There are few things more relaxing than having a getaway where you can rest peacefully, enjoy the outdoors, and stroll along a sparkling lake. This is the experience offered by lakeside resorts, and though there are a number of famous ones abroad the United States has a wonderful selection of its own. Not only do these properties have beautiful views, they're incredibly luxurious and offer a host of superb amenities. Here are five of the top lakeside resorts in the U.S.
1. Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, Williamsburg, Michigan
This stunning resort contains 900 acres of beautiful land along the eastern side of Traverse Bay. It's located less than 10 miles from Cherry Capital Airport and about 11 miles from Grand Traverse Mall, plus there's a wealth of activities available on site. One of the most unique offerings that the resort has is a water trampoline, and guests can also go jet skiing, kayaking, or paddle boating at the lake. The indoor water park is a favorite with families that visit Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, and those who enjoy golf can choose from one of three different championship golf courses.
Several boutiques, pools, a spa, 100,000 square foot fitness center, tennis courts, a beach club, three restaurants, two bars, and a Dylan's Candy Bar are on-site for guests to enjoy. There are several types of accommodation available at Grand Traverse Resort & Spa including traditional hotel style suites, one bedroom condos, and two bedroom condos. Amenities include iPod docking stations, coffeemakers, mini fridges, and complimentary Wi-Fi. Condos have the addition of dining spaces, kitchenettes, patios, and balconies.
Starting rate per night: $108
2. Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin, Texas
If you're looking for all-inclusive lakeside resorts, this one is an excellent pick. Its location is far enough from downtown Austin that it feels secluded, but not so far that you can't take a quick jaunt over to enjoy the nightlife scene and shopping. Lake Austin Spa Resort sits on the Colorado River and is surrounded by beautiful scenery and gardens.
Inside it's stylish and upscale, and a variety of activities are offered for guests. Personal trainers are available, and Lake Austin Spa Resort also hosts dance and yoga classes. There are outdoor and indoor pools, a spa with a serene outdoor treatment area, and a gourmet restaurant that serves expertly prepared, healthful cuisine.
Rooms at Lake Austin Spa Resort have excellent amenities including private patio sitting areas, flat screen televisions, iPod docking stations, complimentary Wi-Fi, mini fridges, and views of the nearby gardens and lake.
Starting rate per night: $560
3. Big Cedar Lodge, Ridgedale, Missouri
Many adore Big Cedar Lodge because of its fantastic scenery, but it's also a one of the best lakeside resorts for fishing. It's located on Table Rock Lake, which hosts 43,000 acres that are prime for catching bass. All around Big Cedar Lodge you can see the majestic Ozarks and the water is perfect for enjoying sports such as canoeing, wakeboarding, kneeboarding, and kayaking. Guests can also take an excursion on a sunset cruise or play at an exclusive world class golf course.
On-site you'll find a gorgeous full service spa, fully equipped gym with personal trainers available, indoor and outdoor pools, and a lazy river. The dining options at Big Cedar Lodge include a cozy cafe and chic restaurant with lake views. Accommodation options feature rustic decor, spa tubs, mini fridges, fireplaces, and free Wi-Fi. Guests can choose from private cabins, a spacious villa, lodge rooms, or a cottage.
Starting rate per night: $172
4. The Sagamore, Bolton Landing, New York
One of the most luxurious and gorgeous lakeside resorts in the country is The Sagamore in New York. Its history dates back to 1883, and it's situated on a private island right on Lake George at the southern edge of Green Island. The Sagamore is a great resort for fishing, and guests can fish from the docks or charter a fishing boat.
Wakeboarding, parasailing, and waterskiing are other water sports that are popular at The Sagamore. An impressive 18 hole golf course is on-site as well as a luxurious spa. Other amenities include a large fitness center, outdoor and indoor pools, several tennis and sports courts, and a recreation facility. Dining options include a pub and an Italian restaurant.
Guest accommodation at The Sagamore ranges between lavish hotel style suites, lodges with fireplaces and private kitchens, a six bedroom rental house, two bedroom condos, and a carriage house with split level suites. Room service is available for all guests, and all accommodation includes complimentary Wi-Fi and televisions.
Starting rate per night: $139
5. The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, Colorado
The Broadmoor is ideal for those who want to enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. It sits along Cheyenne Lake on 3,000 acres in the Rocky Mountains and is also near a number of popular sites including Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. At the resort guests can partake in rock climbing, fly fishing, canoeing, kayaking, paddleboating, and horseback riding among other activities.
Tennis courts, several pools, an 18 hole golf course, and a deluxe spa are on site, and there's also a gym that offers fitness classes. The dining options are widely varied and include more than eight eateries and restaurants. One restaurant, The Golden Bee, is an authentic English pub that was literally sent over to the resort panel by panel from the United Kingdom. Ristorante del Lago is an elegant restaurant that offers classic Italian cuisine in addition to a European style breakfast spread, and guests who want to enjoy an evening of upscale fine dining can head to the Penrose Room. It offers mountain views, beautifully presented meals, and a menu of fresh and local dishes.
For accommodation, ranch stays, four story brownstones, cottages, and hotel style suites are available. The Estate House is a 12,000 square foot mansion at the Broadmoor that can be reserved as a whole, and those who want to stay closer to nature can book one of the resort's wilderness properties including a fishing camp, ranch, and the Cloud Camp.
Starting rate per night: $265
Written by Garrett Parker
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