In a world saturated with “Best Of” lists and the need to find the biggest, baddest spot for your next vacation, some resorts dubbed best-in-class were chosen by people who have nothing in common with you. If you live and breathe for the great outdoors, adventure around every corner, and the ability to make your next vacation truly one of your dreams — including private hunting access and a top-notch whiskey selection — then this is the list for you.
Singletree Gun & Plough
Located on 1,000 private acres with more than five miles of riverfront access, North Carolina’s Singletree Gun & Plough is a wilderness resort comprised of an eight-bedroom lodge and secluded rental cabins. With a game room stocked with billiards, poker, chess, a big screen HD TV, oversized fireplace, and full bar, this is man-cave living at its finest.
Specializing in outdoor adventure, the property offers fly-fishing, canoeing, zip lining, rock climbing, and mountain biking packages. The elegantly rustic inn offers the best in local brandy and whiskey, and only Singletree guests are allowed behind the gates.
If you’re passionate about your two-pedaled hunk of metal, Hotel Domestique is the place to indulge your every desire before, and after, hitting the pavement. The 13-room boutique hotel is owned by 17-time Tour de France cyclist, George Hincapie, and perfectly situated in South Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains.
The hotel uniquely caters to two-wheel aficionados with their bike valet and the option to rent a Trek bike from their high-end rental fleet, as well as bike maintenance services, complimentary nutrition bars and hydration mixes, and group rides.
Surrounding the hotel, guests will find endless miles of country roads for cycling and running, as well as plenty of nearby opportunities to hike, rock climb, whitewater kayak, golf, fly-fish, waterfall rappel, standup paddle board, and zip line. For other wheeled adventures, guests enjoy Jeep tours and the BMW Driving Experience.