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Destination: Kūono Modern Cabin, Volcano, Hawai’i

Photos: Courtesy, www.staykuono.com.   The Kūono modern cabin is a modest yet luxurious outpost situated just five miles from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park in Volcano, Hawai’i. Intrigued? Well, you should be, because this property is located on the active volcano known as Kīlauea, between 3,000 and 4,000 feet above sea level.   The Kūono Cabin…

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Destination: Finnish Lapland, Finland

Photos: Courtesy VisitFinland.com   The Northernmost part of Finland is known as Finnish Lapland, an area located almost entirely within the Arctic Circle and characterized by pristine wilds, the aurora borealis, and, yes, the official home of Santa Claus. It’s a region of extreme contrasts, a place that seems to unanimously capture the hearts of…

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Destination: The Historic Crystal Mill in Crystal, Colorado

Destination: The Crystal Mill in Crystal, Colorado Colorado has plenty of beautiful destinations and scenic vistas, and more often than not, a handful always seems to rise to the top, like the Crystal Mill, aka, the Sheep Mountain powerhouse. It’s one of those images of “classic Colorado,” and I’d wager a guess that you’ve already…

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Destination: Green Mountain Modern House, Vermont

Photos: Courtesy Green Mountain Modern House   If the rolling green hills, farms, and mountains of Vermont are your kind of escape, then you’ll love the Green Mountain Modern House. This contemporary box-shaped dwelling is located in the heart of the Green Mountain National Forest near the town of Jamaica, Vermont, just minutes away from…

Destination: Red Canyon Ranch, South Dakota

Photos: Courtesy VRBO   South Dakota is almost at the top of the list when it comes to the least-populated states in the U.S., but despite its low population density, there is plenty of public land (over a million acres) just waiting to be explored. This includes the Black Hills National Forest and Badlands National…

Kachi Lodge on Salar De Uyuni, Bolivia

Any of you who have traveled to or researched the South American continent are probably familiar with the Bolivian Salt Flats, aka Salar De Uyuni. But did you know that you can camp at 11,811 feet above sea level in a luxury eco-dome on the Salar? That’s right, the Kachi Lodge has seven geodesic domes…

Camp Out in a Forest Service Fire Lookout Tower

Photo: Clear Lake Lookout, Courtesy of Mt.Hood National Forest   The attentive forest service firefighter scans the horizon diligently from their aerie lookout tower. It’s an improbable structure in an improbable place, perched high on a rocky summit overlooking an immense landscape of evergreen trees. The tower itself has stood the test of time and…

Colorado’s 10th Mountain Division Hut System

Photo by Matt Swartz: A ski tour to Sister’s hut (in the background).   The 10th Mountain Division hut system is the largest network of mountain cabins in the state of Colorado, and it is managed by the 10th Mountain Division Hut Association, a non-profit formed in the early ’80s. The founding members were Aspen…

Destination: EcoCamp Patagonia, Chile

Without a doubt, South America is one of the quintessential overlanding destinations in the Southern hemisphere. Its enormous stretches of uninhabited terrain are punctuated with tropical rainforests, desert steppes, and jagged alpine summits. And for travelers interested in exploring South America’s most extreme and exotic landscapes, the national parks of Southern Chile’s Patagonia region will…

The Far Cabin on Maine’s Remote Atlantic Coast

Photos by Jeff Roberts, Courtesy Winkelman Architects.   This 420-square-foot cabin was lovingly named the Far Cabin by its designers, Winkelman Architects. It is perched on a rocky ledge along Maine’s central coast where the owners, and occasionally their family, can escape the day-to-day routine and take in the calm of the surrounding forest and…

Pre-fab Hello Wood Workstation Cabin

Photos courtesy: Hello Wood Studio   When you hear the word “getaway,” what destinations come to mind? I’m willing to bet that it’s not your own backyard. But that’s the idea behind this week’s destination. Getaways don’t have to be exotic or far from home to offer your weary soul the relaxation, restoration, or concentration…

Saudi Arabia: A Primer

Editor’s Note: This article was previously published but with a major part of the story missing. It has been re-published in its entirety so that you can enjoy the whole story. We apologize for this oversight.   “Americans?” “Yep” “Camels! Coffee! You come!” With a big wave of his arm, and that limited exchange, my…

Destination: Nimmo Bay Resort, BC, Canada

Photos courtesy of Nimmo Bay Resort, OMG Photos, and Gizmodo.   Located on Canada’s remote Pacific Coast, the Great Bear Rainforest is one of the last old-growth temperate rainforests in the world. This 6.4-million-hectare area extends from the Discovery Islands all the way to the British Columbia–Alaska border and includes all offshore islands within this…

Projekt Kodu Retreat and Eco-Hostel, Lahemaa National Park, Estonia

Feeling the need to reset and recharge? Projekt Kodu is a unique seasonal eco-friendly hostel and retreat located in the dense coniferous forests of Lahemaa National Park in Estonia. While rustic in appearance, the comforts and conveniences are more on the glamping end of the spectrum, with furnished canvas bell tents, a spa, daily yoga…

Joshua Tree Folly: Off Grid SoCal Desert Retreat

Photos courtesy of Malek Alqadi, Dwell.com   With the arrival of fall comes milder daytime temperatures and cool evenings—it’s the perfect time to escape to the desert (in the Northern Hemisphere). And if you happen to be near Southern California, Joshua Tree’s stark, rocky landscape offers shimmering starry skies and plenty of peace and quiet….

Destinations :: Holy Fire Lit Place, Ruicheng China

Photos: Cao Baiqiang and Zeng Tianpei, Courtesy Urbanus Architecture and Design   A spectacle of modern design, intriguing architecture, and also a unique archeological site, the Holy Fire Lit Place in Ruicheng, China, was updated to its current configuration to coincide with the 2019 2nd Youth Games of the People’s Republic of China. The site…

Destinations :: Tye River Cabins in Skykomish, Washington

Photo Courtesy: Tye River Cabin Co.   Do mountain retreats get any more romantic than the classic A-frame cabin? These simple structures have been built all over the world in mountainous environments where they excel at shedding huge loads of winter snow. But their renewed popularity in modern culture can be attributed to more than…

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