Enjoy a (safe) getaway.
Choosing the best hotel or resort for your getaway can be hard enough even in the best of times, but during the age of coronavirus, there are extra considerations. Flexible dining options, accommodations with private entrances, and outdoor activities are more important than ever. Luckily, incredible places are offering all this and more. These are the best U.S. hotels and resorts for social distancing.
Alderbrook Resort & Spa Union
WHERE: Union, Washington
The Alderbrook Resort & Spa in Union, Washington, is approximately 1.5 hours from Seattle and 2.5 hours from Portland—the perfect spot for a Pacific Northwest getaway! Nestled on the shores of the Hood Canal, the views of the water and the Olympic Mountains are breathtaking. Alderbrook Resort is also a great place for social distancing. In addition to the hotel-style rooms in the main lodge, the property is also home to a collection of cottages, each with its own entrance. All of the cottages have full kitchens so it’s easy to prepare meals, but if you prefer not to do your own cooking, Alderbrook Resort has you covered there, too. The resort has a fabulous onsite restaurant. You can dine in or order take-out dinner boxes to enjoy in your cabin or under a heated, covered outdoor dining area.
Alderbrook Resort and Spa has plenty of irresistible social-distance friendly activities. Guests have access to the pool, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, a golf course, nature trails, a geocaching course, treasure hunts, and more.
Buffalo Trail Cabins Bluefield
WHERE: Bluefield, West Virginia
If your ideal form of social distancing includes having fun in the mud in a jeep, dirtbike, or ATV, Buffalo Trail Cabins in Bluefield, West Virginia, should be on your bucket list. The cabins are a popular stop on the incredible 700-mile offroad Hatfield-McCoy Trail System. These well-maintained trails wind their way through historical sites, early relics of the coal industry, and some downright gorgeous scenery.
Buffalo Trail Cabins offers over 30 individual cabins, treehouses, and lodges to rest your head before you head out to hit the trails again the next day. Each has an individual entrance. There is a full-service restaurant/bar onsite, but if you prefer to play it safe and prepare your own food, most lodging options have kitchenettes or kitchens. There are also outdoor fire pits and charcoal barbecues on the grounds.
The Vintages Trailer Resort Dayton
WHERE: Dayton, Oregon
When you pull into The Vintages Trailer Resort in Dayton, Oregon, you might wonder if you’ve stumbled into a time warp, as each guest at this groovy resort gets to stay in their own retro trailer, complete with kitchens, toilets, and showers. Some even have bathtubs!
The trailers are beautifully restored with modern amenities like microwaves and wireless internet. Each has a private patio with an outdoor barbecue and guests have access to complimentary bicycles. Although you can make dinner right in your trailer, if your ideal vacation means taking the night off from the kitchen, they’ll arrange for pizza and local craft beer to be delivered right to your trailer. Or, you can order take out in one of the nearby restaurants. Best of all, this unique getaway is located right in the heart of Oregon Wine Country.
Amangiri Canyon Point
WHERE: Canyon Point, Utah
Amangiri is the epitome of beauty and luxury and is practically built for social distancing. This gorgeous resort is set in the middle of a 600-acre desert sanctuary with architecture that seems as though it’s been a part of its natural surroundings for thousands of years. Canyons and rock formations rise up from the desert floor in a backdrop so beautiful it’s hard to tear your eyes away. Once you arrive, there are traditional hotel options, luxury glamping options, and private villas. There are several options for private dining and options for outdoor fireside dining are readily available.
If you can convince yourself to leave the resort, Amanigiri is famous for unique activities such as guided tours of Navaho history, hiking through slot canyons, boating, or horseback riding.
Disney’s Polynesian Villas and Bungalows
WHERE: Orlando, Florida
The only overwater bungalows in the U.S. are located at Disney World in a magical place called Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows. The bungalows are two-bedroom pieces of paradise that have everything you need for social distancing, including full kitchens, private plunge pools, and private decks. Guests are treated to unforgettable views of both the Magic Kingdom Park and Seven Seas Lagoon. In addition to the bungalow’s kitchens, room service and several outdoor dining restaurant options are available.
Polynesian Village Resort is home to jogging trails, campfires, fishing, boat rides, volleyball, and movies under the stars.
The Resort at Paws Up Greenough
WHERE: Greenough, Montana
You can’t get much more socially distant than at a resort nestled on 37,000 acres of river, forests, meadows, and mountains. The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana, is a special place where wild mustangs, elk, and other wildlife roam freely, while bald eagles circle overhead. Guests here can enjoy glamping in canvas tents or stay in luxury treehouses, private homes, or cabins. This is an all-inclusive resort with a number of outdoor dining options. You won’t go hungry here.
Boredom is never a problem at the Resort at Paws Up. In addition to wildlife-watching, socially distant activities include horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, ATV tours, shooting sport clays, paintball, and more.
Post Ranch Inn Big Sur
WHERE: Big Sur, California
Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California, is situated on top of a bluff with sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. The hotel only has 40 rooms, each with their own private entrances. If that’s not socially distanced enough, they also rent luxurious private houses with full kitchens and treehouses. There are miles of gorgeous hiking trails, outdoor yoga, and meditation classes, and unforgettable falconry experiences available, as well as tours of the chef’s gardens.
Post Ranch Inn is legendary for spectacular food sourced from local ingredients and outdoor dining is offered on a clifftop deck with breathtaking views.
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows
WHERE: Scottsdale, Arizona
Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows in Scottsdale, Arizona, has 185 bungalow-style rooms and suites with private entrances set against the majestic backdrop of Camelback Mountain. Each room has a patio and a private terrace for guests to take in views of the incredible desert landscape. Private cabanas with food and beverage service are available, along with outdoor restaurant dining. Andaz Scottsdale Resort & Bungalows is a favored destination for art lovers with activities like live outdoor music, workshops with artists in residence, artists dinners, and mixology classes. Or there’s always lounging by the pools or outdoor fireplaces.
Garden of the Gods Resort and Club Colorado Springs
WHERE: Colorado Springs, Colorado
If you guessed that a property with a name like Gardens of the Gods Resort and Club is jawdroppingly beautiful, you’d be right. Dramatic red sandstone formations capture the eye, contrasted by green meadows, lush grounds, and mountains in the distance. Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, guests can choose between private cottages and casitas with full kitchens in addition to traditional rooms. All rooms have private balconies or patios. There are multiple restaurants on-site with opportunities to dine outside amid the incredible views. Activities include exploring the Garden of the Gods Park, tennis, golf, pickleball, swimming pools, and guided walks.