The 11 Best Wilderness Retreats in America
Luxury 5-star hotels hang onto your hats; there is a new breed of retreats and lodges that are gaining attention all over the country. Taking a page from history; wilderness retreats, lodges, inns (however you want to refer to them), are becoming the new spot for travelers wanting to explore nature without sacrificing comfort. From the stunning scenery of Alaska to the cowboy country of Wyoming, these 11 wilderness retreats are among the best in the United States.
11. Alderbrook Resort and Spa, Washington
Located just two hours from Seattle, this resort and spa makes you feel like you are worlds away. The resort rests on the shores of the Hood Canal, surrounded by the Olympic Mountains, and home to a plethora of wildlife including eagles, osprey, seals, and salmon. This luxury retreat features guestrooms with incredible amenities such as luxury linens, soaking tubs and fireplaces. During the day guests are encouraged to take advantage of the Hood Canal at the doorstep and explore the waters by canoe, kayak, crabbing or fishing.
The surrounding 525 acres are perfect for hiking and exploring, knowing that the beautiful resort awaits you at the end of the day. Back at the resort guests will indulge in the spa, glassed-in pool with mountain views and wine & dine at the incredible restaurant with its ever-changing menu. If you were looking for luxury meets wilderness, the Alderbrook Resort and Spa is the place for you.
10. Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
This historical log-and-stone building dates back to 1903 and remains one of the first true wilderness lodges that still operate today. Located in Yellowstone National Park it is the most requested lodging facility in the park and is considered the largest log structure in the world. Visitors will be enthralled by the towering lobby that features a massive stone fireplace and handcrafted clock made out of copper and iron.
Guests here must be willing to embrace the wilderness style of life as there are no televisions, radios or air-conditioning in any of the park lodgings. Instead, visitors will be spending their time outdoors, embracing nature through hiking, boating, horseback riding, or taking guided tours. Stunning scenery, sunsets, and wildlife are all just a part of the experience here at the Old Faithful Inn.