Dreamy (& Driveable) Destinations: Western U.S.

Every sunset is the beginning of a beautiful sunrise.

During this pivotal moment, while we are at home, we travel “inside” to reflect and re-prioritize our emotional landscape. And while we dream of physical locales—those far flung lands that stir our soul—JETSET World Travel recognizes, in the near term, drivable getaways may be more appealing. As such, we present the first in a two-part “Coast to Coast: Luxury Road Trip” series. We’ve curated the dreamiest west and east coast domestic destinations that showcase the bounty and beauty of North America. These boutique retreats are designed for natural social distancing, are situated near iconic destinations in less dense neighborhoods. They provide the same opportunity to disconnect and reconnect, but with a fresh landscape, and with your privacy and safety a top priority.

Take a drive with us. We’ll journey west to east—or left to right—and canvass the country. Ready. Set. Westward bound …

 

Calistoga Ranch, Wine Country 

Hugging a private canyon, this exclusive hideaway offers ample privacy, with expansive luxury lodges scattered between ancient oaks. Indoor-outdoor living spaces are replete with outdoor shower gardens and exterior living rooms with fireplaces. Here, you’ll feel a world away while easily accessing the finest boutique wineries and vineyards.

 Exclusive Amenities

  • Full breakfast for two daily in The Lakehouse Restaurant. Also available through room service.
  • $100 resort credit, per room, per stay (no cash value)
  • Welcome amenity

The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in:

  • Upgrade
  • Early check-In
  • Late check-Out

 

San Ysidro Ranch, California

A natural stopping point on any California coastal cruise, this boutique resort tucks into the Montecito foothills and has appealed to storied personalities for decades (fun fact: JFK and Jackie Kennedy chose to honeymoon here.) Located a short drive from 500 rolling acres of unspoiled coastal landscape, explore the Pacific Ocean, Santa Ynez Mountains, and the iconic Southern California Ojai wine country. Private cottages feature mature gardens and create the ultimate respite. Celebrate the outdoors via mountain biking, hiking, surfing, sailing, and world- class fishing.

 Exclusive Amenities

  • Buffet Breakfast for two daily at the Stone House Restaurant
  • $100 food and beverage credit, once during stay

The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure:

  • Upgrade
  • Early check-in
  • Late check-out

 

Rancho Valencia, Rancho Santa Fe

This wellness sanctuary epitomizes the best of southern California living. Access 49 Mediterranean inspired and luxuriously appointed guest casitas, all with private patios and many with outdoor fireplaces and private pools. Expect a residential experience complemented by such world-class amenities as daily exercise programming, an award-winning tennis program, game lawns for family croquet, intimate pools with shaded pavilions, and seasonal, farm-to-table cuisine. What’s more? San Diego’s countless attractions and best beaches couldn’t be more convenient.

Exclusive Amenities

  • Full breakfast for two daily at Veladora. Also available through room service (maximum daily credit of up to $40 per guest or $80 per couple. Inclusive of taxes and gratuities.)
  • $100 resort credit, per room, per stay
  • Guaranteed 2:00 pm late check-out

The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in:

  • Upgrade
  • Early check-In

 

Amangiri, Utah

Nestled between Lake Powell and Grand Staircase Escalante National Park, Amangiri celebrates our nation’s most alluring attractions. Located in the heart of the Grand Circle of National Parks, the resort’s 34 stand-alone, contemporary suites frame indelible views from floor-to-ceiling windows. Outdoor living areas with gas-fire tables are the perfect sunrise or sunset perch, while activities also span sunrise to sunset: via ferrata courses, rock climbing, horseback riding, hot-air ballooning, canyon tours, and rafting trips. At day’s end, relax and recharge in the 25,000-square-foot, Navajo-inspired spa. This natural grand theater screams “sense of place.”

Exclusive Amenities

  • $100 USD hotel/resort credit, per room, per stay
  • Gift of Amangiri’s signature toiletries

The following amenities are subject to availability at the time of check-in/departure:

  • Upgrade
  • Early check-In
  • Late check-Out

The following amenities are not exclusive, but apply to your booking:

  • Full breakfast for each guest daily, included in the rate
  • All-inclusive (alcoholic beverages excluded)

 

Taylor River Lodge, Gunnison, Colorado

Rock climbing, fly fishing, mountain biking? Check, check, and check again. This private, eight cabin retreat on the banks of the Gunnison River is the ultimate getaway for outdoor enthusiasts and adventure seekers. Just a short drive from historic Crested Butte, this off-the-grid retreat is the ideal size for families and friends for exclusive use, on a fully inclusive basis. Taylor River Lodge features the services of a resort, but the hospitality of a friend’s home, and the Eleven Experience doesn’t disappoint. And if dreaming of a winter escape, Scarp Ridge Lodge, its sister property, offers luxe cat skiing expeditions from the heart of Crested Butte.

 

Dunton Hot Springs, Dunton, Colorado

Imagine this: an abandoned, 1800s mining town restored as an authentic village of uniquely designed wood-sided cabins, with a natural thermal hot spring and bathing house to boot. Add Relais & Chateau caliber cuisine, and this fully inclusive boutique retreat in an extraordinary escape. Located in a pristine alpine valley just 30 minutes from the town of Telluride, this year-round resort is ideal for couples and families and can be taken over for weddings and corporate retreats.

 

The Ranch at Rock Creek, Philipsburg, Montana  

Fusing past and present, The Ranch at Rock Creek is the ultimate retreat for wide open spaces and western style bonding. A plethora of diverse accommodations include 10 canvas glamping cabins nestled among natural wildflower meadows on the banks of the namesake Rock Creek. Additionally, two-story log homes and a cozy single-bed romantic cabin offer private homes-on-the-range. “Weather proof” family entertainment includes an indoor bowling alley and cinema while weekly thematic events capture the spirit of Montana. Don’t miss the spa and exceptional cuisine. Twice-daily guided on-ranch adventures are included in your stay—the best keepsake will be family memories of archery, geocaching, hiking, biking, and much more.

Exclusive Amenities

  • $100 ranch credit per reservation, for spa, mercantile or reserve wine list
  • One premium bottle of wine with welcome note

The following amenities are subject to availability at time of check-in/departure:

  • Upgrade
  • Early check-in
  • Late check-out

 

Stay tuned as we explore our favorite Eastern U.S. destinations in our next feature!