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written by | Posted on June 1st, 2011

Contact: (866) 359-7757; arialasvegas.com

the westin riverfront resort & spa at beaver creek mountain Ok, maybe newlyweds would rather start their life together at a slower pace than within the high energy that can be found in Vegas, and for that we offer up Colorado’s The Westin Riverfront Resort & Spa at Beaver Creek Mountain, located in the heart of Vail Valley. This is a great place to send your ski aficionados, with Beaver Creek’s amazing ski and snowboarding terrain, and activities such as snowshoeing, ice-skating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and sleigh rides—it’s a picture-perfect winter scene. But for those clients who want to have a June wedding, this is also a great option as summertime pursuits include kayaking, whitewater rafting, golfing, hiking, hot air balloon rides and horseback riding. After a day out and about, they can relax at Spa Anjali, which offers a menu of treatments focusing on healing mountain traditions. The location itself is spectacular on the banks of Eagle River, with the mountain as a backdrop. Couples will want to delve into this natural beauty, but the 230 guest residences themselves—ranging from studio suites to 3-bedroom condos—offer a comfortable place for them to get even more acquainted, with contemporary mountain modern decor and expansive windows. They can even whip up their own dinner in the full custom kitchen and enjoy it in front of the gas fireplace. Or, they can reserve for two at Restaurant Avondale, serving West Coast-inspired seasonal menu, as they take in the mountain and river setting. And a must for honeymooners is a dip in one of the three riverside hot tubs. Rates in July start at $219 per night.

Contact: (800) 937-8461; westinriverfrontbeavercreek.com

the ranch at rock creek Mountains are also the setting at The Ranch at Rock Creek, in the rugged Montana ranchland southeast of Missoula. Located on 10 sq. miles of lush hay meadows and rolling foothills, and set off by distant snow-capped peaks, this is a guest ranch that brings together wide open spaces and upscale amenities. Here, couples will have more than ample opportunity to let their souls intertwine as they delve into a classic ranch experience far from the clamor of their daily life. The ranch features a multitude of houses, lodges and cabins, but we’d like to recommend one of the eight Luxury Canvas Cabins, located yards from Rock Creek and individually furnished in a rustic camp style, with canvas walls and wood framing, grand log beds and gas fireplaces. Private baths, each associated with a specific canvas cabin, are located at the end of a short walkway, and connected to the walkway and overlooking the river is each cabin’s screened-in deck. This is the optimum place for a private getaway. Here it’s all about embracing the great outdoors, with horseback riding, wildlife watching, mountain biking, rafting, photo safaris, or exploring Western ghost towns, historical sites, and the town of Philipsburg, with its sloping Main Street and unique architecture. Back at the ranch, couples will delight in The Granite Lodge and Dining, which sits on a small ridge just west of the creek and home base for ranch guests with the great room, dining room, Silver Dollar Saloon, bowling alley, and other facilities. One of the most unique amenities and one honeymooners will love, is the ranch’s new napping program, which allows them to doze in a secluded riverside or mountainous setting, complete with pre-strung hammocks, pillows, blankets and the couple’s favorite refreshments and snacks.

Rates for the Classic Canvas Cabins start at $925 pp per night, including food, beverage and activities.

Contact: (888) 757-2624; theranchatrockcreek.com

travaasa austin Hip newlyweds know that Austin has one of the country’s coolest music scenes, and if you’re hip, you’re going to want to hang out at one of the city’s newest digs: Travaasa Austin, a new hotel brand that’s offering a unique take on a hotel stay. Travaasa, the brand, offers a variety of customizable programming focused on five pillars: adventure, culinary, culture, fitness and spa. Guests design their personal schedule of experiences, choosing from a range of activities in each of these pillars. Additionally, each programming is tailored to the local flavor and culture. At the Travaasa Austin, for example, the spa offers a series of signature massages inspired by the music of Austin and Texas-influenced musicians such as Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin. For fitness aficionados, there are unique workouts that tie into the city’s rich culture, such as a core and thigh routine that incorporates a mechanical bull. Other programming includes cowboy poetry and storytelling at the fire pit, and Texas-fusion cuisine, such as the signature chocolate pepper cake, as well as cooking demonstrations—each offering a chance for couples to find out each other’s likes and dislikes. The property, actually located 30 minutes from Austin in Hill Country overlooking Lake Travis, boasts 70 guestrooms tucked into a low-key campus-style layout and features horse stables, a challenge course, a fitness and yoga studio, a dining area with exhibition kitchen and an 11-room spa.