Stylish Summer Resorts

Stylish ResortsWhether you’re after sweeping beaches or mountain trails, barbecues or Michelin-starred restaurants, these chic resorts offer quintessential summertime pleasures.


Sunset Beach; Shelter Island, NY

André Balazs brought his signature sleek, urban style to a distinctly un-sceney part of Long Island with this boutique property. Each of the 20 airy, white-on-white guest rooms has a sundeck with views over a slice of private beach; common areas include an open-air Mediterranean bistro and a boutique stocked with seaside must-haves like K. Jacques sandals and Sons & Daughters sunglasses. The multilingual, effortlessly hip staff can arrange in-room massages, bike rentals and even grooming for dogs (who are welcome to stay). Ballers with $3,000 to spare can avoid traffic and charter a 45-minute flight out of Manhattan on StndAIR (also owned by Balazs).


Inn at Perry Cabin, Maryland

On the banks of the Miles River—an easterly offshoot of Chesapeake Bay—this 1816 manor house sits amid 25 acres of manicured gardens and rolling green lawns. It’s an easy launching pad for various nautical pursuits: sailing, fishing, boat-building seminars, even cruising aboard a working oyster dredge. Highlights on land include a wisteria-and-rose-surrounded swimming pool and the Linden Spa (where honey, herbs and flowers grown onsite are used in the facial and body treatments).


Inn by the Sea; Cape Elizabeth, ME

Set on a bluff overlooking Casco Bay and the mile-long sweep of Crescent Beach, this resort is a modern, eco-friendly take on a New England inn. The 61 guest rooms, suites and cottages—all fresh and beachy, with white wainscoting and snappy striped rugs—were redesigned in 2008 using recycled materials; the pool is solar-heated, and the entire property is heated with biofuels. While offsite nature forays can be arranged—including whale-watching tours and kayaking excursions with Audubon guides—there’s plenty of wildlife to see right on the property: The inn maintains two acres as a protected habitat for the at-risk cottontail rabbits, and the indigenous blooming gardens are a haven for migrating monarch butterflies.


Amangiri; Canyon Point, UT

This 600-acre resort—whose striking sandstone-and-glass architecture blends into the surrounding desert—is a destination unto itself. Guests can explore miles of canyon hiking trails, lounge by a cliff-edged swimming pool, or seek sanctuary in the 25,000-square-foot, Navajo-inspired spa with its tranquil yoga pavilion. Those who’d rather raft, horseback ride or trek farther afield, though, can do so in some of the Southwest’s most spectacular landscapes: The Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Lake Powell, and both Zion and Bryce Canyon national parks are less than two hours away.


The Omni Grove Park Inn, North Carolina


The Inn at White Elephant Village; Nantucket, MA


The Wheatleigh; Lenox MA


El Encanto; Santa Barbara, CA


The Omni Homestead Resort; Hot Springs, VA


St. Regis Aspen; Aspen, CO

A $40-million redesign brought this resort to new life in 2011. Set at the base of Aspen Mountain and reimagined in the style of a Gilded Age manor, the property’s 206 rooms and suites are now light-filled chambers decorated with locally harvested stone and hickory-wood paneling. While the firelit library, onsite ski shop and heated outdoor pool draw winter visitors, summertime guests can go hiking, whitewater rafting, mountain-biking or even paragliding. They can also dine at the newly opened Chefs Club by Food & Wine, where a rotating roster of past Best New Chefs lead classes and create seasonal dishes for the menu. (This summer’s lineup includes BNC 2011 Jason Franey and BNC 2010 Missy Robbins.)


Solage Calistoga; Calistoga, CA


Inn at Palmetto Bluff; Bluffton, SC


Cresto Ranch; Dolores, CO


Montauk Beach House; Montauk, NY


Weekapaug Inn; Weekapaug, RI

A brand-new sister property to Ocean House, in nearby Westerly, RI, this inn occupies a renovated 1939 manse set on a spit between the Atlantic and Quonochontaug Pond. The inn’s 31 rooms and suites employ a cheerful mix of traditional elements—hand-braided rugs, wicker trunks—but with bold Frette textiles and slick modern baths. The pastimes here (croquet, catboat sailing, weekly campfire clambakes) are old school and satisfying.


Blackberry Farm, Tennessee


Rancho Valencia; Rancho Santa Fe, CA

Encompassing 45 acres of flowering gardens, trails, fountains and olive groves, this property just north of San Diego has the feel of a Mediterranean hacienda. The resort reopened in autumn 2012, after a $30 million refurbishment. Though improvements were made to every part of the property—including the 49 rustic-chic casitas with private patios and exposed-beam ceilings, and two farm-to-table restaurants—extra attention was given to the health and fitness facilities. Besides resurfacing all 18 of its tennis courts, the property has debuted a lineup of new treatments and fitness classes at its reimagined spa, and hosts multiday retreats at its open-air, 1,000-square-foot yoga pavilion.


Waldorf Astoria Orlando; Orlando, FL


Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii


The Saguaro Palm Springs; Palm Springs, CA


Willows Inn; Lummi Island, WA