Pop art woven among blooms, a royal garden cultivated for a king, and a Japanese-style sanctuary reimagined for the craggy coast of Maine. Consider seeking out these best botanical gardens rooted to Opal destinations for a much-needed breath of fresh air.
No, we’re not talking ski resorts, but rather snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, even snowmobiling – all outdoor winter pastimes that usually play second fiddle to downhill skiing that are currently surging in popularity in 2021.
Formerly the private home for the resort’s innkeepers from the 1800s and on, this new lake house-like accommodation is now a completely modern, two-level home away from home that makes for the ultimate Aidrondack retreat.
Simply a swan sculpture it is not. The Glacier Ice Bar that descends upon The Sagamore Resort every January is an Instagram eye-candy extravaganza entirely made out of ice.
We aren’t speaking in hyperbole when we say these rooms are our biggest and boldest. And we’re presenting them to you based on what type of grand retreat you’re looking book.
The people have spoken. Twelve Opal Collection properties were awarded Condé Nast Traveler’s 2020 Readers’ Choice Awards. So what’s all the fuss about?
(Above) © The League Collective, @leaguetravels Dining in an outdoor setting
Ranked among “Top 200 Resort Golf Courses” by Golfweek’s Best of 2020, the 18-hole Sagamore Golf Course was designed and built under legendary course designer Donald Ross’s personal supervision in 1928 – and very much stays true to his distinct style, in more ways than one.
These seven Opal resorts offer fire pit experiences that are nothing like your average campfire – but you can still feel free to toast marshmallows.
Only an Upstate New York road trip can pack ancient gorges and lovely little farm stores paired with epic Adirondack views around every turn.