A cool mountain getaway may be just the place to unwind from the grind. Hear the sound of silence in thin air. Feel the warmth of the blazing sun on a cloudless afternoon. Quench your thirst in a cool, clear stream. Get the thrill of dizzying heights. You’ll find a mountain of surprises in these sky-high destinations, with so many outdoor options for you to choose from. When the last traces of snow have melted, these sunny summer playgrounds invite you to a new world of recreation. Here are a few places to indulge your high-elevation yearnings.

Lake Tahoe Lure

Heavenly Inn

Straddling California and Nevada, the Lake Tahoe region offers the best of both worlds. One of the most scenic spots on earth—the continent’s largest alpine lake encircled by snow-clad Sierra Nevada mountains—also offers top-tier entertainment, restaurants, and round-the-clock casinos. Your outdoor summertime choices are endless. Ride horseback, go rafting, waterskiing, or jet skiing. Experience the thrill of parasailing, hike a trail or take an invigorating bike ride. Swim the lake’s cool, cobalt waters. If you’re fishing for more to do, you’ll find a frenzy of trout and salmon lurking beneath the lake’s surface.

Where to Stay

  • Heavenly Inn – be in the heart of this gorgeous landscape

Utah Utopia

The Lodge at Stillwater

Utah’s scenic splendors, geologic wonders, and pristine wilderness are a draw for all mountain lovers. The forested peaks of the Wasatch range cut a stunning jagged skyline against a brilliant blue horizon. Natural beauty combines with rustic elegance to create a summer getaway like no other. Daytime activities include everything under the sun from skydiving and hot air balloon rides to horseback riding, hiking, and biking. Boat tours and fly-fishing are popular excursions. Explore Salt Lake City for a day, or visit Park City, home of the world-renowned Sundance Film Festival. The area boasts a variety of theatres, nightlife, clubs, restaurants and festivals year-round.

Where to Stay

  • The Lodge at Stillwater in Heber City offers superb on-site amenities and is convenient to all the popular attractions in the area.

Pennsylvania Pocono Pleasures

Woodfield Manor

Serenity and relaxation are the hallmarks of the Pocono Mountains, a welcome retreat for all seasons. Explore the hills on horseback, discover historic towns, or shop ‘til you drop at the outlets. Enjoy a leisurely swim or a lively game of tennis. In the evenings, choose from a wide variety of cuisines and enjoy fine dining at its best. All of our properties in the Poconos promise a memorable stay that you’ll want to repeat throughout the year.

Where to Stay

  • Woodfield Manor in Cresco has a great on-site restaurant and is located two miles from the Mount Airy Resort & Casino.
  • Snow Ridge Village in Blakeslee is set in beautiful surroundings for nature lovers.
  • North Ridge at Camelback in Tannersville has on-site swimming pool and tennis courts and is close to the outlet stores.

Tennessee Tranquility

Summit of Gatlinburg

Head “down home” to Tennessee’s Great Smoky Mountains and be sure to take a laid-back attitude and your love of music. Your mountain mindset will kick in soon if you don’t arrive with one. Nearby Dollywood Theme Park is a must, and the entire area is alive with music and comedy clubs, local arts and crafts, and great food. The splendor of the outdoors also beckons. Horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking, and mountain biking are favorite activities. For added adventure, go whitewater rafting on the Pigeon River or explore the caves on a spelunking escapade.

Where to Stay

  • Summit of Gatlinburg sits in the heart of the Great Smoky National Park atop a mountain with a panoramic view of the Smokies.
  • Moose Ridge in Pigeon Forge offers log cabin luxury in idyllic East Tennessee.
  • Serenity Point Condos in Sevierville is set in the woods on a lovely mountain, within driving distance to all area attractions.

Maryland Marvel

Inn at Deep Creek

Nestled in the mountains of western Maryland is a place the whole family will enjoy. Deep Creek Lake is a popular destination for boating, swimming, and waterskiing. Teeming with trout, bass, and perch, the lake will keep the fisherman in your group happy as well. Hiking through rocky trails is a great way to see the surrounding sites, including Muddy Creek Falls, a dramatic cascade of water dropping 53 feet. There are plenty of attractions to satisfy all interests—whether you like shopping for antiques, admiring local artwork in galleries, visiting wineries, or dining out.

Where to Stay

  • Inn at Deep Creek in Oakland is situated right next to Deep Creek Lake, the largest freshwater lake in Maryland, offering gorgeous views.

Colorado Cool

Villas at Swans Nest

The skies are bluer…the air crisper…the peaks higher…the trees taller…and the grandeur grander. Wherever you go in the Colorado Rockies, you’ll find epic views and a warm welcome. Endowed with nature’s bounty, this is a state for all seasons. Step into the sunshine and see why no one who lives here leaves, and why people who visit keep coming back. Mile by mile, peak-to-peak, Colorado is truly gorgeous. From sand dunes to snow caps, from hot springs to cold creeks, from glitz and glamour to chill out and kick back, this is a place of cool contrasts.

Where to Stay

  • Beaver Village in Winter Park is a charming property and a year-round destination.
  • Gold Camp in Breckenridge offers picturesque Victorian surroundings with more than 75 restaurants and bars.
  • Villas at Swans Nest in Breckenridge is where you can spend the summer hiking through meadows of wildflowers, boating on crystal waters, or horseback riding on the mountainside.
  • River Glen in Frisco is ideal for fishing, whitewater rafting, hiking, biking, camping, sailing, and playing golf.

Arkansas Awe

Pretti Point

A summer escape to the scenic Ouachita Mountains offers natural beauty, health, and culture all in one. In the Diamond Lakes region, you’ll find thick forests, sparkling lakes, thermal springs, historic attractions, and the only city in the country located in a national park. Hot Springs native sons include U.S. President Bill Clinton and actor Billy Bob Thornton. Restful, healthful, and interesting, Hot Springs is a great place to visit this summer.

Where to Stay

  • Pretti Point in Hot Springs is true to its name, tastefully decorated and located a short walk from the lovely Lake Hamilton.
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