|Potosi Hot Springs Resort, Pony Montana
This intimate resort enjoys rare repute as a haven for aesthetes and naturalists alike, combining luxury services (think gourmet organic meals) with a woodsy setting (Beaverhead-Deerlodge National Forest). During the day, hike to valley overlooks, explore old mining roads on horseback, or go fly-fishing in Montana’s most renowned rivers, then return to Potosi’s wood fired Finnish sauna and spa therapy sessions. Sink into the 103º mineral waters of granite-rock pool surrounded by ridgepole pines and wildflowers (or pure white snow, depending on the season). This may be nature, but it’s definitely not camping. The four creekside cabins are furnished so comfortably that you may never venture to the main lodge for dinner. Fortunately, dinners are delivered to your cabin.
Couples Activity: For variety drive 90 minutes south on U.S./State 287 to Virginia City, one of the best preserved Gold Rush towns in the West. Explore the streets on foot or take a stagecoach tour (departing from Wells Fargo Coffee House); either way, be sure to stop into Cousin’s Candy Shop (217 W. Wallace St.) To share a box of chocolates with your sweetie.
The Details: From $200. 1 S. Willow Creek Rd.; www.potosiresort.com or (888)685-1695.
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