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Smith Fork Ranch, Crawford, Colorado

Smith Fork, surrounded by more than a million acres of national forest and wilderness, is located roughly midway between Aspen and Telluride. Outside, mountain adventures include horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, archery, biking and rafting—all tailored to experience level by an expert guide. Inside, the culinary program features gourmet farm-to-table cuisine from executive chef Seth Bateman and an award-winning wine cellar. Produce is picked fresh from the organic farmstead garden and nearby farms and lunches come in the form of a prepared picnic basket to enjoy at any one of the secluded spots on the property. Husband-and-wife owners Marley and Linda Hodgson adorned rooms with item from their collection of American primitive antiques, furniture from local craftsman and works from nearby artisans. Three-night all-inclusive stay (including meals and guided excursions) starts at $1,425 a person (May to October); 45362 Needle Rock Rd.; 970-921-3454; smithforkranch.com.

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