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Readers' Choice 2014: Top 20 United States Hideaways

September 2014 Hideaway Report by Andrew Harper

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Each year, we ask our readers to vote for the best hotels and resorts across the United States with 50 rooms or fewer. It should be noted that Post Ranch Inn has taken the top spot for the past seven years. Congratulations to all winning properties!


1. Post Ranch Inn

Big Sur, California — Unique coastal resort set along a bluff directly above the Pacific in Big Sur, 45 minutes south of Carmel.

2. Auberge du Soleil

Rutherford, California — Cosmopolitan resort terraced into a hillside overlooking Napa Valley vineyards in Rutherford, 90 minutes north of San Francisco.

3. Amangiri

Canyon Point, Utah — Exceptional resort set amid 600 acres of stupendous desert landscape close to Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam.

4. San Ysidro Ranch

Montecito, California — Sophisticated 500-acre cottage-style resort in the leafy foothills of Montecito, just outside Santa Barbara.

5. Twin Farms

Barnard, Vermont — Luxurious and intimate country retreat amid 300 acres of meadows and woodlands in an unspoiled valley, 15 minutes north of Woodstock.

6. Amangani

Jackson, Wyoming — Stylish resort atop 7,000-foot East Gros Ventre Butte, 15 minutes from downtown Jackson.

7. The Inn at Little Washington

Washington, Virginia — This smartly appointed country inn and gourmet sanctuary occupies an unassuming white building on the main street of Washington, a rural village in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

8. The Lodge at Sea Island

St. Simons Island, Georgia — Tranquil golf-oriented oceanfront hotel situated at the end of an avenue of live oaks on the tip of St. Simons Island, adjacent to the spectacular 18-hole championship Plantation links.

9. Calistoga Ranch

Calistoga, California — Tranquil 157-acre resort of 50 cedar-clad freestanding guest lodges, sister property to Auberge du Soleil, in a wooded canyon at the northern edge of the Napa Valley.

10. Triple Creek Ranch

Darby, Montana — Romantic mountain resort in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana. Twenty-three log cabins overlook a rushing creek and fir forest.

11. Blantyre

Lenox, Massachusetts — Tudor-style mansion set on 100 acres of grounds near Tanglewood, summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

12. Lake Placid Lodge

Lake Placid, New York — Classic waterfront lodge set into a scenic hillside affording lovely views across the lake to Whiteface Mountain, two miles from downtown village adjacent to the historic Whiteface Club.

13. Little Palm Island

Little Torch Key, Florida —Tropical retreat occupying lush five-acre Little Torch Key (reached via launch from a shore station at Mile Marker 28.5), a half-hour north of Key West.

14. Rancho Valencia

Rancho Santa Fe, California — Spanish hacienda-style resort enclave 30 minutes north of San Diego in Rancho Santa Fe, an upscale residential community near Del Mar and La Jolla.

15. The Wauwinet

Nantucket, Massachusetts — Idyllic refuge set on a peninsula between a protected bay and a long, unspoiled Atlantic beach on Nantucket.

16. Jenny Lake Lodge

Moose, Wyoming — With views of both alpine meadows and dramatic peaks, this is the only four-diamond eco-resort inside Grand Teton National Park, 45 minutes from the Jackson airport.

17. Hidden Pond

Kennebunkport, Maine — Off a rambling country lane 10 minutes from the charming town of Kennebunkport, you will find the delightful enclave of Hidden Pond, with 36 cottages and bungalows nestled into 60 acres of seaside forest.

18. The Point

Saranac Lake, New York — Evocative property formerly owned by the Rockefeller family, on Upper Saranac Lake 45 minutes from Lake Placid.

19. Poetry Inn

Napa, California — This dramatic sanctuary in the Stags Leap District is perched on a hilltop providing spectacular views of the pastoral valley below.

20. Ocean House

Watch Hill, Rhode Island — Gracious and charming re-creation of an original Victorian mansion-style hotel, with wide verandas, soaring mansard roof and 64 rooms and suites, all with sea views.

1. Post Ranch Inn - © Kodiak Greenwood 3. Amangiri - © Courtesy of Aman Resorts 6. Amangani - © Courtesy of Aman Resorts 7. Inn at Little Washington © Gordon_Beall 8. Lodge at Sea Island © Al Payne 9. Calistoga Ranch © Erhard Pfeiffer 11. Blantyre - © Sean McLaughlin 12. Lake Placid Lodge - © Claude-Simon Langlois 16. Jenny Lake Lodge - © Ernst Mutchnick 18. The Point - © Kindra Clineff 20. Ocean House - © Chip Riegel

Andrew Harper Photo Andrew Harper is the editor of the Hideaway Report, a luxury travel newsletter that first appeared in 1979. He travels anonymously and pays his own expenses in pursuit of unique properties that offer unusually high levels of personal service. Hotels have no idea who he is, so he is treated exactly as you might be.

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