What inspires you to travel?
More often than not, we hear hotels being close to the top of the list. No wonder why. There is definitely something magical about hotels that make your stay an experience in itself. Our top guest favorite hotels are often described as such, with luxury accommodations that are designed for you to relax and unwind without a care in the world. These selection of hotels are almost a re-imagination of perfection: the attention to details, the passion in service, and the signature offerings make them one of the highlights of a spectacular getaway. Here is a small sample of some of the heritage properties we visit on our trips:
Savannah: Brice Hotel
The Brice, endearingly known as the “Southern Belle of Hotels” in Savannah, GA, offers a wonderful juxtaposition of historic architecture and modern amenities. Frequently ranked as on of the best hotels in the South by Conde Nast Traveler, this luxury hotel is right in the middle of downtown Savannah. Take a stroll through nearby Forsyth Park or go shopping on Broughton Street after familiarizing yourself on a guided walking tour.
Sonoma: Bodega Bay Lodge
This hotel is seated atop a tranquil bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and is consistently rated as one of the best hotels on the Sonoma Coast. Take in the soothing ocean view, as you get cozy beside the outdoor fire pits. There really is no better way to unwind after a long day of riding… and sampling world-renowned wine and cheese.
Cape Cod: Chatham Bars Inn
Dubbed the “best hotel on Cape Cod,” by Boston Magazine, this charming coastal inn offers the quintessential Cape Cod experience. The Chatham Bars Inn boasts a private beach, where you can view the native seals, tours of the Cape Cod National Seashore, and three distinct restaurants that offer only the freshest of the day’s catch. Partake in a couples massage at their resident spa after spending your day cycling along seaside lanes lined with gray-shingled cottages.
Acadia: Bar Harbor Inn
True to its name, the Bar Harbor Inn & Spa is located harbor side, overlooking both Frenchman Bay and the Porcupine Islands. This quaint inn is an iconic and historic New England vacation destination and the perfect getaway for you and a loved one. Indulge in an authentic Maine lobster bake after spending the day sailing on a classic Maine Windjammer.
Vermont: Inn at Shelburne Farms
This rustic hotel, originally built in the 19th century, exudes historic Vermont character. The inn is committed to bringing guests closer together on this beautiful property by making every effort to preserve the tranquility of the area. There are no TVs, radios, or even elevators, allowing you to focus on the stunning scenery while you experience all the private intimacy this hidden gem has to offer. The natural aesthetic perfectly complements a day spent riding past Vermont’s famous fall foliage.
Oregon: Columbia Gorge Hotel
There must be something about being by the water that makes a hotel that much more charming. The Columbia Gorge Hotel rests upon the shores of the Columbia River, and is recognized as a Historic Hotel of America. Guests recommend strolling the grounds and stargazing at night, further immersing yourselves in Oregon’s natural beauty from the comfort of your hotel after spending the day rafting the White Salmon River.
Southern Arizona: Hacienda del Sol
This secluded historic Spanish Colonial style property is full of authentic southwestern charm, and has plenty of activities for couples. Watch the sun set over the Sonoran Desert on horseback as you appreciate the vast expanse of cacti-filled land that the resort is surrounded by. You can even get couples massage in the comfort of your own room, leaving you ready to melt into bed after the day’s ride through the desert.
Sedona: Amara Resort
Sedona can be considered as the pinnacle of Southwestern culture, and the Amara Resort makes it easy to understand why. Located in the heart of uptown Sedona, the hotel’s aesthetic is a modern interpretation of the city’s Native American heritage, with ornate handcrafted baskets adorning the walls and carefully curated interior colors that are reminiscent of desert-flowers. After a day of riding the Red Rock Scenic Byway, start your evening at their in-house restaurant, SaltRock Southwest Kitchen, known for its agave-based cocktail bar that specializes in craft margaritas.