Great Lodges

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The theory behind every "Great Lodge" is to capture the majesty of the untamed, rugged mountains that surround it while also providing a luxurious place for repose. Here are three of North America's finest examples of this grand style¿the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta, Oregon's Timberline Lodge and the Mount Washington Hotel in New Hampshire. Their massive scale belies the keen attention paid to minute details. And the history of each speaks to a bygone era of elegance.

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