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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,…

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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…