9 Hotels with Expansive Outdoor Space for Socially Distanced Vacations

If you're planning on traveling soon, make it a safe (and less anxiety-inducing) getaway by staying somewhere with plenty of outdoor space!
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Most of us have been in quarantine for over four months now, and for a lot of people, that's meant canceled trips and plenty of cabin fever. If you're eager to get away for a bit, do it without putting yourself or others at risk. We found hotels across the country that sit on hefty acreage and boast gorgeous outdoor spaces, lending themselves to social distancing. Whether you want to hike and bike or just lounge on an uncrowded beach, these spots let you get away from your home and the crowds. (Just be sure to continue following safe practices, like wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing indoors and out!) 

Check out our top picks, then get ready to relax—safely. 

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Nevada

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For those ready to get back outside and explore the wilderness, head to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino in Nevada. Set against the stunning Sierra Nevada Mountains and Alpine Lake, the resort boasts dozens of outdoor activities. Take a hike or bike ride on one of the 50 area trails, cool down with some of the many water sports offered on the Hyatt’s private pier, such as paddle boards, kayaks, and jet skis, or take a cruise with a private catamaran or motorboat. Then head back to the resort's luxurious private waterfront cottages located on a remote beach, which let you unwind in nature crowd-free. 

Grand View Lodge, Minnesota

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Spread over 750 acres, the historic Grand View Lodge is an all-American summer camp experience for guests of all ages. There are seemingly infinite activities and adventures to enjoy on or nearby the lodge's grounds: zip lining, fishing, paddle boarding, pontoon cruises, jet skiing, biking, tennis, golf, and horseback riding are just the beginning. If you need a day of relaxing after all the fun, spread out on the 2,500 feet of sandy beaches that rest along two nearby lakes. 

Los Poblanos Historic Inn, New Mexico

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Looking for a low-key nature escape? Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm in Albuquerque is an ideal Southwest retreat. The 25-acre property features organic fields of lavender, towering cottonwood trees, rose-covered terraces, and lush formal gardens throughout, plus plenty of roaming footpaths and sitting nooks for leisurely, socially distanced strolls. Located in Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, the inn boasts views of the Sandia Mountains, plus a full organic farm, award-winning dining, and and a saltwater pool—all of which give you comfort and seclusion when you need it most. 

Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina

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Surrounded by rich history, stunning beauty and cultural heritage, Palmetto Bluff is the largest remaining waterfront property on the East Coast. The 20,000-acre development is surrounded by 32 miles of riverfront and features extensive nature trails, river access, boat storage, and a canoe club. It's located in the heart of South Carolina Lowcountry, between Charleston and Savannah, and along with the vast outdoor space and AAA Five Diamond Montage Palmetto Bluff resort and spa, you'll love experiencing (and reveling in!) the region's truly laid-back lifestyle. 

Cliff House, Maine

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Cliff House Maine is a classic year-round coastal New England property offering panoramic ocean views from its 226 guest rooms and suites. With 70 acres of scenic coastline, there is no shortage of nooks and crannies for guests to explore at a safe distance from others. Multiple outdoor pools and outdoor dining options (hello, lobster rolls!) allow you to enjoy all the perks of a summer vacay safely. Inside, a luxurious spa, wellness center and oceanfront dining await—with enhanced safety measures that let you enjoy the amenities stress-free. 

Nakoma Resort, California

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Nakoma Resort has something for everyone. Surrounded by the towering Sierra Buttes lookout trail, pine-scented forests, hundreds of hiking and mountain bike trails (including the Pacific Crest Trail), alpine lakes for kayaking, and more, there are ample opportunities to get out and enjoy this region of California. Take advantage of the great outdoors via the resort’s Hike and Stay Package, which includes lodging, dinner, a packed picnic lunch, and a hiking book. For those who prefer to stay closer to the resort but still want to enjoy the fresh air, a reengineered golf course provides picturesque views from every tee.

Suncadia Resort, Washington

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Now more than ever, travelers are valuing Mother Nature, and Suncadia Resort is the ultimate getaway. The resort community’s 6,000 acres of forested mountain landscape allow guests to immerse themselves in the best of the Pacific Northwest. Available outdoor activities include Suncadia’s miles of trails and paths for hiking and biking, along with recreation rentals like bikes, kayaks, and paddle boards. Two golf courses are also on site.

Red Mountain Resort, Utah

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A remote wellness retreat sounds dreamy right about now, and Red Mountain Resort gives guests just that. Reopening on September 3, the resort offers itineraries and packages that are fully customizable to suit your vacation style. Opt for an action-packed stay full of hikes catered to your pace, kayaking, rock climbing, and more. Or take it easy with a variety of mind-body wellness workshops and hands-on cooking demonstrations, all while soaking in southwest Utah's dreamy backdrop. Whatever you pick, you're sure to find restoration here. 

Mission Point Resort, Michigan

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Set on 18 acres of lakefront property, where Lake Huron meets Lake Michigan, Mission Point Resort welcomes guests back for 2020 with a heavy focus on outdoor activities, as well as solo and small group programming. The resort has a ban on motor vehicles, instead offering bike rentals and encouraging guests to explore the island’s 70 miles of hiking and biking trails. The remodeled Promenade Deck Pavilion is ideal for evening lounging and stargazing—take in the idyllic Great Lakes backdrop while sipping on fresh lemonade and cocktails on the massive lawn!