7 Spectacular Mountain Resorts in America
“Keep close to nature’s heart,” famed naturalist John Muir once purportedly stated, “and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
There are few better ways to wash your spirit clean than by marveling at nature’s beauty on a mountainside escape. These sorts of getaways awe and inspire vacationers, affording guests a much-needed cleansing from the stresses of everyday life. Mountain resorts have this kind of idyllic pleasure down to a science: Breathe in the mountain air during a stroll through the wilderness, or simply admire the sweeping views from the comforts of their stately mountainside accommodations.
These seven luxurious American mountain resorts offer the best in accommodations and activities for vacationers from all walks of life.
1. Four Seasons Resort (Jackson Hole, Wyoming)
We all know that the Four Seasons name is equivalent to largesse when it comes to accommodations, and this mountainside location — nestled among the Grand Tetons range — does not disappoint. The resort offers everything from skiing and snowboarding to fishing, horseback riding, white water rafting, and everything in between. If those experiences don’t do it for you, try a personal helicopter safari through the sky — you may even spot a grizzly! For more information on the Four Seasons Resort in Jackson Hole, visit their website.
2. Blackberry Farm (Walland, Tennessee)
Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is an intimate destination hotel — an ideal respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The resort features 4,200 acres of bucolic bliss in which visitors can try their hand at hiking, fly fishing, and bicycling. For those preferring to kick back and relax, check out the on-site Blackberry Farm Brewery, or indulge in the so-called Foothills Cuisine, a deliciously inventive mix of refined and rugged flavors. Visit the Blackberry Farm online to learn more about what this Tennesseean wonder offers its guests.
3. The Ahwahnee Hotel (Yosemite National Park, California)
The Ahwahnee’s distinctive architecture is magnificent enough on its own — but apart from that manmade luxury, the hotel is nestled inside Yosemite National Park, one of America’s greatest natural treasures. Exploring all that Yosemite has to offer would take a lifetime — and that’s if you can even convince yourself to step outside the resort’s sweeping, high-ceilinged interiors. Visitors can hike, rock climb, and horseback ride their way through Yosemite, or simply sit back and appreciate the ambiance of the Ahwahnee Dining Room as you enjoy some of the resort’s award-winning food offerings. You can find more information about accommodations and activities in Yosemite on the Ahwahnee website.
4. The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch (Beaver Creek, Colorado)
The Ritz-Carlton is yet another name synonymous with grandiose hotel living, and where better to do it than in Colorado’s Vail Valley? Enjoy a refreshing hike in the mountain air or ski your way from village to village during your stay in this picturesque escape. Take a break from your outdoors jaunts by indulging in some award-winning dining at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, or by treating yourself to services at one of the top resort spas in the nation. The Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch’s website offers additional information on how to best enjoy your stay.
5. Whiteface Lodge (Lake Placid, New York)
Experience the grandest sights in New York’s Adirondacks from the comforts of this wooded Lake Placid resort. The hotel has a rugged, natural aesthetic that makes for an exquisite mountainside ambiance. Nearby Lake Placid offers opportunities for canoeing and swimming, while the surrounding wilderness beckons visitors to rock climb, hike, bike, and ski their way through the range’s radiant beauty. Visit the Whiteface Lodge online to learn more about the experience that awaits you on Lake Placid!
6. Stein Eriksen Lodge (Park City, Utah)
As Utah’s only Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond hotel, this resort is certainly worth your investment. Named for a Norwegian Olympic Gold Medal Skier, this resort carries on the Nordic spirit through inspired decor, grandiose accommodations, world-class dining, and a 10,000 bottle on-site wine cellar — and that’s just inside the resort walls! Outside, visitors have the whole of Deer Valley at their fingertips. Go for a ski, see the mountains by hot air balloon, or have a go at white water rafting on the river. The Stein Eriksen Lodge website provides further details on what guests can expect on a luxury getaway to the resort.
7. Topnotch Resort & Spa (Stowe, Vermont)
This incredible mountainside resort in scenic Stowe truly lives up to its name. Topnotch has just sixty-eight rooms and twenty-three elegant resort homes on-site; being on the smaller side, the resort emphasizes an intimate, guest-focused, and service-oriented experience for all visitors. Popular activities in the extraordinary Vermont wilderness include skiing, sleigh rides, hiking, and biking. If you’d prefer to stay indoors, marvel at the scenery from the hotel lounges or partake in a treatment at one of the world’s top resort spas. Check out the Topnotch website for further details.