T+L Reports: American Wilderness Retreats
Published: April 2009
The call of the wild meets upscale comfort at a trio of new wilderness retreats. Spend the day hiking on 525 acres at Alderbrook (7101 E. State Rte. 106, Union, Wash.; 800/622-9370; www.alderbrookresort.com; doubles from $140), and by night retreat to the glassed-in pool, which has Olympic Mountains views. Most of the 77 guest rooms overlook Puget Sound's Hood Canal fjord. • Tucked into the alpine landscape near Telluride, Elk Mountain Resort (100 Polar Bear Run, Ridgway, Colo.; 970/252-4900; www.elkmountainresort.com; doubles from $525) has 18 secluded cottages with cathedral ceilings and wood-burning fireplaces. Perfect your marksmanship at the state-of-the-art shooting range. • Buckberry Lodge (961 Campbell Lead Rd., Gatlinburg, Tenn.; 865/430-8030; www.buckberrylodge.com; doubles from $175), in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee, was inspired by the great camps of the Adirondacks. Check out the sweeping panorama of the hills from your room's private soaking tub.