As I am in the process of the interior design of a mountain ski resort, I thought I’d dedicate a section of my blog to feature the best in rustic lodges, outdoor adventure travel and top wilderness retreats, including Emerald Lake Lodge (image above). I’ve also provided a few images of log vacation homes as they are a great source of inspiration for choosing rustic home décor that works well in any rustic retreat.
If you’re looking for rustic lodges to visit, the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera is a resort and for all seasons. This 56-room lodge is regularly voted ‘Top 10” Spas in North America and is honored as the #5 ski resort in the USA by Condé Nast Traveler and the #1-rated resort in Colorado for “Food & Service” by Condé Nast Reader’s Poll- Gold List. This Edwords resort was inspired by a chateau in Belgium and is perched on a mountaintop overlooking the magnificent vail valley and Sawatch range. Cordillera, a Vail Valley and Beaver Creek resort, features a myriad of activities throughout 8,000 acres for your enjoyment any time of year. Guests can experience world-class Vail and Beaver Creek skiing. In Summer, there is convenient access to the best Vail Valley golf courses, including the Summit, Mountain and Valley golf courses, managed by Troon Prive and designed by Jack Nicklaus, Hale Irwin, Tom Fazio respectively. Horseback riding is nearby at the Bearcat stables, or you can enjoy fly fishing on the private waters of the Eagle River with Fly Fishing Outfitters of Avon, an Orvis Endorsed Guide and Orvis Guide of the Year in 2007.
There are two unique restaurants at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera as well as a fitness center with indoor and outdoor pools, hot tubs and exercise equipment.
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There’s no shortage of comfort during your stay at the stunning Emerald Lake Lodge, given the location’s breathtaking mountainscape views, award-winning dining opportunities and exceptional accommodations. The lodge is built of hand-hewn timber and features a massive stone fireplace. The Mount Burgess Dining room was named one of the 101 Best Hotel Restaurants around the world. The Fall is spectacular in the Rockies and the Emerald Lake Lodge is the perfect place to be when the leaves start to turn from bright green to gold and the crisp mountain air blows in. Enjoy outdoor adventure from hiking, biking, canoeing, horseback riding and white-water rafting. There’s plenty of fun activities in the winter as well, including skiing & snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating, sleigh rides and dog sledding.
The Triple Creek Ranch, located in western Montana, approximately 75 miles south of Missoula, is an all-inclusive luxury ranch resort for adults and children aged 16 and older. This award-winning resort was awarded the title of the #1 Hotel in the World in 2014 by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Here you can enjoy a romantic setting with incomparable scenery, wildlife, outdoor activities year-around and the plush comforts of private log cabins and exquisite dining. There’s plenty of fun activities at the Triple Creek Ranch, including Nordic and Alpine Skiing, Winter fun, lawn games, sapphire panning, hiking, archery, fly fishing and horse back riding. Accommodations run from beautiful cabins and cottages to homes. The one-bedroom luxury cabins are the post popular request, as each individual cabin is uniquely decorated to provide a comfortable sanctuary. Their adults-only hideaway is located in the Bitterroot Mountains, and is the perfect romantic escape.
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The Sunriver Resort in is located near the breathtaking Cascade Mountain Range, just 15 miles south of Bend, Oregon. It is a planned private residential and resort community that provides a unique Northwest vacation destination for all seasons. Oregon boasts 300 days of sunshine and the perfect climate for outdoor activities such as golf, skiing and snowboarding, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, and biking. Vacation rentals include homes, condos and cozy cabins.
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TOP RUSTIC LODGES, WILDERNESS RESORTS & LOG VACATION HOMES
If you are looking for rustic and farmhouse Christmas wreaths - this is the post for you! I've compiled 10 of the most beautiful wreaths for 2022. From stunning farmhouse magnolia wreaths to rustic Tahoe wreaths with leafy boughs of pine and intertwined antlers. Here you'll find farmhouse Christmas wreaths with large brown magnolia leaves that add depth and color as well as large farmhouse-style linen bows. Christmas trees aren’t the only way to adding natural botanical decor to your holiday home. Real and faux Christmas wreaths & garlands can be used inside your home and outdoors to add a festive feel with all the beauty of seasonal leaves and flowers.
The holidays are all about entertaining and if you’re planning a holiday feast this Christmas, the table should be as memorable as the menu. Whether you’re planning a tablescape for two or hosting an intimate dinner party, setting the scene for a celebratory night can be simplified with a few key ingredients. Here you’ll find stunning Christmas tablescape ideas – from Christmas centerpieces to how to layer linen, serving ware, table decor, and textiles. When it comes to the holiday season, taking time to create a beautiful environment makes all the difference in the experience of gathering.
Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year and infuse your sanctuary with holiday spirit. This post covers a wide variety of Christmas bedroom ideas, including tips on how to create rustic, farmhouse and kids holiday bedrooms. When it comes to Christmas bedroom décor, you can’t go wrong with the addition of seasonal ornaments, sumptuous fabrics and twinkling festive lights. Whether you plan on purchasing Christmas bedding or just adding a few holiday touches, here you will find beautiful vibrant images of bedrooms that celebrate the Christmas spirit.
This rustic Christmas home tour was inspired by the design work of Ken Fulk, who is renowned for his layered interiors, high-concept hospitality brands and unforgettable parties. Ken Fulk grew up surrounded by beautiful, rural landscapes in Virginia justifying the designer’s passion for snowy wonderlands and sung hearth sides. He has appointed himself as master of ceremonies for his family’s holiday celebrations and it's easy to see why. For favorite clients, Ken Fulk not only crafts a cozy guesthouse in the Montana mountains, but also oversees an array of holiday festivities—proving he is as much impresario as decorator.
This stunning ranch style house is perched high on a hilltop and nestled among the trees claiming its rightful place on a scenic 200-acre property in Texas. The owner desired an ample yet understated home with natural and simple architectural expression that would blend effortlessly into the landscape that surrounds it. Heavy timber columns and stone walls ground the home to the site. Reclaimed siding and simple barn-like structures give the architecture a sense of history and regional belonging. Referencing the owner’s love of the old west, many of the interior walls showcase the same stone and wood that is on the exterior of the home. This gesture alludes to a time when materials were not mass produced but simply gathered from the area and formed as needed.
This post features tours of beautiful country homes designed by Beth Webb, an internationally recognized interior designer admired for her tactile, serene, and dynamic spaces. Beth believes beauty only works if it is calibrated by ease, and that elegance is rooted in simplicity. “Texture is my color palette,” says Beth, who uses a variety of materials and objects to create interest in a room. She mingles sinuous profiles with hard lines, juxtaposing masculine and feminine silhouettes to create compelling, sensual spaces. Layered light is another crucial element bringing a sense of warmth, romance and contentment to Beth’s interiors.
Today we begin a tour of a stunning Atlanta home where the pallet was inspired by the home owner’s (Jane Hight) vast collection of blue-and-white Imari porcelain inherited from her mother and grandmother. Having served as the accountant for interior designer Lauren DeLoach for several years, it was natural for Hight to enlist the designer’s help when decorating her home. When it came to a color palette, the pair looked no further than Hight’s beloved family porcelain. “While we knew we would use blue, finding the right shade took some study,” says DeLoach. “We didn’t want a too-saturated hue, but we didn’t want it too pale. We also needed another color to add punctuation marks here and there, so the salmon hue came from the Imari porcelain.”
The small and compact English-style country home is 1,400-square-feet and situated on a sweeping pasture across from the Inn at Brays Island in South Carolina. The owners hired Interior Designer, Beth Webb to create a pastoral blend of Anglo and Low Country traditions. “It’s interesting how a house this tiny can be so INCREDIBLY LIVABLE. Inside, all that extreme verticality means the rooms feel neither contained or compressed. Plus the house has a beautiful orientation on the property, so there’s a lovely dappling of light morning, afternoon, and evening. We took advantage of this as much as possible, especially in the galley kitchen, which we designed as kind of a non-kitchen kitchen, a space that looks more like a sun-splashed garden room with that huge window.”
Children's farmhouse bedrooms are cozy and charming and provide easy opportunity to make a few seamless changes as they mature. Farmhouse-style is all about clean lines and classic patterns and is characterized by welcoming whites, a penchant for wood and folksy accents. In this post, I have included a broad range of girl’s farmhouse bedrooms that depict the traditional farmhouse aesthetic to rooms that introduce a bolder color palette. The goal is to create a room that suits your child’s individuality, is attractive, comfortable and flexible enough to grow with your child. That way you won’t have to redecorate for many years to come.