On Top of the World…15 Mountain Destinations in North America
Mountains are seen as rough uninhabitable terrains that only skilled climbers can enjoy. People see mountains as cold, snowy, barren terrains. That is not all the way true and this list will prove. Here we have some of the best mountain resorts and lodges to visit in North America. Some are best in the winter other are enjoyable in cold and warm months. Look through the list and see the many different mountain destinations.
The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York
When you think of New York, you think of busy streets, and bright lights. If you travel upstate the image is washed away by staggering mountain paths and resorts. The Sagamroe in Bolton Landing, New York. It sits next to Lake George and had green precisely cut grass. You’ll quickly understand why this is the premiere mountain get away in the Adirondack mountains. The hotel take advantage of the landscape to offer swimming, boating, para-sailing, banana boat rides, fishing, a fitness center with aerobics classes and yoga, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, summer camps for the kids, and a new outdoor pool and hot tub. Its a family place so bring the kids.
Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise
Lake Louise was found by a Canadian Pacific Railroad worker named Thomas Wilson in 1892. He wrote about the lake in his journal saying “As God is my judge, I never in all my explorations saw such a matchless scene.” Canadian Pacific took advantage of this pristine location and built a one story log cabin that served as a hotel for those who enjoyed the outdoors. By 1912, word spread about this majestic spot in the mountains, enticing more than 50,000 people to reach the shores of Lake Louise. The increase of people lead Canadian Pacific to build the grand chateau that stands today. Nestled in the Canadian Rockies the Fairmont Chateau has housed royalty, heads of state and celebrities in comfort.
Four Seasons Resort Whistler, Vancouver Canada
Vancouver, Canada is home of the Four Season Resort Whistler. In 2010 the during the Winter Olympics, the Whistler’s upscale accommodations were put to use by the Olympic athletes. The hotel is also conveniently a 15-minute walk to all the restaurants and shops in the center of town. In winter, the resort will have your waxed skis and pre-warmed boots waiting at the hotel’s Ski Concierge Shop at the base of Blackcomb each morning. If you are not an advanced skier they have a Ski Elite Program with one-on-one instruction. During the summer, outdoors is where all the action is. Zip lining, hiking on untrammeled Coast Mountain alpine meadows and biking down the mountains are activities you can participate in. For something a bit more relaxed, you can canoe the River of Golden Dreams with Whistler Mountain standing in the backdrop.
The Omni Homestead Resort, Hot Springs, Virginia
The Omni Homestead Resort in Virginia has a lot of histry. The healing hot springs water has been soothing visitors since the time of the Revolutionary War. Thomas Jefferson himself, has taken a soak in this Allegheny Mountain outpost on the Virginia/West Virginia border. In 1902, the current The Omni Homestead Resort was built to house the many visitors that flocked to it. It has 483-rooms and is spread across 15,000 acres that features three golf courses, tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, biking, downhill and cross-country skiing, ice skating, bowling and spring-fed indoor and outdoor pools. Even the kids can enjoy spa treatments.
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Located at the base of Cheyenne Mountain of Colorado Springs, Colorado, The Broadmoor is one of the United States best mountain experiences. It opened in 1918, the manor has kept up with the times, recently opening one- to eight-bedroom cottages that are perfect for an extended family reunion. The resort features an infinity pool with water slides, a 18-hole golf course, horseback riding, white water rafting and more.
Jenny Lake Lodge, Moose, Wyoming
Jenny Lake Lodge has only 37 cabins creating a more elegant and intimate stay. The cabins surround a meadow of wildflowers. Located in Grand Teton National Park activities include, hiking through the tall pines, boating, horseback riding and fishing. This is a great place for nature lover due to the elks, and other wild life than are often spotted. The meals are included in the price and you don’t want to skip them.
Sundance Resort, Sundance, Utah
In 1969, actor Robert Redford purchased land on the eastern slopes of Mount Timpanogos and began building the Sundance Resort. Later he added cottages and placed them along streams and under groves of aspen. Today, the Sundance is a four-season playground for families. In the winter, Sundance is a great place to learn to ski with countless trails on both the front and back of the peak. In the summer and fall even more fun can be had, with the lifts still running to bring hikers and mountain bikers to the peak. The Sundance Nature Trail and the Great Western Trail reach out to a grand waterfall and to a peak with a great view. Fly fishing, horseback riding, spa treatments and more is also provided.
The Ahwahnee, Yosemite National Park, California
The Ahwahnee was built in 1927 with heavy timber and stone in one of the most famous National Parks in America, Yosemite. The historic lodge is at its finest in winter when you can return from a day of downhill skiing at Badger Pass Ski Area or skating at Curry Village. The massive fireplace in the hotel’s Great Lounge is very welcoming and cozy..
Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe, Vermont
If you ever wanted to visit the mountain destination where “The Sound of Music” was filmed then Trapp Family Lodge in Stowe Vermont is the place you want to go. Maria von Trapp, the woman who inspired “The Sound of Music,” created the place. The original building burned down in 1980, but the Trapp Family Lodge endures. The new Austrian-style lodge has the same stunning view. Members of the Trapp family can be found dining with guests and leading singalongs in the living room. The outdoors is the most magical attraction about the lodge. Open during the winter and spring months , where skiing is the ideal past time in the snow and collecting maple syrup is a must when it thaws.
Resort at Squaw Creek, Lake Tahoe, California
There’s something for everyone at the Resort at Squaw Creek in Lake Tahoe. Located at the base of Squaw Valley, Lake Tahoe was the setting for the 1960 Winter Olympics. This resort boasts endless activities for the whole family to enjoy, like skiing, ice skating, sledding, tennis, golf, fly fishing and much more. The spa is open to adults while kids hang out at the arcade or partake in supervised activities like biking, hiking, arts and crafts and more.
Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana
Each of the 30 log cabins in Triple Creek Ranch is equipped with wood-burning fireplaces and hot tubs. This makes it a great romantic mountain getaway. At this adults only ranch you and you significant other can bird watch during a nature tour in the Bitterroot Valley. You might see more than birds too.
Sonnenalp Resort of Vail, Colorado
The fire places and hand made furniture in each room make the Sonnenalp Resort feel like a luxurious place to stay. The heated floors in the bathrooms add to this feeling. All the rooms have a view of the mountain or Gore Creek. If you happen to escape the allure of your room the resort has an impressive breakfast buffet you can enjoy before skiing, or hiking.
Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tenessee
Ribbons of white fences, a pond stocked with catfish, and houses constructed from Tennessee fieldstone are key characteristics of the Blackberry Farm. Located in the Great Smoky Mountains, Blackberry’s spreads over 4,200 acres. 51 rooms are available to guest who visit the far. Some rooms have vaulted ceilings, indoor-outdoor fireplaces, and screened-in patios, and rockers are positioned on the front lawn for sundown over the Smokies.
Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, New York
It may come as a surprise to see another mountain destination in New York, but Whiteface Lodge holds it reputation as being one of the top mountain destinations in the states. Suite are rustic, outfitted with white-pine beams and cast-iron fireplaces. You utilize a full kitchen and a private patio. Some rooms have a view overlooking Whiteface Mountain itself, others face McKenzie Range and the year-round outdoor pool. In winter time is when you can take advantage of complimentary snowshoes for exploring the property’s trails.
Inn on Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina
Sitting on 8,000 acres the Inn on Biltmore estate showcases the George Vanderbilt’s 1895 chateau. The best views can be seen from the rooms facing west, but their is more to do than marvel at the scenery. You can rent bikes to take advantage of the Biltmore’s 22 miles of trails, or head further afield to explore the Blue Ridge Mountains.