America's Coolest Summer Cottages
Courtesy of Dunton Hot Springs
Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, CO
The great American Rockies feel remarkably intimate at this 200-acre adventurer’s paradise in an old mining town across the mountain from Telluride. Twelve lavish log cabins, with one to five bedrooms, and a new canvas cabin all pay homage to the outdoors, using wood—both inside and out—that was reclaimed from the area and dates back to the 1890s. Want to get closer to nature? The Echo cabin has an outdoor shower, and the Dunton Store Cabin has its own soaking pool. Guests come here for the easy access to horseback riding, hiking to Colorado’s only active geyser, mountain biking, rock climbing, fishing, and rafting. Locally sourced gourmet meals are served in the on-site saloon or as a private picnic. And at night, kids can wish upon a star from their very own tepee; one can be set up as an adjoining “bedroom” beside your cottage.
Price Tag: From $550 per night (double occupancy); duntonhotsprings.com.