10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (2024)

Reviews Travel

Written by Allison Tibaldi


10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (1)

Trip Advisor

When you buy through our links, Business Insider may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more

  • As Americans return to travel, many will choose to avoid the airport in favor of road trips close to home.
  • For inspiration, we compiled 10 destinations with top hotels for each, located within a one-to-four-hour drive of major US cities.
  • Locations feature gorgeous scenery, plenty of personal space, and new policies to promote cleanliness.
  • All hotels are highly rated with desirable outdoor attractions and range from $159 to $435 per night to start.
  • Read more:Is travel safe? We interviewed experts on risks associated with flying, booking hotels or Airbnbs, renting cars, and more, plus ideas on safe vacations during COVID-19.

10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (2)

Sign up to get the inside scoop on today’s biggest stories in markets, tech, and business — delivered daily. Read preview

10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (3)

Thanks for signing up!

Access your favorite topics in a personalized feed while you're on the go.

10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (4)


Exotic vacations to far-flung destinations may be on your bucket list but chances are, in the wake of the novel coronavirus, a safari to Namibia will be placed on the back burner for some time.

But that doesn't mean you can't experience a change of scenery. Many hassle-free getaways are close to home and located within easy drives of major US cities. And fear not, if you don't have a car, we spoke to several experts to determine if rental cars are safe to drive (hint: they largely are). And once you're ready to hit the road, here's how experts say you should pack and prepare for a safe, socially distant road trip.

Indeed, domestic options that embrace the great outdoors make it easier to avoid crowds and follow social distancing, and, travel agents are also seeing an uptick in regional travel planning.

If you're wondering if it's safe to travel and stay in hotels, it's important to understand the risks. Without a vaccine, there is no firm guarantee on safety, and it's crucial to follow guidelines from organizations such as the CDC and WHO, and wear a mask, wash your hands, and maintain social distancing. Additionally, check current state travel restrictions before booking, stay up to date on new policies from major hotels, and consider your own level of risk and whether you're traveling from or to a hotspot, so as not to increase the rate of infection.

For those interested in getting out of town, we rounded up places that trade densely populated city centers for wide-open spaces, fresh air, and gorgeous scenery to offer an abundance of personal space that will make it easy to maintain social distancing. These 10 driveable destinations are all located within a one-to-four-hour drive from cities across the country such as New York, LA, Denver, Houston, and more.

Similarly, we selected hotels that are highly-rated on trusted traveler sites such as Trip Advisor and Booking.com, are located in secluded areas and visually stunning areas, boast desirable outdoor amenities, and range in price from $159 to $435 per night (plus one luxe, all-inclusive option), to meet a wide variety and budgets and tastes. We also favored smaller properties that encourage social distancing, whenever possible. In more remote areas, expect to stay in smaller inns. What they lack in modern design, they make up for in character and quiet charm. Larger properties or resorts all feature stringent COVID policies to reduce risks associated with their larger size.

From a coastal escape in Big Sur to Aspen's rugged mountains to exploring Virginia's lush wine country, these places and hotels come with easy access to hiking and biking, swimming, and private balconies.

We also advise consulting cancellation policies, as the situation around the novel coronavirus changes, and to use your best judgment when it comes to effective social distancing to more effectively ensure safety.

These are the best getaways close to big cities, sorted by price from low to high.


Best getaway near Chicago: Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, one hour and forty minutes by car

10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (5)

Trip Advisor

Book Geneva Inn starting at $159 per night

Chicago sits on the shores of Lake Michigan, but when residents seek a nostalgic lake resort, they cross the state border into neighboring Wisconsin, only 100 minutes away. It's home to spring-fed Lake Geneva, where replicas of old-fashioned paddle-wheel steamers cruise the lake. A 20-plus-mile public footpath encircles the crystal-clear water, offering pedestrian's impressive views of the lake and the grand mansions surrounding it. The yesteryear spirit is as all-American as a slice of cherry pie.

The Geneva Inn enjoys a privileged lakefront position, is family-owned and operated, and offers personalized service, and friendly staff. Guest rooms and suites have classic cozy furnishings like four-poster beds, plus oversized soaking tubs and private balconies.

The hotel offers on-site dining, though it's an easy one-mile stroll to downtown, where you'll find a wide variety of dining and shopping options.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 4 out of 16 hotels in Lake Geneva

Booking.com Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Pros: This family-run hotel's relaxed charms are a throwback to a gentler era.

Cons: The on-site restaurant's menu is nothing special.

COVID status and policies:This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations with new procedures that include:

  • Increased cleaning and sanitation measures have been put in place, frequently and thoroughly throughout the day. Hand sanitizer, gloves, and masks are readily available for anyone that is in need.
  • Guests are encouraged to continue social distancing and not congregate in common areas.
  • The restaurant is only open for carry-out/delivery and room service. Limited outdoor dining will also be available.


Best Getaway near Denver: Aspen, three hours by car

10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (6)

Allison Tibaldi

Book Aspen Meadows starting at $174 per night

Denver offers urban gratification, but no visit to Colorado is complete without experiencing the natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Aspen is a posh ski resort town located a three-hour drive from Denver. Lovers of the great outdoors won't want to miss hiking Maroon Bells, the most photographed mountains in North America. The town has enough galleries to keep art enthusiasts satisfied, plus the Aspen Art Museum presents thought-provoking international exhibits on a rotating basis.

Aspen Meadows, a Dolce Resort, is both a hotel and home to the Aspen Institute, a prestigious think-tank that attracts global leaders and the world's brightest minds. Hotel guests and institute participants randomly mix and mingle, imparting a cerebral vibe and an opportunity for casual intellectual exchange. There are 98 spacious rooms and suites with understated, yet stylish furnishings. Floor-to-ceiling windows exploit the vistas, immersing you in greenery.

There are plenty of recreational offerings including a state-of-the-art health club and opportunities to play tennis, cycle, and hike while immersed in a haven of sagebrush and Aspen trees. You're likely to not see another soul as you hike the little-utilized trails that are accessed on-site. In winter, borrow complimentary snowshoes and tour the hotel's eye-catching collection of outdoor sculptures. The swimming pool and hot tub are heated for year-round use and have stellar views.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 8 out of 34 hotels in Aspen

Booking.com Rating: 8.9 out of 10

Pros: Situated in a gorgeous mountain setting and home to a prestigious think-tank, a stay nurtures both the mind and body.

Cons: The hotel is situated outside of downtown Aspen, so you'll need to drive or ride the shuttle into town. There is also a resort fee.

COVID status and policies:This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations and announced new procedures that include:

  • No more than 50% capacity for both guest rooms and restaurants.
  • All rooms are guaranteed to be empty for a minimum of 24 hours prior to each new guest's arrival.
  • Room assignments will be staggered in order to ensure common entryways are not shared.
  • Some amenities have been removed from the rooms and are available upon request. These include bath amenities, hairdryers, kitchenware, iron/ironing boards, robes, and stationary. Newspapers will not be available until further notice but local news is available online.
  • Daily housekeeping service will not be available during guest stays.
  • Restaurants will offer to-go service only for breakfast and lunch.
  • Airport and town shuttle services will be available upon request and require advance notice.
  • Tennis is available but advanced reservations are required for Tennis Pro services.
  • All guests are expected to observe appropriate health hygiene and social distancing measures including:
    • Wearing a face mask in all public areas
    • Sneezing and coughing into one's elbow
    • Refraining from shaking hands or engaging in any unnecessary physical contact with other guests or team members; and
    • Washing hands often with soap and warm water and using hand sanitizer when soap and water are unavailable.
    • Maintaining at least six feet of social distancing from other guests while on property, including restaurants and all other public areas.
    • Refraining from congregating in any public areas of the hotel. Guests will be asked to disperse if necessary.
    • Limiting occupancy in the two property elevators to two individuals or one known group at a time.


Best getaway near Boston: Boothbay Harbor, Maine, three hours by car

10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (7)

Spruce Point Inn

Book Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa starting at $189 per night

When Bostonians need a break, they flock to the Maine coastline. The state's Mid Coast region is defined by stunning seascapes, picturesque lighthouses, and quiet coves. Coastal Boothbay Harbor is an easy three-hour drive from Boston with a slower way of life that moves at a pace set by wind, weather, and tides, just as it has for centuries.

Spruce Point Inn Resort & Spa is right on the water, the type of place where guests gather around the fire for a nightly snack of s'mores after a round of croquet or a dip one of the two swimming pools. Walks in the pine-scented woods, kayaking, and shuffleboard are favored activities, and there's plenty of space to spend solitary time in nature.

The resort is set on 56-acres, with a mix of seaside cottages, historic inn rooms, townhouses, and modern lodge rooms. All guest accommodations are spacious with modern amenities such as flat-screen televisions, iPod docking stations, and the Internet that works like a charm. Dining options are varied, but this is Maine, so lobster shines.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 7 out of 12 hotels in Boothbay Harbor

Booking.com Rating: 9.0 out of 10

Pros: Staying here means an authentic seaside Maine vacation, right down to roasting marshmallows and playing pickleball.

Cons: There are typically many families with kids, so it's not the best spot for a romantic holiday. This hotel is seasonal and will be closed from November through May.

COVID status and policies:This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations and announced new procedures that include:

  • Guests from any hotspot state may be required to certify that they have received a negative COVID-19 test within 72-hours of their arrival date. To certify, guests will be asked to sign a Certification of Compliance form upon arrival at the property.
  • Programming will including take-out, picnic-style, safe dine-in options, and al fresco dining on the deck. Yoga will be held outside.
  • Spa services, the fitness center, hot tubs and the debut of the new restaurant, Whiteclover, have been temporarily deferred. The oceanfront pool is in service.
  • The hotel has adopted rigorous cleaning and hygiene measures developed in consultation with state, CDC, and global public health authorities. Antibacterial hand-sanitization stations are offered around the resort, and face coverings are encouraged in common areas.
  • Safe physical distancing practices are suggested in all public areas with reducedcapacities across outlets.
  • Modifying housekeeping services to meet or exceed all Maine CDC recommendations.
  • Increasing the frequency and depth of cleaning all public areas, including the use of hospital-grade disinfectants.


Best Getaway near Miami: Duck Key, two hours and fifteen minutes by car

10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (8)

Hawks Cay

Book Hawks Cay Resort starting at $191 per night

When Miami residents crave a laidback island road trip, the Florida Keys are an easy getaway. This chain of islands just south of Miami is a paradise of blue waters, seemingly endless sky, and tall palm trees. The Keys are divided into five regions: Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine and the Lower Keys, and Key West. Duck Key is a secluded and exceptionally beautiful part of Marathon Key, home to Hawks Cay Resort.

Hawks Cay's main hotel has 177 newly updated guestrooms, decorated with a soft color palette and natural accents. There are eight room categories, offering a variety of configurations, and many rooms have balconies with water views. For added space, reserve a two- or three-bedroom villa with oversized decks, water views, and full kitchens.

The full-service marina makes it easy to fish, stand-up paddleboard, kayak, or take a sunset sail. There are five swimming pools and a saltwater lagoon for protected swimming.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 out of 2 hotels in Duck Key

Booking.com Rating: 8.2 out of 10

Pros: Hawks Cay feels like the Caribbean but you won't need your passport.

Cons: The hotel can be crowded in high season, especially during holidays.

COVID status and policies:This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations with new procedures that include:

  • All guests and staff members must limit the potential of physical contact as much as possible. Additionally, the front desk, restaurants, pool, and public areas require social distancing Visual guides are present for proper spacing.
  • Facial coverings must be worn in public indoor spaces and outdoor covered areas unless consuming food or beverages.
  • Proper and frequent hand washing is required to help combat the spread of germs and viruses. Hand sanitation stations are available throughout.
  • Each guest room is checked daily by the housekeeping or front desk team to ensure guest safety.
  • Hawks Cay staff members undergo daily temperature screening and wear masks. Each staff member displays a sticker on their name tag to indicate they have been cleared to work and serve guests.
  • Increased frequency of cleaning and disinfecting all public spaces with a focus on counters, elevators, door handles, public bathrooms, and wristbands provided to guests.
  • The housekeeping team is receiving ongoing training to meet new cleaning and hygiene protocols.All guestrooms are cleaned, sanitized, and sealed prior to guest arrival. Hotel staff will not re-enter any guestroom once a guest has checked-in unless a special request, such as for fresh towels.
  • Venues such as dining, pools, valet parking, and spa services may be altered or suspended.

Best getaway near Los Angeles: Joshua Tree, two hours and 30 minutes by car

10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (9)

Trip Advisor

Book Pioneertown Motel starting at $195 per night

Joshua Tree National Park lies 140 miles east of sprawling Los Angeles. It's a desert oasis with captivating light, intriguing giant boulders, wildflowers, and hardy plants, including the wild-armed namesake Joshua Tree. When Angelenos need a retreat from the traffic-clogged freeways, Joshua Tree's otherworldly geology, world-class rock climbing, and the starry night sky are only two and one-half hours from downtown's smog, or about 45 minutes from Palm Springs.

Situated in the village of Pioneertown, Pioneertown Motel embraces simplicity and is located very close to the park entrance. Originally built as a hotel for film crews shooting Westerns in the high desert, the 19 guest rooms and cottages are named after movie stars, a nod to its Hollywood legacy. Each is decorated with locally-designed furniture, wood-fired stoves, and cactus plants. The pure desert air and Zen atmosphere exude a sense of wellness, while the small number of guests assures privacy.

There's a picnic area with outdoor furniture, and the former movie sets of Pioneertown are now home to art studios and one-off shops, including a vintage saddle maker.

Trip Advisor Rating: 4 out of 5 stars (no ranking currently)

Booking.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10

Pros: The untamed desert vibe is authentic, complete with surreal sunsets and respected live music venue Pappy and Harriet's is only minutes away. Much more personality than chain motels that are the major alternatives in the area.

Cons: No televisions on-site, though Wi-Fi works well.

COVID status and policies:This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations and announced new procedures that include:

  • In addition to the recommended additional sanitization and safety recommendations from the CDC, the hotel installed a plexiglass screen to the welcome desk and implemented key sanitization on arrival.
  • Check-in will be done with limited contact including room key sanitization.
  • A touchpad will be used for all transactions and hand sanitizer is abundantly available.
  • All employees wear masks and comply with temperature checks on arrival.
  • The restaurant Pappy and Harriet's is open for dine-in and takeout and generously-spaced outdoor seating is available.
  • Frequently touched surfaces are sanitized throughout the day.


Best getaway near Houston: Hill Country, four hours by car

10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (10)

Trip Advisor

Book Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa starting at $239 per night

When Houston residents need to press pause, they drive four hours to Texas Hill Country. It's home to limestone hills, hidden caverns, a sun-kissed valley, and riverside trails. In springtime, a carpet of bluebonnets paints the landscape purple. Dozens of wineries have made the area popular with oenophiles.

Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort & Spa is a wilderness escape along the banks of the Colorado River in Cedar Creek. It's a sprawling 405-acre resort with 491 rooms and suites. The entry-level room is 440-square-feet, so there's plenty of room to spread out. Many rooms have private patios or balconies. Touches of limestone and wood bring natural elements indoors and furnishings have a subtle Western undertone.

Guests share the grounds with an abundance of songbirds, hiking and biking trails, a pool with a lazy river, an 18-hole golf course, and horseback riding. The spa has 18 treatment rooms and features homegrown music throughout, in a nod to the state's rich music history.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 4.5 out of 5 (not ranked currently)

Booking.com Rating: 8.7 out of 10

Pros: The inn's rambling outdoor spaces and many recreational options are an upscale Texas experience.

Cons: The lazy river attracts boisterous children and the resort's size may feel impersonal, and large in an era of social distancing.

COVID status and policies:This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations and will follow new procedures from Hyatt as part of their 'Global Care & Cleanliness Commitment,' a global bio-risk advisory council accreditation at all of their hotels globally. The first hospitality brand to commit to the GBAC STARTM accreditation will include the following measures:

  • Detailed training at 900+ Hyatt hotels with internal and third-party audits.
  • A working group of trusted medical experts and leading industry professionals from organizations like Georgetown University Medical Center, American Airlines, Ecolab, the Global Wellness Institute, and hygiene managers appointed at every Hyatt hotel by September 2020.
  • Limited service available - food service, bar service, fitness center, pool.


Best getaway near San Francisco: Big Sur, two hours and thirty minutes by car

10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (11)

Allison Tibaldi

Book Big Sur Lodge starting at $249 per night

Big Sur's 70 miles of coastline along narrow Highway 1 is one of America's most unforgettable drives, complete with rugged cliffs, towering rocks, and redwoods. Over the years, the dramatic scenery has aroused the affection of respected writers and artists, from Henry Miller to Ansel Adams. All this beauty is a two hour and thirty-minute car ride from the Bay Area.

Big Sur Lodge is located inside Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park, putting miles of hiking trails at your doorstep. It's a harmonious retreat designed to subtly blend in with the redwood forest and Pacific coastline. The 62 cottage-style guestrooms are rustic and roomy with amenities including private decks, wood-burning fireplaces, and kitchenettes.

The on-site restaurant overlooks a creek and serves simple, tasty fare at a reasonable price. The outdoor swimming pool, circled by towering redwoods, is open seasonally.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 out of 8 specialty lodging in Big Sur

Booking.com Rating: 8.1 out of 10

Pros: Spacious rooms and an unbeatable position within the boundaries of a state park make Big Sur Lodge very popular with families.

Cons: Wi-Fi is often unavailable.

COVID status and policies:This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations and announced new procedures that include:

  • All lodging, dining, and retail services are reopened.
  • Employees have been trained to carefully follow the CDC's guidelines in preventing virus transmission.
  • The hotel is stocked with sanitizers, and surfaces are regularly cleaned with disinfecting wipes or sprays.
  • Items that guests frequently touch, such as door handles, are wiped with disinfectant throughout the day.


Best getaway near Washington, DC: Virginia's Hunt and Wine Country, one-hour by car

10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (12)

Goodstone Inn

Book Goodstone Inn starting at $285 per night

Virginia's Hunt and Wine Country is an easy escape from Washington DC, reachable in just an hour by car.

As the name suggests, this region is home to over 300 wineries and many equestrian opportunities. Quaint towns, gentleman farms, and rolling hills dot the landscape for sleepy scenery that feels light years away from the chaotic Beltway.

Numerous small inns are clustered along the country roads but none are finer than Goodstone Inn in Middleburg. This 265-acre estate looks like a fairy tale with colorful gardens set to the soothing sound of fountains and just 18 luxurious guest suites and secluded cottages.

The country-style decor and fine artwork suit the inn's old-world ambiance, while excellent Wi-Fi keeps things up-to-date. All accommodations are individually appointed, private, and romantic, and thelimited number of guests and spacious grounds make adhering to social distancing guidelines easy.

Recreational options include swimming in the heated outdoor pool, hiking and biking on private trails, and canoeing along Goose Creek. The inn's farm grows a variety of heirloom produce, which is woven into the restaurant's menu. A full breakfast is included for overnight guests.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 out of 5 B&Bs/Inns in Middleburg

Booking.com Rating: 9.1 out of 10

Pros: The leafy grounds and wealth of outdoor opportunities offer a tranquil immersion in nature.

Cons: You'll pay DC prices to dine at the expensive on-site restaurant.

COVID status and policies:This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations and announced new procedures that include:

  • Five individual private cottages are available to rent. Only one reservation is accepted per cottage so no communal spaces are shared (exception in French Farm Cottage and Manor House where cottage may be divided by a physical barrier with two separate entrances).
  • Outdoor dining is offered, with takeout options and room service available as well.
  • Hand sanitizing stations, antibacterial wipes, and masks are available throughout the property.
  • 24 hour vacancy between all guest stays and after each stay, Dyson air purifiers are used to capture ultrafine particles from all angles.
  • Touch-free check-in is offered. Room keys are sanitized and in the door upon arrival.
  • The Goodstone team will not enter your accommodation after check-in. All requested items for housekeeping will be left at the door.
  • All staff wear masks when interacting with guests, and gloved when delivering any items.
  • Due to state regulations, spa, pools, and fitness center are closed.


Best getaway near New York City: The Berkshires, under three hours by car

10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (13)

Dani Fine Photography

Book Blantyre Country House Hotel starting at $435 per night

The Berkshires in Western Massachusetts scratches the itch of New Yorkers who crave nature but don't want to skimp on culture. The landscape is a patchwork of quaint villages, gentle mountains, and rural roads, less than three hours from midtown Manhattan.

The scenery and peaceful rhythms have long been a magnet for artists, musicians, and writers. Music lovers make seasonal pilgrimages to Tanglewood, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, though, this year those plans might be altered. Towns like Lenox and Stockbridge are loaded with galleries, respected art museums, Gilded Age mansions neatly tucked away on side streets, and fine dining establishments.

Set on rolling lawns just outside of Lenox, Blantyre is a bucolic country hotel with a castle-like Main House built in 1902, where a crackling fire and a glass of bubbly await. There are eight guest rooms in the Main House, eleven in the Carriage House, and four roomy cottages. A recent refurbishing embraces modernity while maintaining history blending heirloom furniture, detailed damask upholstery, and elaborate candelabra, plus fresh floral arrangements dropped in for good measure. It's everything you would expect from a Relais & Châteaux Forbes Five Star resort. Blantyre's intimate number of guests coupled with its copious dimensions makes it a fine choice for those who prioritize social distancing while on vacation.

There's a gorgeous outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, and rambling trails to hike or snowshoe in winter. Most evenings, guests may enjoy a concert in the elegant parlor featuring a talented in-house pianist.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 7 out of 17 hotels in Lenox

Pros: You'll feel like a Gilded-Age millionaire as you dabble in old-world grandeur and enjoy discrete service.

Cons: A bountiful breakfast is included in the room rate, though you'll pay dearly for dinner at the on-site restaurant.

COVID status and policies:This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations. There are a variety of new safety guidelines and changes in place, in compliance with CDC and state guidelines. As such,visitors entering Massachusetts, including returning residents, who do not meet an exemption, are required to:

  • Complete theMassachusetts TravelFormprior to arrival, unless visiting from a low-risk state designated by the Department of Public Health.
  • Quarantine for 14 days or produce a negative COVID-19 test result that has been administered up to 72-hours prior to your arrival in Massachusetts.

If your COVID-19 test result has not been received prior to arrival, visitors, and residents must quarantine until they receive a negative test result.


Best Getaway near Philadelphia: The Pocono Mountains, less than two hours by car

10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (14)

The Lodge at Woodloch

Book The Lodge at Woodloch starting at $768 per night, per couple, with all meals and activities included

When Philadelphia residents crave nature, they head to the Poconos in the Northeast corner of Pennsylvania. Less than two hours from Center City, winter activities include skiing, snow-shoeing, and ice-skating on frozen ponds. In warmer months, hiking to waterfalls, biking, and swimming in fresh-water lakes and ponds are all popular pastimes.

The Lodge at Woodloch is set on over 500 private acres of woodlands near the village of Hawley. Guests share fern-carpeted forest trails with a variety of wildlife and 58 guest rooms and suites all have views of the lake or rock garden waterfall from private verandas. Understated interiors strive to connect guests with nature's restorative qualities. Terrariums, Himalayan salt lamps, Cherrywood bed frames, and a menu of pillow options offer in-room calm and comfort.

The hotel places a premium on providing a healthy environment for its guests, including keeping all spaces scrupulously clean and three health-conscious gourmet meals are included in the nightly room rate.

Yoga classes, swimming in the pool and lake, archery, and cycling are a few of the many complimentary activities. The hotel's spa is a sanctuary of therapeutic soaking pools and eucalyptus-scented steam rooms with body treatments incorporating indigenous elements and therapies from around the world.

Trip Advisor Ranking: 1 out of 7 hotels in Hawley

Booking.com Rating: 9.2 out of 10

Pros: The first-class spa and serene setting are perfect for low-key pampering. Most activities and three daily meals are included, so there are no surprise extras when it comes time to pay the bill.

Cons: Cellphones must be placed on silent mode in public areas, which could also be a pro for some guests.

COVID status and policies:This hotel is currently open and accepting reservations with the following new policies:

  • All staff wear masks and have their temperature checked upon arriving to work.
  • Guests will have their temperature taken on arrival and will be required to wear masks in all public areas throughout their stay.
  • Existing and enhanced housekeeping procedures for cleanliness and sanitization (including EPA-approved disinfectant) that meet and exceed industry best practices and standards have been instituted on a heightened schedule.
  • Class and activity sizes are capped.
  • Frequent deep cleaning of common areas and touchpoints such as handles, faucets, trash-receptacles, light fixtures, remote controls, elevators, buttons, keypads, luggage carts, and counters.
  • Additional hand sanitizing stations have been placed in common areas throughout the property.
Allison Tibaldi

Freelance Reporter, Insider Reviews

Allison Tibaldi has been a full-time freelance travel and food writer for 15 years. Her beats include Italy, New England, and the Caribbean. She writes for CNN, USA TODAY 10 Best, USA TODAY Go Escape, Travel Channel, HGTV, Shermans Travel, Travel Squire, Emirates Open Skies Magazine and numerous other publications. She is a native New Yorker who has lived in Italy, Australia, Canada, and California. She speaks fluent Italian. Her graduate work in early childhood education gives her an edge when it comes to understanding the nuances of family travel. Learn more about how our team of experts tests and reviews products at Insider here.

You can purchase logo and accolade licensing to this story here.

Disclosure: Written and researched by the Insider Reviews team. We highlight products and services you might find interesting. If you buy them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our partners. We may receive products free of charge from manufacturers to test. This does not drive our decision as to whether or not a product is featured or recommended. We operate independently from our advertising team. We welcome your feedback. Email us at reviews@businessinsider.com.


10 scenic getaways across the US that are within a 1- to 4-hour drive from major cities — and the best hotel to book for each (2024)
Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Sen. Ignacio Ratke

Last Updated:

Views: 6347

Rating: 4.6 / 5 (76 voted)

Reviews: 91% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Sen. Ignacio Ratke

Birthday: 1999-05-27

Address: Apt. 171 8116 Bailey Via, Roberthaven, GA 58289

Phone: +2585395768220

Job: Lead Liaison

Hobby: Lockpicking, LARPing, Lego building, Lapidary, Macrame, Book restoration, Bodybuilding

Introduction: My name is Sen. Ignacio Ratke, I am a adventurous, zealous, outstanding, agreeable, precious, excited, gifted person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.