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Destination: Sisters, Oregon

If you find yourself in central Oregon and want a beautiful destination with free dispersed camping and plenty of public lands to explore, consider a stop-over near the small town of Sisters, Oregon. Located on the eastern edge of the Deschutes National Forest, Sisters is home to excellent coffee and baked goods. It also offers…

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Destination: The Shady Dell Trailer Court, Bisbee, Arizona

Photos courtesy of The Shady Dell The Shady Dell trailer court in Bisbee, Arizona, is a little slice of vintage heaven. It dates back to 1927 when it got its start as a rest stop for motorists toting their families, camping gear, and RVs along Highway 80 which runs between Georgia and California. Now the…

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Destination: The Woods Treehouse, Maine

Photos by Media Northeast, courtesy of Nelson Treehouse & Supply   For many adventurous souls, treehouses conjure memories from our childhoods, when we would climb high above the world of adults into our own private treetop retreats. And even though many of us are no longer children (on the outside at least), that doesn’t mean…

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10 Years, 10 Routes, 10,000+ Miles—A Decade Anniversary for Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR)

Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) are one of the best ways to adventure-road trip around the U.S. And what better way to celebrate Motorcycle Awareness month and National Road Trip day (May 28) than with the 10-year anniversary of BDR—an organization that literally defined the phrase “adventure riding.” What is BDR? Using double-track, forest service, and…

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Destination: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada

Valley of Fire State Park lies just north of the Lake Mead National Recreation Area in southern Nevada. This 40,000+-acre landscape of sculpted red Aztec sandstone, limestone, desert washes, and otherworldly colors is, in my opinion, one of the underappreciated gems in our country’s park system (right alongside Petrified Forest National Park). You don’t need…

Destination: Cliff Cabin near Mesa Verde

Photos courtesy Glamping Hub The more I search for cabin rentals, the more I find that Cortez, Colorado, has a lot of unique options. Last week I shared this cabin that is located directly adjacent to Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. This week’s destination is similar – a unique cabin surrounded by sandstone rock…

Destination: Canyon Hideout Cabin, Cortez Colorado

Photos courtesy Airbnb Located in Southwestern Colorado, in the tiny town of Cortez, the Canyon Hideout Cabin is a private slice of paradise that you can book on Airbnb. This tiny rustic retreat is located on 80 acres of private land and is directly adjacent to Canyon of the Ancients National Monument. You can literally…

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Six Airstream Rentals Across North America

Six Airstream Rentals Across North America Airstream rentals have become a thing, and while it’s true that renting someone’s travel trailer for your vacation accommodations might have been considered odd a decade ago, now, it’s hip. And honestly, all of the Airstream rentals that I’ve come across online look beautiful. Normally on Fridays, I publish…

Destination: Ark Shelter Houses at Hotel Bjornson, Slovakia

Photography by boysplaynice, courtesy of Design Boom   Ark Shelter is a collection of architects who are collaborating to “reinvent the way people live their lives.” “In today’s fast world, society has fallen into a continuous loop of pressure and deadlines that forces stress and burn-outs. People are not following their own senses, and become…

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Destination: Castle Valley, Utah

Epic desert views abound in Castle Valley, Utah. This is the view looking towards Castleton Tower and the Rectory from the Fisher Towers. Bring your camera.   If you love desert sandstone towers set against a backdrop of snow-capped mountains with the convenience of drive-up accessibility, you should add Castle Valley, Utah, to your list…

Destination: Fogo Island Inn, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

When you picture the rocky, windswept shoreline of the rugged Newfoundland and Labrador coast, you probably didn’t imagine anything quite like this. But somehow, despite the fact that it stands out from the surrounding environment, the contemporary appearance of the Fogo Island Inn and accompanying buildings feel appropriately located, anchored to the craggy shore of…

Rent the Rustic Cedarwood Cabin near Mt.Hood, Oregon

Images courtesy AirBnb   Tucked into the misty evergreen forest of Clackamas County, Oregon, near Mount Hood, is a retreat that captures the true essence of Pacific Northwestern living. It’s called the Cedarwood cabin, and this rustic rental is an affordable escape for up to four guests from the nearby crowds and urban environment of…

Destination: The Wukalina Walk, Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Image: Taylor and Hinds Architects   The Bay of Fires in Northeastern Tasmania is the cultural homeland of the Palawa people, a group of Aboriginals with a distinctly different culture and heritage from those of mainland Australia, in part due to the fact that they lived in isolation for over 10,000 years. The history of…

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Stay in this Dreamy A-frame Cabin in Lac-Beauport, Quebec, Canada

Photos courtesy GlampingHub   Dreamy A-frame Cabin, Lac-Beauport, Quebec, Canada It’s hard to deny the rustic appeal of an A-frame cabin in the forest, surrounded by swaying pine trees and moss-covered rocks. And thanks to social media (I think) and online booking platforms, more and more A-frame cabins are coming onto the short-term rental market,…

The “True Tropics” of Africa

Africa, the Mother Continent, home to the largest variety of people, languages, wildlife, flora and fauna on our sublime planet. The African continent from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn is not one large, moist and humid jungle. Most of northern Africa is desert as is much of the south, but to…

Living in the Woods: House in the Forest, Hokkaido, Japan

All Photos: courtesy of Florian Busch Architects   Japan is well-known for its spectacular cuisine, vibrant culture, and unique architecture. But House in the Forest, located in the woods outside the city of Hokkaido, is anything but typical Japanese style. This boxy yet organic-feeling dwelling appears as if its structure could be based around shipping…

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Destination: Mount Triglav, Slovenia

Photo courtesy of Moon & Honey Travel   Bordered by Italy, Hungary, Croatia, and Austria, the Republic of Slovenia is a mountainous country that’s full of incredible outdoor recreation opportunities. The country boasts an extensive network of mountain huts which allows for exhilarating days of hiking and climbing followed by a real bed and a…

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Destination: 48° Nord Hotel, France

Photo by Florent Michel: Courtesy, Design Boom   One part minimalist architecture study and one part wilderness hotel retreat, the 48° Nord hotel in northeastern France by Reiulf Ramstad Arkitecter is a minimally invasive installation of 14 geometric volumes clad in locally sourced chestnut wood. The Norwegian design team was inspired by the traditional Scandinavian hytte,…