A new nature-centric hospitality brand has arrived. Outbound Hotels endeavors to make extraordinary outdoor destinations easily accessible while respecting the surrounding environment and community. The concept aims to spark inclusivity, sincerity, and human connection through a blend of music, local culture, and outdoor experiences. The brand’s properties are near towns travelers can explore, yet also close by natural landscapes for hiking, biking, skiing, climbing, or swimming.
Ownership group Waterton appointed Chicago-based branding, design, and development firm the Gettys Group and hotel management company Springboard Hospitality to transform two existing properties—the Virginian Lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyoming (previously redesigned by New York studio Goodrich) and Outbound Mammoth in Mammoth Lakes, California—for the roll-out.
Brooklyn-based One Union Studio is designing a “comfortably cool” aesthetic for the third destination opening July 2024 in Stowe, Vermont, plus the brand’s first new-build at Yosemite National Park, which is expected to launch Q1 2025.
Accommodations at each of the unique hotels range from cabins and chalets, to bunk rooms and suites. Built in the 1960s, the dog-friendly Virginian Lodge features two hot tubs, seven built-in fire pits, an all-season pool, the iconic Virginian Saloon, and over 4,000 square feet of event space. Newly opened Billy’s Burgers melds Western spirit with classic diner nostalgia, while in-house shop Midtown Liquor has a drive-thru for grabbing breakfast burritos, coffee, and tipples.
The six-acre, 50-year-old Sierra Nevada Resort near Mammoth Lakes was reimagined as Outbound Mammoth with fully renovated rooms and chalets plus 10 new cabins and 20 private villas, a steam room, dry sauna, fire pits, pet offerings, and an added pool area. New restaurant Bar Sierra features 16 local brews, BBQ, and nightly programming.