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Stay Outside

Recharge at these five retreats, where the outdoors is part of the draw.

Rendezvous Huts

Methow Valley, Washington

For a true ski-in, ski-out experience, book one of five rustic cabins set in the Cascade Range. They’re each connected by 23 miles of groomed cross-country trails (the closest hut is about 4 miles from the trailhead) and come equipped with the essentials, including woodstoves and board games.


Providenciales, Turks and Caicos

With amenities like a personal pool and a private chef, it’s almost too easy to stay put. But beyond the luxe pavilions and multi-bedroom villas, this island hideaway makes the most of its location between a marine national park and a nature reserve. Kayak with the resident naturalist, assist in sea turtle conservation efforts, and end the day with a “stargazing kit” that details the history of constellations.


Multiple Locations

When Brooklynites Jon Staff and Pete Davis set out to build clusters of tiny cabins in the woods near New York City, Boston, and Washington, D.C., they had a few guiding principles: no Wi-Fi, ever; in addition to indoor kitchenettes, there should be picnic tables and fire rings for al fresco dining; and beds must be within view of a window, so you can wake up surrounded by trees.

Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa

Point Clear, Alabama

Activities abound at this recently renovated 405-room hotel. Play a round of golf on one of two championship courses, fish off the private pier, or while away an afternoon with a game of croquet, cornhole, or bocce ball on the sprawling recreation lawn.

Calistoga Ranch

Calistoga, California

This 157-acre property is tucked away in a canyon overlooking Napa Valley and boasts an open-air fitness center, miles of pet-friendly hiking trails, and 50 private guesthouses. Outdoor fireplaces and deck-side hot tubs allow guests to capitalize on the mild NorCal winter.

This roundup originally appeared in print as part of our winter travel guide, “Embrace the Elements.”

Tommie Ethington is a former editor of this magazine. Email her at

Photography by James Harnois (Rendezvous Huts), Joe Thomas (Getaway); photography courtesy of Calistoga Ranch

Originally Published November 2018