INTERNATIONAL REPORT—If you live in a rural area, it is easy to walk outside and enjoy the night skies almost as they were 100 years ago. Yet for 99 percent of people in Europe and the United States, a clear view of the stars is a thing of the past.
So, if you really want to enjoy the full majesty of the universe aglow with the light of a thousand stars, you need to get out of town. Preferably to one of these luxury hotels with stargazing programs.
Castle Hill Inn, Rhode Island
Every summer, this four-star hotel makes the most of every sparking moment with weekly bonfires alongside the lake.
These events take place on summer Sundays right until the end of September. They start with s’mores and storytelling followed by a moonlit extravaganza above Narragansett Bay.
The show’s courtesy of Mother Nature but you will get some expert input from a local astronomer during your outing too.
During the daytime, you can keep yourself busy with hiking trails to the 34-foot tall lighthouse, spa treatments, and dining on delicious seafood dishes.
Prime Stargazing at Primland in Virginia
Primland claims to be one of the best hotels where you can stargaze on the U.S. East Coast. It’s also located at Meadows of Dan along the popular Crooked Road Music Trail.
The resort offers a host of onsite activities for outdoor and nature lovers. These include hiking, archery, horseback riding, and much more.
The main event is stargazing from the custom-built onsite observatory. Here you’ll find powerful Celestron Telescopes to ensure the ultimate viewing experience.
The resort’s remote location among the Blue Ridge Mountains ensures clear, dark skies perfect for celestial admirers.
Gateway Canyons Resort, Colorado
Another four-star treasure, the Gateway Canyons Resort specializes in offering bespoke experiences for its guests. These include outstanding stargazing opportunities.
Book the Ancient Astronomy experience and you will find yourself whisked away to three ancient Puebloan sites.
Here you will discover how they went about stargazing in days gone by and used it to guide their daily lives. Afterward, you will get to enjoy a gourmet dinner under the stars on the patio of the resort restaurant, Entrada.
Other activities at Gateway Canyons include hiking among these historic sites, exploring the onsite auto museum, and relaxing in the pools and hot tubs.
Ritz Carlton, Lake Tahoe
Head to California for a five-star stay as well as exceptional galactic displays during the summer. Although it is best known as a destination for skiers the hotel also offers special packages for those with heavenly aspirations.
These include access to a wide range of guided activities like hiking and mountain biking. You will also get private evening sessions with an astronomer to hand to offer stargazing tips and advice.
Discover Unique Stays Around the World
All over the world, resorts and hotels are striving to come up with unique activities to lure adventurous travelers. Stargazing opportunities are just one of the latest trends among hotels aiming to bring exceptional experiences to their guests.