Dunton Hot Springs wins award for top outdoor setting

Accommodations at Dunton Hot Springs, in Dolores County, won the 2013 Smith Hotel Award for best outdoor setting, according to CNN.

The judges report: “It’s hard to beat the Rockies as a backdrop, and this luxuriously restored Colorado mining town wisely lets the scenery do the talking. This unique mountain hideaway takes you straight back into the big-sky wilderness of the Old West, complete with log cabins, snow-capped peaks, not-so-lonesome pines and a perch on the porch to admire it all from. And, of course, there are the hot springs, which ensure that Dunton is a year-round alfresco spa haven.”

Judges asked boutique-hotel lovers around the world to vote for their favorite hotels in multiple categories and over 47,000 responded.