One to 38, that’s the ratio of guests to acres at The Lodge at Blue Sky, which opens this month near Park City, Utah. The expansive 3,500-acre Wasatch Mountains retreat keeps the focus on the great outdoors year-round, from fly-fishing during the spring hatch and horseback riding at daybreak to heli-skiing down untracked slopes in winter. Once guests meet the day’s Wild West quota, they can repair to the open-air pool at the Edge Spa or the private terrace of their creekside accommodations. (The lodge’s 46 rooms also make nature the star, with sleek stone and wood interiors, and outdoor spaces showcasing uninterrupted vistas.)
Of course, there’s an antique tavern – complete with a weekly cowboy campfire breakfast – and the upscale restaurant in the Sky Lodge specializes in wood-grilled entrees. The proper nightcap: an old-fashioned from High West Distillery, where the whiskey is as good as the outdoor fire pit’s starlit views.
Virtuoso travelers receive breakfast daily and a $100 hotel credit.