As a food and wine enthusiast, finding a hotel that offers a bevy of dining options is crucial when I’m traveling. Because it’s such a big part of my experience, I make sure to pay careful attention to which hotels I book and where so that I can see as many attractions and dine at as many places as possible. I’ve found a few luxury hotels for foodies like you and me to visit on the West Coast.
If you’re headed to Flagstaff, Arizona, stay at Little America Hotel
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Visiting Flagstaff, which is close to the Grand Canyon, is definitely on my to-do list. There are a few affordable options in town for hotels, including Little America Hotel. This hotel offers a true getaway experience because it lies in the middle of the forest, surrounded by acres of pine trees and lush foliage. Although the hotel’s restaurant is temporarily closed for renovations until June 2016, in the meantime, guests can visit local eateries like Kickstand Kafe. Local beers on tap at Mother Road Brewing or Historic Brewing Company are just a short drive from the hotel.
If you’re headed to Palm Springs, California, stay at Parker Palm Springs
I’ve never been to Palm Springs, which made this city guide by Hipmunk handy for my research. Parker Palm Springs looks like my kind of dream vacation: luxurious, relaxing, and upscale. The on-site spa and the dreamy rooms add to the hotel’s allure. Additionally, the hotel’s two highly rated restaurants are enticing; the swanky bistro Mister Parker’s offers French cuisine, and Norma’s serves breakfast all day (yes!) and features comfort food.
If you’re headed to Aspen, Colorado, stay at the Little Nell
I’ve eyed tickets to the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen for years! I’d love to attend this culinary event and stay at a local hotel where I can enjoy Aspen’s dining scene, and the five-star hotel Little Nell would be perfect. Even the basic guest rooms have a complimentary refreshment bar with drinks and snacks, as well as gas log fireplaces. Plus, there’s two on-site restaurants: Ajax Tavern, a casual eatery, and Element 47, a more sophisticated restaurant.
If you’re headed to Kapaa, Hawaii, stay at Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa Kauai by Outrigger
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I haven’t visited Hawaii in years, and Corey has never been. If we go to Kapaa, Hawaii, situated on Kauai Island, we would be in for a treat because it’s known for its gorgeous scenery. The Waipouli Beach Resort & Spa in Kauai offers condo-style rooms with kitchens, a spa and Oasis on the Beach, and an on-site restaurant with seafood and local fare. It’s also close to other dining destinations in the area.
If you’re headed to Santa Fe, New Mexico, stay at Inn of the Five Graces
Downtown Santa Fe offers Inn of the Five Graces, a rustic yet modern hotel with Asian-inspired decor. It’s intimate and luxurious, with only 22 suites on the property, and it’s within walking distance of nearly 100 dining options, including 315 Restaurant and Wine Bar, which is a stone’s throw away from Inn of the Five Graces. And don’t forget about breakfast; the Inn’s complimentary offerings include New Mexican dishes aside fruit, coffee, and local bread.
Where do you like to stay when you visit the West Coast?
Disclosure: I am a partner for the Hipmunk Hotels content program but as always, opinions expressed here are 100 percent my own.