El Amparo B&B

El Amparo B&B

Granada, Spain

 

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El Amparo B&B sits at the foot of Spain's Sierra Nevada Mountains, home to 11,413-foot-tall Mulhacén (the country's highest peak) and only a 30-minute drive from Granada — a city awash in history. The inn is an old Spanish farmhouse turned luxury hotel filled with unique features. Each of its four guestrooms boasts beamed ceilings, traditional Andalucian furnishings and artisan bathroom tiling — as well as its own balcony or patio, perfect for soaking in the beauty of the nearby peaks. Outside are olive groves, orange trees and expansive wheat fields, as well as an in-ground pool where guests can snack on a selection of midday offerings without having to forgo their poolside spot. Nearby is Sierra Tejeda National Park, home to hiking trails and the cool, swimmable waters of Bermejales Lake, as well as opportunities for skiing, windsurfing and horseback riding. Take one of El Amparo's mountain bikes for a spin along Spain's renowned Washington Irving Cycling Route, or head toward the local hot springs, stopping at a tapas bar (or several) en route.

 

 


 

Elk Mountain Lodge

Elk Mountain Lodge

Crested Butte, Colorado

 

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North America's Rocky Mountains are one of the world's geological wonders: towering peaks, sparkling lakes and hidden valleys stretching approximately 3,000 miles from New Mexico into Canada. Among it all is Crested Butte, Colorado, a historic ski town filled with colorful mining-era structures that now house locally owned boutiques, art galleries and eateries. This is also where you'll find Elk Mountain Lodge, originally a hotel for coal miners. The property has been completely renovated in the years since and is today a mix of modern amenities and early 20th-century charm. There are 19 en-suite guestrooms, as well as a sun room and a spacious living area with bar. Winters in the area are all about skiing and snowboarding, while in the summer mountain biking (both downhill and cross country) reigns supreme. Lodge guests often spend evenings soaking in the lodge's indoor hot tub or catching an impromptu live musical performance onsite. While breakfast is a complimentary staple during ski season, Elk Mountain also has access to a personal chef who’ll whip up custom dinners for guests for an added fee.

 

 


 

Cradle Chalet Boutique Luxury Lodge

Cradle Chalet Boutique Luxury Lodge

Moina, Tasmania

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Despite having the world's lowest average elevation for a continent, Australia is home to some impressive mountains, most notably those separating its east coast from its inland and reaching south into Tasmania — the Land Down Under's most mountainous state. Moina's Cradle Chalet offers easy access to “Tassie's” quartzite and dolerite peaks and is only a 20-minute drive to Cradle Mountain National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and starting point for Australia's iconic Overland hiking track. Located on 18 forested acres, the luxury boutique inn consists of its main Forest Inn Lodge and separate deluxe suites and chalets — some with their own two-person spas and all built to blend in seamlessly with their surrounds. Along with a complimentary continental breakfast, the chalet's Feathers Bistro & Bar serves an a la carte morning menu for an additional fee, as well as lunch and dinner options from wood-fired pizzas to Texas smoked barbecue that guests rave about.

 

 

 


 

Cedar House Inn & Yurts

Cedar House Inn & Yurts

Dahlonega, Georgia

 

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Located on the outskirts of Dahlonega — a small Gold Rush–era city tucked away in the northern Blue Ridge Mountain foothills about an hour north of Atlanta — Cedar House Inn & Yurts provides an earth-friendly getaway catering entirely to adults. The bohemian tree-covered property doubles as a permaculture demonstration site, and many of the herbs and veggies grown here are incorporated into breakfast each morning. Along with a trio of cedar lodge guestrooms — all sporting their own individual mountain cabin decor — there are a couple of separate yurts, removed from the main lodge down gravel paths and each with a queen-size canopy bed and sharing a stand-alone bathhouse. The area's mountain forests offer ample hiking opportunities, including access to the Appalachian Trail, which runs straight through to Maine. There's a nearby creek for swimming, several gushing waterfalls and two rivers perfect for kayaking, tubing and canoeing.

 

 

 


 

Erds Hoimatle B&B

Erds Hoimatle B&B

Jungholz, Austria

 

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Ever since The Sound of Music hit movie screens in 1965, the world has been enamored with Austria's illustrious peaks. Erds Hoimatle B&B offers a similar bit of this mountain scenery but with an usual characteristic to boot: Both the property and its village of Jungholz are almost entirely separated from the rest of Austria by Germany's 5,364-foot-high peak, Sorgschrofen. This unique remoteness (it's impossible to visit anywhere else in Austria without traveling through Germany) makes Jungholz and its cozy husband-and-wife-run B&B one of the country's most alluring destinations. Both alpine and après skiers will find plenty to do here, with numerous easy and intermediate downhill runs as well as warm spots to order and curl up with a beverage. The village's many herb gardens spring to life during warmer months, and Nordic walking opportunities abound. Along with a small selection of double guestrooms and kitchen-equipped apartments, the B&B also has a sauna for soothing sore muscles.

 

 

 


 

Dreamcatcher Lodge

Dreamcatcher Lodge

Kalispell, Montana

 

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Working their way northward for nearly 100 miles along Montana's western side, the Swan Mountains are considered the Flathead Valley's backyard wilderness: a playground of alpine lake fishing, horseback riding and hiking that outdoor enthusiasts love. If you're among them, it's logical to make Kalispell's Dreamcatcher Lodge your base. Named for the Native American “dreamcatchers” that hang above each of the inn's beds, this log cabin–style getaway offers easy access to the mountains' towering peaks, not to mention the pristine lakes, stunning glaciers and diverse wildlife of nearby Glacier National Park. The lodge is home to four wilderness-themed guestrooms, three featuring custom-made log pine beds, and a spacious den — ideal for hibernating around the fireplace when the weather's bad. Better yet, linger on the lodge's covered porch with a cup of coffee and a good book, reveling in the fresh mountain air.

 

 

 


 

B&B Padò

B&B Padò

Immersi Nella Natura, Zone, Italy

 

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Tucked along a mountainside about 23 miles from Brescia in northern Italy, B&B Padò – Immersi Nella Natura is an ideal place to decompress after a long week of travels. The partially restored early-20th-century stone farmhouse sits among beech and hornbeam forests overlooking Lake Iseo and Montisola, Italy's largest lake island, and offers spectacular valley views from its terrace. Each of the inn's three guestrooms features parquet floors and wood detailing, and includes daily access to the main kitchen, where you can whip up home-cooked dishes to enjoy outside. Nearby are hiking trails and the storied "Pyramids of Zone," towering hoodoos created from years of natural erosion. There's also the lake itself, home to swimming, windsurfing and summertime sailing regattas.

 

 

 

 

 

—by Laura Kiniry