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Our Top 20 Secluded Destinations with Romantic Lodges, Cabins and Resorts in the USA

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Romantic Wilderness Vacation in the Rockies

By: Greg Mattson, ERV Editor - Updated: Apr 22, 2017   

Need a romantic trip and a breath of fresh air? So do we! Here's some travel ideas for couples in more remote, secluded wilderness settings.

The "relaxation destinations" featured here highlight hotels & resorts, cabins, B&B's, and ranches away from the cities and crowds, but not so far off the beaten path you need a 4X4 and a machete! And even though you're in the woods, many of these resorts and lodges have comparable amenities to your favorite Marriott or Hilton hotel, for a sense of luxury in the wild...

Minnesota's Most Romantic Lodge:

Gunflint Lodge, MN

Gunflint Lodge - the ultimate wilderness vacation resort in Northeastern Minnesota. Imagine your wilderness vacation in a lakeside cabin, with fireplace, plus outdoor activities like kayaking, canoeing and cross country skiing. Come explore this fun & totally relaxing couples getaway. (143 S. Gunflint Lake, Grand Marais, MN 800-328-3325)

More Romantic & Secluded Wilderness Lodging in the U.S. 

A word about these wilderness resorts & cabins: we carefully selected this listing of secluded and romantic places to stay. To make this list, the lodges must: appeal to couples, be highly rated for romantic stays, and be more than just basic accommodation "in the middle of nowhere". Price info is based on low season cost for cheapest rooms... 

Alaska - we've heard stories of newlyweds booking a wilderness lodge in Alaska for their honeymoon, only to arrive and find that it's really just a fishing lodge...full of guys fishing. We're confident you won't have that problem at one of these 2 resorts:

  • Kenai Princess Wilderness Lodge. Price & Rating Comparison: rates start at $179/night. 80% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good. (17245 Frontier Circle, Cooper Landing, AK  907-595-1425)

California - the Post Ranch Inn has a supremely romantic location, perched up high on a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean along perhaps the most scenic stretch of coastline in California. 

  • Price & Rating Comparison: Cheapest rates start at $675 night, so check here for the lowest rates95% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (47900 State Hwy 1, Big Sur, CA  831-667-2200)

Colorado - in a state full of wilderness vacations and secluded mountain resorts, our choice of secluded ranch is the Devil's Thumb Resort in Colorado's Rocky Mountains. See more about this romantic CO lodge & ranch here.

  • Price & Rating Comparison: lodge rates rates start at around $160/night. 90% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (3530 Country Rd 83, Tabernash, CO  970-726-5632)

Florida - escaping crowds and finding comfortable seclusion in Florida can sometimes seem like a losing battle. Unless you've found Casa Morada, a romantic and luxurious private island resort extremely popular with vacationing couples in the Florida Keys. 

  • Price & Rating Comparison: rates start at $289/night. 92% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (136 Madeira Rd, Islamorada, FL  305-664-0044)  

Georgia - romantic travelers from Atlanta seeking solitude usually head up to the North Georgia Mountains, and that's exactly where you'll find the lakeside Ridges Resort & Marina. Activities: Golf, horseback riding, canopy tours, relaxing by the lake, and exploring waterfalls.

  • Price & Rating Comparison: rates start at $119/night. 84% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (3499 Highway 76 West, Young Harris, GA  888-834-4409) 
Goldmoor Inn, IllinoisRelaxing and Peaceful Goldmoor Inn, a Luxury B&B in Western Illinois

Illinois - just 6 miles south of gorgeous Galena, IL, the Goldmoor Inn occupies a lovely secluded spot along the bank of the Mississippi River on the Illinois/Iowa border. We loved our stay at this luxury B&B last spring, which has both suites and luxury cottages and cabins, some with in-room Jacuzzi tubs. 

  • Price & Rating Comparison: rates start at $265/night. 94% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (9001 Sandhill Rd, Galena, IL  800-255-3925) 

Maine - 25 acres of lakes and forest, all in the foothills of New England's spectacular White Mountains. That's what's in store at the Bear Mountain Inn, along with fireplace and Jacuzzi rooms, and activities like kayaking, golf, tobogganing and relaxing on a hammock by the lake. 

  • Price & Rating Comparison: rates begin at $110/night. 98% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (364 Waterford Rd, Waterford, ME  866-450-4253) 

Michigan - here on the edge of Lake Michigan, we have The Inn at Bay Harbor. Not exactly "wild" wilderness, but you'll appreciate the beautiful lakefront location and all the golf, skiing and summertime swimming close by. 

  • Price & Rating Comparison: rates start at $165/night. 89% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (3600 Village Harbor Dr, Petoskey, MI  800-462-6963) 

Montana - in Big Sky country, there's Triple Creek Ranch. Ever dreamed of an all-inclusive wilderness escape? This is it. Luxury rooms, gourmet meals, complimentary drinks, activities all included. One couple called it "Heaven with a Horse"! Located about 80 miles from Missoula, MT.

  • Pricing and Rating Comparison: not cheap, with rates start at around $950/night (but it does include pretty much everything). 96% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (5551 West Fork Rd, Darby, MT  800-654-2943) 

New York - the Adirondack's Lake Placid Lodge is "TV-less and kids-under-12 less". Lodge and lakeside cabins are luxurious and serene, located just over 4 hrs drive north of New York City. 

  • Pricing and Rating Comparison: rates start at around $460/night. 91% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (144 Lodge Way, Lake Placid, NY  518-523-2700) 

View across Lake Placid from the Lake Placid Lodge in Upstate NY

North Carolina - do a search for NC and Lodge in the same sentence, and you get a lot of listings for Econo Lodge motor inns. For something more romantic (and a bit more expensive), try The Swag Inn, a luxury 14-room Smoky Mountain B&B retreat. Imagine sipping a Merlot from a bubbling hot tub, with a panoramic view of the Mountains below...

  • Pricing and Rating Comparison: all-inclusive package rates for this North Carolina inn start at around $490/night. 95% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (2300 Swag Rd, Waynesville, NC  800-789-7672) 

Ohio - Hocking Hills is one of Ohio's best regions for wilderness vacations. The Cherry Ridge Retreat is an adults-only resort located on 140 acres of private forest land, where you'll find their luxury cabins with gas fireplaces, HDTV and large hot tubs in private cabanas. 

  • Price & Rating Comparison: rates start at $220/night. 95% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (22097 Cherry Ridge Rd, New Plymouth, OH  877-380-7771) 

Oregon - to find a real "get away from it all" spot in the Oregon wilderness, steer south of the well-traveled Newport-Seaside-Astoria strip of the Oregon Coast, and settle down south near Gold Beach, which is where the Tu Tu Tun Lodge is. You'll have no trouble relaxing in their luxury cabins beside the Rogue River, and some rooms have outdoor soaking tubs.

  • Price & Rating Comparison: rates start at $155/night. 95% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (96550 North Bank Rogue, Gold Beach, OR  877-999-0680) 

Pennsylvania -  another Bear Mountain to tell you about, this one's called Bear Mountain Lodge. It's close to state parks and hiking (including Pennsylvania's "Grand Canyon), and just a couple of miles from historic Wellsboro PA, for those who prefer an accessible wilderness getaway. 

  • Price & Rating Comparison: rates start at $149/night. 99% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (8010 Route 6, Wellsboro, PA  570-724-2428) 

Texas - Texas Hill Country is home to some of the state's most attractive landscapes, and over 300 acres of wilderness fun at The Inn at Dos Brisas. If wine tasting, spa treatments, stargazing and horseback rides sound good, this is the TX outdoors getaway trip for you.

  • Price & Rating Comparison: rates start at around $285/night. 93% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (10000 Champion Dr, Washington, TX  979-277-7750) 

Virginia - the resort is called Primland, and you can pick your style of accommodation: lodge, mountain home, cottages, cabins or...tree house! Don't let the "Busted Rock" address fool you though, this VA resort high in the Blue Ridge Mountains awaits with Wi-Fi, soaker tubs, and a 2-story wine room.   

  • Price & Rating Comparison: Rates start at around $320.night, check here for deals. 95% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (2000 Busted Rock Rd, Meadows of Dan, VA  866-960-7746)

Washington State - award-winning Sun Mountain Lodge is about 230 miles NE of Seattle, WA, and is fully outfitted for both warm weather and winter activities. Lodge or lakefront cabins include fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, private decks, with onsite dining just steps away.

  • Price & rating Comparison: Rates from $150/night. 81% of Couples Rated it Excellent/Very Good*. (604 Patterson Lake Rd, Winthrop, WA  800-572-0493)  

*ERV Rating: our unique, non-scientific rating formula for romantic hotels which includes:

  • Romantic Amenities: such as an in-room JACUZZI®, suites with a Whirlpool bath, scenic view, lounge, etc
  • Location: proximity of hotel to restaurants, pubs, downtown, etc
  • Clientele: demographic the hotel attracts (couples, families with kids, business travelers, etc)
  • Popularity with Couples & Honeymooners: based on variety of social media & crowd-sourced reviews.   

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