Now that summer is coming to a close, it is time to think about a winter vacation, snuggling by the fire, and just getting away from the city while getting more in touch with nature.
Architectural Digest found what it considers the nine most beautiful log cabin/natural wood construction hotel resorts and we added the tenth option to the list for those that can afford it.
Being in a rustic natural setting with all the modern amenities is the best of both worlds. One gets to “rough it” in the wilderness and still be pampered at the same time. To enjoy these wonderful outdoor settings, there is no need to sit around a campfire eating beans out of a can. In fact, many of them have a five-star, gourmet restaurant with a major, recognized chef preparing exquisite meals and some of the best wine lists in the country to select from.
Suttle Lodge (located in Sisters, Oregon)
Suttle Lodge is surrounded by 1.8 million acres of the Deschutes National Forest. During the summer of 2016, the lodge expanded its offerings with beautiful private cabins, a renovated historic boathouse, a bathhouse spa, and added a grocery store plus retail boutiques. There are shared events to enjoy, such as an evening around a fire pit at a site that overlooks the peaceful Suttle Lake.
Travaasa Hana (located in Hana, Maui)
Travassa is not exactly filled with log cabins; however, all the wooden bungalows feel like they deserve to be included in this group. Travassa recently underwent a major renovation. The bungalows all have a private area for sunbathing, high ceilings with wooden beams, and outstanding views of the coastline of Hana. To their credit, the resort does not put any radios, televisions, Internet connections, or clocks in the rooms. This is the place to come to, in order to completely relax and leave the rest of the world behind for the moment.
Ventana (located in Big Sur, California)
Big Sur has always been known for its environmentally-friendly aesthetic. At this resort, there is a nice mixture of redwood forests for peaceful walks and swimming pools overlooking the Pacific Ocean. These pleasant experiences draw many people to this area. A renovation was recently completed that made use of recycled wood that also benefited from using things made by local craftspeople.
Cedar Lakes Estate (located in Hudson River Valley, New York)
This resort prides itself on finding all building materials on-site and the local area to create its cabins. Stone used for construction comes from a local quarry. The wood used for the cabins is reclaimed from older buildings that are being torn down and recycled. Oak wood for the flooring comes from local trees. The healthy organic food comes from an on-site, 4,000 square foot garden.
Timber Cove (located in Sonoma, California)
The architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright was the inspiration for the Timber Cove. There is an A-frame entrance to the lodge. The interior has been newly renovated using Douglas fir beams and locally-acquired sandstone. The interiors of the guest rooms feature laid-back, California styles with nice retro touches, such as a pour-over coffee device and a vinyl record player.
Ruschmeyer’s (located in Montauk, New York)
Ruschmeyer’s is the place to go for super-chic urban vibes mixed with nature-loving experiences. It started in 1952 as a summer camp, and was renovated by Robert McKinley, who is known for his design work at Surf Lodge and Sant Ambroeus. There is a counter-intuitive nautical style in the rooms that includes the use of wicker furniture and hammocks.
Snake River Sporting Club (located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming)
Wheelhaus completely redesigned this facility in 2017, to make the cabins deluxe accommodations, made from sustainable materials, and in a “tiny house” style of just 400 square feet. Jamie Mackay is the CEO of Wheelhaus. He oversaw this project, which is reminiscent of the cabins constructed by his father when he was a child. The cabins have both a front and a rear deck to provide more leisure space and encourage guests to get out of the rooms and go outside to enjoy the natural setting.
Canoe Bay (located in Chetek, Wisconsin)
This resort is in an area with three lakes that are filled with pure water from natural springs. It is surrounded by 300 acres of forest and has cabins made from beautiful renovated wood, with all the amenities one would expect including steam showers. This is a couples-only resort, which makes it a perfect choice for a getaway honeymoon.
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Silvertip Cabin (located in Moonlight Basin, Big Sky, Montana)
Big Sky, Montana is named appropriately because the sky is so blue and the views so engaging; they will take your breath away. Moonlight Basin is the site of the brand new, redesigned, ski cabins made with a nice combination of rustic wood and stone features. There are classic cabins available, and some with a very modern contemporary look that include sophisticated kitchen appliances, black-limestone fireplaces, and luxurious bathrooms.
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Granot Loma (Located in Marquette, Michigan)
This is your own private, custom, log cabin getaway, with room for up to 45 of your friends. This historical, national landmark was built by Louis G. Kaufman. He selected this land, that is a peninsula on Lake Superior, for his dream home and natural escape. He wanted to upstage the “nature” homes built by the mega-rich of his time, such as the Astors, Guggenheims, Rockefellers, and the Vanderbilts.
Be prepared to shell out the big bucks to own this place though. It last sold in 2015 for $40 million, making it both the largest log cabin home in the world and the most expensive home in Michigan. It is for sale again now. The price has recently been reduced to $19.5 million, which is a bargain if you can afford the heating bills.