When you're on vacation, you want everything as easy as possible, so what's easier than a stay at an all-inclusive resort? Whether you're looking for a luxury experience, such as an exclusive retreat in the Adirondacks once owned by the Rockefellers, or an affordable family-friendly dude ranch with rustic cabins and cookouts under the stars, we've got options. Here are a range of all-inclusive resorts in the USA for a fun, stress-free holiday!
Soak up Hawaii's aloha spirit at Travaasa Maui, a rustic-chic all-inclusive on Maui's eastern tip above Hana Bay, where you can experience activities like bamboo-pole fishing, lei-making, and ukulele lessons. Of course, chilling out on your cottage's private lanai is an option, too (and there's no TVs or phones to disturb the bliss).
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Paws Up, a luxury all-inclusive resort on a cattle ranch in western Montana, is where you can go to channel your inner cowboy or cowgirl. Meals include lavish barbecues and sit-down dinners, activities range from horseback riding to fly-fishing, and lodging is either in glamping tents or rustic-chic cabins and homes.
It's all about seaside pleasures at the The Lodge at Little St. Simons Island, an upscale all-inclusive retreat on Georgia's Little St. Simons Island. Fishing, boating, and beach walks are all part of the equation, as is relaxing in your comfy cottage, and dining on fresh seafood, including the lodge's signature oyster roast.
For a truly exclusive all-inclusive experience, book a stay at Twin Farms, on 300 bucolic acres in central Vermont. Expect cozy cottages, complete with fireplaces and porches, a range of outdoor activities (hiking and canoeing), and cocktails and canapés each evening, followed by a farm-to-table dinner with wine pairings.
Blackberry Farm is a working farm and a low-key but luxe resort in the Great Smoky Mountains. It's known for its top-notch culinary offerings, which includes The Barn restaurant, serving seasonal ingredients in its gourmet dishes, such as grilled guinea hen with pickled okra. It also has heirloom vegetable and herb gardens.
This sprawling resort on Mackinac Island, with its famous 66-foot-long balcony, is grand in every way. Guests on the Full American Plan receive a full breakfast, a luncheon buffet, and dinner daily, and amenities include a heated serpentine-shaped pool, activities like croquet and tennis, live music and dancing, and more.
Skytop Lodge in the Poconos is a playground for both kids and adults. Its massive stone lodges date back to 1928, and one of its hubs is the wood-paneled Windsor Room (guests on the Modified American Plan receive a full breakfast and dinner daily). Boating on the lake, rock climbing, and hayrides are just a few things to do while at this 5,000-acre mountain resort.
For a classic New England vacation, rent a lakeside cottage at Migis Lodge, an all-inclusive retreat on Sebago Lake (40 minutes northwest of Portland). Keep yourself active with canoeing and fishing, or simply soak up the peaceful lake vistas from your porch. The menu changes daily, but it always includes fresh Maine lobster.
The Triple J Wilderness Ranch, a family-friendly, all-inclusive, located in Augusta, Montana, is the perfect getaway for the kids to enjoy nature. You stay in log cabins, and spend your days horseback riding, hiking, and fly-fishing. Expect big cookouts during mealtime and afterward, gather 'round the fire for s'mores.
For the ultimate splurge, stay at The Point on Upper Saranac Lake (a 30-minute drive from Lake Placid). Once owned by the Rockefeller family, this all-inclusive retreat has just 11 Adirondack-style rooms. There's communal dining — black-tie is suggested on select nights — creating a festive, house-party atmosphere.
Vista Verde Guest Ranch, near Steamboat Springs, is a classic dude ranch, that also happens to be all-inclusive. Sleep in upscale cabins and lodge rooms, dine on hearty fare (anything from buttermilk pancakes to potato gnocchi), learn to ride horses and rock climb, enjoy a cooking class and wine tasting, and even join a barn dance!
As Club Med's only U.S. property, Sandpiper Bay is located in Port St. Lucie on Florida's east coast. It's all about the activities here — golf, beach volleyball, tennis, sailing, kayaking, trapeze, and yoga are a sampling of what's offered. Need a break? Have a beer at the pool bar and dine in the casual Marketplace or in the Riverside Restaurant.
This all-inclusive Poconos resort caters to families, so you can expect lots of fun activities to keep the kids from reaching for their gadgets, including rock climbing, go-karts, and trivia contests, as well as nightly entertainment. Meals are served family-style, and might include crab cakes and loin of beef, and always include a delicious dessert (the chocolate peanut butter pie is a favorite).
At the swanky all-inclusive Ranch at Rock Creek, glamping cabins come with creature comforts like gas stoves, Frette bed linens, and creek-facing porches. After an afternoon of riding in Big Sky territory, tuck into grass-fed beef in the Western-themed Granite Lodge, then catch up with fellow guests for drinks and a game of pool at the Silver Dollar Saloon.
The all-inclusive Tyler Place Family Resort, on Lake Champlain near the Canadian border, has a smorgasbord of activities: pontoon cruises, tennis, mini-golf, a rock wall, and guided bike trips, to name a few. There are also lakeside bonfires, game nights, a decadent dessert buffet, and an adults-only cocktail lounge.
All meals are included for those on the full American plan during a stay at the down-home White Stallion Ranch in Tucson, featuring western-themed casitas. With an extensive riding program that includes all-day rides to Saguaro National Park, you'll definitely be ready for a dinner of barbecued chicken, corn on the cob, and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.
St. Petersburg's Sirata Beach Resort has an all-inclusive option, providing everything you'll need for a stress-free beach vacation. After a dip in the beach, play beach volleyball and go boogie boarding. Come sundown, sip a margarita in the Rum Runner Bar before settling into a dinner of cornmeal-dusted Florida grouper.
You don't have to be Irish to enjoy a stay at Gavin's Irish Country Inn in the northern Catskills. This charming family-owned inn has a pool, activities for the kids, and tasty food (including Irish staples like corned beef and cabbage and Irish soda bread). Plus, there's an on-site pub for pints of Guinness and live music from Andy Cooney, who, with his band, can play anything from Danny Boy to Don't Stop Believin'.
You'll feel like you're back at summer camp at this lakefront all-inclusive in Detroit Lakes, complete with rustic cabins, scheduled activities (such as treasure hunts and sandcastle contests), and three meals (kids will dig the pancakes in fun shapes, while parents will enjoy entrees like Minnesota walleye and prime rib).
Red Mountain Resort, an upscale adventure spa amid the red rocks of southern Utah, offers an all-inclusive retreat, which includes a deluxe room, three healthy meals, and an array of activities that range from daily guided morning hikes through the sandstone canyons and fitness classes to cooking demos and meditation.
If you're looking for a romantic getaway, consider The Stonehurst Manor, in North Conway. Housed in a grand 19th-century mansion, the Stonehurst has 26 rooms, many featuring four-poster beds, Jacuzzis, and fireplaces. After hiking on scenic White Mountain trails, tuck into a gourmet meal in the manor's romantic Wild Rose Restaurant.
Escape city life for an all-inclusive ranch experience at Triple Creek Ranch in the mountains of western Montana (75 miles south of Missoula). Expect rustic-chic cabins, complete with wood-burning fireplaces, horseback riding, fly-fishing, and cooking classes, plus meals that might include roasted quail and Durham Ranch wagyu beef.