10 Cozy Mountain Getaways
November 16, 2011
Montage Deer Valley: Deer Valley, Utah
Montage Deer Valley may be brand-new (it opened last December), but its unbridled luxury and ample year-round activities and amenities have already made it a sought-after destination. Their heavy food focus doesnt hurt, with fresh and local ingredients on display in dishes like Montage Mountain Ale fish 'n' chips, farmers market fruits at breakfast, and Utah trout almondine in their four on-site eateries.
Amangani: Jackson, Wyo.
At the top of the East Gros Ventre Butte in the Grand Teton mountains, Amangani is a modern lodge with calm neutrals and exposed stone walls throughout. There's little surrounding the resort beyond stunning views of snow-capped peaks, but within they serve local ranch meats by the fire in the Lounge, pack farm-to-table picnic lunches for outside activities, and offer the day's freshest catch at The Grill.
Dunton Hot Springs: Dolores, Colo.
Not your average mountain lodge, Dunton Hot Springs is an intimate retreat nestled in the San Juan Mountains. Natural hot springs meet thrilling outdoor adventures at Dunton, which also boasts a saloon, dance hall, and its own winery less than an hour away. Guests can tour the vineyard and, of course, taste what they produce, paired with hearty burgers, local wild mushrooms, and succulent steaks with farmers market vegetables.
Primland: Meadows of Dan, Va.
Rustic and natural on the outside, Primland is sleek and simple within. White, stand-alone tubs sit in tiled bathrooms with gorgeous views and dishes like homemade lox with cream cheese ice cream, soft-shell crab with roasted tomato ranch dressing, and butter-poached lobster are served in a cool, wood-accented dining room. The hotel also invites guests to stargaze in their on-site observatory and get away from it all in their Golden Eagle Tree House (pictured).
Lake Placid Lodge: Lake Placid, N.Y.
A mountain lodge in the most classic sense, Lake Placid Lodge is at its most magical when blanketed in snow. Uneven dark wood paneling, stone chimneys, and bed frames made of branches drive home the cozy, natural feel and dishes like lobster bisque, mushroom risotto fritters, and skirt steak served with truffle butter are perfect soul-warming eats.
PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn: Lake Tahoe, Calif.
California's answer to a traditional mountain lodge, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn is laid-back, elegant, and fun, with access to Lake Tahoe's popular slopes, hiking trails, and local wineries. The hotel's restaurant, the PlumpJack Café, not only offers seasonal dishes like kabocha squash soup and Salmon Creek pork tenderloin, but also hosts wine and food events throughout the year. Plus, it's pet-friendly.
Stowe Mountain Lodge: Stowe, Vt.
Vermont is a snowy paradise in the winter, and there's no better resort to call home than Stowe Mountain Lodge. The same is true for golfers in warmer weather. It's familiar and traditional, with homey accents like caramel leather couches and bunk beds made of thick logs in family suites. The restaurant, too, hits on the traditional tastes of New England, with dishes like mushroom soup with truffle foam, heirloom tomato and fig salad, diver scallops, and lamb loin with local blueberries.
Brooks Lake Lodge: Dubois, Wyo.
Brooks Lake Lodge, sitting just near Jackson Hole and Yellowstone, is a year-round lodge for outdoor adventurers — whether it's fly-fishing and horseback riding in the summer or snowshoeing and sledding in winter. The food, too, is hearty and comforting, from freshly baked blueberry muffins and chocolate chip cookies to herb-marinated ostrich tenderloin and big prawns wrapped in bacon.
Park Hyatt Beaver Creek: Avon, Colo.
The Park Hyatt Beaver Creek boasts luxury amenities like indoor pools, a full-service spa, a billiards room, and a cozy outdoor fireplace. And what goes better with a day spent skiing or snowboarding than a s'mores happy hour? Their 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill, with its exhibition-style open kitchen, serves local comfort foods like elk loin with fig chutney, Colorado corn soup with truffle popcorn, and chicken with a bourbon-blood orange glaze.
The Bishop’s Lodge: Santa Fe, N.M.
Nestled in the Tesuque Valley and surrounded by the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Bishop's Lodge is romantic in its luxury adobe style. Summertime invites cocktails on the terrace, sunset cookouts, and lawn games, while winter brings skiing and snowboarding. Their Las Fuentes restaurant showcases Santa Fe's local flavors like Monk's Ale and green chile Cheddar soup, New Mexico blue corn crab cake, and fennel-dusted fisherman's catch.