The Best Resorts in the U.S.

Spa resorts, ski resorts, mountain lodges—these are the top resorts in the U.S., as chosen by Condé Nast Traveler readers in the 2017 Readers' Choice Awards survey.

Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, Ranch Santa Fe, CA

In the polo fields and horse ranches of the San Dieguito Valley, Rancho Valencia offers gorgeous casitas with hand-painted tiles set against fresh, whitewashed walls and vaulted ceilings that allow the space to breathe. And given its location, the clay-colored complex of 49 suites and villas simply bathe in the sun. If you're looking to indulge, try the Diver Scallops with crab agnolotti at Veladora, then work it off the next morning at the pro-level tennis complex.

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The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, GA

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island is a true escape from the annoyances of 21st-century life, given that it's accessible only by boat from the Georgia coast. More importantly, the lodge accommodates just 32 guests at a time, so you'll escape the crowds, too. Expect Adirondack-style furniture, family-style meals in the dining room, and lots of bonding time with nature.

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The Ranch at Emerald Valley, Colorado Springs, CO

Steal away to Cheyenne Lake to combine the comfort of The Broadmoor with more of Colorado's rustic charms. The Ranch at Emerald Valley is a short trek up the mountain from the 94-year-old mainstay, where fireplaces, scenic patios, and an all-inclusive experience await. Whether you're a city slicker or a cowboy at heart, activities like herding cattle and hiking mix with hot-tub soaks and fireside wine to create an atmosphere that's at once rustic, adventurous, and relaxing.

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Hidden Pond, Kennebunkport, ME

Hidden Pond evokes a fantasy summer camp, where you can pick your own vegetables in a garden or borrow a retro bicycle for a jaunt to Goose Rocks Beach. Each of the resort's 36 one- and two-bedroom cottages have generous kitchens, cozy porches, and gas fireplaces for chilly nights, and range in decor from the playful Periwinkle (bright primary colors) to the classic Thank You (New England seafoam and powder blue with embroidered lobster pillows).

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Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, MT

Triple Creek Ranch's 25 log cabins ooze rusticity, with exposed log walls, slate bathrooms, and sweeping views of the Bitterroot Mountains. The resort's restaurant pairs cathedral ceilings with cuisine ranging from traditional French to Southwestern that incorporate local delicacies, such as Snake River Farms pork collar, or Durham Ranch Wagyu beef. Of course, you're going to be out in nature, and activities range from the relaxing, like golf or fly fishing, to the adventurous, like whitewater rafting and dog sledding.

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Cal-a-Vie, Vista, CA

Cal-a-Vie might leave you believing you're in the middle of the French countryside, if not for fresh fruits and Zumba classes replacing the croissants and livestock. The relaxed, Provençal-styled resort belies the potential to wake for a sunrise hike and follow it up with cardio kickboxing, spinning, or water volleyball. Of course, you can soothe your weary muscles at the world-class spa—past patrons rave about the bamboo massage and the coffee scrub. Pair these pampering treatments with an on-site nutritionist and health-conscious chef, and you’ll leave feeling as fresh as a Mediterranean breeze.

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The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, MT

This 6,000-acre mountain getaway blends its lofty standard of comfort with the spirit of the West through cowhide rugs, leather furniture, and Native American–inspired textiles, without veering into cowboy cliché. While there’s no gym and no in-room TV (and, oddly, most rooms lack tubs), the location affords a variety of outdoor activities, including horseback riding, cross-country skiing, skeet shooting, and fly fishing in the four-mile ribbon of Rock Creek that flows through the property. If those don't fit your bill, a Jack Nicklaus–designed public golf course and downhill skiing are within shouting distance, too.

Ranch at Rock Creek

The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, WY

The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch in Saratoga, Wyoming, our readers' favorite U.S. resort, injects an extra dose of luxury into the rugged West. Outdoor lovers can enjoy fly-fishing, hiking, and horseback riding at the ranch, while also indulging in a full range of spa services. The lodge serves up family-style dinners, gourmet meals, and barbecue to visitors as they take in the beautiful Rocky Mountain skyline. View our complete list of the best places to visit in the U.S.

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