6 U.S. Resorts That Will Make You Feel Like You're in Italy
We’ll get right to it: Italy is vacation goals. From its rugged coastlines to the miles and miles of picturesque countryside and even vibrant city scenes, the place has it all. And let’s be honest, any country where you can get a glass of local wine cheaper than water is a place we’d like to be. Here are six resorts right here in the United States that give off total Italian vacation vibe sans passport. Cin cin!
Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside
Not far from the glitz and glam of Miami, you’ll find this North Beach babe that has been open for a little over a year. It houses Le Sirenuse Restaurant and Champagne Bar, which is a collaboration between Four Seasons and the owners of Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano. And if you’ve been to Positano, you know this iconic hotel and the candlelit show it puts on at dinnertime. Grab a drink from the Champagne bar and enjoy the soothing sounds of the sea that enchant both locations.
Glenmere Mansion, Hudson Valley
Turns out Tuscany is only 50 miles from New York City. Well, kind of. This Hudson Valley treasure was built in 1911 as the country retreat of business titan Robert Goelet. He commissioned Carrère and Hastings to create this Italianate mansion reminiscent of the villas of Tuscany that enchanted him during his travels. This super-intimate retreat has only 18 guest rooms so it will totally feel like you have escaped to your own private Italian villa (that also happens to include two restaurants, a full-service spa and a bath house).
Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur
This luxury resort sits 1,200 feet above the Pacific Ocean and is the only Big Sur hotel that offers an ocean view. And with its close proximity to the Carmel Highlands (and its wine), we can’t help but to compare it to sipping Sicilian vino at a cliffside cabana in Taormina. Check out Sierra Mar’s wine cellar, which houses over 14,000 bottles.
Zero George Street, Charleston
Want to experience the quaint, cobblestone streets of a seaside Italian village lined with churches, historical buildings? Check into this darling boutique hotel just off Charleston’s main drag. You’ll be instantly transported to Cagliari, whose Sardinian name casteddu, literally means “castle.”
Hotel Valencia, San Antonio
We didn’t forget about Venice. I mean, how could we? Nowhere else in the United States will you find the energy and natural beauty of the canals of the Floating City, however, the Riverwalk in San Antonio is a good stateside substitute. Check into this iconic hotel that recently got a $10 million face-lift. The location is epic and close to all things queso and margaritas.
The Little Nell, Aspen
The Italian skiing scene is perhaps the country’s best-kept secret—so if you’re already thinking ahead to your next winter vacation, listen up. Aspen, like Cortina d’Ampezzo, is a tiny pocket boasting big personality. Check into this enchanting, slope-side hotel and we guarantee the mix of luxury shops and serious shredding will make you feel like you are vacationing in the Dolomites.