Waterton Launches Outbound Hotels Brand

by Kristin Harlow

CHICAGO — Chicago-based real estate investor and operator Waterton has launched its new Outbound Hotels brand, a collection of hotels for travelers seeking outdoor-inspired experiences in boutique settings. The vision for Outbound Hotels began with Waterton’s acquisition of The Virginian Lodge in Jackson Hole, Wyo. Waterton acquired the property in partnership with Wyoming-based Orion Cos. and has since rebranded it as The Virginian Lodge, an Outbound Hotel. The Outbound portfolio, operated by Springboard Hospitality, was expanded in 2021 with the acquisition of Outbound Mammoth (formerly the Sierra Nevada Resort) in Mammoth, Calif., and Towne and Country Stowe in Stowe, Vt., in March 2023.

Most recently, Waterton partnered with Argosy Real Estate Partners to for a redevelopment project on a 17-acre Qualified Opportunity Zone site in Oakhurst, Calif., just south of the main gate to Yosemite National Park. The property will be developed as Outbound Yosemite Resort, a 135-key hotel consisting of 108 vacation rental cabins and 14 hotel rooms located above a 12,500-square-foot clubhouse in addition to a 13-key boutique hotel currently on the site.

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