Five places to spend the night and recharge with the most gracious hostess of them all: Mother Nature.
El Cosmico in Marfa, TX
The Setup: Home to eight vintage trailers, a Mongolian yurt, three tepees, and eight canvas tents, this nomadic campground in the High Plains is a Bohemian dream. The open layout is meant to connect fellow travelers.
Why We Love It: Location, location, location. Although Marfa is rustic and secluded (the closest major airport is over three hours away), the town has a strong art scene, which was kicked off by modernist Donald Judd in the eighties. El Cosmico is within walking distance of dozens of galleries, stylish shops, and fine restaurants.
The Nitty-Gritty: Rates start at $85 and include access to a communal outdoor kitchen and bikes. Open year-round. elcosmico.com
High Hampton Inn & Country Club in Cashiers, NC
The Setup: In the 1800s, Wade Hampton III— a Civil War general, South Carolina governor, and U.S. Senator—built the Hampton Hunting Lodge as a family escape from the Lowcountry heat. After it burned down in 1932, the current three-story main lodge was built. The inn echoes its mountain roots with locally made furniture and poplar and chestnut walls. Accommodations range from suites to 14-bedroom cabins where the whole family can stay.
Why We Love It: It is blissfully quiet. There are no phones, TVs, or temperature-control units in the guest rooms, so you have no choice but to unplug. The mountain breeze stands in for air-conditioning, and the hum of crickets replaces the buzz of modern gear.
The Nitty-Gritty: The starting rate of $136 per person (double occupancy) includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open April through November. highhamptoninn.com
Sinya on Lone Man Creek in Wimberley, TX
The Setup: After a vacation to Tanzania, Lynn Gallimore longed to bring a piece of Africa back to the Lone Star State. She bought a 435-square-foot canvas tent, outfitted it with luxe and eco-friendly amenities (such as silky bamboo linens, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, and a vintage claw-foot tub), and now rents it to those looking to hide out in the Hill Country.
Why We Love It: You can do everything or nothing at all. Zip-line over the Wimberley Valley, hobnob at a nearby winery, or kick back and let Gallimore arrange for an in-room massage.
The Nitty-Gritty: The $285 nightly rate includes everything from bathrobes to s’mores supplies. It’s open year-round, but book early because there’s only one tent. hillcountrysinya.com
The Swag Country Inn in Waynesville, NC
The Setup: This 14-room log inn was a church and then a private home before opening as a mountaintop getaway in the 1980s. With rooms that include outdoor showers, private porches, and handmade quilts, it doesn’t get any more inviting.
Why We Love It: The views are unparalleled. Not only is The Swag one of the highest resorts in North Carolina at 5,000 feet, but it also claims the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as its backyard—the inn shares 1 mile of fence with the park.
The Nitty-Gritty: Rates, starting at $495 per night for two people, are steep but include all meals and afternoon snacks. Open April through November. theswag.com
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg, KY
The Setup: Shaker culture is all about simplicity, and that’s the spirit captured at this 3,000-acre historic landmark, featuring pared-down rooms and countryside vistas.
Why We Love It: Shakers were doing farm-to-table long before it was cool. Learn their agrarian practices by helping harvest crops to be used at the on-site restaurant.
The Nitty-Gritty: Pay $110 per night for a room and get access to free seminars on topics from broom-making to beekeeping. Open year-round. shakervillageky.org