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7 Rustic Lodges in the U.S. for Relaxing and Enjoying Booze This Summer

Good news: A summer retreat or a staycation and a fine glass of booze don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Thanks to the craft movement, many lodges throughout the United States boast drinks programs that are as good as the local scenery. These programs focus on offering homegrown beers, wines, and spirits to travelers so you can enjoy a fine glass of liquor while gazing at the surrounding wilderness or relaxing in your room.

If you’re looking for a place to stay, we’ve rounded up the best lodges for relaxing and drinking. These lodges offer an extensive drinks menu, quaint ambiance, untouched landscapes, and top-notch facilities. We hope our list will help you find the right one for your needs and tastes.

Suttle Lodge

Sisters, Oregon

Suttle Lodge

The wonderfully refurbished Suttle Lodge overlooks a pristine mountain lake by the same name in the heart of Oregon’s rugged Cascades. There’s a Wes Anderson feel about the place, with its warm décor and boy-scout-meets-resort aesthetic. In the lodge’s main gathering space, a fire is roaring, records are spinning, dogs wander about and the bar is just a few paces away.

Despite its fairly remote location, the lodge serves up an impressive bar menu. It’s like outdoor school for gastro-junkies. Curated by Portland chef Joshua McFadden (of Ava Gene’s and Tusk fame), the Suttle Lodge menu features seasonal comfort food alongside beers from nearby Bend and inventive cocktails inspired by the region. And, in the warmer months, the adjacent boathouse offers local beers, wines, and coffees, along with tasty, summery grub.

Willows Lodge

Woodinville, Washington

Willows Lodge

While a bit more suburban, Willows Lodge rests in the heart of the Woodinville wine scene, just a short drive from Seattle. Scores of tasting rooms reside just a short stroll away from the resort’s front door.

The lodge itself touts a fireside lounge and the much-celebrated Herbfarm Restaurant, with its eclectic dining room and sprawling wine list. Beyond the more expected wine tours, there are a number of local distilleries and breweries as well, such as Woodinville Whiskey and Sumerian Brewing

The Stanley Hotel

Estes Park, Colorado

The Stanley Hotel

This gorgeous building is set just outside of Rocky Mountain National Park and was the inspiration for the classic horror film The Shining. In fact, go to the Whiskey Bar if you feel like re-enacting the scene where Jack Nicholson sips a drink served by an imaginary barkeep.

The iconic Colorado establishment features Cascades Restaurant as well as an outdoor patio. The Whiskey Bar, however, is the property’s gem, with the state’s largest selection of the brown spirit, signature cocktails, local beer, and an incredible, high-end-saloon-like atmosphere.

Panther Valley Ranch

Hot Springs, Arkansas

Panther Valley Ranch

The National Parks are tricky terrain for imbibing as eatery chains and limited drinks programs tend to dominate. But there are creative ways around the mostly underwhelming menus that run rampant in some of our nation’s greatest spaces, especially the more urban ones.

Panther Valley Ranch is a woodsy retreat near Hot Springs National Park in Arkansas. While its accommodations are simple and there’s no bar on site, Superior Bathhouse is just a short trek away. The self-described first brewery within a National Park produces a handsome lineup of craft beers, brewed from natural thermal spring water a stone’s throw away.

Blackberry Farm

Walland, Tennessee

Blackberry Farm

One of the country’s most respected brewery operations is also a working farm with stunning onsite cottages. Enjoy an estate-bottled saison while sponging up the wondrous, bucolic landscape that encompasses the farm. The fantastic cuisine is matched only by a soaring wine list, regional spirits, and the award-winning beers that helped Blackberry Farm earn its reputation. Better still, the Great Smoky Mountains are just a few short miles away.

The Brewery Lodge

Michigan City, Indiana

This 12-suite lodge is nestled in the woods of Michigan City, on the south shore of Lake Michigan. Refined, yet of another era, The Brewery Lodge is a beer enthusiast’s paradise. The property includes a craft beer and wine lounge as well as a restaurant with outdoor terraces, and. Brewery tours are available to interested guests, featuring eight nearby producers, including Zorn Brew Works, Back Road Brewery, Ghost Isle Brewery, and more.

Migis Lodge

South Casco, Maine

Maine’s Migis Lodge offers lakefront accommodations and a high probability of moose sightings. It also serves up a nice local drinks program, featuring wines from all over the globe and a nice selection of Maine beers. Also of note is the cocktail menu, stressing seasonal forage-ables like blueberries, raspberries, and local spirits.

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Mark Stock
Mark Stock is a writer from Portland, Oregon. He fell into wine during the Recession and has been fixated on the stuff since…
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