15 Favorite Luxury Resorts for Summer 2020


Northeast


Lake Placid Lodge - Lake Placid, NY

Standing on the shores of Lake Placid, with views over its clear waters and leafy islands, the Relais & Chateaux Lake Placid Lodge welcomes guests to an unrivaled lodging experience in the heart of the Adirondacks.


The Lodge's luxurious accommodations include 13 beautifully appointed guest rooms and 17 cabins that sit at the water's edge, boasting wide stone porches, wood-burning fireplaces and breathtaking views of the wilderness through diamond-paned windows.


Year-round activities are extensive. There are two options for golfing within 40 minutes of the property and thousands of miles of hiking trails, including the famed 125-mile Jackrabbit Trail, which passes right by the Lodge's front door. Tennis, mountain biking, horseback riding and white water rafting can all be arranged. The lake also has some of the best rainbow trout fishing in the state — bring back your catch and let the kitchen prepare a special dinner with your bounty.


Lake Placid Lodge offers special family programming during the summer, from special cooking demonstrations for kids to family movie nights and family fishing instruction. Every evening the Lodge hosts a boat tour on the 35' mahogany Hacker-Craft or the Lake Placid Lodge pontoon boat.


Indulge in a gourmet meal in the touted Artisans restaurant with an award-winning wine cellar. The breakfast is legendary, with their pancakes rated as one of the ten best in the country.


What’s Notable?

The vast Adirondack Park is the largest park in the contiguous US. Its wilderness of six million acres of green forest is known as the “North Woods” and is equal to the size of neighboring Vermont and three times the size of Yellowstone National Park. Within this wild domain, there are thousands of pristine alpine lakes, hundreds of miles of mountain streams and rivers, and 46 rugged peaks rising over 4,000 feet into the sky. The Lodge has excellent experienced guides for hire that can help you explore this lesser-known park.


Special procedures and details to ensure guest safety for Summer 2020.


Booking with The Curatour:

  • Upgrade at time of arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily Full Gourmet Plated breakfast for two guests per bedroom

  • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay

  • Complmentary Pickup from Saranac Lake Airport or Lake Placid Airport

  • Early check-in/Late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



Winvian Farm - Morris, CT

Tucked away in the idyllic northwest corner of Connecticut, this Relais & Chateaux property is set in 113 acres of nature. A gracious, 1775 manor stands at the heart of Winvian Farm’s historic estate, with 18 individually-designed resort cottages and the Hadley Suite on the threshold of woodlands and meadows.


The list of activities is endless. Pasta making classes, a pastry class or wine tasting with the sommelier is only a start. Outside, enjoy glorious hiking, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and much more. Beyond the resort, explore breweries, distilleries and wineries located just minutes from the property.


The Restaurant at Winvian Farm’s Executive Chef Chris Eddy creates fresh and spontaneous farm-to-table menus using the bounty from the property’s own organic garden. He and his team continue to demonstrate why the restaurant is AAA Five Diamond–rated.


Winvian’s 5,000 square foot Spa is an escape, where you can gently stretch alone or with a yoga master, spend the day being pampered, or simply rest, for as long as you wish, in the sunlight sauna.


What’s Notable?

Ever dream of staying in a suspended space up in the trees? Reserve The Treehouse. Or climbing walls of books on library ladders? Try the Library.


Special procedures to ensure guest health/safety for Summer 2020.


Booking with The Curatour:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily Full breakfast served in restaurant

  • $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full, not valid on manicures, pedicures, yoga, pilates or couples massages. Non-transferable across other departments.)

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



The Cliff House - Cape Neddick, ME

The Cliff House Maine is a landmark 226-room hotel, which has held its scenic spot over Cape Neddick since 1872. Every room has a view of the water and the property is surrounded by 70 acres of woods. Cliff House is conveniently located in Southern Maine, 3 miles from Ogunquit, an hour’s drive north of Boston and a forty-minute drive from Portland.


You can hit dozens of trails, go sailing or even join a traditional lobster boat, and there are games galore on the grounds. Gather in the evenings over craft cocktails and fresh seafood caught just offshore.


Nearby Ogunquit was one of the first artist colonies and has a wide array of galleries, shops and boutiques that feature the work of local Maine artisans. Don't miss the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and the famous Ogunquit Playhouse, which is known today as America's Foremost Summer Theatre and attracts Broadway talent. Make a point to visit the nearby When Pigs Fly Bakery, which has AMAZING bread.

What’s Notable?

This is a terrific spot for families. There is a movie theater on the property and the front desk offers s'more-making kits. We can guarantee connecting rooms.


Special procedures to ensure guest health/safety for Summer 2020.


Booking with The Curatour:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily Continental Breakfast for two guests per bedroom ($60 breakfast credit per day. Gratuities not included)

  • Cliff House Maine signature "Sea Bag" tote. (Tote is made in Maine from recycled sails, $145 value)

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



Inn at Perry Cabin - St. Michaels, MD

The Inn at Perry Cabin is so cozy and home-like, you'll be aching to stay indefinitely. Set in a manor house in the resort town of St. Michaels, this intimate retreat offers just 78 guest rooms. The Inn is built on 26 acres of gardens, orchards, wildflowers and lawns


There is so much to do on the shore. The Sailing Academy offers certified sailing instruction for beginners or multi-day sailing certification courses. There is also a world-class links experience designed by Pete Dye, and Har Tru tennis courts with lessons available from the resident pro. Explore the waterfront with a sea kayak or paddle board, or ride bicycles into the charming town of St. Michaels, just a half-mile away


All restaurants source fresh, seasonal ingredients from the farmers and fisherman of the Eastern Shore, including the property’s own gardens and orchards. The property is home to the only four-diamond restaurant on Maryland's Eastern Shore.


What’s Notable?

This resort has lovely amenities for guests. Each Saturday morning at 10 AM, the horticulturalist leads tours around the property, sharing the history of the Inn and its gardens while pointing out unique flora and offering tips you can take back and use in your own garden. If you can’t make the Saturday tour, private tours are also available. Just call Guest Services to reserve your spot. Each evening, your turndown service includes freshly baked cookies — a delightful way to end the day.


Special procedures for guest health/safety for Summer 2020.


Booking with The Curatour:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily continental breakfast served in the restaurant for two guests per bedroom

  • $100 USD Hotel/Resort credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



Chatham Bars Inn - Chatham, MA

One of New England's most honored and historic getaways, Cape Cod encompasses 17th-century towns and the spectacular Cape Cod National Seashore. Opened in 1914, Chatham Bars Inn has been lovingly restored to its original grandeur and completely updated with the latest amenities. The inn sits on 25 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and overlooks a private, quarter-mile beach with a fleet of boats for sportfishing, sailing and day trips to Nantucket Island.


Chatham Bars Inn offers a rich variety of accommodation types, ranging from historic rooms in the Main Inn to individual cottages. An award-winning spa and four dining options, as well as an eight-acre farm that supplies the hotel's fresh produce, make this resort one to which generations of families have returned.


There is always something to do at Chatham Bars Inn — and that includes doing nothing at all! Whether you want to work on your golf swing or tennis swing, take a cooking class or take a walk on the beach, splash in the ocean or soak in the whirlpool, ride on a boat or ride a bike, there is something for everyone.


What’s Notable?

During the summer season, guests, visitors and locals gather at Chatham Bars Inn to experience a genuine New England clambake for themselves. Attendees feast on lobster, corn, potatoes and, of course, clams. All seafood is locally caught around Chatham and all produce is sourced from the Chatham Bars Inn farm.


Special procedures for guest health/safety for Summer 2020.


Booking with The Curatour:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Continental breakfast daily, for two guests per bedroom in restaurant

  • $100 USD equivalent Spa Services credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



Ocean House - Watch Hill, RI

Long a retreat of discerning travelers in New England, Ocean House, a member of Relais & Châteaux, has been rebuilt from the ground up.


The hotel features 49 luxurious guest rooms and 18 Signature Suites, reigning over 13 blufftop acres and a private white-sand beach with dedicated cabana service. Carefully re-created cornices and balustrades blend with historic centerpieces.


Savor farm-to-table fare at any of the 5 on-site restaurants, where the culinary team utilizes local, estate-grown ingredients, traditional native foraging, local organic produce and ethical use of the sea to create a unique and unforgettable dining experience.


Plenty of daily resort activities are offered, including championship croquet with a resident professional, spa and wellness programs and seasonal evening harbor cruises. The Watch Hill area is also home to an array of theaters, museums, tours to local historical sites, local vineyard tastings and a myriad of outdoor activities including surfing, fly-fishing and deep sea fishing.


What’s Notable?

For those who desire education, entertainment and culinary inspiration, Ocean House hosts a full schedule of complimentary wine and cooking classes in the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts. Classes revolve around the exploration of Rhode Island’s agricultural bounty; seasonal produce, seafood, local meats and cheeses. The Wine Education Program offers a comprehensive hands-on experience that is both approachable and unpretentious for the casual wine drinker and the connoisseur alike.


Special procedures for guest health/safety for Summer 2020.


Booking with The Curatour:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily Continental breakfast for two guests per bedroom

  • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi


Southeast


Blackberry Farm - Walland, TN

For my clients in Atlanta who ask me for the best recommendation for summer travel, my go-to is the 4,200-acre Blackberry Farm. This working farm in the heart of Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains is sophisticated and very luxury focused, without any of the stuffiness.


Great for active travelers, you can explore the property on horseback, canoe and mountain bike or on intimate walking trails or even via old-fashioned carriage. Fly-fishing in Hesse Creek is one of the best spots in Tennessee.


Food and wine take center stage at The Barn, where multi-course menus feature the bounty of the farm’s bakery, butchery, creamery and extensive wine cellar of 160,000 bottles. Be sure to take part in one of Blackberry Farm’s cooking schools or wine events. You really can’t beat this spot for foodies.


What’s New?

Blackberry Mountain, opened in 2018, is the farm’s sister property. Individual cabins and cottages were designed with nature in mind, offering places to unplug from the world. This is a great option for those worried about social distancing as it allows for more privacy.


What’s Notable?

While nature is the star here, food also demands top billing. Everything here is made from scratch and is crafted using local ingredients. Just checking out their list of food artisans should give you a clue to how seriously they take their culinary program. This resort lands on top of any “Best Of for Foodies” list and has earned three James Beard awards.


Special procedures to ensure guest health/safety for Summer 2020.


Booking with The Curatour

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily full breakfast (included in rates)

  • $100 USD Spa Services credit, to be utilized during stay

  • Welcome Amenity

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



Kiawah Island, SC

Kiawah Island is a fantastic option for families, whether you’re looking to enjoy some of the best golf in the world or just relax on the 10 miles of pristine beaches. What makes Kiawah so unique is that there is no commercial development on the island (except for one area), so the island is like a picture of the beautiful southern lowcountry beauty. You feel as if you are stepping back in time, where you experience a lovely community, slow moving pace and beautiful landscapes. The island boasts more than 30 miles of paved bike paths lined with magnolias and giant oaks.


The island is home to The Sanctuary Resort, which offers a long list of resort amenities. There is also an excellent selection of luxury private homes available to rent on the island, so you’re sure to find something that fits your needs.


What’s Notable?

Kiawah Island is also located just a short drive from Charleston, giving you easy access to amazing restaurants and shopping.


Special procedures to ensure guest health/safety for Summer 2020.


Booking with The Curatour

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom

  • Welcome amenity: full bottle sparkling wine from honor bar

  • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit, to be utilized during stay (not combinable, not valid on room rate, no cash value if not redeemed in full)

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



Sea Island, GA

Since 1928, Sea Island has been known as an exceptional destination appealing to families, outdoor and activity enthusiasts, and those simply wanting to refresh and recharge. There are four accommodation options on Sea Island that I recommend, depending on the type of experience you want to have.


The Cloister

Overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, The Forbes Five Star Cloister offers an array of family and individual activities — from rejuvenating massage services and fitness classes at the 65,000-square-foot Forbes Five Star Spa to a historic shooting school, championship golf and seaside Beach Club. Cloister guests experience genuine Southern hospitality and world-class lodging with gracious service, natural beauty and legendary recreation along five miles of private beach.


The Lodge

The Lodge at Sea Island has been a Forbes Five-Star and AAA Five-Diamond resort since its opening in 2001. Reminiscent of an old English manor, The Lodge is a more boutique property nestled between two of Sea Island's championship golf courses. Most of its 57 bedrooms and suites offer views of the Atlantic Ocean or the Plantation Course. This resort pampers visitors with personal butler service, including complimentary rose petal baths along with milk and cookies before bed. The Lodge was named the #1 Hotel in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report.


Cottages

Renting a cottage is a treasured tradition for Sea Island families. Cottages afford the spaciousness, convenience, and privacy of a personal residence, along with complete access to dining, golf, spa, and other resort privileges at The Cloister and The Lodge. This is ideal for guests desiring intimate, self-contained, and expansive opportunities.


The Inn

The Inn embodies the same spirit, charm, and warm hospitality as The Cloister and The Lodge, but in a more casual setting. With access to Sea Island available for an additional fee, The Inn at Sea Island offers the resort’s three championship golf courses and Golf Performance Center, as well as a wide variety of dining and activity options just a few minutes away.


What’s Notable?

While Sea Island is known for its world-class golf courses, don’t miss the opportunity to take a guided boat tour of the salt marshes. You’ll learn all about the area’s rich history and kids will love getting an up-close look at the many animals that call the marshes home.


Special procedures to ensure guest health/safety for Summer 2020.


Booking with The Curatour:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Full a la carte or buffet breakfast daily in restaurant for up to 2 guests per bedroom (max $70.00 per day)

  • US $100 resort credit that can be applied to any Sea Island amenity excluding accommodations

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



Montage Palmetto Bluff - Bluffton, SC

Montage Palmetto Bluff is nestled along the May River in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, between Hilton Head Island and Savannah. Set within a 20,000 acre development, the resort encompasses an extensive nature preserve, walking trails, marina, two small villages, 8 restaurants, and a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course. It includes a total of 200 guest accommodations, including 5 private cottages, which all pay homage to the region’s rich heritage.


Rejuvenate in the world-class Spa Montage that is inspired by nature; try the signature Palmetto High Cotton treatment, complete with a stimulating scalp and body massage and a smoothing foot scrub.


What’s Notable?

Children can participate in a variety of activities, from catching a fish to identifying local wildlife, and earn individual Merit Badges — there are 12 achievements in all and those who complete all 12 receive Gilbert the Gator Status!


Special procedures to ensure guest health/safety for Summer 2020.


Booking with The Curatour:

  • Upgrade at time of booking, subject to availability

  • $60 daily breakfast credit per bedroom, served in restaurant & In-Room Dining

  • $100 USD Resort or Hotel credit to be utilized during stay

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



The Greenbrier - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Known as “America’s Resort,” this classic destination draws families back year after year because of the endless activities and beautiful setting. Resting among the Allegheny Mountain Range, the Greenbrier offers every family member their ideal getaway.


The size and scale of this property allows for countless options for guests, and the selection goes way beyond what is typical for most resorts. A daily schedule features hundreds of unique activities to choose from. In the evenings, visit one of 20 restaurants, lounges, and bars the resort has to offer. Or, head to the elegant Casino Club, which features a mix of slots, gaming, and live entertainment.


The resort has 721 guest rooms, but also offers private cottages and estate homes, featuring amenities like private porches and wood-burning fireplaces.


What’s Notable?

In 1992, it was revealed that a top secret Cold War bunker had been built underneath the resort’s West Virginia Wing, commissioned by President Eisenhower as a relocation center for members of Congress. The Bunker is now open with tours that provide a unique and in-depth look behind the hidden doors and let you explore an aspect of The Greenbrier that no other resort can claim.


Special procedures for guest health/safety for Summer 2020.


West


Enchantment Resort - Sedona, AZ

The Enchantment Resort is certainly a favorite of ours, nestled within the dramatic red rocks of Sedona. The 218-room, 70-acre resort is designed to embrace awe-inspiring scenery with one-story guest accommodations and panoramic views of rock formations and pine forests.


Enriching mind, body and spirit, the resort focuses on connecting with nature, outdoor adventures and moments of total relaxation with an endless number of curated experiences. Highlights include golf at Seven Canyons and a dining experience that showcases cuisine using native ingredients.


Enchantment Resort encourages guests to embrace the Canyon Spirit with its more than 100 weekly activities, like endless biking and hiking excursions along Sedona’s iconic landscapes, culinary classes, plein air painting, guided meditation, stargazing and more. Guests can also enjoy exclusive access to life-affirming treatments at the world-renowned destination spa, Mii amo.


Special procedures for guest health/safety for Summer 2020.


Booking with The Curatour:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Daily full breakfast for two guests per bedroom (Up to $30 per person)

  • $100 USD Resort/Hotel credit to be utilized during stay

  • Early check-in/late check-out, based upon availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



Amangiri - Canyon Point, UT

Amangiri (which stands for “peaceful mountain”) is situated on 600 pristine acres in Canyon Point, Utah with sweeping views towards Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Here you are surrounded by such iconic attractions as the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, and Bryce and Zion National Parks. This region has been home for centuries to the native Navajo tribe and presents the raw landscape for which the American Southwest is famed.


Serving as a springboard for exploration of the area, Amangiri offers private hiking trails, indoor and outdoor wellness experiences, canyoneering, Via Ferrata routes, hot air ballooning, horseback riding and many other adventure activities. Fireside storytelling and star gazing in the evenings enable a deeper immersion in Native American culture, and guests can also learn more about the region’s history from expert archaeologists and paleontologists.


Amangiri’s 34 suites, entered via a private courtyard, offer private plunge pools and rooftop terraces, as well as modern, airy living, dining and sleeping areas with white-stone floors that echo the area’s natural stone. The resort’s central Pavilion houses the Living Room, Gallery, Library and an elegant restaurant that features floor-to-ceiling glass doors and an outdoor dining terrace overlooking the pool.


What’s Notable?

Amangiri required an Act of Congress to be passed so it could be built into untouched square miles of red rock country. In the last remnant of the truly wild West, this ‘mountain of peace’ is cradled by the greatest concentration of national parks in the United States – a staggering landscape of canyons, mesas, mountains, gorges, rapids and desert in one of the world’s most dramatically secluded settings.


Special procedures for guest health/safety for summer 2020.


Booking with The Curatour:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Full breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom

  • Spa credit of $125 per person, once, for up to 2 guests, applicable to spa treatments scheduled between 9am-3pm

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



Amangani - Jackson Hole, WY

Amangani is a favorite for lovers of the outdoors. Fitting seamlessly into its Jackson Hole surroundings, the 40-suite, three-story resort is just on the edge of Teton National park with breathtaking views of the Teton mountain range. Located in the wandering paths of moose and elk, Amangani promises endless opportunities for spotting the region’s abundant wildlife in and around the flourishing national parks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton.


With two premier national parks nearby, Amangani is ideally positioned to take advantage of the region’s outdoor offerings. This is all about both adventure and relaxation. Fill your day with nature treks and guided tours of the national parks, experience white water rafting, try your hand at fly fishing - all in close proximity.


The Grill, a 65-seat dining room, features a wood-burning fireplace and redwood-paneled walls and ceiling. Specially commissioned artwork and window views to the mountains lend a mood of stylish comfort. Amangani’s spa is huge and offers two exercise studios, four treatment rooms and an array of holistic experiences.


What’s Notable? Amangani is an Authorized Permitte of the National Park Service. Amangani’s in-house naturalists lead private tours of nearby Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks.


Special procedures for guest health/safety for summer 2020.


Booking with The Curatour:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Continental breakfast daily for two guests per bedroom (served in restaurant)

  • A complimentary lunch for up to two people, once during stay, excluding alcohol, taxes and gratuities

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



Meadowood - St. Helena, CA

Settled on a private estate, Meadowood is a center of social, cultural and viticultural life in Napa Valley. 85 cottages, suites and villas are nestled into the forested hillside of the beautiful valley, providing serenity and privacy for guests. A retreat away, the charming town of St. Helena is just a few miles away, making it the perfect location to explore the wine country.


The enjoyment of wine is a part of life at Meadowood. Each afternoon, guests are invited to come together for a tasting of outstanding Napa Valley wines. On Friday afternoons, the tradition is to share a Napa Valley sparkling wine to welcome the weekend. It is a great group of fellow guests, along with spirited discussions about the wines being tasted and colorful stories about local vintners.


Dining at Meadowood includes the Michelin 3 star dining room, The Restaurant at Meadowood, featuring California Wine Country Cuisine and one of the most comprehensive lists of Napa Valley wines in the world; The Grill, for casual dining, offers delicious meals throughout the day inspired by the market's freshest ingredients; 24-hour private dining; gourmet country picnics; and The Pool Terrace Cafe, a small al fresco dining terrace adjacent to the Lap Pool.


Recreational facilities include two world-class championship croquet lawns, a sculpted, tree-lined golf course, seven immaculately maintained plexi-pave hard tennis courts, a 25-yard heated lap pool, a family pool and whirlpool, bicycling, running and hiking. The Health Spa at Meadowood is an environment dedicated to overall health and wellness. For the ultimate in personal pampering, indulge yourself with soothing skincare, body treatments and massage therapies. Daily complimentary fitness classes, personal trainers and private yoga instructors are available as well.


The resort knows every vintner in the valley, making it easy for them to help you plan a trip to explore wineries and set up appointments at private vineyards.


Special procedures for guest health/safety for summer 2020.


Booking with The Curaour:

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • A $50.00 credit towards daily breakfast in The Grill or via room service for two guests per bedroom

  • $100 USD Hotel & Resort credit, to be utilized during stay

  • Welcome amenity of a box of handcrafted Napa Valley Chocolates

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi



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