The stone-and-timber resort crowns Beaver Creek Mountain above the bustle of Vail Valley like one of King Ludwig's Bavarian castles. Inside this imposing hotel are all the amenities any royal might desire—panoramic views from most rooms, stone fireplaces in more than a third, and high, plush beds in all. When you're finished hiking or skiing (or grow tired of gazing out at your kingdom from a balcony), head to the 21,000-square-foot spa and fitness center for a dose
of bottled oxygen at the fresh-air lounge or a dip in the cascading grotto hot tub. Spago, Slopeside, and Buffalos are restaurant and bar destinations in their own right.