The hustle and bustle of a getaway to a major city certainly has its appeal, but for Inspirato members seeking a more laid-back, all-American vacation, consider one of these five destinations, all with accommodations in the Inspirato Collection.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
This charming town tucked into the Rockies is a little more off the beaten path than some of its other ski-town contemporaries like Aspen or Vail. Traverse or bike nearby trails while taking in beautiful mountain views, or kayak and stand-up paddleboard on Steamboat Lake, equipped with a full-service marina and swim beach. Stay in town and peruse Steamboat Springs’ myriad art galleries, catch a show at the Opera Steamboat, and be sure to stop by F.M. Light & Sons before you go—this family-owned, Western outfitter has been clothing cowboys since 1905.
Nestled against the base of Vermont’s highest peak, Stowe is much more than just a winter ski haven. With a year-round population of less than 5,000, it boasts breweries, spas, and scenic trails. Bike down the Stowe Recreation Path and take in scenic vistas and quaint New England small-town charm, or explore the surrounding forestland with a short hike to Moss Glen Falls. Afterward, take a tasty tour of the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory in nearby Waterbury.
This little village along the banks of the Sheboygan River was first founded by the man who helmed the Kohler manufacturing empire. Today, Kohler is an ideal retreat for golfers—two championship courses, Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, are a huge draw for visitors—or anyone looking for a scenic and family-friendly escape. A stay at the American Club offers exclusive access to River Wildlife, a private dining club that also offers outdoorsy activities like hunting, fishing, horseback riding, skiing, and snowshoeing.
Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina
Relaxation and a slow pace of living are key in Palmetto Bluff, steeped in Southern charm and miles of protected sea island terrain. Go crabbing on riverboats or take dolphin cruises to see the friendly sea critters up close, and visit the Bluffton Farmers Market—open every Thursday year-round due to South Carolina’s mild climate—to chat with locals and pick up the freshest produce. Adding to the fun, other scenic South Carolina coastal destinations are just a quick water taxi ride away.
Amelia Island, Florida
The northernmost of Florida’s barrier islands, Amelia Island offers under-the-radar appeal with uncrowded beaches and ample natural beauty. Watch a Civil War reenactment at historic Fort Clinch, one of the most well-preserved 19th-century forts in the U.S., or birdwatch at Amelia Island State Park, a major stop on the Florida Birding Trail. Keep an eye out for shark teeth or shells while strolling the island’s more than 13 miles of white-sand beaches, and to wrap up the day, visit historic downtown Fernandina Beach, once the stomping grounds of pirates.