The Best Resorts in the U.S.

For Condé Nast Traveler, by CNT Editors.

Spa resorts, ski resorts, mountain lodges—these are the top 10 resorts in the U.S., as chosen by Condé Nast Traveler readers in the 2016 Readers' Choice Awards survey.

Accommodations at this beachfront retreat, spread throughout three inns, are airy with simple bedding, chenille lounge chairs, and private balconies. Head to Kimball’s Kitchen for dinner, where locally sourced meat and seafood are as much of a draw as the views of the sound. An award-winning spa goes beyond the usual offerings with yoga classes and bridal services.

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 an indoor, heated riding area, visitors can ride horseback year-round.

60,000 acres are probably enough to get your mountain adventure on at this premier dude ranch. Take your pick of the varied room offerings: for desert or mountain views book an elegant casita or traditional courtyard-facing rooms, excellent for camp fires. All skill levels welcome for horseback riding, but non-cowboys will still have plenty to do.

Sitting on a small, picturesque Chesapeake Bay harbor, the Tides Inn is a family-friendly hideaway in a pocket of Virginia seemingly empty of tourists. You can find just about every activity at this resort: sailing, oyster roasting, golf, and yoga. Needless to say, you won’t be bored at this 106-room waterfront resort.

Anchoring the end of the island's historic Avenue of Oaks, the decidedly English-style manor has tranquil views across the Sound and golf course, while the service is on par with European boutique hotels—with a pinch of Southern charm. Take advantage of the sunset bagpiper (you read that right) and personal butlers. Golfers consider it a nirvana, but weekenders looking for a romantic getaway will be pleasantly surprised.

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