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Exclusive Luxury Hotels in the American West.
Luxury Travel Magazine ~ luxurytravelmagazine.com
Tuesday, 3rd April 2007
 

These exclusive luxury logdings provide authentic American West experiences in the USA's most breathtaking surroundings, see these beautiful properties below.

SORREL RIVER RANCH RESORT - MOAB, UTAH is set against a stunning backdrop of monumental red rock formations and desert mesas. Southern Utah's only AAA Four Diamond resort, the ranch occupies 240 green acres along the Colorado River, presenting the perfect location for nature lovers and anyone in search of a remote retreat to revive the spirit and calm the senses.

On this verdant oasis, you live in cabin-style luxury suites with rustic wood furniture, traditional fireplaces, wooden deck porches and huge log-built beds. The astounding landscape abounds with adventures -- you can ride trails on horseback or by four-wheel drive, mountain bike or hiking. You can raft or kayak down the Colorado River, or explore nearby Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, or simply gasp at the awesome red cliffs.

The oasis theme continues with a stunning Spa offering holistic treatments and therapies, pampering facial and body treatments, as well as salon services. The cuisine is a generous mix of traditional ranch food with Continental and Oriental variations. At night, the shooting stars are countless!

INN OF THE ANASAZI - SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO neighbors the Palace of the Governors, the oldest public building in America, and is located just steps from the historic plaza district in the cultural heart of the city. Spread across a high plateau at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico's capital of Santa Fe is filled with adobe houses and baroque churches, while its chic museums and galleries attract art lovers from all over the world.

The "City of the Holy Faith" has long nurtured the artisans whose work is proudly displayed in the shops of the historic plaza district. Over 200 galleries and 5 museums in this small city showcase an incredible range of arts and artifacts while the natural surroundings offer endless possibilities for leisure and relaxation. The Inn's 57 guest rooms feature an artful blend of hand-crafted Southwestern furnishings, four-poster beds and gas-lit kiva fireplaces framed under traditional ceilings of vigas and latillas.

Authentic artwork from the region's diverse heritage blends with the intricate geometry of indigenous rugs and hand-woven fabrics.

SMITH FORK RANCH - CRAWFORD, COLORADO is stunningly situated at 7,000 feet, occupying a little-known and remote region of Colorado — tucked away in a valley surrounded by the Gunnison National Forest with direct access to the West Elk Mountains. Within a short hike or trail ride are magnificent mountains, valleys and backcountry wilderness with elk, bear, deer, Peregrine falcons and more.

Fly-fishing is a highlight on the ranch's seven ponds and the nearly three miles of Smith Fork River just outside your doorstep. Accommodations at this Rocky Mountain retreat are available in four cabins and five deluxe guest lodge rooms and suites with private baths.

Each is furnished with primitive American antiques, and original arts and crafts. Additionally, there is a fully equipped exercise room, outdoor hot tub and massage therapy available. There are two Ute Indian tipis, a two-story tree house and a pond ideal for swimming— especially popular with children. In the award-winning, open air dining lodge, the chef each day selects fresh fruits, vegetables, game meats and fish found in abundance in the area to create masterful meals.

DUNTON HOT SPRINGS - DOLORES, COLORADO is a very special, one-of-a-kind place that can't be found anywhere else in the world. Located in a remote area of south-west Colorado, Dunton is an old gold rush town in a mountain valley with a river, waterfall and hot springs running through the property.

In this unique setting you are transported to the time of the Old West. The authentic feel of the town is preserved with no visible modern amenities, but inside, the cabins are luxurious and sophisticated with exotic textiles, baronial antiques and high-quality fittings. The dining room is an old saloon where acclaimed chefs serve up fine cuisine and where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid once holed up.

In winter, you can go heli-skiing at Telluride or snow-shoeing on the property. After some rugged activity, spend time in the hot springs or be pampered in the spa. In summer, this rustic hideaway is superbly located for exploring the Four Corners region, where Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona intersect in numerous national parks.

SUNDANCE RESORT - UTAH is nestled at the base of Mount Timpanogos, situated on 6,000 acres of spectacular wilderness. The natural scenery is unmatched, and activities are abundant in every season. The famous arts community developed by Robert Redford is also a full-service, year-round recreation area with eco-friendly, subtle yet luxurious accommodations.

Activities at Sundance range from alpine and cross-country skiing in the winter to hiking and mountain biking when the snow melts. Horseback riding and fly-fishing are available year-round. After a day of activities, guests may find peaceful retreat in the Spa, with its therapies inspired by Native American culture. The Sundance Village complex contains 95 guest cottages and suites, restaurants, an artisan center and venues for the famous Sundance Film Festival.

Accommodation choices include Mountain Suites, with a master bedroom, living room, kitchen and dining area; Sundance Suites, an open-bay-style room with queen-size bed, kitchenette, fireplace or wood stove; and Standard rooms with queen bed.

THE HOME RANCH - CLARK, COLORADO offers western ranch life in the Rocky Mountains, just 18 miles from 4Hoteliers Image LibrarySteamboat Springs. There is something for everyone - horseback riding, hiking, fly fishing, swimming, hot springs, children's activities, fine dining and more. In winter, skiing at Steamboat Springs, a world class ski resort is combined with cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and equestrian classes.

The Ranch's accommodations include 8 private cabins and 6 rooms in the main house, all individually appointed with antiques, Indian rugs, cozy down comforters, wood-burning stoves, coffee pots, and some with lofts perfect for the kids. Each has its own front porch and a hot tub to work out the kinks from a long day in the saddle or on your skis. The food at the Home Ranch is known for its excellence.

Savor the creations of Chef Clyde Nelson's work has been written up in Bon Appetit, Southern Living, Gourmet and Country living, as well as appearing in many Western cookbooks. There is a full time pastry chef, baking up fresh bread, rolls, desserts and breakfast bakery every day.

JENNY LAKE LODGE - JACKSON HOLE, WYOMING is located in one of America's most spectacular settings in Grand Teton National Park with hiking trails and three lakes within easy walking distance. This historic lodge, open since the 4Hoteliers Image Library1920s, provides a one-of-a-kind experience. Stay in one of only 37 Old Western style cabins, beautifully appointed with hand-made quilts, down comforters and mountain views.

It's a pretty safe bet you won't have enough time to do all the things there are to do here. In addition to touring Yellowstone National Park nearby, boating on the lake, river float trips, horseback rides, fishing, golf and tennis, you can also spend some time visiting rustic shops in Jackson Hole, or identifying wildflowers and looking for some of the area's exciting wildlife including elk, moose, bison and coyotes.

After a day of exploring the Tetons, the porch filled with rocking chairs is a perfect spot for unwinding. As the sun sets over the mountains, you can step inside the inviting log lodge and savor a five course dinner complemented by an extensive, award-winning wine list.

THE RESORT AT PAWS UP - GREENOUGH, MONTANA is a 37,000-acre ranch spread along seven miles of a fly-fishing river in the Blackfoot Valley near Missoula. The ranch and surrounding area is filled with the history of the Old West. 4Hoteliers Image LibraryMeriwether Lewis (of Lewis and Clark) traveled through the property on the Blackfoot River as he proceeded on his historic journey.

Choose from 11 Big Timber Homes -- two-story pine cabins with stone fireplaces and outdoor hot tubs, the secluded Blackfoot River Lodge with stunning views from every window, the Morris Farmhouse built in 1908, or in summer, the luxurious safari-style tents pitched along the Blackfoot River complete with a 'Camping Butler' for such tasks as starting your campfire. Enjoy vast breakfasts, adventures on horseback, ATV and kayak and a full-service Spa to get you back in shape for another exciting day of adventure under Montana's Big Sky.

Meet your fellow guests over a gourmet dinner at 'Pomp' where fresh Rocky Mountain trout is sauteed with herbs and may be paired with an exquisite Napa Valley Chardonnay. The Tank and Trough offers a more casual menu and atmosphere.

RANCHO DE SAN JUAN - ESPANOLA, NEW MEXICO offers luxurious seclusion in a rugged landscape, 35 miles northwest of Santa Fe. The inn is situated where the Ojo Caliente River and the Chama River flow into the magnificent Rio 4Hoteliers Image LibraryGrande. Rich in the history of Hispanic culture, the valley was first enjoyed by Pueblo Indians as a place for hunting and fishing while en route to the natural healing mineral springs of Ojo Caliente.

The first Spanish village in the valley was located directly across the river from where the inn now is located. The original part of the inn comprises four rooms around a central courtyard. Thirteen additional casitas have been added in the outlying hills. Rooms are decorated with antiques and have spectacular views of desert landscapes and snow-capped mountains. The unique Kiva Suite has a round bedroom with a skylight above the bed, perfect for stargazing.

Tuesday through Saturday evenings, a four-course prix-fixe dinner is served in the dining room with Pueblo-style architecture, a huge fireplace and colorful works by Native American artists.

CIBOLO CREEK RANCH - BIG BEND REGION, TEXAS is a working longhorn ranch surrounded by lush, spring-fed orchards secluded on more than 30,000 scenic acres in the Big Bend region of the Rio Grande. Three historic forts: El 4Hoteliers Image LibraryCibolo, La Cienega and La Morita are listed in the National Register.

Now fully restored, the adobe walls, cottonwood beams, saltillo tile floors and period antiques reflect traditional Mexican architecture and style. Romantic guest bedrooms and suites offer extensive amenities, fireplaces, down comforters and hand-stitched quilts.

Three highly acclaimed, gourmet meals are served in the dining room, veranda or poolside. Enjoy a breakfast trail ride on horseback, or a lunch can be packed for hiking excursions. Archery, mountain bikes, clay target shooting, a stocked lake with bass and perch, cattle drives, paddle boats, a stargazing telescope, hammocks and 4-wheel drive tours are among the many activities offered.

Spa services include a full resort staff. Visit the onsite pioneer ruins, museum, ranger camp, Indian caves and pictographs.

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