What comes to mind when you think of an ideal resort vacation destination? For some, it’s being able to unplug completely and trade the hold of smart phones and email for quiet serenity, while for others it’s all about getting closer to nature.
Whether you’re a foodie or a wine expert, a beach lover or a seeker of nature there’s an ideal resort vacation waiting to welcome you. Here are 5 places to fit any style.
A Place for Foodies…
Blackberry Farm in Walland, Tennessee
Food is definitely the center of attention at Blackberry Farm, a luxury hotel situated on a pastoral 4,200 acre estate in the Great Smoky Mountains. Guests here enjoy excellent farm-to-table organic meals served in an atmospheric turn-of-the-century barn. Feast on homemade ricotta, freshly picked fruits, vegetables and local produce, or stroll over to the wellness center and its fresh juice bar before taking a yoga class or indulging in a spa treatment. You can also take a cooking or gardening class, have an Orvis-endorsed fly fishing adventure, or take off to explore on a custom co-motion bike. Rates start at around $860 per night.
A Place to Unplug…
Little Palm Island Resort and Spa, Florida
Want to leave the outside world behind? At the Little Palm Island Resort and Spa in Little Torch Key you’ll find a tropical paradise with few intrusions because no cell phones are allowed at the resort and access is only via seaplane or boat. There are no telephones or televisions, and no guests under the age of 16. You’ll stay in a dreamy thatched roof bungalow and enjoy sea views that dazzle, schools of fish that dart through crystal-clear waters, and no outside distractions to interrupt enjoyment of this romantic Florida Keys gem. Rates from $1190.
A Place for Wine Lovers…
Allison Inn and Spa, Oregon
Ideally situated in Oregon’s lush and justifiably famous Willamette Valley wine region, the Allison Inn and Spa lets wine gourmets take advantage of private vineyard tours and return to a gorgeous home base to continue sipping a Pinot Noir on their private terrace. The location also provides easy access to neighboring wineries, fine dining, boutiques and art galleries. There’s ample opportunity for biking and nature hikes, and luxurious spa treatments such as the Mimosa body massage. You’re less than an hour away from Portland International Airport and a two hour drive from the Pacific Ocean along the breathtaking Oregon coast. Rates from $405 per night.
A Place for Water Lovers…
Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia
Generations of guests keep returning to the legendary elegance of the Cloister at Sea Island and its 200 rooms and suites with exclusive access to five miles of private beach. This coastal retreat is styled with Mediterranean luxury but offers traditional Southern hospitality and fabulous amenities including three beach club pools. You’re close enough for an easy trip to nearby Rainbow Island where a personal chef will prepare a private beachside BBQ while you relax and indulge in the sand and the surf. Rates from $575 per night.
A Place to Commune with Nature…
L’Auberge De Sedona, Arizona
Known for the harmony of nature and as a place of spiritual healing, Sedona is a destination where fiery red rock formations dot the gorgeous landscape in all directions. L’Auberge De Sedona is a perfect home base with private creek-side cabins featuring fireplaces, a jaccuzi, and generous porches that boast breathtaking views. Hiking, golf, fabulous dining, starlight concerts and other activities are readily available. The resort will also help arrange a variety of other treats from hot air balloon rides to helicopter sightseeing tours over the dramatic desert landscape. Rates start from $395 per night.