What could be more romantic than hiding away from everyone and everything in a remote cabin? Honeymooners looking for sanctums far away from the maddening crowds should consider a stay at some of these stunning bolt holes, each set amid magnificent nature.
There’s a lot to see around the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, a slick rock paradise in remote Utah. Land of slot canyons, dinosaur fossils, petrified wood and myriad paths to scramble up and totter down, this far-from-airport getaway clarifies the notion of retreating into nature. Stay in tranquility’s web at Boulder Mountain Guest Ranch, a 168-acre, eco-minded haven, crisscrossed by hiking paths. With teepees, a yurt, a campground and well-equipped cabins, it occupies a swathe of pastures, wetland ponds and hilly terrain. Its farm-to-fork restaurant, Sweetwater Kitchen draws ingredients from its gardens and orchards. Ideal for weddings, family reunions, workshops or solo reflection, the ranch can organize any event — they even have a recording studio.
Ranch at Emerald Valley, a Broadmoor Wilderness Property
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Haven’t you always longed to herd cattle? This is the place. Colorado’s beloved grand dame, The Broadmoor, a beacon near Pikes Peak, reigns as an iconic vacation scene. But, travelers seeking more intimate digs should turn to its offspring Wilderness Properties, three uniquely executed mountain camp experiences, located nearby, amongst less populated terrain. Choose Ranch at Emerald Valley, a bygone Girl Scout Camp, re-envisioned by The Broadmoor, which offers 10, Western-infused cabins, ranging from one to three bedrooms. On site, the all-inclusive experience includes cattle herding, archery, kayaking, hiking, gourmet cookouts or horseback riding. Want to spa or brunch at the Broadmoor? The big house is just a phone call away.
Credited with coining the term “glamping,” all-inclusive Paws Up, the world’s swankiest dude ranch, sits on 37,000-acres of dream-laden, Montana scenery. So immense that the resort likes to say they measure social distancing in acres, rather than feet, the sanctuary has cabins and houses, though it remains most famous for its six, luxury tented camps, spread throughout the ranch. To be mollycoddled in upscale cowboy style, check into a spacious Big Timber House, one of several exquisite cabins, kitted out with full kitchens and hot tubs. Open year round, the Paws Up offers pretty much anything you hanker for, from fly fishing to paintball, ice skating to skiing, horse whispering to cooking classes, painting to spa treatments.
A slice of nostalgia, what every erstwhile camper yearns to experience again, this gratifyingly old school cabin compound lies conveniently near both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. Prime for awakening the inner Eagle Scout, Togwotee opened in 1923 to cater to outdoorsy types — and it continues to do so today. The name, Togwotee, taken from a local indigenous language, mystically means “exactly there.” Here is where guests can immerse deeply in nature. In summer, you’ll likely see bear, moose, or wild horses. In winter this roughhewn resort turns into the world’s top destination for snow mobile excursions. Enjoy any of 54,400-square-foot, comfortable cabins, each with electric fires and kitchenettes.
The Cotton Gin Village
A short drive from Austin, in the heart of Texas’s wine land, German-intoned Fredericksburg long has been a favorite day trip for central Texans. But, why not stay overnight? With social distancing measures in place at an array of wineries, shops and restaurants, plus nearby stellar hiking and biking, the area promises a fulfilling long weekend of amusements. Choose Cotton Gin Village, situated like a portal to the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail. With its seven original, restored 19th-century log cabins (and some cottages), its ambiance pays homage to the area’s rural past. Special interior touches include wood-burning fireplaces, log-framed beds and a complimentary breakfast picnic basket delivered. directly to your door.