4 hotels in the Western U.S. bucking the standard

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Hotel Destinations in the Western U.S.
Hotel Destinations in the Western U.S.

These hotels throughout the Western have outstandingt amenities—saltwater soaking pools, lavender fields, a Lexus fleet, even a ghost—that will make any trip memorable. 

Californian summers may call to mind stretches of sand and palm trees, but these 4 hotels prove that the western U.S. has way more to offer than standard beach crashpads and stuffy Hollywood hotels.

Treebones Resort in Big Sur, California

Treebones resorts
Treebones resorts

Stay in a yurt or an open-air wooden nest, looking out over the Pacific, at this eco-resort. Employees live on-site and the restaurant‘s food scraps are feed to the resort’s chickens or used as compost for the organic garden, which provides nearly all of the produce for meals. It’s off-the-grid glamping (you’ll have a queen-sized bed in the yurt, but you’ll need to walk three minutes to the restroom/shower), but it still feels a little indulgent thanks to the heated pool, amazing views, yoga workshops, and stargazing on your private deck.

The Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon

The Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon
The Kennedy School in Portland, Oregon

Once an elementary school that fell into disrepair, it now has 57 rooms—some with cool details like an original chalkboard or a blurb about a standout former student—an outdoor saltwater soaking pool, a brewery, restaurant, movie theater, and bar (it’s in the old principal’s office, of course).

The Mansion at Casa Madrona in Sausalito, California

The Mansion at Casa Madrona in Sausalito, California
The Mansion at Casa Madrona in Sausalito, California

This 1885 historic Victorian mansion has 11 newly rooms with a clean, simple aesthetic, all with Instagram-ready views of the San Francisco skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, and Richardson Bay. True ballers can stay in the mansion’s 5,000-square-foot Alexandrite suite, which comes with a private chef and a personal trainer, and a wine fridge stocked with local bottles; the hotel can arrange a sunset sail or sailing lessons in the Bay.

Sou’Wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington

Sou'Wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington
Sou’Wester Lodge in Seaview, Washington

Skip the traditional lodge and rent one of the dozen vintage trailers—most are outfitted with a full-size bed, kitchen, full bathroom, and a record player. There’s even an on-site vintage store (yep, also in a trailer) open on weekends.