Fresh air, dramatic views, luxe indulgences — at our favorite mountainside resorts you won’t be roughing it. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors picked the top spots to get close to awe-inspiring mountain peaks without leaving any lavishness behind.
The Four-Star St. Regis Aspen Resort resides in a historic 19th-century building, which was renovated in 2011. At the base of Aspen Mountain, the hotel caters to groups or families with loft suites and opulent living rooms, in-room fireplaces, a cozy library and a lively lounge scene (including live music in Shadow Mountain Lounge).
At Five-Star Stein Eriksen Lodge at Deer Valley ski resort in Park City, Utah, you can count on the expert ski concierge service to lug your equipment around so you don’t have to. Go for the apres-ski appetizers (we recommend the fondue) in Troll Hallen Lodge, which has sweeping alpine views and an upscale, come-as-you-are ambience.
The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in Beaver Creek does rustic the right way — touches of Colorado’s ruggedness are seen in the Four-Star hotel’s in-room stone fireplaces, vaulted timber-clad ceilings and the all-wood-and-plaid Buffalo Bar restaurant. But the high-end amenities take center stage, including spacious marble bathrooms, the Four-Star Bachelor Gulch Spa and the sleek Spago restaurant.
But the Rockies aren’t home to all of the best mountain resorts. Blackberry Farm in Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains is a 4,200-acre Four-Star retreat known for its knockout food, decadently decorated cottages, Aveda spa and year-round activities such as hiking, farm tours, carriage rides and paddle sports.
Photo Courtesy of St. Regis Aspen Resort