15 Gorgeous Hotels for Nature Lovers
Get a healthy dose of Mother Nature in some of the most gorgeous lodging options America has to offer.
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California
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This adults-only lodging option is so much more than a place to rest your head. Situated on 100-acres of lush land, 1200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, Post Ranch Inn is a place to retreat to for the ultimate nature experience. In fact, with infinity pool hot tubs, a lap pool, daily yoga, guided nature hikes, stargazing, garden tours, a stunning on-site restaurant, Sierra Mar, which offers sweeping views of the ocean, and more, you likely won’t want to leave the grounds. The names of the lodging choices say it all: Tree, Cliff, Pacific, Butterfly, and more. Don’t miss these 50 hotel rooms with a view to add to your bucket list.
Ventana Big Sur, California
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Just across from Post Ranch Inn is the lovely Ventana Big Sur. Situated on more than 200 acres of coastline, this uber eco-friendly resort boasts breathtaking views of the ocean from its restaurant, Sur House, and 300 miles of hiking trails within the Ventana Wilderness. Along with some incredibly plush rooms, guests also have the opportunity to enjoy Ventana’s Redwood and Canyon Glampsites, where safari-style canvas tents tucked deep in the forest await. If you love glamping, check out these 13 glamping vacations you just have to take.
Olinda Country Cottages & Inn, Maui
Residing high above the ocean in Maui’s Upcountry, grassy meadow and plentiful blooms await at Olinda Country Cottages. At 4,000-feet elevation, you’ll also get a breathtaking view of the island’s North Shore. It’s a perfect getaway for hikers looking to explore challenging trails within Waihou Spring Forest Reserve’s eucalyptus and koa forest. The most requested cottage is “Hidden Cottage,” where French doors open up to mountain views and an outdoor tub gives you prime real estate for stargazing.
Treehouse Cottages, Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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Treehouse Cottages spans two locations and offers seven high-flying abodes in total. You’ll get a luxurious lodging experience among the treetops that are made with love thanks to married couple Terry and Patsy Miller. Terry designed and built each cottage by hand, while Patsy transformed the interiors into works of art, including handmade tiles and pottery. If you dream of living in a treehouse, check out these treehouses you’ll want in your backyard.
West Point Inn, Mill Valley, California
Situated on Mt. Tamalpais, West Point Inn offers a no-frills back-to-nature lodging experience. To get to the Craftsman-style lodge and surrounding cabins that are situated on the south slope of the mountain, you’ll have to endure a 2-mile hike along fire roads. Once there, prepare for an off-grid experience since there’s no television, cell use, and the propane-generated power is limited. Meet your new friends in the large communal kitchen where you can whip up whatever you packed, then enjoy it outside as you take in incredible views of San Francisco, the Marin Headlands, and the East Bay.
Granite Park Chalet, Glacier National Park, Montana
If taking in the awe-inspiring glacier-carved mountains, hanging valleys and vast displays of wildflowers sound like your way of getting back to nature, then Granite Park Chalet has you covered. Located in Montana’s Glacier National Park, the 1914 chalet is perched atop a rocky outcropping where four trails meet. The 12-room hotel is as backcountry as it gets, and you will absolutely love it. Get a preview with these stunning photos of our National Parks in full bloom.
Jackson Hole Hideout, Jackson Hole, Wyoming
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This destination bed and breakfast was formerly called A Teton Tree House before it underwent a full renovation in 2016. The result is a rustic, beautifully handcrafted lodge-style property residing on four acres in Wilson. Rooms have a casual elegance, with wood beamed ceilings and large windows that let the outside in. When you’re not cozying up in your room, you’ll surely want to take advantage of the peaceful environment that is Jackson Hole and the greater Yellowstone ecosystem in this slice of heaven in the trees.
Savage River Lodge, Frostburg, Maryland
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Located in the western part of the state, the SavageRiver Lodge is surrounded by more than 700 acres of State Forest land. You’ll find effortlessly beautiful and rustic cabins and yurts, along with gourmet dining and a whole lot of nature to explore and relish.
Acadia Yurts, Mount Desert Island, Maine
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If you’ve always wanted to stay in a yurt, do it the right way—at one of the most beautiful National Parks in America: Acadia National Park. The yurts are located on the quietest part of Mount Desert Island in Southwest Harbor on a private, 5-acre property where guests can cozy up in tent-like circular dwellings when they’re not breathing in the fresh mountain air.
Dunton River Camp, Cresto Ranch, Colorado
The summer-only Dunton River Camp located in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado is located on a 500-acre former cattle ranch that dates back to the late 1800s. It’s the ideal escape for people looking to take in nature the most rustic way without totally diving into the camping scene. It’s best known as a luxury camping resort with mountain tents set within Aspen trees and river tents located above the West Fork of the Dolores River.
The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
Located in Georgia’s famed Golden Isles, The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island is your escape to seven miles of immaculate beaches and 11,000 acres of undeveloped wilderness for exploration. The property can only be accessed by boat, making it ideal for those looking to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Here, you’ll find a 32-guest lodging experience with Adirondack-style furniture, family-style meals in the dining room, and a whole lot of relaxation. Don’t miss these other 12 stunning islands in America.
The Ranch at Emerald Valley
Located in Colorado Springs, The Ranch at Emerald Valley is a slice of nature heaven located on Cheyenne Lake featuring a 94-year-old mainstay up the mountain. Here you’ll find fireplaces, scenic patios, and an utterly relaxing all-inclusive experience that will provide you a breath of fresh air from your busy lifestyle in a rustic atmosphere.
El Capitan Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
This is an adorable summer camp type of experience that’s just a bike ride from the beach in Santa Barbara. Cedar cabins, safari tents, and straight up camping opportunities await in historic groves of oak and sycamore trees along El Capitan Creek. What’s more, there’s a market and pool on site, and outdoor picnic tables, benches, grills, and fire pits for the ultimate outdoor gatherings. Check out a beach cruiser for free and ride to the beach for the day, or hike along the immaculate trails, and ask for the route to the farm where goats, lambs, a donkey, and lamas reside overlooking the ocean. Don’t miss these other incredible places you can actually stay in overnight.
Located in Meadows of Dan, Virginia, Primland is an eco-conscious retreat located on 12,000 acres. You’ll find treehouses, mountain homes, and country cottages with a sweeping backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The main farmhouse, The Lodge at Primland features 26 guestrooms and suites inspired by the surrounding countryside. An absolute must is the resort’s geocaching experience, which permits you a map and GPS unit among the land, as you search for hidden canisters that lead to small prizes.
Triple Creek Ranch
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Located in Darby, Montana, Triple Creek Ranch offers 25 log cabins for the ultimate rustic and relaxing experience. You’ll find exposed log walls, slate bathrooms, and breathtaking views of the Bitterroot Mountains. Foodies will love the resort’s restaurant, which pairs traditional French and Southwestern cuisine under cathedral ceilings. During the day, enjoy outdoor bliss including fly-fishing, golf, whitewater rafting, and dog sledding in the winter. Read on for more unusual places you can spend the night.