Are you tired of the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Does the idea of getting back to nature without roughing it somehow appeal to you? Are you traveling in the US? If so, read on, fellow traveler. Here to help you with creating your travel itinerary are the 13 best US resorts for reconnecting with nature.
The 13 Best U.S. Resorts for Reconnecting With Nature
1. The Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa, New Mexico
Get back to nature in style in northern New Mexico. For it is there you will find the Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort & Spa. Nestled in the unique cliffs by the Ojo Caliente River, this resort offers guests “an immersive back-to-nature experience” that comes complete with a hot spring soak said by some to be one of the most peaceful and scenic thermal experiences in the US. Here in an adobe home, you can fall asleep and wake up to distinctive desert views. You can go biking or hiking in the secluded desert, practice vinyasas in the yoga yurt, and dine at the popular farm-fresh Artesian Restaurant.
2. The Green O, Montana
Located on the 37,000-acre Paws Up resort, The Green O offers guests a “luxury-meets-adventure getaway” in the woodlands. Enjoy some nature-focused TLC at the verdant forest-flanked Green Haus, Light Haus, Round Haus, and Tree Haus accommodations. Amenities include exciting ATV tours, scenic paddle excursions, and on-site hiking trails. After an adventurous day, you can soak in your own private hot tub beneath the stars following a memorable meal at the Social Haus.
3. The Sheldon Chalet, Alaska
You will find the Sheldon Chalet atop Ruth Glacier in stunning Denali National Park. 50 miles from modern civilization, it’s just 10 miles from the rugged Denali summit and surrounded by the distinguished Don Sheldon Amphitheater. Unsurprisingly, this resort focuses on outdoor adventures such as crevasse exploration, snow-cavern spelunking, and ice climbing. After your exceptionally adventurous outing, you can recharge and unwind with a five-star meal and, if you’re lucky, the best northern lights show in the nation.
4. Amangiri, Utah
Veteran visitors say that you will see some of the Colorado Plateau’s most incredible desert views here at Amangiri. Whether you stay in one of the canyon-viewing stone suites or the tented pavilion named Camp Sarika, this earth-inspired resort is sleek and actually blends in with the stunning, cacti-covered surroundings. The staff and management have worked hard to uphold the expectations associated with the high-end Aman brand.
Mind you, here your luxurious stay comes complete with a bit of dirt beneath your fingernails. Here guests are offered assorted outings to the most popular national parks in the area including Zion, the Grand Canyon, and Bryce Canyon. Adventurous options offered here also include guided, via ferrata Colorado Plateau hikes. After sunset, get ready to be impressed by the sight of constellations so clear you will almost think you can reach out and touch them.
5. The Wild Rice Retreat, Wisconsin
This retreat on the rugged shore of Lake Superior is part wellness resort and part artist’s escape. Here you can reconnect with nature in northern Wisconsin’s verdant forests. The lovely lake’s waves serve as a subtle soundtrack to such offered activities as meditating or practicing yoga in the popular Peace Pod or even detoxifying in the sultry sauna. If you favor a more active adventure, you can go hiking on the different trails here and work up an appetite for a nourishing night of farm-to-table dining outdoors.
6. Twin Farms, Vermont
Spanning an area of 300 acres, Twin Farms is said by some travel experts to be one of the very best nature immersions in all of New England. Nestled within bucolic meadows and backdropped by the great Green Mountains, this resort is about 90 minutes out of Burlington. You have your choice of 10 attractive tree-canopied cottages.
The resort also includes a nine-acre, private pond, and a number of different biking, hiking, and even cross-country skiing areas to help visitors work up a real appetite for noteworthy locally-sourced meals. You can even enjoy a picnic by the pond if the weather’s nice. Would you rather eat lunch on the go? Get a boxed lunch and enjoy it during your hike or bike ride. Be sure to head to the rather rustic-chic Main House in the evening though for a surprisingly elegant fireside dinner.
7. The Post Ranch Inn, California
High atop the striking coastal cliffs, the Post Ranch Inn is much more than your typical “Big Sur base camp.” Indeed, some call it a magnificent “mountain-meets-ocean immersion.” You have your choice of 40 opulent rooms that come complete with awesome sea-view windows. The resort offers a number of different activities including falconry, forest meditation, guided nature walks, and morning yoga to integrate guests into the immediate environment. This natural retreat even offers scenic dinners that include natural ingredients from the chef’s own garden.
8. Baker’s Cay Resort, Florida
Nature is reported to be the raison d’être of this teal ocean-flanked escape in Key Largo. The rooms’ panoramic balconies provide a peaceful, easy feeling. For more green-minded guests, the resort offers guests an opportunity to “give back” to nature, too.
It hosts monthly underwater and beach cleanups. Along with Ocean Rescue Alliance and 1000 Mermaids, they also support coral-restoration initiatives. The resort’s nature walks are led by eco-educators who educate others on the Florida Keys’ fragile ecosystems as well. The retreat was the first American resort to join the Dock to Dish initiative which helps dining guests support sustainable and small-scale fishing.
9. Amara Resort And Spa, Arizona
Enjoy waking up to super sun-splashed mornings at this modern, gorgeous getaway situated on awesome Oak Creek Canyon only two blocks from uptown Sedona. Amara’s more interesting amenities include an infinity pool, on-site mountain bike rentals, and even hot-air balloon outings. Don’t forget your after-dinner drink at the famous SaltRock Kitchen. Here you can enjoy an agave-based beverage such as a craft margarita that even matches the crimson rock backdrop.
10. The Terramor Outdoor Resort, Maine
If your idea of getting back to nature is a glamping getaway, then the 64-canvas-tent Terramor Outdoor Resort is for you! It’s only 20 minutes away from the famed Acadia National Park and offers a wonderful wilderness experience with a little bit of luxury to its guests. Enjoy birding, kayaking, morning yoga, and even an open-walled massage in the retreat’s wellness tent. Special nighttime activities include beer tastings, live music concerts, campfires, and craft s’mores complete with peanut butter and Nutella.
11. Lake Placid Lodge, New York
This posh mountain retreat in the Adirondacks will not only feed your fix for nature but will also treat you like royalty. You will admire both the scenery and the accommodations. No matter where you lay your head, you’ll see stone fireplaces handcrafted by a local mason and hand-hewn wood beams as well.
Set on the waterfront, this getaway is a great jumping-off point for an assortment of outdoor activities. You can go boating, kayaking, and fishing too. In fact, if you catch something big enough to eat, the chef will clean and prepare your catch for you.
Don’t like the water? No problem! You can go hiking or biking in the surrounding Adirondacks. Then experience a fire-lit meal in the lodge’s Artisans restaurant.
12. Camp V, Colorado
Head for western Colorado to Camp V and enjoy the resort’s popular “choose-your-own-adventure” experience. The camp’s hip cabins allow guests to live in and learn about the desert with quite a few cozy creature comforts. If you don’t like cabins, you can go camping, glamping, or experience an Airstream stay.
Need more choices to make the desert fun? Ask about their newer canyon-view Jupe. Imagine staying in a pod-like place created by designers from such companies as Airbnb, SpaceX, and Tesla.
Visit the on-site pond for some super sunrise standup paddleboarding. Go for a little hike. You can even go to Naturita and take an exciting UTV tour.
13. Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, Michigan
Veteran visitors say you will feel much more at ease the moment you cross the little bridge into the Upper Peninsula. They say you’ll feel even better once you reach the lodge itself. The Keweenaw Peninsula is flanked by Lake Superior and the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, one of the northernmost lodges in the state, will immerse you in the unspoiled, surrounding area.
This getaway spot has its own hiking and mountain-biking trails. It’s actually a part of the official National Register of Historic Places. The lodge is also part of an initiative to establish Keweenaw’s first International Dark Sky Park. It’s a great idea since this region is one of the best places in the continental US to see auroras.
There you have it, nature seekers! These are the 13 best US resorts for reconnecting with nature. Did we hit upon your favorite spot to get back to nature without actually roughing it? Is there someplace you think we missed that belongs on this list? If so, let us know below in the comment section!