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.

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...

Surf Mexico's Famous Break and Take One, Too

For an off-the-beaten-path surfing sojourn, it doesn’t get much better than Hotel Escondido, a luxury hideaway in the lively Oaxaca port town of Puerto Escondido. Opened in 2013 by Grupo...

Mad Men Meets the Mesas

The Hotel Valley Ho, a 1956 midcentury beauty in Scottsdale, Arizona, has been renovated to perfection, with studio rooms both mod and modern thanks to Philippe Starck-designed bathtubs,...

A Shrine to Luxury Adventure

In Japan's Wakayama Prefecture, south of Osaka, sits the Kumano Kodo, a series of ancient pilgrimage routes that wind through the misty, cedar-filled Kii Mountain Range.

Africa's Best Jungle Lodge

For fans of extra-large primates, there's arguably no more coveted experience than viewing a mountain gorilla in its natural habitat. If you fall into this camp, consider a bucket-list trek to...