The 20 Best Resorts In America


Photo: Sanctuary Kiawah

The best resort in the United States is not a posh seaside retreat, but a picket-fenced spread in the Smoky Mountains, according to a new survey from Travel + Leisure.The list, which rated resorts in the U.S. and Canada based on rooms and facilities, location, service, restaurants and food, and value, was compiled from reader surveys. Resorts have 40 or more rooms, according to T+L’s methodology.

These incredible retreats may be attached to a steep price-tag, but they’re sure to leave visitors replenished, restored, and begging for more vacation time.

#20 Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado

SCORE: 91.85

Rank in 2010: 8

#19 Sundance Resort, Utah


Rank in 2010: N/A

#18 Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Florida


Rank in 2010: N/A

#17 Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, South Carolina

SCORE: 92.10

Rank in 2010: 17

#16 Inn at Spanish Bay, Pebble Beach, California

SCORE: 92.23

Rank in 2010: 15

#15 Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch, Beaver Creek, Colorado

SCORE: 92.23

Rank in 2010: 34

#14 Auberge du Soleil, Rutherford, California

SCORE: 92.29

Rank in 2010: 10

#13 Cloister at Sea Island, Georgia

SCORE: 92.32

Rank in 2010: 21

#12 Willows Lodge, Woodinville, Washington

SCORE: 92.36

Rank in 2010: N/A

#11 Stowe Mountain Lodge, Vermont

SCORE: 92.46

Rank in 2010: N/A

#10 St. Regis, Deer Valley, Park City, Utah

SCORE: 92.53

Rank in 2010: N/A

#9 Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida

SCORE: 92.56

Rank in 2010: 24

#8 Omni Bedford Springs Resort, Pennsylvania

SCORE: 92.71

Rank in 2010: N/A

#7 Inn at Palmetto Bluff, an Auberge Resort, Bluffton, South Carolina

SCORE: 92.80

Rank in 2010: 2

#6 Resort at Pelican Hill, Newport Coast, California

SCORE: 92.83

Rank in 2010: 22

#5 Stephanie Inn, Cannon Beach, Oregon

SCORE: 93.14

Rank in 2010: 41

#4 Four Seasons Resort, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

SCORE: 93.60

Rank in 2010: 2

#3 San Ysidro Ranch, A Rosewood Resort, Santa Barbara, California

SCORE: 93.86

Rank in 2010: 1

#2 Stein Eriksen Lodge, Park City, Utah

SCORE: 94.32

Rank in 2010: 19

#1 Blackberry Farm, Walland, Tennessee

SCORE: 94.40

Rank in 2010: 12

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