National Sports Day is coming up on August 29 and in the spirit of sports, we've rounded up some of the best hotels for sports lovers, from The Official Hotel of the Boston Red Sox, Hotel Commonwealth, to Quail Lodge & Golf Club, where guests can play like the pros at the hotel’s world-class golf course.
These luxury hotels are perfect for super fans as well as active types who want to harness their competitive spirit and stay fit on vacation.
Stay & Play in the Major Leagues – Best Hotels for Super Fans of MLB/NFL/NBA
Hotel Commonwealth I Boston, MA
As the Official Hotel of the Boston Red Sox and steps from iconic Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth offers sports fans a true Boston experience immersed in local flavor. Guests can book the Fenway Park Suite, curated in partnership with the Boston Red Sox, offering a spacious walk-out balcony overlooking the beloved ballpark with original Fenway Park seats, collectables including an original scoreboard, and the signatures of numerous Red Sox legends. Drawing from America’s favorite pastime, the Baseball Suite is replete with classic baseball memorabilia, an impressive collection of trading cards, and a DVD library with more than 40 classic baseball films that guests can enjoy watching on a 50” Flatpanel Smart TV. Hotel Commonwealth offers a variety of exclusive Red Sox game packages, here, including the new “Family of Fans” experience. Guests can score tickets to some of the best seats in the ballpark, accommodations overlooking Fenway, a personalized message on the scoreboard during the game, a signed baseball from a Red Sox Legend, and much more. With 38 championships across the four major sports leagues and a dedicated following, there is a reason why Boston is known as one of the greatest sports cities in America.
The Hermitage Hotel | Nashville, TN
Set in the heart of Downtown Nashville, The Hermitage Hotel is the city’s original million-dollar property, home to a rich history deeply rooted in the spirit of the region. A National Historic Landmark, the storied hotel has recently completed a top-to-bottom redesign and restoration while unveiling a suite of new guest experiences. Guests of The Hermitage Hotel can enjoy a new, VIP spectator experience at Nashville’s football and entertainment stadium. The hotel’s Suite Stay & Play package includes access to an exclusive box on the stadium’s 40-yard line, inclusive of Food & Beverage, along with a menu of pre- and post-game enhancements, from in-room “tailgate” refreshments to VIP transportation. Guests will have the option to book individual tickets to upcoming concerts, football games, and other sporting events or can buy out the entire 18-seat box for complete privacy. Pricing for the box buy-out begins at $45,000. Guests can book through the front desk or can call The Hermitage Hotel at (615) 244-3121 to inquire about pricing and booking information.go Titans!
The Peninsula New York | New York, NY
The Peninsula New York has just launched an over-the-top U.S. Open VIP package, priced at $500,000, and guaranteed to be the experience of a lifetime for a very special tennis enthusiast. The ultra-luxe urban hotel will offer two courtside seat tickets to the games at Arthur Ashe Stadium (Full Series), autographed memorabilia from a US Open Champion, an exclusive cocktail reception with a US Open tennis player, daily breakfast, transportation to and from the matches, and a stay in the notable Penisula Suite from August 25 - September 11. Just steps from Central Park along the cultural nexus of Fifth Avenue, this package is ideal for the most discerning traveler. For bookings, please contact the Reservations Team at +1 (800) 262 9467 or via email at ReservationPNY@peninsula.com.
Game Day at Commodore Perry Estate, Auberge Resorts Collection | Austin, TX
Minutes down the road from Darrell K Royal with the sounds of the stadium within earshot, Commodore Perry Estate is here to be your homebase before and after The Longhorns play all football season long. Kick off the festivities every Friday on home game weekends with visiting designer pop-up shops, interactive wine tasting events and guest bartending talent from local favorites and beyond, with musical performances from local Austin musicians. Wake up and gather with friends and family on game day for the resort’s delicious Saturday brunch at the Mansion, complete with lawn games and pre-game drink specials, such as mimosa bars, shaken carajillos, local beer buckets and more. For away games, the estate’s Living Room becomes an extension of your living room, with TV’s showing the game paired with Estate cocktails and snacks.
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Quail Lodge & Golf Club | Carmel Valley, CA
Set in stunning Carmel Valley adjacent to the serene Carmel River, Quail Lodge & Golf Club is one of most celebrated and beloved courses on the Monterey Peninsula and has been awarded “Best Playing Conditions” annually for all of Central California. Known for its playability, pristine conditions and beautifully manicured greens, the 6,500 yard, par 71 golf course was originally designed by Robert Muir Graves in 1964 and refined in 2015 by Principle Designer Todd Eckenrode – Origins Golf Design. With strategically placed lakes, flowing typography, and sunny meadows, golfers will find a wide range within this course offering the ideal amount of challenge. Quail Lodge also offers a dynamic Golf Academy led by Katherine Marren, PGA Director of Instruction, that provides a variety of learning experiences for golfers of all ages and abilities. A Stay and Play Package is available, providing discounted golf rates exclusively for overnight hotel guests.
La Quinta Resort & Club I La Quinta, CA
Sports enthusiasts can play like the pros at La Quinta Resort & Club, which offers five world-class, award-winning golf courses, and championship-caliber tennis. With a “Stay & Play” package that allows golfers to experience the game at a whole new level by playing one round of golf for each night of stay, La Quinta Resort is a leader in the Palm Springs region’s desert golf community. For tennis fans, resort guests can reserve one of the resort’s 21 tennis courts (16 hard surface, 5 clay) as well as lessons with a certified USPTA-certified tennis professionals. For those just getting started with tennis, La Quinta Resort also offers 8 pickleball courts for a more casual day of play.
Mauna Kea Resort | Kohala Coast, Hawaii (pictured)
The stunning beachfront luxury resort offers guests the chance to hit the links on its legendary 18-hole Mauna Kea Golf Course—the first course built on the island of Hawaii and Golfweek’s #50 Resort Golf Course in the U.S. Set atop seaside cliffs, the elevated course designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. offers sweeping ocean views and an epic over-the-ocean Hole #3. Guests at Mauna Kea Resort can also tee off at sister property The Westin Hapuna Beach Resort’s Hapuna Golf Course, an 18-hole, Par 72 course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The challenging and environmentally conscious course’s stunning 12th hole provides spectacular panoramic views of the Island of Hawaii and Maui across the channel.
Prince Waikiki | Waikiki, Hawaii
The contemporary oceanfront hotel in Waikiki has recently debuted a new driving range, tennis courts, and youth development programs at the Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay-designed Hawaii Prince Golf Club. With 27 dramatic holes and three interchangeable nines, Hawaii Prince is the only course of its kind in Hawaii and is built to accommodate all skill levels. Situated on 270 acres with stunning views of the rain-carved Waianae Mountains, the Hawaii Prince Golf Club is a short 30-minute drive from Prince Waikiki. Hotel guests are able to book the Prince Waikiki Stay & Play package, and Oahu locals can now book the Kama’aina Prince Golf Package, inclusive of $62 early bird weekday tee times and $75 early bird weekend tee times. Coming soon: the course will be fully lit to accommodate night golfing!
Ojai Valley Inn | Ojai, CA
The world-class Ojai Country Club was one of the first great golf courses in Southern California. Designed and originally built in 1923 under the direction of George C. Thomas, Jr. and Billy Bell, the course was hailed as "a marvel of golfing architecture." The world-class Ojai Country Club was one of the first great golf courses in Southern California. Designed and originally built in 1923 under the direction of George C. Thomas, Jr. and Billy Bell, the course was hailed as "a marvel of golfing architecture." Thomas, who also designed courses at the Riviera, Bel-Air and Los Angeles country clubs, had two initial considerations for the Ojai course: "...that the average golfer could enjoy his round without too great a penalty, and that a test must be afforded requiring the low-handicap man to play fine golf in order to secure pars." The 18-hole golf course and the greens were considerably toughened in 1988 by famous course designer Jay Morrish. In 1999, this luxury golf resort reintroduced the "Lost Holes." Two original golf holes designed by George C. Thomas, Jr. in 1923 were lost when the course was redesigned following WWII. These two holes have been restored and brought back within their original layout. The award-winning course boasts panoramic views of the Ojai Valley and the surrounding TopaTopa Mountains and perfectly balances challenging yet approachable play.
Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection (Los Cabos, Mexico)
Los Cabos has quickly risen as an “it” trip for picklers to enjoy a luxury beach playcation. Esperanza, Auberge Resorts Collection is home to more pickleball courts than any other resort in the destination. Available daily from sunrise to sunset, its 3 courts can be reserved for individual or group lessons or for the ultimate round-robin tournament with a group of friends and family. IPTPA-certified instructor Matt Panegasser leads group lessons and clinics (Pickleball 101 and Pickleball 102) as well as private instruction to up everyone’s game back home. Little ones can also learn the basics of the game with Junior Lessons. From dinking to stacking, they can have fun, stay active and make new friends. Beyond scheduled clinics and tournaments, there is always someone on Esperanza’s courts to pick up a friendly game with. Two pickleball experiences include:
More info: https://aubergeresorts.com/esperanza/experiences/racquet-sports-at-esperanza/
Old Greenwood, East West Hospitality | Lake Tahoe, CA
East West Hospitality, the most trusted hospitality services company, manages more than 6,660 extraordinary residences and luxury vacation rentals in Colorado, California and Hawaii. For a secluded golf escape in the mountains, explore Old Greenwood,North Lake Tahoe’s premiere golf and four-season resort community with exceptional two-, three- and four-bedroom properties called Cabins, Townhomes and Villas. Set on 600 acres of towering pines and rolling hills, Old Greenwood is centered around a Jack Nicklaus Signature designed golf course with 7,518 yards of challenging play. The landscape is the ultimate scenic location with towering Jeffery pines, blue sagebrush, and winding streams connecting four large rainbow trout lakes. Old Greenwood has been honored many times as one of the nation’s best golf courses; most recently it was included in Golfweek’s Top 200 Residential Golf Courses of 2022.
Etéreo, Auberge Resorts Collection | Riviera Maya, Mexico
Auberge Resorts Collection’s newest Riviera Maya retreat, Etéreo, Auberge Resorts Collection offers a luxury golf experience that melds the best golf in the region with superior dining, spa, and accommodations. Three courses await guests, allowing them to take their pick from El Camaleón Mayakoba, the first PGA Tour golf course in Latin America, El Tinto Golf Club at Cancun Country Club, one of the few Tournament Players Club facilities outside the United States, or Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club, a championship course integrated with nature and designed by P.B. Dye, one of golf’s most revered course architects. The Golfer's Paradise Package allows guests to experience a quintessential Riviera Maya experience, featuring one round of golf per day at Riviera Maya's famed El Camaleón, one 60-minute massage per guest at SANA, with use of spa facilities, along with private airport and golf transportation.
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club | Ponte Vedra, Florida
Take a swing at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club, the iconic beachfront resort along Florida’s Atlantic coast offering 37 spectacular holes of golf, a world renowned racquet club, and a newly added croquet lawn. The destination’s crown jewel Ponte Vedra Inn & Club offers two spectacular courses for guests and members alike – the Ocean Course and Lagoon Course, each featuring a district seaside links atmosphere with meandering lagoons, elevated Bermuda greens and pristine bunkers. The par-71 Ocean Course is home to the iconic Island Green on the 9th hole, and recently completed a renovation with a reconfigured design and new strategic bunkers, while the masterpiece Lagoon Course is par-70 and great for short play. After completing a round, guests are encouraged to enjoy The Golf Club Dining Room known for the iconic views and dining experience. For tennis enthusiasts, The Racquet Club at Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is an award-winning luxury tennis experience with 15 Har-Tru clay courts, private teaching courts, and eight courts lit for night play. Guests can participate in the club’s iconic adult summer camp or work with USPTA and USPTR teaching instructors to unlock their fullest potential. For a more low-key activity and friendly competition, Ponte Vedra Inn & Club has a brand-new Croquet Lawn & Bocce Court.
The Ancient Tradition of Sportsmanship – Best Hotels for Hunting & Fishing
Primland Resort | Meadows of Dan, Virginia
Located on 12,000 acres in the heart of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Primland Resort is a majestic mountain retreat that provides a celebrated sporting destination with world-class hunting and fly fishing. From introductory sporting clay packages to half-day and multi-day guided hunting retreats, Primland guests can choose their own sporting adventure. The resort and region boast thriving populations of pheasant, quail, chukar, deer, and more. Seasoned anglers will thrill at the catch and release opportunities with unrivaled access to a six-mile stretch of the Dan River, which is rugged, remote, and home to spirited wild brown, brook, and rainbow trout. For beginners, the more placid Kibler Valley offers three stocked ponds for guests to catch their own trout or bass for lunch, or experience the rush of catch and release fishing on a broad and forgiving stretch of river in Kibler Valley. The resort also boasts the award-winning Highland Golf Course, which weaves through the rolling hills and valleys, providing breathtaking views and new challenges at every turn. Open annually from April – November, guests and members alike are welcome to hone their game throughout the season with the help of on-site instructors who lead golf schools for groups, as well as personalized one-on-one lessons.
JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa | Sonora, TX
In the heart of Texas Hill Country on 13,000 sprawling acres, JL Bar Ranch, Resort & Spa is a sportman’s paradise with activities ranging from horseback riding and ATV rides to casual hiking and hunting. JL Bar’s sporting complex features a lighted Skeet Range and 8-Station Course, a rifle and pistol range, and professional shooting instructors to help guests prepare for hunts. With a passion for wildlife and the Hill Country landscape, the resort is also pristine wildlife habitat with rolling acres of wild grasses, extensive bird species, cattle and numerous types of native and exotic animals. As entrusted stewards of the land, the ranch manages the property to be productive while conserving and nurturing vital habitat for wild game – orchestrating a harmonious balance between wild game and domestic livestock on the property. The ranch offers many guided hunting opportunities from World-Class Trophy Whitetails to dove hunting and exotic hunts of Axis Deer, Blackbuck Antelope, Fallow Deer, Red Stag and Super Exotics. The ranch also hosts Quail & Pheasant field hunts complete with professionally trained dogs.
Best Winter Sports Resorts That Get You Close to the Slopes
Heli-Skiing and Snowshoeing at The Lodge at Blue Sky, Auberge Resorts Collection (Park City, UT)
After a scenic flight from the alpine resort over snow-capped peaks, arrive at fresh powder with the luxury of no lift lines or crowds. The epic adventure begins with a hearty breakfast at the Lodge’s mountaintop Yurt, where guides will meet guests for a safety briefing and a helicopter departure. The Wasatch Mountain Range offers rolling ski terrain that is perfect for those comfortable with a blue runs at a ski resort, or snowshoe through the 360-degre views of endless mountain peaks. For experts, the Uintas Mountain Range offers advanced, technical runs. After an epic day of heli adventures, touch back down at Blue Sky for the ultimate après experience. Get warm by a crackling bonfire while sipping a High West Whiskey hot toddy or homemade hot chocolate; savor gourmet snacks made by James Beard Award-Winning Executive Chef, Galen Zamarra; or try your hand at axe-throwing.
Goldener Hirsch, Auberge Resorts Collection (Deer Valley, UT)
The modern mid-mountain resort is perfectly situated for a charming Deer Valley experience, a destination renowned for its luxury ski service and perfectly groomed runs. Designed in the spirit of an Austrian ski chalet, the resort’s 40 new residential accommodations (ranging from studios to three-bedrooms with full kitchens + living space) by Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig include access to Deer Valley’s only rooftop pool + hot tub with stunning mountain views as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center and après wellness amenities. Drawing inspiration from its European roots, the Restaurant at Goldener Hirsch marries Bavarian specialties with farm-fresh regional ingredients sourced from local Park City pastures while the Antler Lounge is home to après cocktails, fare and entertainment to unwind after a day on the mountain. One-of-a-kind ski experiences start at the resort’s on-site ski locker, where a partnership with Ski Butlers provides on-site fittings for easy access to over 100 of Deer Valley Resorts’ well-maintained ski runs.
Shore Lodge | McCall, Idaho
Located just 2 hours outside of Boise next to the Payette Lake, the quaint town of McCall is a hidden gem nestled in the wild Idaho mountains. In the summer, the four-season destination boasts blooming foliage, whitewater rapids and natural hot springs. In the winter, named a Best Secret Ski Towns of North America by National Geographic Adventure, McCall offers guests access to two ski mountains for winter fun. Sitting atop the world at an elevation of 5,000 feet, McCall’s rugged mountains, glacier-carved lakes, and ancient hot springs are a thrill-seeker’s paradise. From backcountry skiing to snowshoeing and snowmobiles there’s an activity for every sports lover. Take a spin and explore the wintery wonderland of the forest on a fat bike. These winter bikes feature 4-inch tires which provide excellent traction on snow and ice to take on the best trails in the area.