Chris Clayton

Author's Bio

Chris Clayton lives in St. Paul, Minnesota, with his wife, daughter, and son. His writing has appeared in Men’s Health, Delta Sky magazine, Mpls.St. Paul Magazine, and other publications. His favorite outdoor escape is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, where he heads annually with friends to hike, fish, sip whiskey from a Nalgene, and tell a few lies.

The Finest Hotel in Aspen

Few establishments in Aspen, Colorado have witnessed more change than Hotel Jerome, built 125 years ago in a grand brick building on Main Street to house mining barons and their entourages. Today...

Cheat on the Rockies. Ski Here

Val Thorens in the French Alps is skiing’s answer to the big-and-tall store. The area has come a long way since the ’70s, when Brutalist-style apartment buildings popped up to accommodate pioneering...

The Best East Coast Resort You'll Ever Visit

We won’t sugarcoat it: Twin Farms resort in Barnard, Vermont is expensive—as in empty-your-bank-account-because-you-only-live-once expensive. But travel is for dreamers, right? And Twin Farms, set on...

A Hideout on the Edge of the World

When it comes to natural beauty, New Zealand doesn't do nuance. What better place to see the country's visual gifts than Matakauri Lodge, located minutes from Queenstown on New Zealand's South...

Rent a Yurt Under Texas Stars

During your desert hiatus in Marfa, take shelter at El Cosmico, a campground/roadside motel that rents teepees, canvas tents, and refurbished vintage trailers.

Visit Italy. Stay Here.

There are mountain views, and then there are mountain views of the Dolomites. Vigilius Mountain Resort in northern Italy's South Tyrol province owns the latter. The resort looks out on the grand...

Seattle's Getaway on the Falls

Salish is a special-occasion lodge done in typically understated Northwest style. The 84 guest rooms have a warm, contemporary aesthetic, with jetted tubs, featherbeds, and a fireplace. Crack open...

A Kid-Free Sanctuary

Resting atop a seaside crag on the Atlantic, the Scarlet Hotel's minimal aesthetic blends well into the surrounding English landscape thanks to its green rooftop (planted with sea thrift), and curved...

A Post-Soviet Secret Hideaway in Georgia

More than a decade removed from the revolution that ousted its corrupt president and curbed years of civil unrest, the tiny nation of Georgia is becoming a tourist draw thanks in part to new...

Stay Well-Off, Wild West Style

The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana will make you want to forsake your love for camping activity we all frown upon but secretly love: glamping.

This Lodge Puts all Others to Shame

In some ways, Post Ranch Inn, balanced atop the cliffs of Big Sur south of Monterey, is the prototypical California lodge. Yet, few resorts can compete with Post Ranch’s attention to detail.

A Luxury Shelter in the Australian Outback

A trip to the backcountry doesn't mean you have to rough it. At the confluence of the Berkley River and Timor Sea sits Berkeley River Lodge, an upscale hideout in the wilds of Western Australia.

Sleep and Play Like Indian Royalty

For a central jumping off point to the many jewels of the Indian state of Rajasthan—think Indus Valley ruins, tiger reserves, and a UNESCO-certified bird sanctuary—look no further than Raas Jodhpur.

The Height of Treehouse Luxury

Many eco-resorts do the treehouse thing, but few can say they tapped a well-known architect to design theirs. Enter Pedras Salgadas Spa & Nature Park in northern Portugal’s lush and mountainous...

The Iconic Patagonian Lodge

Set on the shores of a pristine glacial lake in full view of Monte Fitz Roy—the mountain that inspired the Patagonia clothing logo—Aguas Arriba Lodge will appeal to climbers, anglers, and anyone fond...