From helihiking in the Rockies to trying his hand at ranching in the Southwest, Joe Miragliotta has seen his fair share of mountains in this awesome country. We’ve asked him to use his knowledge from years of curating his men’s lifestyle and travel site, Joe’s Daily, to put together a list of “11 Seriously Scenic US Mountain Lodges and Hotels” just for us. Which scenic hotels top your must-visit list?
The United States is a big and beautiful place, home to stunning scenery unlike anywhere else on earth. Among the cornucopia of landscapes the country has to offer are countless mountain ranges. Some are verdant with trees, others are amethyst and topped with snow, and more have been fascinatingly eroded with the passage of time. No matter what kind of mountain you’re setting out to see, it’s sure to be an incredible experience — especially if you choose the right scenic hotels to stay at while you visit.
1. Hotel Jackson
Hotel Jackson is located in (surprise!) Jackson, Wyoming and offers a fantastic view of the Rocky Mountain Teton Range. It’s known for its excellent customer service, sleek modern western design, and superb restaurant “FIGS”.
2. Hotel Talisa
You can find Hotel Talisa in famous Vail, Colorado. Formerly known as Vail Cascade Resort & Spa, the hotel recently completed a massive renovation and you can most certainly tell. Aside from the great new design, guests also rave about the serene spaces and incredibly easy ski in/ski out setup (Hotel Talisa is currently the only luxury hotel in Vail that has one).
If you’re looking for a spectacular, one-of-a-kind wellness experience for your next vacation, the secluded Amangiri is most likely exactly what you’re looking for. From massages and lounging to hot air ballooning over Utah’s Buckskin mesas and buttes, there’s an array of activities to choose from regardless of what kind of relaxing you’re looking to do.
While looking out onto a captivating mountain view with the one you love is definitely romantic, throw a waterfall into the mix and it takes things to the next level. At the Salish Lodge & Spa in Snoqualmie, Washington that’s exactly what you get. Enjoy a bath looking out onto the Cascade range followed by dinner above Snoqualmie Falls. This place radiates gorgeous, idyllic, and restful vibes, so whatever you do you’re probably going to come away with some great memories.
5. Shore Lodge
If something a little more family friendly is your scene, you might consider a visit to Shore Lodge in McCall, Idaho. With just a quick drive between you and Brundage Mountain and direct access to Payette Lake, there are countless activities around for everyone in the family to enjoy their holiday to the fullest.
The Ojai Valley Inn is a colonial Spanish-style resort overlooking the Santa Ynez Mountains in Ojai, California. If you are able to pull yourself away from their four sparkling blue pools … the full-service spa, four restaurants, golf course, and wellness classes like Tai chi are all at your disposal. Not sure what more you could want in a proper getaway.
Sometimes you want a view of the mountains, but you don’t want to lose the convenience of staying downtown. For occasions like this, The Firebrand Hotel in Whitefish, Montana is the perfect answer. The newly-built space boasts an upscale modern-rustic design and is just steps away from amazing dining and nightlife. And when you’re ready to feel a little closer to nature, you can head up to the rooftop terrace or make your way out to take advantage of the great skiing and other adventures Glacier National Park has to offer.
It’s probably safe to say that anywhere you choose to stay in Lake Tahoe is going to have wonderful scenery, but The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe is definitely a cut above most anything else you’re going to find. All it takes is a couple of photos to see the entire place is eye candy for anyone that can appreciate a good view. Spend all of your time on the magnificent grounds with the attentive staff or take one of their complimentary ski shuttles to the slopes. Whatever you choose to do, it’s an ideal place to decompress.
9. Castle Hill Resort and Spa
Perhaps everything so far has been looking a little too modern for your tastes. Not to worry. Castle Hill Resort and Spa in Cavendish, Vermont features charmingly homey rooms, Victorian-inspired dining and common areas, and an intimate atmosphere. Between these and the beautifully landscaped grounds, you should have no issue scratching that itch for the genteel.
The L’Auberge de Sedona in Sedona, Arizona is an incredible property with a little extra something for the nature lover. In addition to the surrounding red rocks, the property also sits along a wooded stretch of Oak Creek. Dine along its babbling banks, take a stroll through the trees, or enjoy your surroundings from the terrace of your tranquil and comfy room.
Of course, a list of beautiful places to stay in the mountains wouldn’t be complete without a rustic retreat, and Brigitte’s Bavarian B&B is just that. This small set of Alaskan cabins sits just outside of Homer. While this property doesn’t come with any of the frills many might be used to, the completely bucolic and romantic grounds full of flowers and edible plants (that the lovely hosts might just let you help harvest for your morning breakfast) offer an environment you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.
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