Maybe in these waning days of summer you’re missing those nostalgic trips from your childhood when you and your family headed to the cabin or lake house for time together. Maybe a cabin get-away is just one of those “to do’s” you’re aching to get done. Regardless of the reason, we’re here to fan those embers deep inside. It’s time for a summer cabin get-away!
You don’t have to travel far; the real reward for cabin time is unplugging and spending time with friends and family. Cabin days start with early morning coffee on the deck, overlooking the scenery. The fresh air and lack of digital distractions make that morning cup all the better.
A hearty breakfast will fuel your entire crew for morning activities. Whether it’s a bike ride, hitting up that trail you’ve been eyeing the past few months, canoeing around or taking it easy and wetting a line you’re guaranteed to have a blast. The day is all yours.
Meals don’t have to be a hurried affair - you’re on vacation. Cook up something fantastic, let meals linger and catch up with your crew.
When lunchtime is over, you can resume your morning activities or maybe it’s time to just take it easy. There’s a hammock, a porch, a slackline or a game of horseshoes calling your name. You’d hate to let them down.
As the sun fades behind the peaks or dips into the water, it’s time to start winding down and think of dinner. This can be one of the most fun parts of the day as everyone pitches in, maybe opens a bottle of wine and conversation ensues. Tasty meals that don’t take too long are perfect cabin fare.
After the dishes are done, break out a board game, or better yet, have a campfire. S’mores are magical regardless of your age. If you’re lucky enough to be at a cabin that has a hot tub, you’re really living the dream. Or have a camp cocktail (we suggest a Mojito - http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/mojito) and just sit back and enjoy the stars.
When it’s time for bed, you’ll know you earned your sleep. Since you’re at the cabin, it’ll be in a comfortable bed, no need to pack a tent.
The next morning? Repeat!
If there’s not a “Family Cabin” to escape to, don’t fret. There are lots of rentals available. Here are just a few we’ve found scattered across the country.
The 10th Mountain Huts in Colorado are probably best known for winter ski tours, but many of them can be reserved for summer get-aways as well.
Many state parks offer cabins and yurts for rental. Here are some links from the Pacific Northwest to New England.
Perhaps staying in a fire tower would be fun.
Even AirBNB can be a good source for cabin rentals.