Believe it or not, it's not (quite) too late to book your long-weekend getaway. Resist the urge to staycation — you know it'll be lame — and get out into the wild before you're expected back in the office. Below, six secluded spots — most under $100 a night(!).
What You Need: A break from literally everything
Desired Amenity: Meditative koi pond
Where You're Headed: To a cottage in Lewiston, CA
Why Here: It's a secluded cottage on the edge of a river. Close your eyes and listen to the water.
Something to Note: "There are two hybrid wolf dogs that live across the river and they do howl during the day."
Nightly Rate: $75
What You Need: A view of the ocean after a day on the coast
Desired Amenity: A bottle of Champagne in the fridge
Where You're Headed: To a cottage in Brookings, OR
Why Here: Brookings is a great destination just over the stateline — if your thing is antiquing followed by hiking followed by wine on the ocean-facing patio.
Something to Note: Natural archways at the ready
Nightly Rate: $164
What You Need: To put as much space as possible between you and everybody else
Desired Amenity: Bathing options: an outdoor shower and a clawfoot, indoor bathtub
Where You're Headed: A cottage in the middle of Kris Kristoffersson's 600-acre ranch
Why here: Take your pick: Either relax amidst the ranch land, or head a couple minutes' walk to the beach
Something to Note: "This is truly country living and not for the squeamish when it comes to the odd banana slug passing by."
Nightly Rate: $85
What You Need: Animal therapy
Desired Amenity: Riding trails — and room for your horse, if you're bringing one
Where You're Headed: A stay on a working ranch
Why here: Because your kids need to spend some time living in the wild and wooly world (including the ranch's llamas, chickens, and more)
Something to Note: "This B. & B. is a "Bed and Barn."
Nightly Rate: $80
What You Need: To test-out this tiny living thing
Desired Amenity: Proximity to Yosemite on a budget
Where You're Headed: A tiny house on the park's edge
Why Here: Because your kids need to spend some time living in the wild and wooly world (including the ranch's llamas, chickens, and more)
Something to Note: "All the comforts of home, just tiny."
Nightly Rate: $115
What You Need: A house on wheels
Desired Amenity: An Airsteam — but one with a flat-screen
Where You're Headed: A secluded spot in the San Gabriel Mountains
Why here: Because you've been waiting to sleep in a fancy trailer, surrounded by 70 acres of hiking
Something to Note: "Guests are welcome to join us during morning and evening chores in the barn including feeding and milking."
Nightly Rate: $174