Cedar-and-glass bungalows, restored farmhouses, a roaring fireplace in an expansive main lodge: there are so many ways to do a rustic retreat. Vacationist is spotlighting three of our favorites today, from a premier lakeside spot in California wine country to a mountain escape in Stowe, Vermont—even a celebrity hideaway on 14 wooded acres an hour north of Manhattan. You’ll stay there for less when you book with Vacationist.
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Calistoga Ranch (above) — up to 15% off
Northern California has its share of upscale hotels, but this exclusive property—well situated among 157 acres of oak trees and burbling springs in northern Napa Valley—is the epitome of luxury for West Coast nature lovers. Forty-eight freestanding guest lodges—all polished cedar and floor-to-ceiling glass—offer uninterrupted views of the trees and sky, both from their opulent, plush interiors and from their fire-warmed "outdoor living rooms" with private showers. The spa, situated among moss-covered boulders and mature trees, offers private mineral-soaking pools and outdoor mud baths, and yoga classes are held daily on a deck set high above the forest floor. (Sale ends in 4 days.)
Stowe Mountain Lodge — up to 42% off
A luxurious addition to one of New England's oldest ski towns, the six-story ski-in/ski-out Stowe Mountain Lodge has transformed the local hotel scene. Guests can borrow from its Mercedes fleet, and each of the 312 rooms comes with a gas fireplace and a private balcony. There's no log-cabin chic here: progressive design elements include floor-to-ceiling windows, stainless-steel kitchen appliances, and bamboo sheets and robes. The spacious restaurant, Solstice, makes use of locally sourced meats and produce (and offers a tasty flight of Vermont microbrews). Après-ski means a visit to the 21,000-square-foot spa. (Sale ends in 7 days.)
Bedford Post Inn — up to 36% off
Bedford, New York
When Richard Gere and his wife, Carey Lowell, decided to try their hand at the hotel business, some might have expected a flashy, over-the-top scene fit for the Hollywood Hills. Instead, the longtime Westchester residents opened an elegant eight-room inn that pays homage to its rural surroundings. The 14-acre retreat has interiors built from reclaimed wood and a farm-to-table restaurant that serves seasonal fare such as cappelletti en brodo, a pea-filled pasta with porcini mushrooms, ramps, and Parmigiano. Rooms have working fireplaces and antique claw-foot tubs, but there's plenty to lure guests to public spaces: in addition to freshly baked pastries served in the restaurant each morning, weekend guests enjoy a complimentary wine and cheese hour, with bottles selected by the property's sommelier. (Sale ends in 8 days.)