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4 Resorts for an End of Summer Escape


The cooler temps of fall are right around the corner — if we can all just make it through the rest of summer without losing our minds. We’ve rounded up four resorts where we’d like to hunker down and wait out the rest of the season.

If you live in Phoenix …
A creekside cottage at L'Auberge de Sedona.
A creekside cottage at L’Auberge de Sedona.
Head for L’Auberge de Sedona

While it’s only about a two-hour drive from Phoenix, Sedona feels a world away from the scorching Sonoran desert. Opt for a creek-side cottage at L’Auberge de Sedona and fall asleep to the sounds of Oak Creek along with that cool breeze you’ve missed for months. In the morning, have breakfast on your patio then spend the day floating in Oak Creek (which is really more like a river than a creek). Head to the on-property spa for a 90-minute Quiet Mind treatment — the therapist will talk you through a guided meditation before the massage begins so you can actually relax and stop obsessing about the 67 unread emails in your inbox. Don’t miss dinner at L’Auberge’s restaurant, where the twinkling lights and lull of the river will have you convinced you’re nowhere near Arizona. Trade in your typical nightcap for a guided stargazing session before calling it a day.

If you live in West Texas …
The Madeline Hotel's expansive backyard morphs into an ice rink in the winter.
The Madeline Hotel’s expansive backyard morphs into an ice-skating rink in the winter.
Head for the Madeline Hotel near Telluride

At an elevation of about 12,000 feet, the Madeline in Telluride’s Mountain Village is a fail-safe place to run to when the temps everywhere else hit triple digits. Start your day with breakfast in bed, then step out the hotel’s front door and onto a hiking trail. The Ridge Trail is a quick uphill jaunt through the woods to the St. Sophia Gondola stop with great views of the town below. Grab lunch at Allred’s or explore T-town before making your way back to the resort, where a stop into Dylan’s Candy Bar is completely necessary. Burn off a few more calories with an on-site yoga class, then keep your Zen with cocktails and dinner at Black Iron Kitchen + Bar, where the wagyu burger is made with premium beef from nearby 7X Ranch. Pro tip: After dinner, arrange for a bath barista to come to your room. She’ll draw you a bath and leave you armed with an arsenal of all-natural, smells-so-good-you-might-eat-them products made in nearby Ridgway, Colorado. Just be sure to actually make it to the bed before falling asleep.

If you live in Albuquerque …
The Hilton Buffalo Thunder's pool at night.
The Hilton Buffalo Thunder’s pool at night.
Head for The Hilton Buffalo Thunder near Santa Fe

With six restaurants, two pools, three golf courses, a spa and a casino all on-site, the Hilton Buffalo Thunder begs for you to park you car and forget it. If you do decide to get out and explore a bit, head for the nearby mountains — the aspen trees of the Sangre de Cristo and Jemez mountains make for a beautiful backdrop to any hike or bike ride. Schedule yourself a post-hike treatment at the Wo’P’In Spa, which features Native American-inspired treatments and private lounges, then finish off your day at the Red Sage Steakhouse, where there’s live entertainment almost every night, before getting your evening started in the casino. Be sure to squeeze in a round of golf before checking out, or just relive your favorite moments from the episode of The Bachelor that was filmed here — you can even book a stay in the Governor’s Suite, the same room that played host to Chris and the ladies.

If you live in southern Utah …
An aerial view of Amangiri.
An aerial view of Amangiri.
Head for Amangiri in Canyon Point

There are few resorts more remote or more stunningly gorgeous than Amangiri. Located on 600 acres in southern Utah, the resort is tucked into a protected valley with sweeping views toward the Grand Staircase/Escalante National Monument. The Aman Spa is a destination unto itself — its Water Pavilion serves as a focal point, featuring an outdoor, stone-lined step pool with desert views and the treatments are designed to restore “Hozho,” Navajo for balance. Try the flotation therapy, which is purported to allow you to reach a depth of relaxation that would otherwise take years of meditation to reach. Aman is the kind of spa that forces you to slow down. Allow yourself to spend the day there. For dinner, head to (where else?) the Dining Room, where the menu is driven by locally sourced seasonal produce and the service is attentive but not overbearing. From there, spend the rest of your time in the pool. Because, well, look at it.

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