The Best Resorts in the West in 2016
If you're planning on heading to the Great American West, we know where you should stay.
Take the lodge in Washington State’s wine country, for example, where every guest room has a stone fireplace and a tub for two.
Or try the modern resort perched on the craggy Teton Mountains of Wyoming. Or at a Mission-inflected, cedar-beamed lodge on an Oregon river that offers “do nothing” as an official activity — on top of hiking, golfing, fishing, and visiting the spa.
Those would be Willows Lodge, Amangani, and Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge, respectively, all among the 10 best resorts in the western U.S. this year.
Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe—to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. In the hotels category, readers rated properties on their rooms and facilities, location, service, food and drink, and overall value. Hotels were categorized as city or resort properties based on their locations, and the West includes includes Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. California has its own list here.
The properties that made this list had a few things in common. Several were in ski areas, including Montage Deer Valley, Utah (No. 10) and Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail, Colorado (No. 4). But readers also showed their affection for retreats away from ski towns. Montana’s Triple Creek Ranch, which in the past was voted best hotel in the world and is second in the region this year, offers luxurious log cabins featuring wood-burning fireplaces and big soaking tubs — and is especially popular for romantic getaways, thanks to its adults-only policy.
At Tu Tu’ Tun Lodge, on the banks of the Rouge River in forested Gold Beach, Oregon, great service and peaceful surroundings are the main draws. “This is the gold standard for how a lodge should be run,” said one T+L reader.
And in Colorado, Gateway Canyons Resort — this year’s best resort in the West — offers thrill seekers river rafting, rock climbing, and off-roading adventures. Owner John Hendricks (founder of the Discovery Channel) wants everyone who comes here to leave having tried something new.
No. 10: Montage Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
No. 9: Four Seasons Resort and Residences Jackson Hole, Teton Village, Wyoming
No. 8: Willows Lodge, Woodinville, Washington
No. 7: Red Mountain Resort, Ivins, Utah
No. 6: Stein Eriksen Lodge Deer Valley, Park City, Utah
No. 5: Amangani, Jackson, Wyoming
No. 4: Sonnenalp Hotel, Vail, Colorado
No. 3: Tu Tu' Tun Lodge, Gold Beach, Oregon
No. 2: Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana
No. 1: Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Gateway, Colorado
Situated within a canyon on 6,000 acres, Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa is paradise for outdoor-adventure enthusiasts. Owner John Hendricks, founder of the Discovery Channel, has developed an extensive lineup of activities for guests — from hikes through the surrounding red rocks to white-water rafting in the Dolores River and helicopter tours. Car lovers take note: there’s an on-site museum where historic beauties like a rare 1954 Oldsmobile F-88 concept car and a 1906 Cadillac Model H Coupe showcase a century of American automotive history.