The Architectural Tradition of America's Lodges and Ranches

Nothing exemplifies true American grit quite like the architectural styles of the Adirondacks, the Pacific Northwest and the Colorado Rockies.

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A National Historic Landmark, Camp Santanoni in Newcomb, N.Y., is one of the oldest Adirondack camps still in existence. Teddy Roosevelt was among the camp's original guests. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.)

Pine Tree Point was built on New York's Upper St. Regis Lake for railroad mogul Frederick William Vanderbilt (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.)

Japanese artisans commissioned by Frederick William Vanderbilt built the Tea Room at Pine Tree Point, which is the only pagoda in the Adirondacks. (Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.)

Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, N.Y., is a luxury resort with modern amenities and all the architectural characteristics of a storied past. The lodge has massive granite and fieldstone fireplaces, luxurious bedrooms and a peaceful and romantic atmosphere. (Photo courtesy of Whiteface Lodge.)

The Whiteface Lodge lobby is outfitted with Adirondack-style furniture and accessories that reflect the rustic and organic elements of the design. (Photo courtesy of Whiteface Lodge.)

Nestled in the North Georgia Mountains, Brasstown Valley Resort and Spa is one of the finest examples of Adirondack style south of the Mason-Dixon Line. (Photo courtesy of Brasstown Valley.)

Situated on 86 secluded acres, Central Vermont's Moose Meadow Lodge is a luxury log B&B that features a treehouse for overnight "glamping." (Photo by Carolyn L. Bates, courtesy of Moose Meadow Lodge .)

Designed by Rohleder Borges Architecture of Seattle, the Sunset Bluff House boasts generous overhangs on the west side that protect it from wind, sun and rain, and also frame spectacular views of the West Point Light, Bainbridge Island and Puget Sound. (Photo by Cindy Grabau.)

With its wide and open spaces, the Sunset Bluff House was designed to embrace the views of the surrounding natural landscape. (Photo by Cindy Grabau.)

Also designed by Rohleder Borges Architecture, the home dubbed the Island Guesthouse is a classic example of organic Northwest modern minimalism. Nestled against a rocky outcropping, this cabin is designed to respond to site conditions, views and the elements, creating an open yet intimate family retreat. (Photo by Cindy Grabau.)

Even the custom kitchen cabinetry at the Island Guesthouse contributes to sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean. (Photo by Cindy Grabau.)

Opposite the Island Guesthouse's kitchen is the open living room with its stacked stone fireplace. The sliding doors open on both sides of the room to provide incredible cross-sea breezes and bring a little of the outdoors in. (Photo by Cindy Grabau.)

Completed in 1927, the Ahwahnee Hotel was built in Yosemite National Forest to provide accommodations for the same type of clientele who were enjoying the great lodges in the Adirondacks. Its design is an amalgamation of many different influences, including art deco, Native American, Middle-Eastern and Arts and Crafts. Every year, the Ahwahnee welcomes thousands of skiers and hosts world-class food and wine events. (Photo courtesy of DNC Parks & Resorts at Yosemite, Inc.)

This lodge-style home in Loveland, Colo., has every modern convenience imaginable. (Photo courtesy of Zillow.)

Also located in Loveland, this sprawling one-of-a-kind Adirondack-style log home features hand-carved elements on both the exterior and interior. It was designed by architect Kathy Scott, and built by Pioneer Log Homes of British Columbia. (Photo courtesy of Zillow.)