Photo courtesy of Yellowstone National Park Lodges/Xanterra
Lake Yellowstone Hotel
Yellowstone’s Grand Lady of the Lake bears no resemblance to the rustic "parkitecture" lodges that are iconic to so many national parks in the West. With its colonial revival flourishes, massive Ionic columns, sunny yellow clapboard exterior, and dark wood accents inside, this genteel lakeside hotel—built in 1891—would be equally at home in Cambridge. A recent $28 million renovation upgraded the main-building rooms (there are also 110 cabins that are more budget-friendly) and the public spaces, including the light-filled dining room, bar, and sunroom with its floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Yellowstone Lake. And for those who need to connect to more than just nature, the hotel has the park’s only wired internet service.