Don't worry, these aren't the mountain lodges you see on horror movies. These luxurious retreats offer the same amenities you find in five-star city properties, just with a view of stunning lakes, trees and mountains that will make your jaw drop. From Colorado to Virginia, there's a resort here for every mountain lover.
Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, New York
For many, a mountain resort isn't a true mountain resort unless it's outfitted with animals on the wall and chandeliers made of antlers. If you're this kind of person, you'll love Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York. Don't misunderstand us, though; the decor is very rustic, but the accommodations are far from quaint. Many rooms come equipped with a kitchen and wraparound patios, while others come with a view of the beautiful outdoor pool. The lodge is located on more than 6 million acres of the Adirondack Park, so anywhere you look offers a pretty view.
Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Colorado
Situated at the bottom of the Bachelor Gulch Mountain, the Ritz-Carlton offers some of the most stunning views of any place in the U.S. The lobby, rooms and restaurant all boast the high-end luxury you'd expect from a Ritz-Carlton (marble bathrooms and high thread-count sheets, to name a few). Spend the extra money and stay in a resort view room for amazing vistas of the Eagle River Valley.
Topnotch at Stowe Resort & Spa, Stowe, Vermont
Stowe has turned into a hot spot for skiers, snowboarders and luxury hotel seekers, with scattered resorts all along the mountains. The Topnotch was actually the first full-service resort in Stowe, which means it snagged a prime location right at the base of Vermont's tallest peak. The views are incredible all year, but we recommend a stay during leaf-viewing times, when you can see vibrant shades of orange, red and yellow rolling in the distance. If you're a skier, you'll love the luxurious spa, which has hot stone and Swedish massages, as well as steam rooms, to help soothe tired muscles.
Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
In a place like Deer Valley, which is known around the world as a top-notch skiing, snowboarding and luxury U.S. destination, it's hard to make your mark. Despite being a newbie, however, the Montage Deer Valley has already become a sought-after hotel in the popular valley. We love the stone bridge and majestic forest entry, which sets the mood for guests as they arrive. The 154 rooms and 66 suites are richly furnished and offer beautiful views of Deer Valley. One of the biggest focuses of the hotel is food, so be sure to visit their restaurants for fresh takes on Asian, pub and American dishes.
The Homestead, Hot Springs, Virginia
The Homestead isn't just a renowned resort sitting pretty near the Allegheny Mountains, it's a Southern institution. Even though it's seen renovations and restorations, the Homestead still reflects the same level of service, charm and Southern hospitality it started with in the 18th century. There are more than 483 guest rooms, which are decorated in period furnishings and artwork to showcase Virginia's history. There's never a dull moment at the hotel, either. You can choose from outdoor excursions, world-class golfing, five-star dining and a stay at the Canyon Ranch spa to keep you occupied.