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.
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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.
Photography: Sanderling Resort
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.
Photography: C Lazy U Ranch
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.
Photography: Tanque Verde Ranch
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.
Photography: Tides Inn
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.
Photography: The Lodge at Sea Island Golf Club
Want to escape the annoyances of 21st-century life? Head to this island lodge just off the coast of Georgia, accessible only by boat. Only 32 guests at a time can stay overnight in the rustic digs, which range from river houses to the main 1917 hunting lodge. Expect Adirondack-style furniture, family-style meals in the dining room, and lots of bonding time with nature.
Photography: The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island
Is this Vail or Germany? The 112-suite Sonnenalp embraces European-style design, with custom-made furniture, gas-log fireplaces, heated marble floors, and patios overlooking the Vail ski village. Staff dress in traditional Bavarian garb and deliver homemade cookies nightly, though you’ll want to try the fondue at Swiss Chalet, or the hamburgers and mudslides at the western-style Bully Ranch.
This resort and spa is situated on 500 acres of land with majestic red rock views, which you can enjoy from your outdoor patio, complete with fire pit. On top of its spa services and wild west activities like horseback riding and skeet shooting, Gateway has an auto museum featuring more than 50 historic cars to celebrate the American automobile.
Photography: Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa
L’Horizon still retains much of its original 1950s style, but the alfresco restaurant, attention to service, and recently renovated interiors bring a modern twist. The pool is guests-only; roaming poolside therapists offer complimentary foot and shoulder massages; and unexpected treats are brought to your room every afternoon (could be a scoop of ice cream, could be a shot of tequila).
Photography: David Lauridsen
The Lodge in Saratoga, Wyoming is our readers' favorite U.S. resort, bringing an extra dose of luxury to the rugged West. Outdoor lovers enjoy fly fishing, hiking, and horseback riding at the ranch, while also indulging in a full range of spa services. The lodge serves up family-style dinners, gourmet meals, and barbecue to visitors as they take in the beautiful Rocky Mountain views.
Photography: The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch