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By Madeline Bilis
July 10, 2019
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Travel + Leisure readers know you don’t have to whip out your passport to check into one of the finest resort hotel destinations in the world. From the hills of northern California to the woods of New England, the continental U.S. is home to scores of stunning resorts.

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 and amenities.

It’s clear from the 15 honorees that travelers seeking rest head to the American West, as just over half of the winners are located there. Five lie in California — a perennially popular destination — and out of those, three are surrounded by the vineyards of Napa Valley. Beyond fine wine, readers value fresh air and wide-open spaces, with picks in Oregon, Vermont, and Montana. Properties like Triple Creek Ranch in Big Sky Country do “everything right,” according to one reader, by employing a warm, welcoming staff in a downright picturesque setting.

Coastal resorts didn’t go unloved either. The Setai in Miami Beach, Florida, boasting sleek oceanfront suites and three jaw-dropping infinity pools, is a familiar sight on this list. The Gasparilla Inn & Club in Boca Grande also made an appearance. As one fan described, it’s “a true taste of old Florida beauty, charm, and service.”

Planning to scope out the No. 1 property? Read on to discover which hotel it is, where you’ll find it, and what makes it great — and to check out the full list of the top resort hotels in the continental U.S.

15. Vintage House at The Estate, Yountville, California

View from Vintage House balcony
Credit: Will Pryce for The Estate Yountville/Courtesy of Vintage House

Score: 94.16

More information: vintagehouse.com

14. Tu Tu' Tun Lodge, Gold Beach, Oregon

Room at the Tu Tu Tun Lodge
Credit: Courtesy of Tu Tu' Tun Lodge

Score: 94.18

More information: tututun.com

13. Gasparilla Inn & Club, Boca Grande, Florida

Gasparilla Inn & Club in Florida
Credit: Courtesy of Gasparilla Inn

Score: 94.33

More information: the-gasparilla-inn.com

12. Mountain Sky Guest Ranch, Emigrant, Montana

Exterior of the Mountain Sky Guest Ranch
Credit: Courtesy of Mountain Sky Guest Ranch

Score: 94.40

More information: mountainsky.com

11. Inns of Aurora, Aurora, New York

Room at Inns of Aurora
Credit: Walter Colley/Courtesy of Inns of Aurora

Score: 94.96

More information: innsofaurora.com

10. The Setai, Miami Beach, Florida

Setai, Miami
Credit: Courtesy of The Setai

Score: 95.16

More information: thesetaihotels.com

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  • The Setai Miami Beach, skylark.com, rates from $418/night
  • Includes $100 spa credit, daily breakfast

9. Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, California

Post Ranch Inn, in California
Credit: Kodiak Greenwood/Courtesy of Post Ranch Inn

Score: 95.53

More information: postranchinn.com

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  • Post Ranch Inn, skylark.com, rates from $1,024/night
  • Includes $100 resort credit, daily breakfast

8. Triple Creek Ranch, Darby, Montana

Triple Creek Ranch, in Montana
Credit: Courtesy of Triple Creek Ranch

WBA Hall of Fame honoree. Score: 95.62

More information: triplecreekranch.com

7. Meadowood Napa Valley, St. Helena, California

Aerial view of Meadowood Napa Valley resort
Credit: Courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley

Score: 95.67

More information: meadowood.com

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  • Meadowood Napa Valley, skylark.com, rates from $519/night
  • Includes $100 spa credit, daily breakfast, welcome box of handcrafted chocolates

6. Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa, San Diego, California

Patio area of Rancho Valencia
Credit: Courtesy of Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa

Score: 95.74

More information: ranchovalencia.com

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  • Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, skylark.com, rates from $649
  • Includes $100 resort credit, daily breakfast

5. Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, Illinois

Restaurant at Deer Path Inn
Credit: Courtesy of Deer Path Inn

Score: 95.80

More information: thedeerpathinn.com

4. North Block Hotel, Yountville, California

Room at North Block, in California
Credit: Courtesy of North Block

Score: 96.00, northblockhotel.com

3. Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont

Exterior of Rabbit Hill Inn
Credit: Jumping Rocks/Courtesy of Rabbit Hill Inn

Score: 96.89

More information: rabbithillinn.com

2. Inn at Willow Grove, Orange, Virginia

Reception at the Inn at Willow Grove
Credit: Courtesy of The Inn at Willow Grove

Score: 97.22

More information: innatwillowgrove.com

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

A room at the Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch
Credit: Courtesy of Brush Creek Ranch

Score: 98.67

More information: brushcreekranch.com

“We've been to many ranches, and this is uniquely spectacular,” said one reader of the winning resort hotel in the continental U.S. It’s so spectacular, in fact, that the all-inclusive property in Wyoming’s North Platte River Valley jumped from the number two spot last year to number one — and for good reason. More than 30,000 acres of a working cattle ranch to roam, including 50 miles of hiking trails, make the ranch a nature lover’s paradise. It offers stunning diversity of landscapes, stretching across rivers, creeks, prairies, and mountains. That’s on top of elegant lodge rooms and cabin residences. With rustic-chic charms and comforts, they allow for some restorative rest after a day spent horseback riding, fly fishing, and all-around adventuring.

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Want to experience one of the World’s Best resorts for yourself? This October, join Travel + Leisure editor in chief Jacqueline Gifford and Food & Wine’s executive wine editor Ray Isle for an intimate trip to California’s Wine Country during fall harvest season. With the iconic Meadowood Napa Valley as your home base, you’ll be treated to exclusive tastings at some of the region’s best wineries, including a handful that are typically closed to the public. Book your trip now before spots disappear.

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2019.