Brush Creek Ranch Named Best Destination Resort

The Resort at Paws Up, Ocean House, Hidden Pond and Calistoga Ranch also winners

Sometimes a hotel is simply a place to lay your head at night. That is definitely not the case with our nominees for Best Destination Resort. These 10 resorts across the United States – voted the best by USA TODAY and 10Best readers – are destinations unto themselves. Besides enjoying plush accommodations, guests at these properties enjoy world-class dining, relaxing spa treatments and a host of indoor and outdoor activities – a complete vacation in a single package. 

  • Auberge du Soleil
    Rutherford, Calif.

    An elegant country inn nestled in 33 acres of olive groves in Napa Valley, Auberge du Soleil is California Wine Country's most prestigious luxury inn. The distinctive property boasts extraordinary views, coupled with sculpture gardens, elegant cottages, a Michelin-starred restaurant and an intimate spa. Fifty earth-toned "maisons" – each with a terrace overlooking the valley – have a wood-burning fireplace.
    Photo courtesy of Auberge du Soleil

  • The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island
    Little St. Simons Island, Ga.

    Guests of The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island on Georgia's Golden Isles have 7 miles of pristine beach and 11,000 acres of undeveloped wilderness to explore. The resort is only accessible by boat, and there are never more than 32 overnight guests, making this a truly serene retreat. Naturalist-led activities include birding, hiking, kayaking, fishing and cycling.
    Photo courtesy of Little St. Simons Island

  • C Lazy U Ranch
    Granby, Colo.

    The traditions of the American West are alive and well at C Lazy U Ranch in Colorado. This luxury guest ranch offers 43 rooms of varying sizes, including three bedroom cabins ideal for families. Visitors to this four seasons property can go horseback riding, practice cattle pushing, hike, mountain bike, cross country ski or go snowshoeing between hearty, family-style meals.
    Photo courtesy of C Lazy U Ranch

  • Stein Eriksen Lodge
    Park City, Utah

    The Stein Eriksen Lodge is one of the most famous lodging options in the Park City area, and among the finest in all of Utah. Located mid-Mountain at the very prestigious Deer Valley Resort, this mountain retreat offers ski-in, ski-out mountain access, exquisitely appointed accommodations and regional American cuisine at the Four Star Glitretind Restaurant.
    Photo courtesy of Stein Eriksen Lodge

  • Travaasa Austin
    Austin

    Located in Austin among the hills of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, this "experiential resort and spa" offers guests the chance to truly get away, relax and enjoy the bounty of nature. Located on a substantial estate of live oak trees and beautiful foliage, Travaasa is spread out among several buildings so as to allow guests to commune with their natural surroundings. The resort offers a broad array of original, fun and often Zen-tastic activities, from healing spa treatments to fitness and wellness workshops, guided adventures, horseback riding, culinary classes and Samba lessons.
    Photo courtesy of Travaasa Austin

  • Calistoga Ranch
    Napa Valley, Calif.

    It's all about luxurious outdoor living at Calistoga Ranch. Its 50 guest lodges share a 157 acre backyard and all take full advantage of the green space Mother Nature provides. All guest lodges have an outside living room comfortable for lounging any time of year and an outdoor shower. Visitors who can pull themselves away from their lodge, enjoy a long list of amenities, including an on-site Auberge Spa, observation deck perfect for scenic views or stargazing, numerous hiking trails or a pool for lounging.
    Photo courtesy of Calistoga Ranch

  • Hidden Pond
    Kennebunkport, Maine

    Hidden Pond, a resort nestled amid 60 acres of birch groves and balsam fir trees on the southern coast of Maine, invites guests to kick of their shoes and relax by the pool, the fireplace or an al fresco bar. Travelers who just can't stay still can go stand-up paddleboarding on Goose Rocks Beach, chat with the resort gardener, take a mixology class or hop on a shuttle into Kennebunkport for further exploration.
    Photo courtesy of Hidden Pond

  • Ocean House
    Watch Hill, R.I.

    Set atop a bluff overlooking the sea in Watch Hill, Ocean House offers an iconic New England seaside experience, complete with a full-service spa, Forbes Five Star-rated restaurant, a private beach with butler service, croquet lawn and squash courts. Daily resort activities include classes at the Center for Wine & Culinary Arts, movie screenings, sports clinics, morning fitness programs and guided tours of the resort property.
    Photo courtesy of Ocean House

  • The Resort at Paws Up
    Greenough, Mont.

    Pristine wilderness and thoughtful luxury join forces to create an exquisite guest experience at The Resort at Paws Up. This Montana resort sits on a 37,000-acre working cattle ranch with a range of accommodations (from luxe private homes to glamping sites) and activities. Horseback riding is the signature experience, but guests can also mountain bike, fly fish, geocache or partake in an authentic Montana ranch activity.
    Photo courtesy of The Resort at Paws Up

  • Brush Creek Ranch
    Saratoga, Wyo.

    Award-winning Brush Creek Resort sits on 30,000 private acres of Wyoming's Platte River Valley and blends the allure of the American West with the sophistication and comfort of one of the world's best resorts. Activities include horseback riding, shooting sports, fly fishing, yoga, lawn games and an indoor arcade.
    Photo courtesy of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

The top 10 winners in the category Best Destination Resort are as follows:

  1. Brush Creek Ranch - Saratoga, Wyo.
  2. The Resort at Paws Up - Greenough, Mont.
  3. Ocean House - Watch Hill, R.I.
  4. Hidden Pond - Kennebunkport, Maine
  5. Calistoga Ranch - Napa Valley, Calif.
  6. Travaasa Austin - Austin
  7. Stein Eriksen Lodge - Park City, Utah
  8. C Lazy U Ranch - Granby, Colo.
  9. The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island - Little St. Simons Island, Ga.
  10. Auberge du Soleil - Rutherford, Calif.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to picked the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote. Experts Marla Cimini (USA TODAY), Christopher Parr (Pursuitist) and Yasmin Pullman (Luxury Travel Diary) were chosen based on their luxury travel experience.

Additional nominated resorts included The Allison Inn & Spa, Blackberry Farm, Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, The Little Nell, Montage Palmetto Bluff, Primland, Sea Island Resort, St. Regis Deer Valley, Triple Creek Ranch and Winvian Farm.

Congratulations to all our winning resorts!

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