Best American Lodges to Celebrate New Year’s Eve


New Year’s Eve is tomorrow night – do you have plans? If you’re still looking for an awesome way to ring in 2014 or just feel like ditching the same old party and getting out of town, we have a solution. Why not welcome the new year in the great outdoors? And by the great outdoors, we mean luxurious lodges with fireplaces, spas, delicious restaurants and, of course, incredible views of the wonderful American wilderness. Check out our picks for the coolest lodges in the Northeast, South, Midwest, Pacific Northwest and Southwest, pack those bags and take your first breath of 2014 from the freshest air in the country.

The Whiteface Lodge – Lake Placid, NY

Named the “Northeast’s Best Mountain Resort” by Travel+Leisure, The Whiteface lodge is nestled in the stunning Adirondack mountains just blocks from the town’s namesake lake. Not only are ski slopes nearby, the lodge features such amenities as a full-service spa, fine dining at KANU, year-round indoor/outdoor swimming pools and hot tubs, a 56-seat movie theater, nature trail and ice skating rink. Fill your day with activities or cozy up in your suite with a full kitchen, fireplace, LCD TV and balcony. Reservations

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation – Greensboro, Georgia

Just 75 miles from Atlanta, this stunning property is situated on the beautifully tranquil lake Oconee. Named as a 2013 AAA Five Diamond Lodging and 2013 Forbes Four-Star resort, spend your stay in the lodge or one of the plantation’s golf cottages. If golf isn’t your thing, indoor and outdoor pools, fitness center, spa and lake swimming and fishing will keep you occupied. Rest your head in a room equipped with a private terrace and marble bath, and eat your fill at one of the resorts seven delicious restaurants. Reservations

Stout’s Island Lodge – Birchwood, WI

Situated in the center of Red Cedar Lake, this resort is spread across two islands connected by a 100 foot walking bridge. All lodging is located on the western island while walking trails and a picnic cabin can be found on the eastern. Whether you choose to stay in the main lodge or one of the resort’s many cabins, you can enjoy billiards and the library as well as bird watching, hiking trails and an evening bonfire. Guests can enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast and dinner in the lodge’s restaurant which proudly uses ingredients from local midwestern purveyors. Reservations

Skamania Lodge – Stevenson, WA

This stunning lodge offers some of the most breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area and is located a mere 45 miles east of Portland, OR. Not only do guests have access to the indoor swimming pool, jacuzzis and sauna, the outdoor hot tub is a treat even in chilly weather. Three scenic onsite trails and a zip line tour are available for the adventurous. Cozy up inside a guest rooms equipped with a fireplace that overlooks the river or forest. Eat at one of the properties two excellent restaurants or enjoy in-room dining if you want to relax. Reservations

Bishop’s Lodge Ranch Resort & Spa – Santa Fe, NM

A lodge located in a city? You bet! That’s what makes Bishop’s so unique. Located in beautiful Santa Fe, leave the city’s sights and sounds to experience the surrounding nature’s deep rooted history. A yoga studio, outdoor pool and tennis courts offer detox from holiday eating while miles of trails let you experience the desert with hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Stay in one of the lodge’s stunning rooms or rent a 2-3 bedroom villa for a tranquil experience. Unwind at the spa before having a meal at one of the resort’s two outstanding restaurants. Reservations