If you want to spend your first days as a married couple in the Western United States, you can't go wrong at any of these luxury honeymoon destinations. Whether you're looking for a fabulous ski resort in Idaho that just happens to be a top-rated hotel, a French country retreat in Arizona, or a pampering spa deep in the heart of Texas, you can have your wish in these Western states. These five exceptional resorts have earned multiple accolades in the hospitality industry and they're sure to earn your accolades as well.
Located in Northern Idaho 30 miles east of Spokane, the Coeur d'Alene Resort overlooks one of the world's most beautiful lakes and the forested mountains beyond. Readers of Conde Nast Traveler have selected it as one of America's top mainland resorts.
Located on beautiful Lake Coeur d'Alene, it offers four seasons of activities. In the winter, the property's Silver Mountain ski resort is a popular destination. It has 73 trails carved from its 1,600 acres of powdery terrain. There are four chairlifts as well as a 3.1-mile-long gondola. Nearby Schweitzer Mountain also challenges skiers with its varied terrain.
Both Silver and Schweitzer mountain tops stretch taller than 6,000 feet. Ski packages include breakfast and round-trip bus transportation. Two lodges cater to both cross-country and downhill skiers.
The 17-story Lake Tower contains extra-large rooms with a lake or mountain view. Beverly's, on the seventh floor, was honored as one the country's top restaurants by Distinguished Restaurants of North America. You'll enjoy five-star dining and breathtaking views here.
Set against the scenic Southwestern beauty of the McDowell Mountains, The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess has earned the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond Award multiple times since its 1987 opening.
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is a leading sports resort as well. It features two championship golf courses (the PGA Tour's Phoenix Open is played here) as well as The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Golf Concierge, which is a dedicated office of golf professionals who will assist with preferred tee times for those wishing to play at some of the top courses in the Valley.
The resort also features seven tennis courts, six of which are lit for night play. Among the seven courts is the 6,300-seat Stadium Court, site of the annual Arizona Men's Tennis Championships.
You'll also find six swimming pools and two hot tubs to relax in. The newest feature is the Sonoran Splash, a water recreation area with two 200-foot twisting water slides that are the longest resort slides in Arizona.
In addition, there's a fitness trail; racquetball, squash, and basketball courts; and the signature Well & Being spa and fitness center.
Designed in the Spanish Colonial style of architecture, the hotel's rooms, suites, casitas, and villa accommodations are decorated with elegant desert tones. All have a private balcony, luxurious modern conveniences, and oversized bathrooms.
Dining options include Ironwood American Kitchen, which serves breakfast and lunch featuring wood-fired menu items. La Hacienda by Richard Sandoval is Scottsdale's top-rated Mexican restaurant. Bourbon Steak is fine dining that focuses on all-natural beef cuts cooked over a wood-burning grill.
Set on 4,000 lush acres in Texas Hill country just 12 minutes west of downtown Austin, the Omni Barton Creek Resort & Spa welcomes guests to a world of recreation and relaxation.
This Hill Country hideaway is home to four of the country's most highly acclaimed championship golf courses, making this resort a choice destination for players. Golfers will enjoy playing at the course designed by Tom Fazio, the Coore Crenshaw that replicates Scottish links design, and the Arnold Palmer Lakeside Course adjacent to Lake Travis.
With 11 lighted hard courts, the resort is also a great place for a game of doubles or a session with one of the professional coaching staff. A heated indoor pool and an outdoor pool, jogging track, aerobics programs, workout equipment, and yoga classes help vacationers stay in shape.
Those who enjoy the pampering of a European-style spa can request a massage, facial, body wrap, or body scrub. Fitness facilities include saunas, steam baths, and a hydrotherapy area.
Distinctive dining rooms, picturesque terraces, and poolside patios satisfy guests' cravings for everything from Tex-Mex cooking to gourmet cuisine.
Amidst the grandeur of Sedona, Arizona's gorgeous red rocks, L'Auberge de Sedona offers warm hospitality, country charm, and gourmet cuisine in an idyllic setting 115 miles from Phoenix.
This French country inn on the banks of Oak Creek has been called one of the world's best romantic getaways by Travel + Leisure magazine. The grounds spread over 10 flower-filled acres and have walkways shaded by tall sycamores and cottonwood trees.
Each of the guest rooms features plush linens, eco-friendly fabrics, and wood furnishings. Cottages have fireplaces and decks; some cottages have outdoor cedar showers.
If you're willing to leave the heated pool and hot tub, there's a world of hiking, biking, horseback riding, and red-rock jeep touring activities. Stocked rainbow and German brown trout jump from Oak Creek. Golf courses and tennis facilities are plentiful in the Sedona area.
Dine along the banks of Oak Creek at restaurants that have been recognized by Condé Nast Traveler and OpenTable. The inn's award-winning, four-diamond Cress on Oak Creek serves a prix-fixe meal inspired by French cuisine. L'Auberge's wine program offers exclusive, limited-edition red, white, and rosé wines.
Once the former site of the 1891 Alaska Packers Salmon Cannery, Semiahmoo Resort is a scenic and romantic getaway in Blaine at the very end of a peninsula off the northwestern tip of Washington.
To one side of the peninsula, there's a 300-slip marina, where guests may rent a variety of boats to explore the clean waters and breathe the salt air of Puget Sound.
If you like outdoor sports, the Semiahmoo Resort encompasses two of Washington’s top public golf courses: Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club and Loomis Trail Golf Club. If the slopes are more your speed, you'll enjoy skiing at nearby Mount Baker and Grouse Mountain.
For indoor workouts, the health club features tennis courts, running track, aerobics studio, exercise room, heated swimming pool, and racquetball, squash, and handball courts. The Spa at Semiahmoo offers an extensive menu of treatments and services. There is also a sauna, whirlpool, and separate massage area.
Within the resort's four-story clapboard buildings are 200 rooms, some containing fireplaces. (Make sure to request a fireplace room when making a reservation.)
When it's time to eat, you'll find plenty of seafood. Deep-fried prawns, plump steamers, raw oysters, and curly fries tempt the palate at Packers Oyster Bar. Other dining options include Pierside Kitchen, the Great Blue Heron Grill at Semiahmoo Golf & Country Club, Seaview Breakfast Cafe, and the Loomis Bar & Grille. You can also enjoy in-room dining.