The Best New Five-Star Lodges and Resorts in the US : The Preserve Sporting ClubThe Best New Five-Star Lodges and Resorts in the US is published by Meredith Corp. If this past year has taught us anything, it’s that there’s value in a good escape. Sometimes you just need to reset and recharge, and what better place to do that than a luxurious lodge in the heart of wine country or a top-tier resort in a coastal oasis? From the Commodore Perry Estate in Austin to the Waldorf Astoria Monarch Beach Resort & Club in Dana Point, these six establishments are the most impressive lodges and resorts to open last year, earning them recognition as a 2021 Legend Award honoree.
Preserve Sporting Club & Residences – Five-Star Lodges and Resorts in the USAn outdoorsy yet luxurious New England retreat is what travelers will find at Preserve Sporting Club & Residences, which opened in June 2020. At the five-star Rhode Island enclave, horse lovers can explore 100 miles of riding trails, fishers can venture to any one of 10 fly fishing ponds, golfers can tee up on the 18-hole course, and those seeking adventure can try the 1,765-foot zipline. Beyond these offerings, guests of The Preserve will find a shooting range and miles of hiking and biking trails. The accommodations at The Preserve set the property apart just as much as their never-ending list of outdoor activities. Guests will relax after the day’s adventures in luxury single-family homes, romantic cottages, or even elevated tent or treehouse accommodations.
The Maker – Five-Star Lodges and Resorts in the USThe Hudson Valley finally has a hotel befitting the hip New Yorkers who have for years been visiting the upstate region—an artistic, and relatively low-key, alternative to the Hamptons. The Maker opened in August as a haven for those well-heeled weekenders, providing a much-needed cool kids hangout with 11 rooms (each named after and devoted to a different creative profession, like the Architect and the Writer), plus an all-day café, a fine-dining restaurant, a glamorous lounge, and a handful of guest-only spots, including a second-floor nook perfect for cocktails for two. The level of detail throughout is hard to fathom: There’s the mural in the conservatory, created by artist Michael Allen, and the many 19th-century fireplaces, which have been repaired and replicated by master restorer Gary Keegan. That dresser? It’s a Rococo antique. The sofa? A one-of-a-kind by midcentury-modern designer Edward Wormley. The guest book is even a design piece, a half-filled ledger from an antique ship that has since been filled with rave reviews by the Maker’s many, many adoring fans.
Montage Healdsburg opened its doors to the public in January 2021, bringing the five-star Montage name to Sonoma County. With 130 standalone bungalows—including their highly coveted, three-bedroom Guest House suite—set on 258 acres, this is the secluded wine country retreat dreams are made of. Start your morning off here with coffee from the Healdsburg Country Store, and spend your day on the pickleball courts, renting e-bikes on property to take into town, or heading to Aperture Cellars, where guests of Montage are invited to enjoy an exclusive tasting with winemaker Jesse Katz. Unwind at Spa Montage, lounge by the zero-edge pool elevated 20 feet above the wines, grab sunset drinks at Scout Bar, and dine at Hazel Hill restaurant for a memorable visit to Montage Healdsburg.