Rusty Parrot Lodge and Spa, Jackson, Wyoming $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
When owner Ron Harrison vacationed in Jackson in the '80s, he lamented the lack of high-end lodges. So in 1990, he built one: an intimate 31-room property near the town square that gives the easy feeling of staying at a (very well-off) friend's home. You'll find fellow guests with their feet up next to the fireplace in the lobby, and wood-burning hearths and hot tubs in many of the rooms. Staffers tend to call guests by their first names. Executive chef Rick Sordahl, who heads the lodge's open-kitchen restaurant, Wild Sage, steps away from the stove to visit with diners and lays out freshly baked cookies for returning skiers in the afternoons. The Parrot has an exceptionally high rate of returning guests ("Hi, Bob!"). And in a town that's chockablock with spas, the three-room, unpretentious Body Sage gets super high marks from in-the-know locals.