Not Feeling the Caribbean? These US-Based Resorts Are Mixing Things Up

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Caribbean sun and sand are great , but here are a few resorts closer to home that are shaking up the way all-inclusives are done.

White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, Arizona

A dude ranch nestled in the Arizona desert. If you’re looking to channel your inner cowboy, this is the spot. Home to one of the largest private herds of horses in Arizona, the White Stallion Ranch offers a variety of guided rides through the surrounding area. And at the end of the day, soak your bruised tailbone in their heated pool and hot tub.

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan.

Transport yourself back to the 19th century with a stay at this National Historic Landmark. Built in the colonial style, the Grand Hotel sports the world’s longest porch. And if you’re looking to get around, settle for a bicycle or horse-drawn carriage—there are no cars allowed on the island. But who needs cars when you can spend your day on the links and your evening enjoying a cocktail in one of the hotel’s seven bars?

Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge in Kachemak Bay, Alaska

Head due north to Kachemak Bay Wilderness Lodge for the ultimate wilderness experience. Perched on a peninsula jutting out of Kachemak Bay State Park, this rustic lodge includes guided outdoor experiences, such as hikes to Grewingk Glacier Lake and boat rides through Halibut Cove. Top the day off with a luxurious five-course meal and some of the freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted.

Mohonk Mountain Resort in New Paltz, New York

A Victorian castle 90 miles north of New York City…need we say more? Throw in a glacial lake and 40,000 acres of protected forest, and you’ve got the ideal getaway. In your free time, try your hand at axe throwing, paddleboarding, or relaxing at Mohonk Mountain Resort’s award-winning spa.

The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

Experience 11,000 acres of untamed wilderness on Georgia’s Golden Isles with naturalist-led adventures when you stay at The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island. With seven miles of barrier beach on its own private island, experience once-in-a-lifetime events, like nesting loggerhead sea turtles. Then settle into your rustic cabin to watch the sunset over a coastal salt marsh.

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