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Best Destination Resort: Readers crown C Lazy U Ranch

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Colorado dude ranch offers a complete vacation expereince

Sometimes a hotel is simply a place to lay your head at night, and sometimes it's a destination in its own right. Each of these 10 U.S. resorts is totally travel-worthy, complete with plush accommodations, world-class dining, relaxing spa treatments and a host of indoor and outdoor activities – a complete vacation in a single package.

  • 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

  • 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

  • Brewery Gulch Inn
    Mendocino, Calif.

    Brewery Gulch Inn sits on a bluff overlooking the dramatic Mendocino coast. Built from salvaged redwood, the Arts and Crafts style resort offers guests included meals made from locally-sourced, organic ingredients, an enormous great room with a glass and steel fireplace and guest rooms with ocean views and gas fireplaces.
    Photo courtesy of Brewery Gulch Inn

  • 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 off 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 Kennebunkport Resort Collection

  • Stephanie Inn
    Cannon Beach, Ore.

    According to the folks at the Stephanie Inn, the 41 luxury guest rooms are just 28 steps from the beach. The exact number may vary, but Cannon Beach's iconic Haystack Rock looks like it's just outside the windows. Bonus amenities include gas fireplaces in every room and Jacuzzi Pure Air Baths, some of which enjoy views of the Pacific Ocean.
    Photo courtesy of Stephanie Inn

  • The Broadmoor
    Colorado Springs

    The history of The Broadmoor – an iconic hotel in Colorado Springs – dates back to 1918 when it welcomed its first guests. John D. Rockefeller was the hotel's first celebrity guest, staying the night of June 1, 1918. Today, the 5,000-acre resort offers a full-service spa, three golf courses and a stellar hotel restaurant, The Penrose Room.
    Photo courtesy of The Broadmoor

  • 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

  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
    Ko Olina, Hawaii

    Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina, a five-star beach resort on Oahu's western coast, features 371 guest rooms, a Ted Robinson-designed golf course, full-service day spa, Hawaii's only deep-draft marina, tennis center, swimming pools and a beach where guests can go stand-up paddleboarding or take an outrigger canoe ride.
    Photo courtesy of Christian Horan / Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

  • 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 Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay
    Half Moon Bay, Calif.

    The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay sits atop an oceanside bluff just 30 minutes from San Francisco. Guests enjoy access to two championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, hotel terraces with open fire pits (perfect for roasting s’mores), an indoor swimming pool, six lighted tennis courts and a kids program for young guests.
    Photo courtesy of The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

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

  1. C Lazy U Ranch - Granby, Colo.
  2. Ocean House - Watch Hill, R.I.
  3. Brewery Gulch Inn - Mendocino, Calif.
  4. Hidden Pond - Kennebunkport, Maine
  5. Stephanie Inn - Cannon Beach, Ore.
  6. The Broadmoor - Colorado Springs
  7. The Resort at Paws Up - Greenough, Mont.
  8. Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina - Ko Olina, Hawaii
  9. Brush Creek Ranch - Saratoga, Wyo.
  10. The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay - Half Moon Bay, Calif.

A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.

Congratulations to all these winning resorts!

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