Traditional Lodges Get Luxurious Facelifts

San Ysidro Ranch, A Rosewood Resort Santa Barbara, Calif. The honeymoon spot of Jack and Jackie Kennedy, Julia Roberts and Danny Moder, and Sandra Bullock and Jesse James marked completion of a $150 million restoration in June. The idyllic, 114-year-old ranch, encompassing rooms, suites and private cottages with views of the Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains, is nestled on 500 acres featuring hiking trails and lush gardens. The property, owned by Beanie Babies tycoon Ty Warner and managed by Rosewood, is known as an exclusive and low-key celebrity getaway that has hosted Winston Churchill, Audrey Hepburn, Gwyneth Paltrow and other VIPs. Suites and cottages have private hot tubs and outdoor showers. Cottages — including the 1,800-square-foot Kennedy Cottage and the Gardenia Cottage with their ocean, garden and mountain views — have been updated. Pricey Pratesi linens from Italy and hand-stitched quilts from France swaddle the beds; gas fireplaces, original artwork and floor-to-ceiling French doors are San Ysidro hallmarks. Rates start at $795 a night. Information: 800-368-6788;

West Baden Springs Hotel West Baden Springs, Ind. The former hot-springs health resort named after a famous mineral-water retreat in Germany dates to 1902 and boasts a six-story domed atrium. In its heyday, before the stock market crash of 1929 and Great Depression, the resort attracted Rockefellers and Vanderbilts. It hadn't been a hotel for 75 years until re-opening in May after a $90 million restoration. The 246-room West Baden is part of the French Lick Resort Casino, a $500 million historic restoration and casino project that also includes the restored French Lick Springs Hotel and the new French Lick Casino. The West Baden is a circular property with rooms and bathrooms that have been enlarged. Rooms feature custom furniture, as well as flat-screen TVs and WiFi. Forty rooms have balconies that overlook the atrium. There's already golf, but another course is due in 2008. Room rates start at about $180. Information: 888-694-4332;

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