While some people love the crash of waves and the feel of salt on their skin from a day at the beach, for others, it’s all about the calmness of a lake. Staying at a lakeside hotel is a classic American experience, conjuring images of wide porches, croquet on rolling lawns, and bonfires; think of it as summer camp for the whole family. The beauty of a lake vacation is that the resorts tend to offer just as many activities on land as they do on water.
Here are the 10 of the best American lakeside hotels:
Grand Traverse Resort & Spa – Williamsburg, Michigan
This 900-acre resort along east Traverse Bay offers a quintessential summer lake experience. At the Grand Traverse, guests can ride Jet Skis, kayak, take out a paddleboat, or jump on a water trampoline. Back on land, indulge your sweet tooth at the on-site Dylan’s Candy Bar. If you need to burn those calories, head to the indoor water playground or take your pick from three championship golf courses.
The Sagamore – Bolton Landing, New York
The Sagamore is located on the southern end of Green Island in the Adirondacks, and offers stunning views of Lake George. Guests can fish directly from the resort’s docks, but if you need a little more help, hop on a chartered fishing boat helmed by a local captain. On the water, guests can try parasailing, waterskiing, or wakeboarding. For unwinding, there’s also a spa and 18-hole golf course.
The Broadmoor – Colorado Springs, Colorado
If you hate to sit still on vacation, then consider a trip to The Broadmoor. Set on 3,000 acres in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the resort offers plenty of activities on land as well as the shores of Cheyenne Lake. Guests can try fly-fishing or take a canoe, kayak, or paddleboat out on the water. Those looking to stay dry can opt for rock climbing or horseback riding.
Grande Lakes Orlando – Orlando, Florida
Grande Lakes Orlando is a 500-acre estate that’s home to both a Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotel (the hotels are connected). Both are located on Grande Lake, and guests can sign up for eco-tours in kayaks and canoes along Shingle Creek. Keep an eye out for wildlife, including osprey, wild turkey, and Florida gators. Guided bird-watching tours are also available.
Lake Pointe Inn – McHenry, Maryland
Lake Pointe is a luxury inn located on the shores of Maryland’s Deep Creek Lake in Garrett County. The 19th-century hotel is decorated in the Arts and Crafts style, and many rooms have fireplaces. Enjoy views of the lake from the porch or a lakeside hammock, or head down to the dock for a swim. There are also complimentary kayaks and canoes, and guests can enjoy a cycle around the lake.
And the other 5 are:
- Mission Point Resort – Mackinac Island, Michigan
- Big Cedar Lodge – Ridgedale, Missouri
- Whiteface Lodge – Lake Placid, New York
- Lakehouse Resort & Hotel – San Marcos, California
- The Ritz-Carlton Lake Tahoe – Truckee, California