The 10 Best New Resorts in the U.S.

The 2023 It List.

Bedroom at Salt Cottages with nautical decor theme

Courtesy of Salt Cottages

It was a phenomenal year for hotel openings stateside, with properties ranging from a reimagined beach escape on Long Island, to a luxurious wine country stay in northern California. As travelers continue to flock to places outside of major cities, these are the 10 new domestic resorts our editors most recommend.

01 of 10

Nick’s Cove — Marshall, California

Two kayakers on the water in front of Nick's Cove cottages in Tomales Bay, California

Kristen Loken

Whether you get sunshine and still waters or gusts of wind and gray skies, the moody elements at Nick’s Cove have no bearing on the pleasures of a stay here. This 1930s fish shack-turned-getaway sits on the shores of Tomales Bay in the tiny community of Marshall (population: 400), 50 miles northwest of San Francisco. The property’s 12 cottages (five of which are elevated on stilts above the water) got a total refresh last year, complete with delightful seafaring-inspired wallpaper, vintage clawfoot tubs, cozy wood-burning stoves, and plush beds — a perfect place to cosset yourself on chilly evenings. The counter service restaurant is a popular spot for locals and Highway 1 daytrippers, thanks to the beautiful setting and coastal classics with a regional spin, from grilled Tomales Bay oysters slicked with barbecue sauce to velvety macaroni and cheese loaded with Dungeness crab. And taking a stroll along Nick’s private pier to the hotel’s boat shack is a time-honored ritual for visitors — and worth braving a strong gale or two — if only to marvel at the charming collection of maritime tchotchkes held within.; doubles from $425. —Leilani Marie Labong

02 of 10

Wildflower Farms, Auberge Resorts Collection — Gardiner, New York

Interior of a cottage at Wildflower Farms

Courtesy of Auberge Resorts Collection

From the outside, the 65 wood-and-glass cabins of Wildflower Farms look like high-design tiny homes, arrayed on the horizon with the slate-gray ridge of the Shawangunk Mountains rising in the distance. But inside, they’re as warm and comfy as a Catskills resort should be: an Arts and Crafts vibe with four-poster beds, floral motifs, patterned rugs, and quilts of sage green, burnt orange, and cream. This contrast is what the new Auberge Resorts Collection property, the first in New York, does with well-oiled precision. It’s a working farm with a spa and lounger-lined pool, where you can hike around its 140 acres before buying a cashmere sweater in the lobby boutique, a collaboration with chic gardening apparel brand Gardinheir. The cabins are clustered close together, but each has a back balcony secluded amid the trees from where you’ll hardly see another soul. Though the restaurant, Clay, will be packed — lofty and barn-like, with trees sprouting in the dining room and tapestries on the walls. Chef Rob Lawson cooks vegetables, like mushroom katsu or salt-baked celery root filled with celery-root bechamel, like they’re the star of the show (there’s a burger, too, don’t worry). The morning after dinner, you can take a walk and see where some of your ingredients came from; during my stay, broccolini, kale, carrots, cabbage, beets, radishes, various herbs, and delicate Harukei turnips were being harvested from the 150 vegetable beds and three greenhouses. The dozens of chickens were chatty and social — wake up early enough and you can collect your own eggs, then bring them to the restaurant for breakfast. All just 90 minutes from NYC.; doubles from $816. —Hannah Walhout

03 of 10

The Madrona — Healdsburg, California

Interior of artful, eclectic lobby space with fireplace at The Madrona in Healdsburg

Matthew Millman

This oak-shrouded property originally served as a cattle ranch, with a 1881 Victorian residence as its centerpiece. Co-owners Cory Schisler, a Los Angeles hotelier, and Jay Jeffers, a San Francisco interior designer, restored the mansion and created a lush tableau with a mix of heirloom pieces (inherited from the estate’s six previous owners) and contemporary art from San Francisco’s Dolby Chadwick Gallery. The vibe honors the Aesthetic Movement, an era of beauty for beauty’s sake, which was popular in Healdsburg in the late 1800s. There are 24 rooms and bungalows, plus plenty of places for lounging, like on one of the porches or in Hannah’s Bar, which is outfitted in pink plaid. As a whimsical nod to the surrounding woodland, depictions of fleeting foxes and rascally rabbits add creature comfort to furnishings like a Victorian-era William Morris Co. sofa. Rooms have chambray drapes, custom floral rugs, and ceilings covered in pinstripe grasscloth, giving this grand old dame a new look. And because it’s wine country, you know the food and drink will be exceptional. Try the wood-fired vegetable pie for lunch, and indulge in duck bolognese gnocchi for dinner.; doubles from $493. —Leilani Marie Labong

04 of 10

Villa Mara — Carmel-by-the-Sea, California

Exterior of the Villa Mara, Carmel

Stephanie Russo/Courtesy of Villa Mara Carmel

This Mediterranean-style guesthouse has awakened the quiet town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, a wealthy enclave close to the world-famous golf courses of Pebble Beach. Meant to feel like a private home, its main building was constructed in 1929 and hosted guests including architect Frank Lloyd Wright and President Gerald Ford. Most of its 15 rooms have patios or balconies, and a stand-alone cottage — with an outdoor tub — is also available. There are touches of coastal California decor throughout, plus eye-catching vintage accoutrements, like Hermès ashtrays from a Paris flea market and Wilson tennis racquets from the 1970s. Start the day with an almond croissant from local bakery Sweet Elena’s and a juice shot (made with lemon, ginger, raw honey, elderberry, echinacea, and elderflower) at the on-site Jesena’s Bar. Then go into town on one of the house Linus bikes or just sink into one of the Adirondack chairs around the backyard fire pit. In the evening, grab a glass of pinot noir at Jesena’s and let the owner, Dev Patel, work his connections to set you up at one of the new spots, like Chez Noir, that are reinvigorating Carmel’s dining scene. villamara​; doubles from $495. —Maya Kachroo-Levine

05 of 10

The James Bradley — Bradley Beach, New Jersey

Interior of a suite at The James hotel in Bradley Beach, New Jersey

William Laird

George DiStefano knows his hotel is not what people expect from the Jersey Shore. But he hopes the 17-room James Bradley, which opened in August 2022 just a block from the boardwalk in Bradley Beach, will be a tasteful rebuttal to those who might have preconceived notions based on, say, a certain late-aughts reality show. Together with friend and interior designer Sebastian Zuchowicki, he re-envisioned a 1904 residential home (which had been operating as a hotel since the 1960s) as a high-design boutique property with a consciously lived-in feel. The pair sourced furniture and objects from eBay, Etsy, and flea markets as far away as Paris; other pieces were custom made by local artists, or even by DiStefano, an occasional woodworker. Each room is unique, but all are stocked with toiletries from Flamingo Estate and baskets of locally made snacks; in the mornings, the airy breakfast room offers a signature blend from Odyssey Coffee in nearby Ocean Grove, fresh pastries and homemade granola, and a hefty breakfast sandwich starring New Jersey pork roll. Guests can pre-book a massage or treatment in the spa room upstairs, and during the summer, a designated area on the beach will come complete with Riviera-style lounge chairs, umbrellas, and refreshments. Looks like the Jersey Shore is entering its chic era.; doubles from $201. —Hannah Walhout

06 of 10

Daunt’s Albatross — Montauk, New York

The pool on a cloudy day with pink rose bushes in the foreground at Daunt's Albatross in Montauk

Brian W. Ferry

While the glitz and glamor of Long Island’s East End is at your doorstep, guests staying at this quaint, 23-room Montauk hotel may not realize it. Montauk isn't the sleepy fishing village it once was, but it retains a certain old-world charm where the local pizza shop and the town’s general store are nostalgic fixtures that people actually visit. As it has been since 1977, the motel-turned-boutique hotel is run by the Daunt family, now in its third generation of hoteliers. Last year, the property reopened after a full-scale renovation, and now features a cozy communal courtyard with smokeless fireplaces, overhead string lights, and Adirondack chairs. Rooms were refreshed with custom knotty pine woodwork, vintage furnishings, and a sandy color palette reminiscent of the Montauk cliffs. Daunt’s is also perfectly situated, halfway between Montauk’s downtown corridor and the waves of the Atlantic.; doubles from $149. —Chris Dong

07 of 10

The Inn at Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards — Bristol, Virginia

Exterior view of Inn at Nicewonder Farm & Vineyard in Virginia with vineyards and rolling hills and mountains in the distance

Courtesy of Nicewonder Farm & Vineyards

While the inn is new, the land it sits on — a bucolic 450-acres along the Tennessee-Virginia State Line — has been producing wine for years. The estate makes five varietals (viognier, chardonnay, merlot, petit verdot, and cab franc), and the experience of enjoying a glass, with views of the 13-acre vineyard from the heated infinity pool, will convince even the most Virginia wine-weary guests (this writer included) of its superlatives. Nicewonder has 28 guest rooms and nine luxe yurts, which have rainshowers and kitchenettes. At Hickory, the inn’s restaurant, chef Travis Milton has created a menu that both elevates and preserves the authenticity of Appalachian cuisine. A cocktail list with drinks featuring duck fat and bacon also packs a punch.; doubles from $325. —Madeline Weinfield

08 of 10

Southall Farm & Inn — Franklin, Tennessee

Southall Farm Inn

Courtesy of Southall Farm Inn

Historically, agriculturally curious travelers had two options: working farms with rustic accommodations, and top-notch resorts that think planting a patch of spring mix constitutes farming. Situated an easy 30 minutes south of Nashville, in some of the most fertile land in the country, the 325-acre Southall perfectly strikes a balance of serious agrarian cred and total luxury. Founder and fintech entrepreneur Paul Mishkin spent more than seven years laying new agricultural infrastructure: planting fields, introducing rotationally grazed chickens, building greenhouses, grafting an apple orchard, housing four million honey bees. The 62-key, Scandinavian-silhouetted inn finally opened in December. (There are also 16 handsome hillside cabins.) Go deep with farm programming by learning harvest participation, apiary management, and watching seed-saving demos, then reward yourself with a snack of house-aged country ham, a pour of whiskey sweetened with last autumn’s apples, and a long soak in the smoking mineral pool at the spa, where even the loofahs are grown on-site.; doubles from $839. —Adam Erace

09 of 10

Salt Cottages — Bar Harbor, Maine

Patio dining area at Salt Cottages in Maine with red and white themes

Myriam Babin

This revived roadside motel is the very definition of coastal Maine, with a design that leans into the oars-and-buoys, and whitewashed wood aesthetic. There are individual cottages as well as guest rooms in a main house, plus communal spaces like Picnic, an Americana snack bar with a roaring fire and spectacular views of Frenchman Bay. After hiking in Acadia National Park or exploring downtown Bar Harbor, take a swim in the heated pool or roast marshmallows by the outdoor firepit. On a rainy day, head to the Club House for ping pong, or book the “Retro Game Night” package, which includes a vintage game console with 600 games, a deck of Acadia-themed cards (that you can keep as a souvenir), popcorn, and canned cocktails and local blueberry sodas.; doubles from $375. —Erica Wida

10 of 10

Canoe Place Inn & Cottages — Hampton Bays, New York

Interior suite at Canoe Place in Hampton Bays with living room space

Courtesy of Workstead

The Hamptons, on the eastern end of Long Island, is a waterfront destination that’s known more for its high-end home rentals than luxury hotels. Canoe Place Inn & Cottages, in the hamlet of Hampton Bays, gives visitors a reason to hang their hat at the latter. About a 90-minute drive from Manhattan, the six-acre property is situated on the site of the oldest inn in the United States, and the village of Southampton is just 10 minutes away. Design elements include vivid wallpaper with botanical and trellis patterns, deep green carpeting, and scallop motifs. The 20 rooms follow the same smart aesthetic and feature wood-burning fireplaces, free-standing claw-foot bathtubs, and private balconies with white awnings. A cottage stay is also an option: There are five in total, ranging from one to four bedrooms, and all have private backyards, fire pits, outdoor showers, and a bucolic wraparound front porch. Despite the boutique size, there’s a lineup of resort-like amenities, including a fantastic outdoor pool. The restaurant, Good Ground Tavern, serves bright, Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Wood-fired Montauk bass, sausage, and jalapeño pizza and the lobster roll crostini are menu stars. The buzzy bar has mixologists shaking up creative cocktails and proffering pours of hard-to-find tequilas, mezcals, and other spirits. And the spa, Onda (Naomi Watts is a co-founder), is a cozy respite with standout massages and facials.; doubles from $350. —Shivani Vora

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