America’s Best Luxury Rustic Lodges and Resorts

By Monica Stott,

Luxury rustic lodges are the latest craze for travelers who love to be surrounded by nature but don’t want to give up their luxury vacation. Think wooden lodges filled with designer décor, quality furnishings, sumptuously soft bedding and state of the art gadgets. Peek out the windows and you’ll see nothing but uninterrupted mountains, rivers and forests or you’ll be looking straight to the beach and ocean. These lodges and resorts are a place to unwind while switching off from the world. It’s time to turn off your cellphone, take off your watch, gather your friends and family and relax in America’s best luxury rustic lodges and resorts.


Honeymooning in Montana


Tripple Creek Ranch Montana
Photo courtesy of Triple Creek Ranch

Triple Creek Ranch is a luxury resort in the Montana Rockies. Guests come here to enjoy rustic elegance at its very finest. Log cabins are nestled within the pine trees with incredible views across the mountains. Summers at the ranch can be spent fishing, hiking, biking and horseback riding while winters are filled with dog sledding, skiing and snowmobiling. Luxury cabins have hot tubs on the veranda and king size, log post beds. The Honeymoon Cabin is a favorite for guests looking for romance in a beautifully secluded spot. In the non-snowy season, this cabin even comes with its own private golf cart to whisk you around the grounds.


Restorative Yoga on your private veranda


Post Ranch Inn Big Sur
Photo courtesy of Post Ranch Inn

Post Ranch Inn is nestled on the cliffs of Big Sur overlooking the Pacific Ocean. This is a place to relax and connect with nature like you haven’t in years. The natural architecture of the ranch blends perfectly with the surrounding scenery and incredible beauty of the coast. Relax on your private veranda overlooking the ocean and soak up that view or spend your evening gazing at the stars. Depending on the season, you can cool off in the pool or warm up in a hot tub and get cozy next to a fire pit. Enjoy a spa treatment or private yoga class from the comfort of your room. Each day begins with restorative yoga and guided nature walks so you’re feeling active, healthy and relaxed. Sierra Marr, the ranch’s award winning restaurant, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has an impressive wine cellar with over 14,000 bottles!


Postcard views in Mendocino


 Brewery Gulch Inn
Photo courtesy of Brewery Gulch Inn 

You will find Brewery Gulch Inn overlooking the beautiful Mendocino coast with breathtaking views to Smuggler’s Cove. Each window provides the perfect frame for postcard views of the surrounding pine forest or mesmerizing surf. The inn has 10 cozy yet elegant rooms with a warm and modern finish. It was built from salvaged redwood pulled from Mendocino’s Big River, giving it a grand feeling with the impeccable service, fine dining and luxury extras of a high-end hotel. There are endless activities to keep you entertained in Mendocino such as canoeing, hiking, swimming in waterfalls at Russian Gulch State Park, visiting the markets and vineyards or simply sitting back and enjoying the views.


Legendary Winter retreat


This legendary escape in Deer Valley is the perfect place for a family getaway or a romantic retreat. It’s a year-round destination with winter snow making it perfect for skiing and summer sunshine warming the mountainous landscape. There are 180 rooms and suites each with a luxurious and comfortable feel. The suites include kitchens, fireplaces, cozy living rooms and private decks with hot tubs. The 23,000 square foot spa is the place to be after a busy day exploring the countryside. Skiers won’t want to miss the signature winter treatment, the Après Ski Soak and Muscle Therapy for 80 minutes of pure, relaxing bliss.


Look out at the sea from the King size bed


 The Cloister Georgia
Photo courtesy of eaisland.com

The Cloister at Sea Island is a secluded coastal retreat well known for its stylish elegance and Southern charm. Guests return year after year to enjoy the world-class rooms and suites, the fine dining, the beautiful private beach and the range of activities that will keep the whole family entertained. Guests can make full use of the Yacht Club, The Cloister Spa, the Beach Club and the fabulous four on-site dining options. Choose to stay in the grand main building or opt for a more relaxed Beach Club Suite or Ocean Villa where you can look right out to sea from the comfort of your king sized bed. This is traditional elegance at its very finest.

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