14 Classic Escapes for Your Next Getaway, from Coast to Coast
When it comes to a quick getaway, we’re fans of looking at our own backyard for somewhere relaxing, but with a bit of nostalgia thrown in. Some of the country’s best stately resorts—The Breakers, The Greenbrier, and The Point, among them—have been around for decades but still manage to draw in visitors for their rich history, desirable location, and unfussy attention to detail. Here, our edit of historic properties across the US (plus one particularly solid choice in Bermuda), some recently refreshed, others who’ve aged more gracefully, but all intimate-feeling and inspiring, as any trip should be.
HOTEL JEROME, ASPEN
The historic Jerome has been part of Aspen’s story since it opened as the town’s first hotel more than 120 years ago, selling rooms to silver prospectors for $3/night. Since then, it’s been ground zero for the Aspen social scene, the founding site for local movements including the Aspen Institute, the International Design Conference, and, importantly, the Aspen Ski Company. The hotel was purchased by Auberge in 2012, and though the brand expanded the building and updated the interior, the historic charm is firmly intact—starting with the casual, leather-bound J-Bar, the hotel’s downstairs watering hole that was famously a beloved hangout of everyone from 10th Mountain Division soldiers to Hunter S. Thompson, who used it as his official office when he ran for sheriff of Aspen. Now, the Jerome is also known for Auberge-style amenities like a gorgeously decorated bar, in-house ski rentals through Gorsuch, a luxe spa, and two full-service restaurants. As for the décor, it feels warm and stately, with deep greens, rich leathers, and western touches like plaid and vintage portraits throughout the rooms and public spaces. The location, perfectly situated between the base of Ajax and the river, is just the icing on the cake.