The Best U.S. Hotels for Runners
These spots are so close to scenic routes, it's easy to hit the ground running.
Even the nicest hotel gym is no match for working out while you take in the sights. But the upside of running when you’re on the road—a change of scenery—can also be a hurdle. How do you know where to go? And what if the loop that looked so great on Google Maps actually cuts through a construction zone or is covered in brambles?
These seven hotels are all so close to scenic running routes, you can be warming up with the locals before your GPS gets its location. Plus, each property offers running-specific perks that make squeezing in a speed session or long, slow distance almost painless.
The Allison Inn & Spa Newberg, Oregon
Ask the front desk for a business card–size list of running loops originating from this luxury resort, located on 35 hillside acres in the Willamette Valley, home of the Oregon Wine Country Half Marathon. Didn't pack your mini foam roller? Book an arnica-based Joint and Muscle Rescue massage or sign up for Sunday-morning yoga in the Meadow Garden.
Hotel Saint Cecilia Austin, Texas
Staying half a mile from Ladybird Lake means you have easy access to the ten mostly unpaved miles of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail that surround the Colorado River reservoir. Other ways to work up a sweat: swim laps in this secluded property’s 50-foot pool, borrow a Papillionaire bike, or take a steamy shower (but first raid the spa minibar stocked with products from Santa Maria Novella, a 17th-century Italian pharmacy).
The Charles Hotel Cambridge, Massachusetts
It’s no wonder runners like this luxe Harvard Square property: Guests are given a running map with multiple route options and training tips from four-time Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers. You’ll also get complimentary access to the Wellbridge Athletic Club, which has a rooftop lap pool, steam room, and hour-long group runs on Tuesday mornings.
Ink48 New York City
So you listened to all your podcasts on the plane and your Spotify playlist is getting stale. Ink48 lends out preloaded iPod Shuffles, as well as heart rate monitors and hydration belts. And the Hell’s Kitchen hotel is a block from the 550-acre Hudson River Park—and just half a block from bread guru Jim Lahey’s Sullivan Street Bakery, where you can refuel with a soft-cooked-egg sandwich.
Mission Point Resort Mackinac Island, Michigan
Though it covers just under four square miles, Mackinac Island has more than 70 miles of trails. Your best bet is the nearby state “highway”—the only one in the nation cars can’t drive on—encircling the island, which takes you past Lake Huron, wildflowers, and the Mackinac Bridge. Post-run, squeeze in strength training on the expansive Great Lawn overlooking the lake.
Fairmont San Francisco San Francisco, California
Located atop one of San Francisco’s steepest crests, this 109-year-old hotel promises killer hill repeats and is just a mile from the Ferry Building Marketplace. Caffeinate there with a single-origin espresso from Blue Bottle Coffee, then run along the San Francisco Bay to Fort Mason, a former army post with panoramas of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and Angel Island.
Park Hyatt Chicago Chicago, Illinois
One of the most popular places to run in the Windy City is along the 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail—which is just steps away from this posh downtown hotel. But if you're not sure whether to head north or south as you run along Lake Michigan, hotel manager Anderson Foote is here to help. Foote organizes weekly group runs for guests, which range from three to seven miles depending on the group’s pace. Refuel with a healthy brunch at the property's secluded seventh floor rooftop restaurant, NoMI Garden.