Amazing Hotels & Dining Extraordinaire
Whether it's an elegant Premiere Inn set in a former royal château or a welcoming Casual Inn renowned for its unmatched mountain views or a serene lakeside campground with a private beach for swimming, our team of trip designers and Trip Experts makes sure you stay at the ideal places to experience the best of each region.
Blending gracious hospitality and authentic regional flair, our Premiere Inns are members of distinguished alliances such as Relais & Châteaux and Small Luxury Hotels (SLH) of the World, and have earned praise from the likes of Andrew Harper's Hideaway Report and other discerning critics. Backroads stays at more lodgings acclaimed by these respected sources than any other active travel company. From luxurious Heure Bleue Palais in Essaouira, with its traditional Moroccan courtyard garden framed by date palm and banana trees, to Hostellerie de Plaisance, a beautifully renovated former monastery in Saint-Émilion with wonderful views of the Bordeaux vineyards—these are places you'll want to savor.
Premiere Inn Trips naturally include great culinary experiences. At L'Auberge de l'Ill in Alsace, discover the fine French cuisine honored with three prestigious Michelin stars since 1967. Or follow those stars to California's wine country, where Sonoma Mission Inn's Santé restaurant "is worth a special trip just to eat here," according to Condé Nast Traveler.
While our Casual Inns are by definition comfortably informal, they meet a rigorous set of criteria from the demanding Backroads team. After exploring by bike or on foot, they're the perfect places to relax and absorb the spirit of a region—whether that means a lodge with glacier views in Alaska or a 16th-century Tuscan villa set among the Chianti vineyards. Each is in tune with its environment and ideally positioned for the famous Backroads sense of journey.
Casual Inn Trips offer the same authentic cuisine in a less formal style. In the Cinque Terre and Tuscany, revel in every delicious moment at the table where savory risottos, aromatic pesto and melt-in-your-mouth bruschetta are sure to tempt you. Or sit down to a meal of delicious regional specialties at the stately 17th-century Hacienda Cusin in Ecuador. A great meal after your active day—it's an essential Backroads ingredient.
Whether you're a first-time camper or an old pro, our Deluxe Camping Trips immerse you in North America's natural best. At the end of a great day, imagine arriving at a camp set amid peaceful woods, rushing rivers or magnificent mountains—many overlooking the finest national parks in the U.S. and Canada. We handle all camp chores. You just sit back, connect with nature and enjoy your awesome travel companions. Choose from family or singles-solos camping trips.
Prepared in Dutch ovens on hot coals, breakfast and dinner are classic Backroads gourmet camp meals. Wake to the aroma of brewing coffee, freshly baked herb frittata and pecan coffee cake. For dinner? Maybe homemade lasagna, barbecued salmon or pad Thai noodles. Veggies like corn on the cob and green salads accompany every dinner, while fresh fruit is served in the morning. How about summer fruit crumble or chocolate decadence with raspberry glaze for dessert—you've earned it!