Christine Ryan


Located in the heart of Bozeman, Montana, the Lark's lobby opens onto a covered patio, complete with wood-burning fireplace. Photograph courtesy of the hotel.

Summer means it’s time to head for the hills. Here are five hotels that’ll help elevate your vacation—literally.

One of the Lark's typically quirky guest rooms. Photograph courtesy of the hotel.

The Lark, Bozeman, MT

Open since April, The Lark’s 38 rooms bring back some of our favorite (design) hits of the 1970s: platform beds, those molded plastic chairs we had in elementary school, an ever so casually draped sheepskin. Plus, Bozeman makes a terrific launching pad for Yellowstone adventuring. 112 West Main St.; from $189.

All five of the Distillery's guest rooms have gas fireplaces. Photograph courtesy of the hotel.

The Distillery Inn, Carbondale, CO

There’s no need for a designated driver at this tasting room: Marble Distilling Co. (150 Main St.) has five bedrooms, each with gas fireplace and most overlooking Mount Sopris, handily located upstairs from its vats of vodka and "gingercello" and coffee liqueur. From $249.

Chic meets cowboy at the Hotel Jackson. Photograph courtesy of the hotel.

Hotel Jackson, Jackson, WY

Channeling Deadwood by way of Downton Abbey, the new-last-month 58-room Hotel Jackson (120 N. Glenwood) combines suede headboards with reclaimed barn siding. And, of course, even though it’s in the center of town, it’s also on the doorstep of the Grand Tetons. From $399.

Photograph courtesy of the inn.

Vasquez Creek Inn, Winter Park, CO

Last fall, the people behind Devil’s Thumb Ranch Resort & Spa, outside of town, opened this Alpine-y gasthaus for the ski crowd. But its 15 rooms put you within easy range of great mountain biking too, and Rocky Mountain National Park is an hour’s drive north. From $150.

This is what one of the new Canyon Lodge buildings will look like. Rendering courtesy of Xanterra.

Canyon Lodge & Cabins, Yellowstone National Park, WY

In August, a trio of three-story structures containing 409 rooms in all will begin welcoming guests near the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. (Two more buildings should be ready by next summer.) Their innovative construction—dozens of prefab modules were built in Idaho, and then trucked to the park and bolted together—made building these lodges a relative breeze. From $122.

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