The 15 Best Resorts in the Continental United States

The Best Beach Resorts in the United States, According to Travel + Leisure readers, offer a strong sense of local character and distinct connectivity to their geographic surroundings, whether they are in New England or California. Attentive and warm service has put these resorts — many of which are returning favorites — ahead of their competition.


Each year, as part of our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L invites its readers to share their opinions on the best hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines and more. Hotels (including safari lodges) were rated on their facilities, location, service, food and overall value. Properties have been categorized as town or resort based on their location and amenities.


On the West Coast, dream properties in popular Southern California locations occupied three locations: No. 5 San Ysidro Ranch and No. 9 Rosewood Miramar Beach (both in Santa Barbara County) and No. 15 Sparrows Lodge (part of the boutique resort revival in Palm Springs). One voter said this property is “elegant, conveniently located, and offers exceptional service. Sparrows Lodge is my favorite destination in Palm Springs.” The promise of wide open spaces has lured travelers to nature-centric options like No. 10 The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection, in the resort area of ​​Park City, Utah, and No. 3 Under Canvas Mount Rushmore, a glamping spot in South Dakota. “There are incredible views from the camp,” said one voter. “Sit on the terrace with a glass of wine for a great view.”


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Sandy beaches, turquoise waters and elevated hospitality have created a powerful triumvirate in Florida. The Nobu Hotel Miami Beach won eighth place this year, impressing readers with its food, service, and sleek interior design. One voter loved the in-room dining (in the evening, guests can order signature Nobu dishes such as spicy tuna), while another “loved the Japanese-designed rooms.” For a quieter getaway farther north off the coast of Georgia, the Lodge on Little St. Simons Island (#4) epitomizes what one traveler called “a true luxury eco-lodge.” Guests can learn about local wildlife, go kayaking and disconnect from hip society. “There is no television or radio,” wrote one voter. “It is a rare and preserved environment where nature is celebrated.”


As travelers continue to seek out natural settings for their next getaway, it’s no surprise that New England destinations also have a strong pull. Small towns are home to welcoming hostels with big personalities that complement hyper-local dining with outdoor activities. At Twin Farms (#6), Vermont, guests can chat with a resident beekeeper or swim in Copper Pond, while at Chatham Inn (#12), Massachusetts, travelers can book a tasting at measures 10 to 12 dishes. menu and then stroll along Lighthouse Beach.



1. Pickering House Inn, Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

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This cozy 10-room guesthouse in eastern New Hampshire has been a favorite of T+L readers for years. A contributing factor to his stamina? Its location in leafy downtown Wolfeboro means the inn is within walking distance of Lake Winnipesaukee and nearby hiking trails. “Everything here is wonderful,” exclaimed one voter. In December 2020, co-owners Peter and Patty Cooke braved the COVID lockdown and opened a new restaurant, Pavilion, right next door.


Rating: 98.95


More information: pickeringhousewolfeboro.com



2. White Elephant Palm Beach, Palm Beach, Florida

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Score: 98.13 More information: whiteelephantpalmbeach.com



3. Under Canvas Mount Rushmore, Keystone, South Dakota

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Score: 97.47


More information: undercanvas.com



4. Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, St. Simons Island, Georgia

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Score: 96.76


More information: littlestsimonsisland.com



5. San Ysidro Ranch, Santa Barbara, CA

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Score: 96.57


More information: www.sanysidroranch.com



6. Twin Farms, Barnard, Vermont

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Score: 96.42


More information: twinfarms.com



7. Deer Path Inn, Lake Forest, Illinois

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Rating: 96.40


More information: thedeerpathinn.com



8. Nobu Hotel Miami Beach, Miami Beach

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Score: 96.22


More information: miamibeach.nobuhotels.com



9. Rosewood Miramar Beach, Montecito, CA

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Score: 96.14


More information: rosewoodhotels.com



10. The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection, Wanship, Utah

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Rating: 95.85


More information: hostelresorts.com



11. Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, Little Torch Key, Florida

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Score: 95.83


More information: littlepalmisland.com



12. Chatham Inn, Chatham, MA

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Score: 95.68


More information: chathaminn.com



13. Rabbit Hill Inn, Lower Waterford, Vermont

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Rating: 95.59


More information: bunnyhillinn.com



14. Hotel Faena Miami Beach, Miami Beach

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Score: 95.58


More information: faena.com



15. Sparrows Lodge, Palm Springs, CA

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Score: 95.58


More information: sparrowslodge.com

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