Summer break is swiftly approaching. For the parents, Godparents, aunties and uncles, who will have the precious ones for the holiday break, it’s time to start scheduling summer trips. Ditch the conventional vacationing in Saint-Barthélemy and opt for a luxurious national park lodge.
Why visit a national park? It’s a great way to take part in outdoor activity as well as enjoy downtime with friends and family. More importantly, with upscale and plush amenities like any luxury resort, the real question is why not discover the upper-echelon of America park lodges?
Here are five haute lodges to consider.
Considered the “Switzerland of North America,” the Many Glacier Hotel is located on the shores of Swiftcurrent Lake inside Glacier National Park. Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, the hotel feels like a Swiss cottage rather than an American lodge. The rooms offer a variety of scenic views from parkside to lakeside. There is a family unit and a suite. Enjoy the some R&R or opt to take the ferry across the lake and hike to Grinnell Glacier.
The only four-diamond eco-resort on Grand Teton National Park, Jenny Lake Lodge offers guest a rustic elegance. The posh lodge offers gourmet breakfast, a five-course dinner with five nightly rotating menus, horseback rides and bicycles. Each room features handmade comforters, private bathroom and authentic log walls. As for the luxe suites, guests has the option to choose from a king or two queen beds, and it includes an adjoining sitting parlor and a wood burning stove. Additionally, if you opt for the Water Lilly suite, you’ll also have a Jacuzzi jetted tub.
Also, a four-diamond lodge, The Ahwahnee is considered a crowned jewel by many affluent travelers. Designed during the late 1920s, the facility offers 123 rooms in the main six-story hotel as well as neighboring secluded chalets. The most opulent rooms features balconies and views of Glacier Point, Yosemite Falls or Half Dome.
Cool fact: On her trip to Yosemite in 1983, Queen Elizabeth II stayed in The Mary Curry Tresidder Suite, and since then it has been fondly referred to as “The Queen’s Room.” Other famed guests include President John F. Kennedy and Herbert Hoover as well as actor James Franco.
Bonus: All hotel guests receive complimentary valet parking during their stay. There is also same-day-laundry and in-room dining available.
Positioned on San Francisco’s waterfront, this upscale 252-room boutique hotel is the perfect place to explore the city’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf area. The hotel lobby features exposed brick walls, plank floors and whimsical nautical finishing and accents. Following a long day of adventures in the Maritime National Historical Park, schedule an in-room spa treatment. Suites feature picturesque views of the city, 600 square feet of living space, and for some, waterfront views.
If you have never been to Alaska, this is perfect place to experience the 49th state. Experience breathtaking view of black bears and moose from the comfort of your bedroom at this gateway to Glacier Bay National Park. This handcrafted property features 14 rooms with private baths and two queen-sized beds. Activities include glacier trips, whale watching, flight seeing and much more.
(Featured photo via The Ahwahnee)