It takes a specific kind of vacationer to combine luxury with adventure. You need a taste for authenticity and the finer things, for the rustic and the lavish. We call this sensibility rustic chic.
There are plenty of rustic chic vacation destinations if you know where to look for them. You do not even have to look beyond the continent of North America. Honestly, you don’t have to look much further than the United States.
“What are these destinations?” you ask. And we are glad you did.
What follows is our guide to the cream of the crop when it comes to rustic chic vacations. Read on to find your new paradise.
Rustic Chic Vacation Destinations to Book Now
There is no doubt you will recognize the first city on our list. The rest may be new to you. We thought it was important to combine the familiar with the unfamiliar to shake up your sense of what a rustic chic getaway should be.
Check out these four destinations, and see if your concept of the rustic vacation doesn’t expand just a little.
1. Park City, UT
Yes, the famous ski resort town leads things off, but not for the reasons you might expect. In fact, you can skip the slopes entirely if you like.
For our purposes, the setting of Park City is just a background for the decadence you will find at places like the Waldorf Astoria Park City. Interior designer Stephen Brady combined a wilderness aesthetic with modern sensibilities in decorating the hotel, and the result sets a standard for rustic chic that is hard to top.
If you want to add glamour to your luxury, start your year off in Park City by going during the Sundance Film Festival. There, you are sure to see the cutting edge films that will dominate headlines in the year to come.
2. Dunton Hot Springs, CO
If Park City is for glamour, Dunton Hot Springs is for romance. Cozy up with your lover next to a fire, and take a dip in one of the city’s abundant natural hot springs. Once you are ready to return to civilization, you can book a holistic massage.
3. Verana, Mexico
When we say “rustic,” you may think “dry.” For whatever reason, the word conjures images of cowboys in the desert, or possibly explorers in the mountains. But the jungle is also rustic, and Verana, Mexico has plenty of jungle to spare.
Whether you want to explore Verana by boat or by donkey, there is a mode of travel for you. When it’s time to retire for the night, you can return to a private terrace with an infinity pool.
4. Gatlinburg, TN
Gatlinburg is known as the “Gateway to the Smoky Mountains.” When you book a lodge here, like the ones at American Patriot Getaways, you are getting an abode nestled in one of America’s most historic mountain ranges.
Gatlinburg is not the first destination that comes to mind when you think luxury, and that out-of-the-way quality is exactly what makes it desirable.
Nature Calls on a Golden Telephone
When nature calls, you answer the phone. If it happens to be an iPhone, that is no contradiction! It just means you know how to experience natural surroundings in style.
We hope this guide to rustic chic getaways has whetted your appetite for adventure. If you want to learn more about prioritizing experiences over material possessions, check out our guide to giving the gift of travel.