Summer has a tendency to conjure up the sleepless nights, daily adventures and nature-filled memories of stay away camp. The fresh air adventures by day and fireside chats by starry night are something that lose tangibility as adolescence is left behind, but that doesn’t mean those days have to be gone forever.
From the Catskills, to Colorado, these resorts present a range of outdoor activities that will scratch the nostalgic itch to return to your camp cabin days and fulfill the inner wild child that’s released in the heat of summer. Canoeing, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, rope courses, hot springs, rock climbing, and of course outdoor fire pits are on the short list of activities that these three resorts offer to plunge you into the wild.
Location: Hunter, New York
Address: 13 Scribner Hollow Road
Room rate: $260 – $620 per night
The recently renovated Catskill’s lodge is the ultimate basecamp to its 20 acres of mountainside for guests to explore. From arriving and unloading on the property’s historic brick road, you’re immediately revealed to an experience of uniquity, and what will prove to be the theme of your stay at Scribner’s. Although, hiking and tranquility are key features at the property, boasting bragging rights for its acres of land, the lodge itself is enough to put you back in touch with your natural roots. The loft-designed rooms are cozy and creative with wooden features providing warm hues to help you escape into the wild, and fireplaces to further warm your mind and soul. The alpine style dinners are prepared nightly, encouraging guests to come together and experience specially prepared, high end cuisine in the setting of a camping culture.
Location: Dolores, Colorado
Address: Dunton Hot Springs, 52068 Road 38
Room rates: $600 – $2,000 per night (private cabins)
When you pull into Dunton’s property, the symmetrically arranged log cabins and, yes, even glimpses of tents, will undoubtedly transport you back in time to pulling up at summer camp… just at a much grander scale. At Dunton, two options are available, the Hot Springs or the River Camp, and with both pivoted around the natural landscape of a once “ghost town” among Colorado hills, the wilderness becomes your newfound way of life during your stay. Here’s where you can really take it back to your roots: The hotel offers a specific “Adult Camping” experience with luxury tents, accompanied with en-suite bathrooms that boast grandiose tubs, showers, and ample living room unlike any tent you’ve ever seen. It may be as close to the full camping experience you used to enjoy, but with the added benefits of experiencing it as an adult: campside cocktails, choosing your activities, or simply recognizing, and basking in, the purified stillness of nature’s silence.
Location: Philipsburg, Montana
Address: 79 Carriage House Lane
Room rate: $900 – $1450 per person/per night (lodge room – 8-person cabins)
Horseback riding in the country may not be your typical idea of summer camp, but the Ranch will change that. In fact, it’s here where you’ll come across some of the more authentically, camp-style activities, such as archery, mountain biking and fly fishing. It’s the kind of place that inspires you to try something new, and if that doesn’t satisfy your sense of retreat, you have a list to find the activity that does–and 6,600 acres to experiment on. The Ranch is an all inclusive experience from the outdoors in, with accommodations, activities, amenities and meals included in its rates. And with this inclusivity, beckons exclusivity, with only 29 rooms to host 125 guests, so that no matter if you have the property to yourself or are sharing it at full capacity, your escape is insured with a sense of tranquility.