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Just about all of us are in need of a blissful escape right about now. A place where the stress will melt away and you can enjoy a little spa pampering along with picturesque scenery and perhaps some outdoor adventure thrown in the mix. But where do you find it? These hotels and resorts are all in the U.S., offering the perfect opportunity for relaxation and much more.
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One of the best spa resorts in the U.S., Canyon Ranch has been a renowned place to soothe the mind, body, and soul for over 40 years, particularly among celebrities. Many come here to take part in programs that teach you how to manage stress, discover the best way to reach fitness goals and how to eat right, among a long list of other options. It includes personal training, metaphysical services, opportunities for outdoor sports, and more. There’s also a decadent spa for massages, skin treatments, and salon services.
A popular hotel in Upstate New York, Mohonk Mountain House is just 90 miles from New York City providing the ideal spot for New Yorkers and anyone else who wants to relax. It has the feel of a European resort with Victorian-inspired decor, along with an award-winning spa, eucalyptus steam room and a daily schedule of activities like Wine Glass Painting.
Located in Willamette Valley, Oregon’s wine country, this upscale spa resort is just a short jaunt from Portland, providing the ideal escape from city life, set among lush gardens, sprawling lawns and seven acres of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris grapevines. The spa at Allison Inn & Spa incorporates local ingredients into its treatments, like wine, roses, berries, and honey, while rooms feature gas fireplaces, large soaking tubs, wet bars and bay window seats with views of the valley. The resort’s restaurant serves delicious farm-to-table cuisine and some 50 wines by the glass.
For relaxation, fun and Southern charms, The Cloister at Sea Island is ideal. It offers beach access as well as activities like kayaking, birdwatching, and horseback riding on the sand. It includes a beautiful pool, a luxurious spa, and multiple restaurants. The lavish rooms come with bathrooms that have soaking tubs and there are oceanfront villas available too.
Surrounded by the Sedona’s famous red rocks just a short drive from town, Enchantment Resort is truly enchanting, often referred to as a “slice of heaven.” The top spa resort in Arizona boasts a lavish spa, golf course, indoor and outdoor pools, hiking trails, and multiple dining options. Rooms come with red rock views, with the highest-end categories including kitchens, fireplaces, hot tubs or even private pools.
Looking for a romantic getaway? Hallmark Resort is one of the best couples resorts in the U.S., a perfect place to relax and just soak up the scenery. It’s set along one of the most stunning stretches of coastline in northern Oregon looking out to iconic Haystack Rock. Enjoy peaceful strolls on the sand just steps from your door, watching colorful sunsets, and from mid-December through January or late March to June, migrating gray whales. Rooms come with balconies, gas fireplaces and two-person spa tubs.
Dunton Hot Springs offers a spectacular setting with the San Juan Mountains as the backdrop. Located in a gorgeously restored ghost town with its own hot springs in southwest Colorado, it’s the perfect place to forget about the “real world.” A ring of historic log cabins were transformed into luxurious retreats and facilities that include a spa and saloon.
Often named among the world’s top remote resorts, Travaasa Hana overlooks Hana Bay on a secluded stretch of coastline in Maui. Stress melts away here with the combination of jaw-dropping scenery, exceptional service, a renowned spa and rooms with alarm clocks or TV, providing total tranquility.
Nestled in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, Blackberry Farm is no ordinary farm, rather a 5-star resort. Often named among the best in the entire country, it has the feel of a countryside B&B but with an impressive list of amenities. Enjoy the luxe spa, private yoga classes, carriage rides, and organic haute cuisine. A variety of accommodation is available, from rooms and suites with fireplaces to cottages and 3 to 5-bedroom homes.
Set atop the cliffs overlooking the Pacific on the Central California coast, it would almost be impossible to feel stressed at Post Ranch Inn. One of the best beachfront hotels in California, it includes yoga, meditation, and stargazing classes in the rates and also offers a pampering spa, cliff-top swimming pools, and ocean view dining. If you book the Pacific Suite, you’ll enjoy views from every vantage point, including the floor-to-ceiling window that opens up for enjoying the fresh salty sea air.
A luxurious desert oasis that’s drawn numerous VIPs and celebrities, every suite at the Amangiri comes with sweeping views of the surrounding landscape along with an outdoor lounge that has a fireplace. Some have a private pool. You can enjoy the spa’s wellness treatments outdoors along with activities like hot-air balloon rides, kayaking, and horseback riding.
The charming Camden Harbour Inn has long been a place to get away from the city and enjoy the fresh sea air along with mountain views, a landmark here since 1874. You’ll be close to the beach and picturesque downtown Camden, and by booking the Royal Dutch Suite, you’ll have your own Jacuzzi, sauna, fully stocked mini bar, fireplace, and an iPad.
The European-style Chanler at Cliff Walk offers beautiful ocean views in an elegant 19th-century mansion that’s just a 3-minute walk from the beach and a mile from The Breakers, the most famous of the Newport mansions. Rooms have themes ranging from colonial to Victorian and Louis XIV, all of which include flat-screen TVs, DVD players and free Wi-Fi. Most have fireplaces and bathrooms with heated floors. There are excellent dining options on-site, and you can relax around the outdoor fire pit too.
Auberge du Soleil was inspired by the South of France and is often named among the country’s top resorts. It will put you in the heart of wine country among 33 acres of oak and olive trees, with access to its renowned restaurant, a bistro and a bar. There’s an amazing spa, an outdoor pool, and if you’re looking for a little romance with your relaxation, you’ll find options for that as well, like outdoor candlelit baths for two, couples massages and sparkling wine with dessert under the stars.
At Lake Placid Lodge you can leave your phone, laptop and other electronic gadgets at the front desk when you arrive and immerse yourself in total tranquility, whether you choose a private room or a cabin that comes with a hand-built bed and stone fireplace. There are opportunities for boating, hiking, and other activities, along with lakeside Adirondack chairs where you can watch the sun go down over the water.
River’s End sits atop a bluff overlooking the Russian River where it meets the Pacific in the small coastal town of Jenner, about two hours north of San Francisco. It offers adults-only cabins with no Wi-Fi or cell service. Instead of staring at a screen, you can gaze out at the breathtaking view from your private deck or cozy up next to the warmth of your fireplace. Just a short walk away at the mouth of the river, watch for the many Pacific harbor seals and their pups, or even better, paddle out in a kayak, especially during the seal pupping season when the pups might swim right alongside you.
An adults-only resort ranch, Triple Creek is nestled in the Bitterroot Mountains of Montana, providing a luxurious getaway in the wilderness with accommodation in 12 private cabins. Each one has access to a hot tub where you can soak under the stars along with a wood-burning fireplace. There is a long list of activities at this spectacular wilderness ranch in Montana. Depending on the season, you can enjoy horseback riding, hiking, and golfing during the warmer months and skijoring in the winter, a classic Norwegian sport where a cross country skier is pulled by a wrangler on a mounted horse.
Located at the north end of San Juan Island, easily reached by ferry from Anacortes or a short seaplane flight from Seattle, this property offers everything from historic hotel rooms to contemporary condos. The Hotel de Haro is part of the resort, hosting rooms filled with notable antiques, including the claw-foot bathtub where actor John Wayne enjoyed a soak. The luxurious McMillin House and Quarryman Hall suites boast heated bathroom floors, fireplaces and panoramic water views from a private veranda. No matter where you stay here, you’ll appreciate the relaxing vibe that allows you to slow down to island time and reconnect with nature, perhaps with a little forest bathing and time at the Afterglow Spa on-site.
Aspen’s most luxurious resort, the Little Nell offers opportunities for blissful relaxation, starting with breakfast in bed in a swanky room with heated marble floors, soaking tubs and gas fireplaces. Enjoy a massage followed by a swim and time spent just lounging around the pool, or pick up a picnic to enjoy on a hike followed by a leisurely gondola ride. In the wintertime, you can take advantage of the ski-to-door access too.
The Four Seasons Resort and Residences is ideal for those who want a mix of relaxation, outdoor adventure and fabulous mountain scenery as a ski-in, ski-out lodge with year-round opportunities for recreation. It’s surrounded by the breathtaking vistas of the Grand Teton Mountain Range and abundant wildlife, and from your Mountain View room you can take in spectacular sunsets over Rendezvous Mountain. A helicopter ride, arranged just for you, brings the chance to glimpse herds of moose, elk, bison, mountain goats, and possibly the elusive grizzly bear from above. Afterward, enjoy a soothing massage in the spa or a dip in the heated pool.
Topnotch sits at the base of Vermont’s tallest peak, Mount Mansfield, surrounded by maples and pines. In the fall, you can hike trails with amazing views of a landscape dotted with fiery reds, golden yellows and brilliant orange hues. During the winter, while the skiing is great, the resort’s 30,000 square-foot mega-spa is fantastic for soothing sore muscles after a hard day at play, perhaps with a Swedish massage. Custom energy healing and private yoga sessions are offered too.
Ideal for relaxing among Alaska’s pristine wilderness, Stillpoint Lodge is located on a private, secluded peninsula in Halibut Cove, a 20-minute boat ride from Homer across Kachemak Bay. Guests can enjoy guided meditations and yoga, along with walking meditations for connecting with nature. It hosts a silent meditation space with a pillowed floor and subtle lighting for serenity and stillness, as well as amazing opportunities to spot wildlife like bears, whales, seals, and more.