While some hunters prefer roughing it by sleeping on the ground and cooking over an open fire, others prefer more comfortable accommodations after a long day trekking in the woods. Luxury hunting lodges are popping up across the United States to meet the increasing demand for a more refined hunting experience. The experts at Hunting-License.org offer the following suggestions of lodges that will leave you well rested and well fed on each day of your hunting adventure.
Three Forks Ranch, Steamboat Springs, Colorado
Located on the border of Colorado and Wyoming, the Three Forks Ranch intends to be the “Ritz-Carlton of the backcountry.” Its sprawling lodge is set in one of the most wildlife-dense areas of the American West, attracting hunters in search of elk, deer and pronghorn. With just 15 well-appointed guest quarters, the focus is on the details including marble-tiled bathrooms, Belasari Italian linens and in-room fireplaces. The Hunting-License.org team notes that the resort also features an indoor/outdoor infinity pool, a 6,000 foot spa and spectacular views of aspen-covered hills from private and public patios. Guest enjoy world-class dining and a wine room featuring the Ranch’s privately labeled Napa Valley house wines.
Honey Brake Lodge, Larto Lake, Louisiana
Wing shooters with wide-open budgets flock to the Honey Brake Lodge for its rustically beautiful accommodations. It offers guests the choice of staying in one of two luxury suites in the main lodge building or in one of six Lake Suites connected to the main building by a series of elevated walkways winding through the surrounding trees. All guest rooms are furnished with contemporary and traditional furniture, spa-quality linens, flat-screen TVs and locally-produced artwork. A four-sided fireplace and spectacular, handcrafted wooden spiral staircase highlight the warm and elegant main lodge where staff serves gourmet meals.
The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, Montana
Featuring breathtaking Rocky Mountain views, the Hunting-License.org team recommends this resort for those who want to sleep in a tent while enjoying all the comforts of a fine hotel. Go “glamping” along the banks of the Elk Creek in huge canvas tents featuring plush beds, wooden floors, chandeliers, ceiling fans and en-suite bathrooms with slate showers. The resort’s Big Timber vacation homes are more spacious, accommodating up to eight guests each. These homes feature roomy master suites, private porches and hot tubs. All guests can indulge in gourmet cuisine at two on-property restaurants highlighting locally-sourced ingredients. Decadent spa treatments round out the world-class experience.
Barnsley Gardens, Adairsville, Georgia
This sprawling resort makes the Hunting-License.org list because it offers guests the feeling of visiting a romantic English village. With 33 Old World English cottages and 87 guest suites in its main lodge, its luxurious accommodations are set among 30 acres of heirloom gardens. Their sister property, Spring Bank Plantation, is made up of 12 hunting courses over 1,800 acres dedicated to dove, quail, pheasant and turkey hunting. On-site activities include golf, horseback riding, croquet, swimming and fishing. A boutique spa is housed in a separate English carriage house and features 20 treatment rooms, a whirlpool, steam room and sauna. Enjoy expertly prepared meals featuring estate-grown vegetables and herbs at one of three on-site restaurants.