From a remote lodge on Vancouver Island to a former Rockefeller estate in the Adirondacks, these five properties offer guests the chance to commune with nature.
Clayoquot Wilderness Lodge, Bristish Columbia, Canada
Situated on the banks of the UNESCO-designated Clayoquot Sound, this property features 25 canvas tent accommodations whose design was inspired by turn-of-the-century models. But these structures are far from bare bones: there are plush king beds, as well some rooms with heated floors, cedar-clad outdoor showers, and private decks. The lodge can also arrange for unique outdoor pursuits including canyoning, and horseback riding through old growth forests. And if all that activity has you worn out, the on-site Healing Grounds Spa can soothe tired muscles with hot stone massages.
Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado, USA
Nestled in the San Juan Mountains, this property is a former 19th century mining town that’s been revamped into a chic resort. Guests stay in one of 12 oversized, hand-hewn log cabins (plus one oversized tent) that have been meticulously restored; inside, each is decorated with unique artifacts and provides stunning views of the mountain range and lush meadows. Aside from the namesake hot springs, guests here can raft or fly fish on the Dolores River, horseback ride in the Rockies, and even take photography classes.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana, USA
The “canvas cabins” at this hotel in rural Montana were designed to have as little impact on the surrounding environment as possible. They are both chic and cozy, with amenities like cedar soaking tubs, fire pits, and hand-made quilts. And if you’re looking for something more unusual, there are even Conestoga wagons that have been retrofitted with king beds. Don’t miss the “cowboy breakfast” here: after a morning horseback ride or hike, guests can chow down on dishes like lemon-ricotta-blueberry pancakes.
The Point, New York State, USA
This estate on the shores of Upper Saranac Lake was once home to William Avery Rockefeller II. While he called this retreat a “great camp,” the name belies the elegance of the property. It is, in fact, a log mansion and outbuildings full of priceless art and rare antiques. The hotel is especially known for its intrepid staff, who are willing to make every guest’s wish a reality, from setting up a game of croquet to a seaplane tour of the Adirondacks.
Triple Creek Ranch, Montana, USA
One of the premier luxury guest ranches in America, this property offers glamping by way of cozy, private cabins hidden in the pines of Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. Outdoor activities here reign supreme, from the classic, like hiking and fly fishing, to the more unusual pursuits of sapphire panning, crosscut sawing, and hatchet throwing. The ranch also boasts an onsite orchard and garden, which guests are allowed to visit (as well as snack in!). At the end of the day, many guests gather in the Rooftop Lounge to sample local Montana brews and spirits.