A Resort of One’s Own: Best Hotels to Buy Out

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Despite the challenges of travel today, Andrew Harper members still have a wealth of opportunities. A significant number of our recommended hotels are currently available for exclusive buyouts, enabling extended families or small groups of friends to vacation together in security and seclusion. A buyout gives guests a blank slate on which to create a bespoke experience. Here are 15 Harper properties that would provide perfect refuges from the world.

The Baker House 1650, New York

The Baker House 1650 in Long Island, New York
The Baker House 1650 in Long Island, New York - Chris Foster

This romantic bed-and-breakfast is set within a beautiful Elizabethan-style building in East Hampton. Grand public rooms distinguish this property from others on the East End. There are five distinctively appointed guest rooms in the Main House and an adjacent Carriage House with two suites. When booked for exclusive use, guests of all ages are welcome. Currently, common areas are being cleaned hourly using UV sanitizing wands. The swimming pool and spa are open, but appointments for treatments are limited. As the property does not have a restaurant, delivery service from nearby eateries can be arranged.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 26 guests: $10,400 (breakfast included; minimum stay on weekends).

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The Broadmoor Cloud Camp, Colorado

Located atop Cheyenne Mountain just 35 minutes from the main Broadmoor hotel, this self-contained hideaway is an ideal escape for larger groups. The 22 guest rooms come with Western décor, while the common areas have deep leather couches, grand stone fireplaces and colorful Navajo-inspired rugs that invite relaxation after a day spent enjoying outdoor pursuits, such as archery, hiking, bird watching and disc golf. Strict cleaning measures are being carried out. Four-course dinners continue to be accompanied by the camp’s signature nightly changing “surprise” platter. The hot tub remains open. Note that transportation to the lodge is only available in a hotel-owned vehicle driven by a hotel employee (private cars do not have access).

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 61 guests: $24,700 (all meals, house wines and spirits, and activities included).

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Dunton River Camp, Colorado

This riverside tented camp (open only in summer), sits on a former cattle ranch dating from the late 1800s. Eight 640-square-foot safari-style tents exhibit a stylish rustic décor with pine-framed king beds, cowhide rugs and gas stoves. At this time, check-in and checkout will be completed in the open air. All meals are served in a restored 19th-century farmhouse, which includes a dining room, a guest salon and a wraparound deck. Beverage delivery can be arranged. Guided hiking, mountain biking, fly-fishing and horseback-riding excursions are all still available.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 16 guests: $15,000 (all meals and house wines and spirits included; minimum stay may apply)

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Firehole Ranch, Montana

Mountain View at Firehole Ranch in West Yellowstone, Montana
Mountain View at Firehole Ranch in West Yellowstone, Montana - Bill Bachman

Set near the west entrance of Yellowstone National Park, this historic lakeside property comprising 11 Western cabins is renowned for its world-class fly-fishing program. The remote location of the lodge, paired with heightened cleaning measures, helps to promote safety. The temperatures of both guides and guests are taken each morning, and masks are required in all vehicles. In addition to fly-fishing excursions, outdoor activities on the ranch include hiking, biking, canoeing and horseback riding.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 22 guests: $16,333 (all meals and activities included; three-night minimum stay required).

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The Francis House, California

The Francis House in Calistoga, California
The Francis House in Calistoga, California - Michael Hospelt Photography

This hospitable family-owned hotel, highlighted by a French-inspired décor, is housed within a landmark manor in Calistoga. Its original features have been maintained, including a mansard roof, walls of locally quarried stone and arched windows and doors. The seven uniquely appointed guest rooms will now have a six-hour resting period between guest stays to maximize safety and to allow time for even more thorough cleaning. The swimming pool is open, a new tennis court has been built, and breakfast will now be served outdoors on a lovely garden patio.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 14 guests: $4,050 (breakfast included; minimum stay required on weekends).

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Greyfield Inn, Georgia

Greyfield Inn in Cumberland, Georgia
Greyfield Inn in Cumberland, Georgia - Peter Frank Edwards

Once the retreat of the Carnegie family, this stately property, surrounded by expanses of green lawn and moss-draped oaks on Cumberland Island, is reached only by private ferry; cars are not permitted on the island. As the inn lacks televisions and in-room phones, it promotes complete relaxation and is an ideal retreat for a larger group. Naturalist-led activities offered include walks along the island’s pristine 18-mile beach, fishing excursions and birding tours. For exclusive buyouts guests of all ages are welcome.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 15 guests: $28,700 (all meals included; two-night minimum stay required).

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Henry’s Fork Lodge, Idaho

Scenic view at Henry's Fork Lodge, Idaho
Scenic view at Henry's Fork Lodge, Idaho - Henry's Fork Lodge

Located just 45 minutes from Yellowstone National Park, this fly-fishing retreat overlooking the legendary Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, hosts a maximum of 28 guests. A modern cathedral-beamed lounge, a cozy den, a paneled restaurant serving locally sourced produce and meats, and a rocker-lined porch complement 14 water-view accommodations. Although the blue ribbon fly-fishing streams are the primary reason for a stay, hiking and biking trails and exceptional birding provide recreation for non-anglers. During this time, the temperatures of all staff members are taken every morning.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 28 guests: $11,400 (all meals included; minimum stay may apply).

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The Inn at Abeja, Washington

Nestled within verdant grounds in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, this inn and winery lies 4 miles east of Walla Walla, near the southeast border with Oregon. Many of the property’s four cottages and three suites come with gas fireplaces, kitchenettes and private patios (all ages are welcome for a buyout). Breakfast is being served on the outdoor garden patio. For hotel guests, a private chef or outside caterer can be arranged at an extra cost. Public seating areas in the winery have been rearranged and wine orders are now picked up curbside.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 20 guests: $9,940 (breakfast and wine tasting included; two-night minimum stay required).

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JUST Inn, California

The Restaurant at JUST Inn in Paso Robles, California
The Restaurant at JUST Inn in Paso Robles, California - TWP

A half-hour drive from downtown Paso Robles, this charming vineyard hotel comprises three luxurious suites and one country townhouse apartment located on the estate’s working winery. Heightened and more frequent cleaning measures are being undertaken, and staff wellness checks are mandatory at the start of each day. For the time being, the estate’s restaurant is open only from Thursday to Sunday, and outdoor service is being prioritized. A shuttle service to the downtown tasting room is complimentary.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 12 guests: $2,500 (two-night minimum stay required on weekends).

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The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island, Georgia

Hunting Lodge at Little St. Simons Island, Georgia
Hunting Lodge at Little St. Simons Island, Georgia - Little St. Simons Island

This serene retreat offers guests limitless recreational possibilities on a virtually unspoiled 11,000-acre private barrier island. The hotel has implemented new safety procedures that include daily staff temperature checks and increased frequency of cleaning. For exclusive buyouts, children of all ages are welcome. The 16 rustic but comfortable wood-paneled rooms are housed within an original hunting lodge and several outlying cottages. Kayaks are available for rent and naturalist-led excursions, such as bird-watching walks and fishing, can be arranged. Housekeeping services are available upon request.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 32 guests: $6,960 (all meals, activities and boat transfers included; two-night minimum stay required).

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The Pitcher Inn, Vermont

The Pitcher Inn in Warren, Vermont
The Pitcher Inn in Warren, Vermont - The Pitcher Inn

Set beside a rushing stream and comprising just 11 guest accommodations, this charming country inn one hour southeast of Burlington is a wonderful place to hide away. Well-organized adventures are available year-round. Currently, dining in Tracks restaurant has been temporarily suspended, but chef Jacob Ennis and his team are offering outdoor dining and dinners to go. Housekeeping services are occurring less often to minimize contact, and the management is allowing maximum time between guest stays. The game room is open and horseback riding, canoeing and biking can all be arranged.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 32 guests: $5,200 (minimum stay may apply).

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Poetry Inn, California

Room at Poetry Inn in Napa, California
Room at Poetry Inn in Napa, California - Jason Tinacci

Perched high above the Napa Valley and set amid Cliff Lede Vineyards, this romantic inn is truly a private world. The five luxurious guest rooms are complemented by consistently hospitable service and refined creature comforts. This is typically an adults-only property, but guests of all ages are permitted when the inn is booked in its entirety. The swimming pool has reopened, but at the time of writing, the hot tub is closed due to county restrictions. Rooms are left to rest for two days between guests stays. Restaurants in the area do not usually deliver but takeout is available; alternatively a private chef can be hired. The inn has close ties to private wineries in the valley and can arrange exclusive tastings for guests.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 10 guests: $7,950 (breakfast and tasting at Cliff Lede Vineyards included; two-night minimum stay required; higher rates on weekends).

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The Point, New York

Scenic view at The Point in Saranac Lake, New York
Scenic view at The Point in Saranac Lake, New York - The Point

This serene 11-room property enjoys an exquisite natural setting ideally suited for groups of family or friends to isolate in luxury. The year-round water and wilderness activities are boundless. The Point has always encouraged “unplugging,” so rooms lack televisions. For exclusive buyouts, guests of all ages are welcome. Customized agendas are meticulously orchestrated prior to arrival. Currently, all staff have their temperature checked daily, and each room is outfitted with enhanced (MERV 13-rated) air-conditioner filters.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 25 guests: $37,980 (all meals, wines and spirits, and activities included; two-night minimum stay required).

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Scarp Ridge Lodge, Colorado

Marcellina Room at Scarp Ridge Lodge in Crested Butte, Colorado
Marcellina Room at Scarp Ridge Lodge in Crested Butte, Colorado - Eleven Experience

The tranquility of this atmospheric lodge derives as much from the hospitable staff as it does from the cozy accommodations. Breakfast is served outdoors (weather permitting), and a private chef can be hired to prepare made-to-order lunches and dinners; as the lodge is located downtown, guests can dine at any one of the nearby restaurants. The hot tub and swimming pool are open, and guests will appreciate the in-room oxygen systems that help mitigate the effects of the high altitude. The frequency of cleaning in common areas has been increased and infrared thermometers, masks and gloves are available.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 18 guests: $4,250 (breakfast, house beverages and round-trip airport transfers to Gunnison included; two-night minimum stay required).

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Whale Cove Inn, Oregon

Balcony View from the Whale Cove Inn, Oregon
Balcony View from the Whale Cove Inn, Oregon - Whale Cove Inn

This waterfront hotel near Depoe Bay overlooks a lovely cove rimmed by weathered cliffs. The inn is designed as a couple’s retreat, and the owners are firm on their policy that guests under the age of 17 are not permitted, even when the property is booked exclusively. The inn provides a sumptuous breakfast buffet, and the on-site restaurant helmed by chef Justin Wills serves exceptional seasonally inspired cuisine. Employee wellness checks are made daily.

Exclusive buyout for a maximum of 20 guests: $4,500 (all meals included; two-night minimum stay required).

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Call the Andrew Harper Travel Office at (800) 375-4685 to book your next vacation. Hotels are reopening, but their policies are inconsistent. Your advisor can explain which services and amenities may or may not be available and help plan accordingly.

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