As summer approaches, the longing for a vacation automatically courses through our veins, so why not give into it and take a luxurious getaway? We’ve got you covered on the perfect hideaways tucked neatly in the mountains across the country.
The Little Nell (Above)
Photograph by The Little Nell
Little Nell, the five-star resort set in breathtaking Aspen, Colorado, will keep you happy whether you’re visiting during cooler or warmer months. During summer, enjoy spectacular helicopter excursions and float trips in the hotel’s own boat, or get active mountain biking and cycling in the pine scented- mountains. For devoted yoginis, the resort offers yoga sessions atop Aspen Mountain, which can be combined with a meditative 40-minute hike. Cooler months are just as exciting when the famous and beautiful travel to Aspen for world-class skiing and snowboarding; The Little Nell is only resort with ski-in and ski-out access to Aspen Mountain.
Indoors, The Little Nell’s lavish spa offers soothing facials and massage therapies to promote your body’s post-mountain wellness. Dine at Element 47 for memorable American cuisine, or relax at Ajax Tavern, where the sun-drenched patio is perfect for drinks and people watching.
Lake Placid, New York
Photograph by Mirror Lake Inn
Set in Lake Placid, this resort offers breathtaking Adirondack views, but it also has a rich history that dates back to 1926, when William Rufus Wikofff of Massachusetts created it (at that time it was called Mir-a-Lac Inn.) One of only three other venues to have hosted the Winter Olympic Games twice, Mirror Lake has since evolved into a luxurious resort and spa known for classic alpine skiing and delightful summer relaxation.
Enjoy peaceful boating across Mirror Lake in a canoe, kayak, paddleboat or rowboat or take in some sun on the private, sandy beach. During the winter months, guests enjoy two romantic skating rinks on the lake. When evening comes, settle in and relax at one of three cozy restaurants—The View, Taste Bistro & Bar, and The Cottage. Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa is known for their delicious food, and it was perhaps one of the first resorts to source their own produce—the original owners grew their own vegetable garden.
Photograph by Blackberry Farm
In the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee lies a 4,200-acre estate where you may be deep in the wilderness, but luxury is at your fingertips. Though the interior is charming, elegant and lavish, the outdoors are what this gem of a destination is all about. Ride horses across mountain trails, hikes along the Trunk Branch Trail, take a family fly fishing excursion or escape to a romantic picnic in a lush green field.
Pamper yourself the Farmhouse Spa and enjoy treatments like the Farmhouse Elixir—a stress-relieving treatment that combines the benefits of exfoliation and hydrotherapy—or the Cove Comfort which entails a gentle exfoliation, seaweed masque and nurturing body wrap, all in the intimacy of a pristine, secluded cove.
Blackberry Farm is just as famous for its literally farm-fresh cuisine; Chef’s ingredients are grown directly at the farm or sourced locally in the region.
Photography by HKS
Set in the inimitable terrain of the Sonoran Desert, this resort is right in the lap of luxury, where guests enjoy popsicle-colored sunsets and vast views of dramatic desert mountains. Away from the hustle and bustle—and the humidity–of city life, relax in tranquility at the spa or dine at one of the three contemporary restaurants. After taking a refreshing dip, enjoy lunch poolside at the Saguaro Blossom and choose from a menu of western-inspired plates like the Seared Tuna Tostada or the Chilled Mexican Prawns and Snow Crab Claws.
Enjoy dinner at their Talavera steakhouse, where savory prime cuts of aged beef and a dramatic view of the desert valley will leave you satisfied and ready to retreat to your lavish accommodations.
When not enjoying the Southwest cuisine, hit the tennis court or play a round of golf at the famed Troon North Gold Club.
Located in the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming
Photography by Grand Teton National Park
This lodge is inspired by the rustic elegance that surrounds it, and by the three nearby glacial lakes that reveal breathtaking views for its lucky visitors. Set in Grand Teton National Park, this resort is a perfect blend of intimacy, fine lodging and proximity to the priceless amenities of a National Park.
Enjoy all the activities unique to a National Park such as wildlife viewing, float trips, lake cruises and hiking. Palate-pleasing dining at the base of the Tetons is a big draw at this lodge created in the tradition of America’s Great Camps of old. All meals are served daily in the memorable, vaulted dining room, including a 5-course dinner with an award-winning wine list.