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Escape to Nature (Without Roughing It)

If your idea of bliss is losing your cellphone signal, get away to a place where the only signs of life are the wildlife. These pockets of rural paradise exist all over the U.S. — you just need to know where to look. To help you pick the location for your perfect rustic long weekend, here are a few recommendations culled from our recently published 239 Great Places to Escape to Nature Without Roughing It.

Rustic Escapes
These lodgings offer simple comfort and wilderness surroundings without the extras of cushier digs, like swimming pools or jetted tubs. A wide-open meadow and a small creek at your doorstep is more like it. Cooking your own meals would not be unheard of at these establishments.

  • El Capitan Canyon, California
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  • Old Saltworks Cabins, Florida
  • Rock Eddy Bluff Farm, Missouri
  • Family Hideouts
    These full-service resorts and guest ranches allow families to discover the pleasures of nature together. These may not be the quietest places, but Mom and Dad can escape to a forest trail or take a canoe excursion on their own.

  • Earthshine Mountain Lodge, North Carolina
  • Freestone Inn, Washington
  • Zion Ponderosa Ranch Resort, Utah

    Romantic Retreats
    These adult-oriented accommodations do not accept younger children as guests. They are romance-ready thanks to comfy accommodations and their nook-and-cranny locations.

  • The Inn at Black Star Farms, Michigan (photo, right)
  • Little Palm Island, Florida
  • Sea Quest Bed & Breakfast Inn, Oregon
  • Tranquil Outposts
    These spots offer both plentiful amenities and isolated locations. Our selections include cozy inns, old-fashioned and out-of-the-way resorts, and national park lodges. There’s nothing like being doted on in the middle of nowhere.

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  • Island Inn, Maine
  • Rice Hope Plantation, South Carolina
  • Inn at Lake Joseph, New York
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    Luxury in the Wilderness
    So you’d like to be spoiled rotten surrounded by unspoiled nature. Gotcha. Head to these spots for lavish lodgings with abundant amenities like fitness facilities, spas, and a top-flight restaurant. These are no ordinary high-end resorts, though: the local landscape will inspire you to abandon your poolside lounging for a hike in the woods.

  • Hotel Hana-Maui and Honua Spa, Hawaii (photo, right)
  • The Balsams, New Hampshire
  • Glendorn, Pennslyania
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