Hidden Gems

Travel Inspiration

September 30, 2020


With many Direct Travelers looking for vacations close to home this year; we asked our team of expert travel advisors across the country for their Hidden Gem Hotels and Resorts and they delivered!  Here are a few of the properties they recommended. Many of the hotels have promotional packages in place so be sure to contact your Direct Travel Advisor for more information.  




The Oasis at Death Valley

Just off California State Route 190 in Death Valley National Park, this laid-back, ranch-style resort is next to the National Park Service Visitor Center and 5 miles from Zabriskie Point. The casual rooms and rustic cabins have en suite bathrooms, plus patios or balconies with desert, mountain or garden views. There's an 18-hole golf course, as well as an outdoor spring-fed pool, a sauna, a gym and tennis courts.


La Valencia Hotel

Set across a pink, 1926 Spanish-style building and its adjacent annexes, this old-world, oceanfront hotel is a 4-minute walk from La Jolla Cove Beach. Amenities include a bistro with a terrace and original 1940s hand-painted murals, a tapas bar with live music, an ocean-view pool and hot tub, and a fitness center.




The Lodge at Cougar Ridge

Cougar Ridge is a luxury ranch resort that offers a wide assortment of amenities and activities, ranging from hands-on private classes to guided adventures, world-class hunting and fishing, and beautiful stables with a riding arena. On-site, guests can also enjoy bowling, horseshoes, an indoor simulator, and more. After a day full of outdoor adventures, relax in your gorgeous Casita or the stunning Lodge, or take a stroll around the property and visit with their resident animals.


Capitol Reef Resort

Located at the doorstep of Capitol Reef National Park, Capitol Reef Resort offers an abundance of lodging options sure to satisfy. From guestrooms and luxury cabins to Conestoga wagons and teepees; guests will find a unique and comfortable destination, along with fine amenities, to recharge for your next adventure.




Sagamore Pendry Baltimore

Poised in the storied 1914 property on Baltimore’s historic Recreation Pier – “Rec Pier” as it’s known to locals – Sagamore Pendry Baltimore embodies the city’s rich history, vibrant personality and idyllic harbor setting with character, inspiration and style. Rooted in tradition but reimagined, the pier’s extensive renovation has honored the historic essence of the property and restored it to its former glory, reflecting a bygone era, impeccable service, unparalleled quality and travel that inspires, but with a modern-day sensibility and aesthetic that speaks to today’s guest.




Little Palm Island and Spa

Located off the fabled Florida Keys coastline, on a lush, private island dotted with crushed seashell paths amid verdant tropical foliage and exotic wildlife, rests Little Palm Island Resort & Spa – a destination like no other. Thoughtful amenities, including an indoor/outdoor spa deliver exotic charm reminiscent of a Balinese hideaway. World-class cuisine is served in our dining room, surrounded by the natural beauty of our tropical island. Escape the ordinary and delight in exceptional luxury.




Bedford Springs

Located in South Pennsylvania’s scenic Cumberland Valley, the award-winning Omni Bedford Springs Resort is the ideal destination for you to reconnect with friends and family. From their world-class Springs Eternal Spa to their magnificently restored golf course and relaxing indoor and outdoor pools, the resort provides a luxurious experience. They're home to spacious guest rooms, delectable dining venues and cutting-edge conference rooms — preserving all their original historic charm with the addition of modern comforts.



For more information, contact your Direct Travel Advisor.


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