If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? And if a spectacular sunset breaks out while you’re savoring a special dinner out but you fail to see it—much less capture the scene through your glass of sauvignon blanc and post it on Instagram—did it even happen? Here’s a sampling of restaurants in sought-after vacation destinations where diners don’t have to choose between a great meal and an Insta-worthy view, guaranteeing them the Insta-envy of all their followers.
Pebble Beach Resorts, Pebble Beach, Calif.
Guests of Pebble Beach Resorts could stay a week and catch a different sunset vista every evening, thanks to an abundance of dining options at the legendary California resort. Pebble Beach restaurants make the most of their Central Coast setting, most with expansive windows and open patios overlooking legendary golf courses and the Monterey shoreline. Pictured here are The Bench, overlooking the 18th hole at Pebble Beach Golf Links, and Sticks, a sports bar with views of The Links at Spanish Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Follow Pebble Beach Resorts on Instagram @PebbleBeachResorts and hashtag #MyPebbleBeach.
Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa, Riviera Beach, Fla.
With a name that proudly proclaims its oceanfront setting, 3800 Ocean is the signature restaurant at Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa. Set above a private palm-fringed white sand beach on Florida’s idyllic Singer Island, the restaurant treats diners to sweeping views of the Atlantic that stretch to the horizon. Follow the resort on Instagram:@MarriottPalmBeach.
Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Both elements (top photo), the signature restaurant at Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain Resort & Spa, and jade bar (bottom photo), the resort’s buzzworthy bar, are designed to make the most of Sanctuary’s high perch on Camelback Mountain. Wraparound glass walls and, in the case of jade bar, a cantilevered floor that juts over Paradise Valley, afford panoramic views of the rugged desert landscape below. In fact, elements was recently named to Open Table’s list of the 100 most scenic restaurants in America. Follow Sanctuary on Instagram: @sanctuaryaz_.
Harbor View Hotel, Edgartown, Mass.
A beloved fixture on Martha’s Vineyard since 1891, Harbor View Hotel boasts a prime location in Edgartown overlooking the harbor. The windows of the hotel’s signature restaurant perfectly frame views of the iconic Edgartown Lighthouse and Chappaquiddick Island. Follow Harbor View Hotel on Instagram: @harborviewmv.
Whiteface Lodge, Lake Placid, N.Y.
Tucked into the protected woodlands of the Adirondacks’ High Peaks region, Whiteface Lodge draws inspiration from the Adirondack Great Camps of the 19th century in its rustic timber design. When guests enter Kanu restaurant, they encounter a soaring wall of windows overlooking the wooded grounds—with Mother Nature providing an ever-changing palette from winter white to spring and summer green to spectacular autumn reds and golds. Follow Whiteface Lodge on Instagram:@whitefacelodge.