Get comfortable with the clan in a cabin. Here are five to consider:
1. ELKINS RESORT, PRIEST LAKE, IDAHO
Check into a cedar log cabin tucked within the tree-lined shores of this pristine lake resort. Hike through old-growth forests, visit local waterfalls, paddle a canoe, go kayaking or test your balancing skills on a paddle board. Explore the nooks and crannies of the 25-mile-long lake.
2. SMITH FORK RANCH, CRAWFORD, COLORADO
Located in a picturesque Rocky Mountain valley, the ranch is a grand location for a multigenerational gathering or family getaway. Guided horseback riding and mountain biking, skeet shooting, archery and fly fishing take place on or near the stunning 285-acre ranch surrounded by more than 1 million acres of national forest and wilderness.
3. 320 GUEST RANCH, BIG SKY, MONTANA
Enjoy a day of hiking, horseback riding and fly fishing on the ranch’s private stretch of the Gallatin River, made famous in the film “A River Runs Through It.” Consider a wagon or horseback ride, culminating in a riverside barbecue. When the snow falls, cozy up in front of your riverfront cabin’s fireplace, take a sleigh ride or go skiing.
4. SKAMANIA LODGE, OREGON
Elevate your experience with a stay in one of the lodge’s tree-house-style cabins. Set 15 to 20 feet in the air, you’ll sleep amid the Douglas firs in a contemporary structure inspired by childhood memories of outdoor play. Enjoy the deck, firepit, hammocks and a wealth of nearby activities. Check out the hiking trails and the Columbia River Gorge Interpretive Center.
5. INN AT CEDAR FALLS, LOGAN, OHIO
Visit the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio for great hiking, caving, zip lining and canoeing. An eco tour through a nature preserve includes a history and cultural presentation by a Native American of Shawnee descent who provides insight into what life was like in the region during the time of his ancestors. Stay at the Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls where a warm fire, fresh-baked cookies and extraordinary dining await explorers at day’s end.