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Best Hotel or Resort in Every State – Condé Nast Traveler



Best Hotel or Resort in Every State - Condé Nast Traveler 1

On tip of the Kenai Peninsula, across Kachemak Bay from Homer, Tutka is owned by chef Kirsten Dixon and her husband Carl, and combines both a wilderness lodge experience with outstanding sea-to-table food (with guests able to participate in fishing, foraging for herbs and berries, and digging for clams or harvesting mussels). Kayaks make it easy to explore the miles-long fjord on your doorstep, and hiking trails meander through forests of old-growth spruce. With only six cabins, the lodge can often feel entirely yours.

Artwork is clearly part of this hotel’s DNA—it’s displayed throughout—and while rooms follow a modern aesthetic, they retain a cozy vibe. Malin+Goetz bath amenities and in-room Nespresso make for nice touches, but you’d be remiss if you didn’t explore all that the hotel has to offer: The on-site restaurant is called The Hive, and plays on its location by offering familiar flavors like deviled eggs, pimento cheese, and pasture-raised fried chicken, but with an unfamiliar and refreshing take on them. Go for the Hive Burger—pimento cheese and tomato jam make it one of a kind.

“There were a lot of fun hotels in Palm Springs, but there weren’t any great ones, and I wanted to change this.” So says Steve Hermann, the L.A.–based residential designer who spent two years (and millions of dollars) turning the historic William F. Cody–designed L’Horizon into a luxurious boutique hotel. Hermann didn’t alter the footprint much—the main house and most of the 25 bungalows were built in 1952 as a vacation spot for Hollywood producer Jack Wrather (Lassie; The Lone Ranger)—but he added an open-air spa and an alfresco restaurant and gut-renovated the interiors. As such, each bungalow is a mix of modern (custom hair-on-hide rugs, industrial-chic machined brass lighting, and fixtures) and vintage (furniture from Percival Lafer, Mullhauser, Knoll, and Katavolos). Request a west- facing bungalow with an outdoor shower and watch the sun go down over the San Jacinto Mountains while shampooing.

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Just 90 minutes north of New York City, the Delamar is a perfect weekend escape with on-site spa (using Biologique Recherche products) and destination restaurant, Artisan, under French chef Frederic Kieffer. Check-in begins with a glass of sherry or port, and rooms contain an attractive mix of traditional New England furnishings and colorful modern art. Added bonus: Given that the hotel is an easy, seven-minute walk from the nearest Metro North rail station, there’s no need for a car to gallery-hop or to explore Southport’s historic downtown.

There’s a bit of an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feel to the Faena, and this carries through into the rooms—particularly with the smaller accents and pieces of furniture you’ll find yourself “discovering” as your stay progresses. Outside, the hotel makes the most of its 100,000 square feet of private white-sand beach, and if you find yourself asking, “Did I just see a golden woolly mammath skeleton in a glass cage?” the answer is yes—you can thank artist Damien Hirst for that one.

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The best resort in Hawaii according to our readers isn’t beachfront. But that’s actually a positive at Hawaii’s only luxury adults-only resort, spread over 15 acres with 180-degree views of neighboring Lanai and Kaho‘olawe. Though there’s a shuttle to the beach (and attendants to help you with umbrellas, towels, and the like once you hit the sand), be sure to put your vacation in the hands of the incredible staff. Allow them to organize a beach picnic—a gourmet spread to be enjoyed at sunset. You can also arrange kiteboarding lessons, sunset sailing, and aerial yoga. Fan of vintage cars? Take the drive of your dreams in Hotel Wailea’s 1957 Porsche 356 Speedster reproduction.

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Ranked as having one of America’s most beautiful golf courses, best known for a floating green on the 14th hole, the resort also has a private beach, a large spa with unusual waterfall massage, ten restaurants (including Beverly’s with a wine cellar valued at $2 million), and two pools—one indoor, and one out. A recently completed, three year renovation has given this well-loved, 54-year-old resort a fresh face-lift, and guest rooms have wall-to-wall windows with views of lake, mountains or city. If you can, spring for the Hagadone Suite, which has its own glass-bottomed swimming pool, a waterfall bathtub, living room with fireplace and cathedral ceilings, and a private dining room.

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The contemporary-chic Viceroy has a retro Chicago façade and mid-century furnishings within. Textures and patterns grab the eye, including an abstract headboard wall, carpet that looks like a sand-hued topographic map, and—yes—quotes from Marcel Proust, reproduced on the lobby’s 30-foot-wall. The ground level restaurant Somerset, from chef Lee Wolen, is a serious asset for the Viceroy; his creative American fare (don’t miss the beet tartare and sausage-stuffed whole roasted chicken) matches the vaguely nautical, club-like setting. But don’t skip the 18th floor, where he also does cocktails and bites at the swanky rooftop lounge Devereaux.

Historic is an understatement. The inn, in the heart of Mason City, is the last remaining hotel in the world designed and built by Frank Lloyd Wright. The design is pure Prairie School-style—especially the dramatic lobby (reminiscent of the now-demolished Imperial Hotel in Tokyo which it preceded by fifteen years). Opened in 1910, the hotel was converted into office space and apartments, the building was shuttered in 1972, but after a full restoration certified by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale, Arizona, it reclaimed its rightful place once again as an iconic hotel in 2011. Stickley furniture in guest rooms adds to the authentic appeal of this priceless piece of history, which is listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

With a purportedly haunted elevator, The Eldridge—in its multiple rebuilds and reincarnations—played an important role as a waystation for anti-slavery immigrants to the Kansas Territory in the mid-to-late nineteenth century. Rooms in this member of Historic Hotels of America are fresh and modern (eight suites, with small kitchens, are located a block away in the Extended Eldridge). The Jayhawker restaurant has recently been redone with a hearty, Midwestern menu of chicken fried steak, rib eye, pot roast, and bone-in pork chops. The hotel is also home to Kaw Valley Massage.

The 21c Museum Hotel Lexington is the embodiment of the boutique property. There are a million different directions that your eye can wander to, thanks to the incredibly ornate lobby, fabulous front desk, and the healthy amount of contemporary art peppered throughout the hotel. Lockbox, the hotel’s restaurant, doesn’t disappoint: Order like a local, and enjoy a bourbon before you dive into their country ham hushpuppies or seed-crusted catfish. The vibe of the place permits a LBD or dinner jacket, but doesn’t frown on casual, either. Still, the crowd here is posh, and you better believe they’re Instagramming every nook and cranny of the place.

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Years in the making, this is the first East Coast hotel for Pendry, the off-shoot brand from Montage. The hotel occupies the Recreation Pier, a landmark building in Fell’s Point, that was left empty for nearly two decades before reopening as the Pendry, thanks in part to a big investment from Under Armour’s Kevin Plank. While the “Rec Pier” serves as the frontispiece of the property—and houses the Andrew Carmellini Rec Pier Chop House restaurant and a small whiskey bar called The Cannon Room—the guest rooms are in the new-build addition on the old footprint of the pier, which gives the place a bolted-together feel but also supremely comfortable guest rooms that aren’t jig-sawed into a historic building. The Pendry is probably one of the best places to stay in Baltimore right now, and if you’re coming for nightlife and dining, this is the perfect place to be.

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The chic, intimate modernist interiors of this hotel in Beacon Hill contrast with the exterior—a turn-of-the-century, ten-story Beaux Arts building of iron, limestone, and brick, capped with a copper cornice. The lobby has an original cage elevator, while individually designed rooms in taupes, creams, and espressos come with fireplaces, mahogany built-in cupboards, and contemporary canopied beds. The steak house Mooo… has a vaulted-ceilinged private dining room in the wine cellar. Take advantage of the fleet of chauffeured Lexuses for complimentary trips around downtown Boston.

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Opened in late 2016, the Hewing occupies the historic Jackson Building, built in 1897 as a warehouse for timber traveling the Mississippi River and showroom for farm equipment—traces of the past can still be seen in what is otherwise a thoroughly contemporary, and endearingly Minnesotan hotel. Cleverly curated in-room amenities include cozy Faribault Woolen Mills throws, a minibar stocked with local products, and a terrific bar with full-bottle tipples from Far North Spirits and Tattersall Distilling. Tullibee restaurant is a big draw for visitors and locals, serving tasty Nordic-inspired food and sourcing from its own on-site butcher for meat to roast over its wood-fired grill. Don’t miss the sixth floor’s rooftop bar and cocktail lounge—and for guests, the use of a small pool in summer that turns in to a hot tub in winter (there’s also a 20-person cedar-wood sauna).

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Designed in line with River City’s other Art Deco gems—Union Station and the Joslyn Art Museum— the circa 1930, 14-story Deco was converted from offices to a hotel in 1989. Rooms are modern, with a sophisticated white and grey palette. Monarch Prime & Bar is a proper steakhouse—try the wagyu sirloin. Don’t miss the hidden speakeasy, The Wicked Rabbit, inside the Looking Glass Cigars and Spirits shop next to the hotel (you’ll need to check its Facebook page for a password to imbibe Prohibition-era cocktails).

Old-world luxury abounds at Wentworth by the Sea, a grand, nineteenth-century estate on the Atlantic. The coastal retreat has a red mansard roof and three towers, and looks out on granite outcroppings. If you’re really interested in feeling like you’ve gone back in time, you’re in luck: Interiors brandished with such details as traditional damasks, intricate woodwork, brass accents, and pinstriped wallpaper will make you feel like you’ve wound back the clock. The dining room at Longitudes, through which waiters navigate with platters of Prince Edward Island mussels and lobster rolls, overlooks the marina; Roosevelt’s Lounge offers a casual atmosphere with a fireplace.

Expect Outer Banks architecture like cedar-shake siding at this beachfront retreat, where the location alone makes it an ideal getaway. Accommodations, which were recently refreshed, are airy and chic—think sand-colored linen headboards, warm wood floors, and the occasional in-suite fireplace—and are spread throughout three inns. Check out Kimball’s Kitchen, where locally sourced meat and seafood are as much of a draw as the views of the sound, as well as The Beach House Lobby Bar and Sandbar, with fresh-baked pastries on hand at the former, and poolside drinks at the latter.

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Located in the heart of downtown, Dossier is the ideal basecamp from which to explore everything that Portland has to offer. The lobby has a distinct Mid-century-meets-Deco vibe that perfectly encapsulates the city’s refined hipster aesthetic. The service is distinct Oregonian—efficient and quick without sacrificing warmth. Each room contains an honor bar with fantastically local Portland snacks and spirits, as well as LATHER bath amenities and packets of Knot Springs’s signature bath scrubs. You might find yourself trying to figure out how to steal the Simmons Beautyrest Black Napa mattresses, or the Italian linen sheets, or the plush bathrobes. The front desk has a couple of bikes to rent out so you can explore this impossibly bike-able city on two wheels. And every day, the hotel invites guests to the lobby for a craft beer and kombucha happy hour courtesy of Ferment Brewing Company.

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It’s easy to turn back time at the Ocean House. Propped up on a magnificent bluff overlooking Little Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island’s historic Watch Hill neighborhood, the rambling, sunshine yellow Victorian structure recalls the days of the Grand Tour, when men of means would gallivant around the world, and the wealthy were lured from the city to the sea come summer. Though the porticoed property had 159 rooms when it opened in 1868, it ultimately fell into disrepair and was shuttered in 2003. But a $146 million facelift in 2010 left it shiny and new—and a lot roomier. It now has 49 rooms and 18 signature suites, all of which are breezy, bright, and pinstriped, capturing the beach-feel but still managing to feel luxurious.

You’d be hard-pressed to find a more elegant and well-equipped place to stay by the water than at the 92-room Beach Club, which opened in October 2016. Directly across the harbor from downtown Charleston on Patriots Point in historic Mount Pleasant, the resort is just a free, fifteen-minute trolley shuttle and seasonal water taxi ride from this Southern foodie haven. Modern meals are served in the Fish House, occupying the same building as the creatively-curated Marina Store, which sells everything from scented soaps to tomes on local history.

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Named for singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, a country music legend, this hotel fits right into the Live Music Capital of the World. Musical touches are everywhere: chandeliers made from French horns; a lobby bar record player that pipes tunes into the elevators; artwork in the shape of flying birds made out of vinyl. Every room has an impressive view of either the city or Lady Bird Lake, and is done in a stylish palette of gray and dark blue. But while the furniture is run-of-the-mill Restoration Hardware, the artwork is bespoke: think framed replicas of vintage concert posters and a historic map of Austin as wallpaper.

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This mid-mountain Norwegian-style lodge is the “ultimate ski hotel with old-world charm,” thanks to custom millwork, flower paintings that originated in the lowland areas of eastern Norway, and leather, copper, and stone elements. Each room in the lodge is uniquely styled, but all have dark-wood furnishings, a Nordic color scheme, and bathrooms with Molton Brown toiletries. Suites come with large stone fireplaces. Glitretind serves up regional American cuisine and unique specialties—try the Norwegian potato pancakes—with views of the Wasatch Mountains. The 23,000-square-foot spa has 16 treatment rooms.

For anyone looking for a non-fussy and intimate stay in Vermont—where perhaps Airbnb lacks the service you’re after, but you still want to maintain a house-of-your-own feel—this is your spot: Here, the foliage is perfectly overgrown, and you feel as if you’re visiting a friend’s home rather than a hotel. Once you’ve entered, you’re met with ultra-cozy fireplaces and overstuffed chairs. This is the kind of place you want to lock yourself up in during your stay, and luckily, you’re not far from great food—the on-site restaurant is exceptional.

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It’s probably been a while since most city slickers have seen the stars (or the sun, for that matter), but Primland Resort is on the job. At this eco-conscious getaway, the altitude and sparsely populated mountain setting presents a cure-all for this ailment, in the form of stargazing. You can wish on whichever one you want—when you view the night sky from the resort’s Observatory Dome, expect to see millions. But it’s not just a place to study the heavenly bodies: it has a heavenly spa, too, where guests can luxuriate in the mosaic-tiled pool, then head to a meditation class or a soothing massage for that stubborn ache or pain. Though the resort has an assortment of rustic-refined suites, cottages, and houses, we suggest booking the Pinnacles Suite, a two-story abode with floor-to-ceiling windows, 400-thread count Frette sheets, and most importantly, a killer view of aforementioned galaxies.

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