The phrase “The mountains are calling and I must go” may be a cliché, but that doesn’t make it any less true. Those of us with a streak of wanderlust feel a need to visit the mountains often but we don’t always have the time to research and plan a full trip.
So, if you’re looking for a no-sweat getaway to a beautiful mountain destination, you’re going to want to stay in a resort that has everything you need. Here are some of the best near major airports so you can fly in and get started on your vacation quickly.
This all-inclusive dude ranch is a little over 2 hour’s drive from Denver International Airport and is a perfect destination for families. You’ll have your choice of staying in a room in the lodge or renting a multi-bedroom cabin. Everything is decorated in a rustic Western style and many of the rooms have stone fireplaces. You’ll enjoy all your meals curated by chefs in true “home on the range” style. Activities at the ranch include horseback riding, fly fishing, beehive tours, hatchet throwing, trap shooting, tennis, a spa, a pool & hot tub, and more!
The largest resort in Washington State is under 2 hours from Seattle-Tacoma Airport! Located right at the stunning Mt. Rainier, there are tons of mountain activities to do here. While the winter skiing season is winding down, but you can still get on the slopes during their bonus weekends through May 9th. Even when the snow disappears, this plenty to do here, including hiking, horseback riding, guided walks, and a scenic gondola ride up to Mt. Rainier. While Crystal Mountain itself does not have lodging, they have several nearby hotel and chalet partners. And during your stay around Crystal Mountain, dining options abound. A top pick (pun intended, it’s on the mountain) is Summit House -think cold craft beers and hearty fare with local flavors, like the Wild Salmon BLT.
Just an hour and a half north of the Atlanta Airport, in the southern reaches of the Chattahoochee National Forest, you’ll find Forrest Hills Resort. This chic getaway is a popular location choice for both weddings and honeymoons, but also welcomes families. And whether you want to rent out a lodge for your whole extended family or get a private cabin with a hot tub, you’ll find a lovely place to stay here. The resort features an on-site restaurant, multiple dining rooms, packed picnic lunches, and Sunday brunch! There are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy, too. You can go on a horse ride through the forest or get pulled in a romantic horse-drawn carriage! If you’re visiting with a large group, you can schedule a chuck wagon ride out to fairy-tale River House for dinner al fresco. There are also massages, firepits, a pool and hot tub, volleyball courts, and nature trails!
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