Cranwell Resort, Massachusetts

Built in 1866 during America’s Gilded Age, the Cranwell resort has a long history in the hospitality industry and over the years has been host to Harriet Beecher Stowe, Oliver Wendell Holmes, the Vanderbilts and President William McKinley.

Built during this highly opulent period, the Tudor-style Wyndhurst Mansion encapsulated the era’s vision of rural splendor. The Wyndhurst would eventually become the Cranwell Resort , boasting elegant interiors including the richly decorated Great Hall with dark, wood paneling and French tapestries, is the centerpiece of the 380-acre estate with its extraordinary views of the Berkshires.

A championship 18-hole golf course surrounds the structure. The resort is comprised of the mansion, four unique guestroom dwellings, cottages suites and townhouses. The estate’s overall beauty becomes less surprising once its pedigree is revealed: The landscape was designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted—the same man responsible for Central Park. A 35,000-square-foot full-service spa, an expansive fitness center and three on-site restaurants reinforce the epic distinctions of Cranwell Resort, Spa and Golf Club.

Jody Victor