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Befitting its royal moniker, this stately hotel stands regally on the shores of Upper Waterton Lake in Alberta, Canada. The 86-room hideaway, named in honor of Prince Edward, has been welcoming guests to its spectacular water- and mountain-view rooms since 1927. Visitors come for the warm hospitality — the afternoon tea is a standout — and excellent hiking trails that lattice the area’s national park. Bear’s Hump Trail is popular for its views of the hotel, town and lake. Spring is an especially exciting time for wildlife spotting, when Bighorn sheep, black and brown bears, fox and more can be seen meandering among the alpine landscape (room rates start at $250 a night).
What happens when you marry one of the world’s most renowned luxury brands with one of the country’s most beautiful — and bountiful — settings? Check into this recently debuted property in Calistoga in Napa Valley and you’ll be treated to the ultimate experience. Rooms here invite the spectacular setting in with oversize windows showcasing epic views. On-site amenities include a vineyard with tasting room and a spa that utilizes the area hot springs in its experiences (room rates start at $854 a night).
This Wisconsin lake town, located just 90 minutes from Chicago and 50 from Minneapolis, is chockablock with Gilded Age homes, local shops and eateries, and all-seasons outdoor activities. Take part in them all when you stay at this enormous hotel of the same name that sits on the shimmering waters. In addition to 365 guest rooms, the resort includes two golf courses, a ski and snowboarding facility, an indoor/outdoor waterpark and a serene spa. The restaurant options are just as robust — the Chophouse and its outdoor fireside lounge being among the most popular spots (room rates start at $199 a night).
With the tagline “Life in Balance,” it’s no surprise that this stunning all-inclusive spa resort positioned on Lake Travis is robust with wellness offerings. There’s yoga and massage, of course, as well as meals sourced from the on-site farm that are as flavorful as they are healthy. The resort’s extensive activity menu includes lectures and interactive classes on sustainability, meditation and “creative expression” (think: photography; mala crafting). And there’s a seemingly endless array of equine experiences and fitness classes — we love the hikes. Don’t miss an ayurvedic healing treatment or renewal ritual in the enormous spa (room rates start at $988 a night and are all inclusive).
In New York’s storied Adirondacks is a series of pristine freshwater bodies that welcome visitors from all over the world. One is Lake George, “The Queen of American Lakes”” which stuns with 109 miles of shore. The alpine area offers four-season adventures like ice fishing in winter; foliage hikes in autumn; farm tours in spring; and beach fun in summer. The historic Sagamore occupies an island within the lake, affording guests unbeatable views throughout the year. On-property activities are seasonal; roasting marshmallows and fireside cocktails are always on offer (room rates start at $499 a night)
This sprawling property — it stretches over 450 acres — that encompasses emerald hills and never-ending lawns, formal gardens and a sparkling lake called Dromoland Lough embodies classic Ireland. The castle itself dates to the 16th century and was once the home of the O’Brien family, who happened to be direct descendants of Irish royalty. Activities on the cinematic expanse celebrate the island nation’s traditions. There’s falconry and archery, golf, horseback riding, fishing in the lake and high tea in ornate dining rooms. Take an exquisitely packed picnic to a secluded spot on the enormous lawn and peep at the gorgeous gardens planted in the impressive style of Versailles (room rates start at $417 a night)