Inspired by legendary endurance trips such as the Camino de Santiago, Auric Road presents a new collection of holiday experiences connected by a single common thread of adventure. The three boutique hotels mentioned below are known as “small” resorts, and show the importance of being present in the moment and creating a lasting connection to your destination. Each place invites you to participate in tours, events and activities on site that are unique to the landscape and history of your chosen stay. Intimacy is the key, and thanks to small operations and attentive staff, the story of Auric Road becomes yours to write. Whether you’ve deep inside the heart of western Montana’s wooded slopes or breathe a salty breeze on the California coast, follow Auric Road to get to the heart of what it means to travel honestly, boldly and openly.
Lone Mountain Ranch
Big Sky, Montana
The collection’s Lone Mountain Ranch, located in Big Sky, Montana, stretches over nearly 150 acres of woodland and field, with thirty log cabins scattered throughout. Your cabin stay comes complete with luxury amenities, a gourmet introduction to Horn & Cantle Restaurant’s special menu and easy access to Yellowstone National Park. Depending on the season, plan your visit around guided hikes, mountain bike expeditions, water sports and yoga classes. Or refrain from all planning and let the ranch take over; get inspired day by day and your customized itinerary begins to take shape.
Lone Mountain Ranch is an original farm dating back to 1915, before Big Sky or even Yellowstone became known as America’s leading leisure destinations. Hospitality is ingrained in Lone Mountain’s culture, as is true Montana spirit; take the time to get to know local staff as you are introduced to your temporary home. The ranch is part of Auric Road because it is a journey within a destination. You have not really arrived in Lone Mountain until you have experienced the country around it, and the resort aims to help you do that deeply and on purpose.
Palm Springs, California
Palm Springs ‘Korakia Pensione is similarly associated with a lasting and eclectic story that began as 1920s painter Gordon Coutts’ Moroccan refuge in the California desert. Korakia mixes Mediterranean and North African architecture and offers two sets of villas to choose from, all equipped with very modern comforts and open, naturally lit rooms. After a freshly prepared breakfast, mix your day with massages, unlimited use of cruiser bikes, two saltwater pools and a Moroccan tea hour to help you relax and reflect.
Korakia is designed so that you can move through space in peace and pay attention to the little things along the way. Small, thoughtful details transport you across the Atlantic as you immerse yourself in the desert climate. Enjoy a vibrant patio and gardens, especially at dusk, when the tiled paths are hand-lit by candles and outdoor movies remind you of bygone eras. In keeping with the Auric Road message, Korakia makes sure to stay captivated enough to let the outside world go. At the end of your stay, you will be delighted with the way the Retiree entices romance, mystery and attraction to lead you far beyond Palm Springs in the process.
Laguna Beach, California
A symbol of Spanish-Californian culture and life by the sea, Hotel Joaquin is a Laguna Beach classic despite first being renovated to its current state three years ago. The rooms are designed with modern European influences and emphasize the virtues of the hotel; the sun and the sea. Natural light flows through, brightening up each room and illuminating your ocean views. Wake up feeling fresh and head to Saline for a breakfast of innovative coastal dishes. The hotel restaurant also welcomes you for lunch, dinner and cocktails at any time. If the waves call to you, you can take advantage of the hotel’s return “Swimming in Symbols”, an ethereal two-day whale safari designed to see sea life from a creative and curious perspective. Your stay will be centered around inner discovery as you navigate the airy, elegant indoor and outdoor spaces. Clear your mind when you settle down and when you are ready, Hotel Joaquin will be there to accompany you on a newly discovered adventure.
Auric Road’s small hotel collection is an atlas that takes you to some of the country’s most famous destinations via the less traveled road. Holidays in style, comfort and luxury, but with the extra authenticity of local history, timeless walks in nature and individual interactions. Grow small, but think big, and open up to form your path along the way. There is always room to learn, change and grow, especially when choosing experience over expectation with one of Auric Road’s featured hotels and resorts.