The Top 15 Resort Hotels in the Continental United States in 2017

The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch
Photo: Courtesy of The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch

There’ll always be a special place in our hearts for the rolling hills of Tuscany and the beaches of Bali. But whether it’s farm-to-fork dining or white sands you’re after, America can easily match the offerings of your favorite international destinations. For proof, look no further than this year’s list of the best resort hotels in the United States. 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 ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations. This year’s reader favorites are as diverse as the States themselves. In Boca Grande, Florida, the stately, century-old Gasparilla Inn and Club has palm-tree-rimmed beaches and a polished, formal atmosphere. “Old Florida at its finest, and the most genial and genuine service anywhere,” said one reader. Find the ultimate preppy coastal getaway in — where else? — Cape Cod, at Wequassett Resort and Golf Club, while just a few hours away, Blantyre would be just as at home on the English moors as it is in the Massachusetts Berkshires. Still, a few patterns reveal the destinations most likely to satisfy. A third of our winners are clustered in the Southeast, proving that Southern hospitality is as in-demand as ever. Tiny Vermont had an outsized impact on readers, with Twin Farms and Rabbit Hill Inn taking fifth and sixth place, respectively. And be it hitting the back nine in the Santa Cruz foothills or sipping pinot in Sonoma, California is an enduring favorite for travelers. This year, the American West has captured the imaginations of T+L readers more than ever. Runner-up Triple Creek Ranch, a Relais & Châteaux property, is a relaxed hideaway in the Montana Rockies. And the Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, in neighboring Wyoming, debuted at first place, impressing readers with its enviable mountainside location and careful blend of refinement and rusticity. With this many jaw-dropping resort hotels to explore right here in the States, who needs Tuscany?

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15. Blantyre, Lenox, Massachusetts

Courtesy of Blantyre

Score: 95.83

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14. Old Edwards Inn & Spa, Highlands, North Carolina

Old Edwards Inn & Spa
Courtesy of Old Edwards Inn & Spa

Score: 95.89

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13. Farmhouse Inn, Forestville, California

Farmhouse Inn
Courtesy of Farmhouse Inn

Score: 96.06

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12. Wequassett Resort & Golf Club, Chatham, Massachusetts

Wequassett Resort & Golf Club
Courtesy of Wequassett Resort & Golf Club

Score: 96.21

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11. Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa, Gateway, Colorado

Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa
Courtesy of Gateway Canyons Resort & Spa

Score: 96.24

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10. Château du Sureau, Oakhurst, California

Château du Sureau
Courtesy of Château du Sureau

Score: 96.25

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9. Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

Blackberry Farm
Courtesy of Blackberry Farm

Score: 96.37

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8. The Willcox, Aiken, South Carolina

The Willcox
Courtesy of The Willcox

Score: 96.38

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7. Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande, Florida

Gasparilla Inn, Florida
Courtesy of Gasparilla Inn

Score: 96.43

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6. Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont

Rabbit Hill Inn
Jumping Rocks Inc

Score: 96.87

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5. Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont

Twin Farms, Vermont
Courtesy of Twin Farms

Score: 97.54

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4. Rosewood CordeValle, San Martin, California

CordeValle, California
Courtesy of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts

Score: 98.00

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3. Inn at Willow Grove, Orange, Virginia

The Inn at Willow Grove
Courtesy of The Inn at Willow Grove

Score: 98.13

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2. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana

Triple Creek Ranch
Courtesy of Triple Creek Ranch

Score: 98.23

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1. Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch, Saratoga, Wyoming

The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch
Courtesy of The Lodge and Spa at Brush Creek Ranch

Score: 98.77

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