mosquito-free, so hikers don't have to worry about pests while trekking through redwood-filled canyons. Yurts from $169, campsites from $65. <strong>Plus:</strong> <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/americas-best-bars" target="_hplink">America's Best Bars</a> <em>Photo Courtesy of Treebones.</em>

  • Attitash Mountain Resort, New Hampshire

    Most of the action takes place in winter at this resort, where guests split time between 73 different ski trails and freestyle terrain parks for skiers and snowboarders looking to do tricks. There's even a steel rail-supported toboggan that rides 2,880 feet through forested mountains. From $79 with double occupancy. <strong>Plus: </strong><a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-steak-in-the-us" target="_hplink">Best Steak in the U.S.</a> <em>Photo Courtesy of Attitash Mountain Resort / Wildcat Mountain.</em>

  • Devil's Thumb Ranch, Colorado

    An hour outside of Denver, this 5,000-acre ranch offers snowmobile trails in winter and private access to parts of the Colorado River for fly-fishing and white-water rafting in summer. In lieu of electric heating and cooling, the 16 cabins use geothermal energy and feature fireplaces that burn wood from the ranch. From $143. <strong>Plus:</strong> <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/hotels-for-food-lovers" target="_hplink">America's Best Hotels for Food Lovers</a> <em>Photo Courtesy of Devil's Thumb Ranch.</em>

  • Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

    Guests can wander the private 10,000-acre island (with 10 square miles of undeveloped wilderness) on foot, by bike or in a canoe. For more structured adventures, naturalists lead groups on late-night owl prowls, creek-fishing excursions and outings to watch sea turtles spawn on the beach. From $550. <strong>Plus:</strong> <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/best-grilled-cheese-in-the-us" target="_hplink">Best Grilled Cheese in the U.S.</a> <em>Photo Courtesy of St. Simons Island. </em>

  • Latigo Ranch, Colorado

    This family-friendly Colorado ranch matches adult riders with a horse during the duration of their stay for daily sunrise and sunset rides, or challenging overnight pack trips. From $1,350 for a minimum of three nights. <a href="http://www.foodandwine.com/slideshows/americas-wildest/10" target="_hplink"><strong>Click Here for More of America's Wildest Hotels</strong></a> <em>Photo Courtesy of Latigo Ranch.</em>

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