America's Sweetest Retreats

Alaska, Oregon, and California

Jan 30, 2004
Outside Magazine
romantic adventure travel, Alaska

Riversong Lodge

romantic adventure travel, Oregon

The gardens at Tu Tu' Tun brim with greenery

romantic adventure travel, California

A tree house room at the Post Ranch Inn

Riversong Lodge, Lake Creek, AK
Run by husband and wife team Carl and Kirsten Dixon, this upscale log-cabin lodge on the banks of the Yentna River offers world-class fly fishing, gourmet cuisine, and the weird thrill of knowing a moose might be right outside your summer-by-the-lake-style cabin.

At $715 per person, minimum, a stay here doesn't come cheap, but you do get a lot of bang for your buck. First, you swoop in by float-plane, and settle into a handsome room. Then seasoned guides boat you to remote fishing holes where you can test your fly rods against the local bears for massive king salmon, feisty arctic grayling, or whatever else is running. After each long day on the water, feast on hearty dishes such as Reindeer Ragout, before snuggling in for the night.
(Doubles from $715 per person, Prices include roundtrip float plane flight to Riversong, lodging, gourmet meals, guide service, and use of lodge equipment; 907-274-2710; Tu Tu' Tun Lodge, Gold Beach, OR
All 20 of the rusti-swank wood and stone rooms of this bucolic hideaway overlook the Rogue River, and some come with fireplaces and springwater soaking tubs—the perfect ambiance for getting soulful with your soulmate.

If you can tear yourselves away from your room, hike the local trails, paddle one of the lodge's sea kayaks, go fly fishing (guides available), navigate the Rogue's, er, roguish rapids, slip into the heated swimming pool, or play horseshoes in the apple orchard. At night, cuddle up around the massive fireplace in the main lodge, and feast on salmon and other staples of Northwest cuisine.
(Doubles from $85; 800-864-6357;

Post Ranch Inn, Big Sur, CA
This is the splurge to go for after you've memorized the Kama Sutra and perfected your tantrist vocabulary—if your mojo ain't workin' during a stay at this stunning celebration of organic architecture perched over the wave-spanked coastline of Big Sur, then it may be time to move on.

All 30 rooms have king-size beds, fireplaces, indoor spa tubs, and ocean or mountain views. You can hike through the redwood and oak forest on the 98-acre ranch, limber up in a yoga class, take a dip in one of the inn's two pools, or indulge in a spa treatment or two. In the award-winning restaurant, you'll find decadent dishes like Butternut Squash Ravioli with Chestnuts and Big Sur Chanterelle Mushrooms, and Roast Venison Loin with Sweet Potato Risotto and Huckleberry Jam.
(Doubles from $485; 800-527-2200;

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