For serenity and mountain greenery, you can't beat this family-run lodge with plenty of pastoral scenery and close-up views of hummingbirds from the glassed-in dining room. Each of the six large rooms in three wooden cabins on a hillside above the main lodge has its own private veranda and tile bathroom with skylight. Two spacious junior suites have fireplaces, kitchenettes, sunken whirlpool baths with views, and king-size beds. Owners Gary and Edna Roberts are known for
delicious baked trout dinners and creative vegetarian dishes. Gary leads a free quetzal quest every day at 7 am along a country road, where you might also spot some of the 200-plus species on the lodge's bird list. End your day with a soak in a natural-stone hot tub under starry skies. To get here from the Pan-American Highway, turn at sign for Copey and follow the dirt road 8 km (5 miles).