Just a short drive from Dallas, Fort Worth, and Oklahoma City, Elm Creek Manor is the perfect location for your romantic weekend getaway. This adult-oriented luxury resort nestled in the wooded North Texas Hill Country has been named a Top 10 Culinary Inn for 2013 and offers exclusive accommodations to travelers looking to unwind at the on-site boutique spa and to experience unforgettable food-filled adventures. Situated on 14 rolling acres covered with pecan trees, the farm-to-table resort raises their own organic herbs, fruits, vegetables, and fresh eggs, as well as their own dairy goats, cows, chickens, and rabbits. The handmade artisan cheese and fresh local honey served to guests is all made on the premises. Guests are invited to observe the functions of the aquaponic greenhouse, help harvest the vegetables in the garden to cook, gather the eggs, or assist the staff in the milking of the cows. The six rooms and cottages are all decorated with their own unique European style and décor and have queen-sized beds with three-inch TempurPedic mattress pads, Egyptian cotton linens and down-filled comforters, complimentary high-speed wireless internet, iPod docking stations, satellite televisions, and DVD players. Enjoy the serenity of the trickling fountains, the peace of the fruit orchards, and the calming nature of the lavishly landscaped, tiered outdoor pool area (with hot tub) where staff members circulate with chilled towels, fresh fruit, and refreshing water during the summer months.
Top 10 Resort Inns
You know you’re supposed to be relaxing while on vacation, but we understand that it’s often difficult to disconnect from your day-to-day in order to unwind. One of the best ways to set your mind at ease is to eliminate the need to make decisions, and one of the best ways to do that is to check into a resort inn. Once there, take advantage of having everything you could ever need or want within arm’s reach – lodging and shopping, food and drink, sports and entertainment. This month, we’re celebrating ten bed and breakfasts that offer guests the ultimate in convenience, so convenient, in fact, that you may never want to leave.
Travelers looking for the perfect winter getaway should look no further than the Justin Trails Resort in Sparta, Wisconsin. Just 30 minutes from La Crosse, two hours from Madison, and four hours from Chicago, this award-winning eco-luxury property sits on 200 acres of land, 150 of which is wooded, and features two snow tubing hills, two rated championship disc golf courses (#1 in Wisconsin and #11 in the United States), ten miles of hiking and running trails, and seven miles of ski trails groomed for skate skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Every morning, guests can enjoy a hearty four-course breakfast, including organic eggs cooked to order, pancakes, French toast, wholesome granola, plain yogurt sweetened with maple syrup, fresh fruit and baked goods, and your choice of juices and hot beverages like coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and hot cider. After spending the day outdoors, retreat to your private log cabins or suites, decorated with handmade quilts and original paintings by Sandy Russell, for a break from the snow. Revive your frosty fingers by the fireplace or soak your muscles in your whirlpool Jacuzzi tub. As an added bonus, this resort is pet-friendly, so your favorite four-legged friends will feel right at home along with the resident Siberian Huskies (George and Heidi), llamas (Dusty and Rusty), and several unnamed barnyard cats.
This stunning eco-resort is nestled in its own nature reserve off the shores of Lake Atitlan in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala. The privileged setting offers guests sweeping views of the lake with a dramatic trio of volcanoes off in the distance, and the lakeside pavilion is the perfect place to watch the sun set every evening. The resort’s design and décor reflects the rich local culture and its breathtaking surroundings, and the inspiration is can be seen in the volcanic stone, adobe, and palm used throughout the property. Each of the six spacious suites is appointed with a hand-hewn, four-poster king beds, intricate wrought-iron chandeliers, marble tabletops, high exposed-beam ceilings, and indigenous antiques. The terracotta ensuite bathrooms feature green marble showers and hand-painted vanities with twin basins and are fully stocked with botanical toiletries. After a full day of pampering in the Hummingbird Spa or engaging in outdoor activities such as kayaking, canoeing, swimming, jogging on mountain trails, hiking a volcano, scuba diving, and paragliding, guests can enjoy a leisurely dinner in the award-winning Zotz Restaurant, a full-service establishment specializing in rich and delicious vegetarian cuisine with distinctive, international flavors.
Located in the tranquil valley between the Cascade and Siskiyou Mountains and just three minutes outside of downtown Ashland, the four-acre Lithia Springs Resort is the perfect place to stay for an intimate escape, a fun-filled getaway, or a family vacation. The property provides guests an oasis of serenity and beauty with quaking aspens, fragrant flower gardens, fruit trees, and koi ponds. The 28 bungalows and suites are designed with clean modern lines, accents in bright pops of color, and mixed textures, including natural wood, glass, and metal. Start your retreat off right with a luxurious fireside massage at the on-site Waterstone Spa or a rejuvenating facial treatment in a room overlooking the rear garden. When you’re finished exploring everything Southern Oregon has to offer by way of gourmet food, wineries, live theatre, and outdoor activities such as river rafting and fishing, then come back to your cottage and unwind in your private soaking tub filled with healing waters from local warm springs (94°F) that’s been piped directly to the resort.
Practically every angle at the Mountain Harbor Inn in Dandridge, Tennessee has a breathing view of Douglas Lake with the majestic Smoky Mountains in the distance, and when the morning fog rolls in, the entire adults-only resort takes on a mysterious and romantic vibe. All stays include a bountiful breakfast feast each morning, a quaint sunset pontoon cruise on the lake, and decadent gourmet desserts served by candlelight each evening. (We hear the brownies are to-die-for.) Each suite is individually decorated with wood floors and paneling and includes a king or queen-sized bed, kitchenette, and a sitting area with television. Several suites also offer Jacuzzi tubs. The resort’s friendly and accommodating staff will go out of their way to ensure that your stay is as relaxing as possible, including bringing all the fixings you’ll need to make s’mores while sitting by the property’s gas fire pit. Guests will be within easy access to a wide range of restaurants in the town of Dandridge, from nationally-known chain restaurants to local gems serving wholesome, down-home cooking. You’ll also be within an hour’s drive of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a hiker’s paradise with over 800 miles of maintained trails, as well as camping, fishing, swimming, boating, and ranger-guided tours, and within 20 miles of three public golf courses, each one featuring Bermuda fairways and bent grass greens.
This cosmopolitan hotel in the prestigious ski town of Stowe, Vermont offers guests a stylish twist on the concept of a quintessential New England resort. Surrounded by seven acres of pristine, landscaped gardens, accommodations include spacious bedrooms with a queen bed or two double beds, country-style furnishings, modern bathrooms, a gas fireplace, and panoramic views of Spruce Peak, while the luxurious studio apartments feature four-poster beds, a private patio or balcony, full kitchens, large windows, and, in some cases, gas fireplaces. You’ll feel so at home, you’ll never want to leave your room, but, if you do, you’ll only be steps away from the heated indoor pool, Jacuzzi, sauna, and fitness facilities. Guests can also enjoy the outdoor pool, sun terraces, and a championship tennis court or can engage in a wide variety of sporting activities. During the summer months, those activities include boating, canoeing, and fishing on Lake Champlain, hiking, and biking along the 5.5-mile path across the street, while winter sports include snowshoeing, and downhill and cross-country skiing at the Stowe Mountain Resort. You’ll also be within easy access to unparalleled farm-to-table cuisine at nearby restaurants, modern art galleries, and artisan baked goods and gourmet foodstuffs, including an extensive selection of local Vermont cheeses, at The Harvest Market located adjacent to the property.
This waterfront boutique resort is located in the center of Oahu’s most famous attractions, including Waikiki, Diamond Head, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, The North Shore, and the iconic beaches of Kailua, Lanikai, Sunset, Pipeline, and Waimea Bay. Situated on Kaneohe Bay, the largest sheltered body of water in the Hawaiian Islands and one of the only two barrier reefs in the island chain, the resort’s suites offer breathtaking panoramic views of the ocean, as well as the Ko’olau and Kualoa Mountains. All of the suites are furnished in a contemporary island style and include full kitchenettes, flat-screen televisions, and private covered verandas. Stays include a continental breakfast bar, wireless internet, and use of the fitness center, barbecue grills, swimming pool with floating docks, and hot tub. Guests also have private access to the bay and can participate in a large variety of marine activities, including kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, and snorkeling and sandbar boat excursions. If desired, the friendly staff can arrange golf outings at the Ko’olau Golf Club, horseback riding, and cultural trips to the Polynesian Cultural Center, Kualoa Ranch, and the Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm.
Living onsite with their three children, innkeepers Bob and Ilke Lander provide guests with dedicated and personalized attention throughout the duration of their stay of Paradise Hills. This resort caters to outdoor enthusiasts and sportsmen, as well as wilderness lovers and nature buffs. Spanning over 35 acres of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains and located deep in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest, the resort puts guests within close proximity to unsurpassed opportunities for outdoor activities all year round, including hiking, fishing, rafting, tubing, canoeing, horseback riding, and golfing. Within the borders of the Chattahoochee National Forest, you can also visit the Vogel State Park, Georgia’s second-oldest state park. The resort itself features cabin rentals, a vineyard growing four varietals of grapes (Chardonel, Cabernet Sauvignon, Traminette, and Sangiovese), a full-production micro-winery, wine cellar, and a resort spa. Sip tastings of the house-made wine in tasting room located in the Lodge, as well as wines from Paradise Hills Vineyards and other local labels. The cabins have large patios, and 1-4 bedrooms suitable for couples, families, and small groups. Many of the cabins also have private hot tubs.
This beautiful beachside eco-chic resort is one of the finest on Florida’s eastern seaboard, boasting a pristine, private shoreline that stretches for miles and miles. Because this area is virtually untouched, guests can observe turtles nesting in the sand, porpoises playing in the turquoise water, pelicans soaring overhead, and hermit crabs scurrying about the beach. You’ll hardly believe that the resort is only fifteen minutes north of Vero Beach, one of America’s busiest beach towns with its world-class restaurants, trendy boutique shopping, and buzzing nightlife. The resort offers eight suites that have been constructed with low-impact building materials and individually furnished and outfitted with all the finest amenities, including fully equipped kitchens with granite countertops, comfortable living rooms with 52-inch flat-screen plasma HDTVs, and two bedrooms with queen-sized King Koil pillow-top mattresses and a 32-inch flat-screen TVs in the master bedroom. Spend your days in the private gated compound relaxing by the heated pool with soft water, lounging on a chaise lounge on the oceanfront deck, taking a steam in the Finlandia Supreme sauna, grilling up some barbecue in the tiki picnic area, or taking tennis lessons with the on-site tennis pro on the impeccably maintained courts. And golf enthusiasts will be pleased by the resort’s close proximity to the Aquarina Country Club, a professionally-rated, par 72, 18-hole golf course, and the Spessard Holland Golf Course, a par 67 course that’s been designated as an Arnold Palmer Signature Course, as well as more than ten public courses, all par 72.
Situated on 20 acres of pristine waterfront on British Columbia’s Kootenay Lake, this eco-friendly resort caters to adults looking to unplug from everyday life and reconnect with nature. In the shadow of the Purcell Mountains, sports enthusiasts can participate in a wide variety of activities, including unparalleled hiking, rock climbing, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting. Guests looking for more low-key activities can relax on the private beach, stroll through the gardens and orchard, or schedule a massage or other rejuvenating spa services at the on-site Falling Water Spa. The resort’s six luxury cottages are designed for maximum privacy and comfort and feature wood-burning stone fireplaces and modern living rooms with vaulted ceilings. The fully equipped kitchens have granite countertops, gas ranges, small appliances, and all of the basic supplies needed to create culinary masterpieces. All of the bedrooms are furnished with queen beds made up with plush duvets and ensuite bathrooms stocked with premium toiletries. Spend the afternoon on the large cedar deck outside your cottage and lose yourself in a book or find your center in meditation and then grab dinner at one of the nearby restaurants serving fresh, local cuisine before coming back to sit by the fire pit to watch the stars come out.