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Best Place to Take the Waters: Dunton Hot Springs, Dunton, Colorado
If curiosity is what moves us at Martha Stewart Living, it stands to reason that our editors love to travel. We've compiled a short list of the hotels we've fallen in love with during our trips around the country. We chose these hotels for the once-in-a-lifetime activities they offer.
This Colorado Rockies hotel is a collection of former mining-town buildings restored and decorated to the rustic nines. Soak in one of the hot springs after a day of river rafting or horseback riding.
From $850 per night (includes meals), duntonhotsprings.com.
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Best Year-Round Fun: Omni Mount Washington, Bretton Woods, New Hampshire
Sleigh rides, skiing, and a spectacular (and all-ages) New Year's Eve celebration in the winter give way to rock climbing, biking, and golfing in spring and summer. It's easy to see why families come to this elegant 110-year-old resort year after year -- and never leave the premises.
From $229 per night, omnihotels.com.
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Best Place to Land a Trout: Smith Fork Ranch, Crawford, Colorado
Smith Fork may be on the bucket list of every serious fly fisherman -- for its pristine three-mile stretch of river and its mountain stream -- but the upscale ranch also caters to newbies, with five training ponds and great instructors. Spend the rest of your days on horseback, at the archery range, or in the swimming pond.
From $2,095 (for a 4-night stay; all inclusive), smithforkranch.com.
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Best City and Country Vacation: Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito, California
Set in a national park at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, this hotel (formerly a military base) allows for both an urban and rural experience. Hike the area’s most picturesque trails, or take yoga or cooking classes. If you’re with the kids, visit the epic Discovery Museum across the road. Or, of course, you can drive over the bridge to San Francisco for everything it offers.
From $339 per night, cavallopoint.com.
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Best Choose-Your-Own Adventure: Alisal Guest Ranch, Solvang, California
This 10,000-acre working ranch can be anything you want: a spa retreat, a golfing and tennis getaway, a horseback-riding adventure, a fishing trip, or any combination of the bunch. Located near the vineyards of the Santa Ynez Valley (of Sideways fame), it’s also a perfect home base for wine tasting.
From $515 per night, alisal.com.
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Best Farm Stay: Shelburne Farms, Shelburne, Vermont
At this working farm on Lake Champlain, adults can take cheese-making classes while kids milk a cow, collect eggs, or walk a calf. Tennis, croquet, and the inn itself -- a 19th-century mansion once inhabited by William Seward Webb and Lila Vanderbilt Webb -- provide a buttoned-up counterpoint to the farm life.
From $165 per night, shelburnefarms.org.
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