When you think of a lodge, you likely picture rustic styling, log cabins, and embers crackling in the big stone focal-point fireplace. It’s a scene that’s played a million times over in many a movie and gives viewers a nostalgic feeling at the notion of staying in one.
But, that is just one aspect. Adventure seekers have been inhabiting lodges for decades, as a means to an end. What started out as a place to lay your head at the end of an exciting, hobby-filled day has evolved into spectacular spaces to complement your experience. They encourage guests to play hard, and rest softly. Go fly fishing in Alaska, bird watching in Costa Rica, Salmon catching in Canada, or horse-back riding in Patagonia. Whatever your unique interest, there is a lodge suited for you.
Eco-Lodge: The trend towards eco-tourism has sparked an increase in Eco-lodging. These simple paradises are geared towards ecology and living off the land to enjoy Mother Nature’s bounty, while making the smallest footprints possible. In fact, it’s defined as “responsible travel to natural areas that conserves the environment and improves the welfare of local people.” Simply put, these havens allow you to get up close and personal to the plants, people, and wildlife surrounding you, while being careful not to disturb them. In short, they provide what could be described as the MOST authentic experience.
It’s important to understand the difference between an eco-lodge and an eco-hotel. Hotels tend to be located in more urban centers, with a focus on green practices and sustainability. On the other hand, eco-resorts and lodges can more often be found in remote wilderness settings, such as exotic islands, forests, or mountainous regions. But the commonality here is that they all work towards the greater good!
We promote lodges because we believe in the life-changing perspective they provide. We’ve stayed in their cabins, gotten to know their locals, expanded our minds, and returned rich with stories to tell. We refuse to send you into a remote tundra without knowing exactly what you’re going to experience, and a willingness to do it ourselves. It’s how we operate, with your epic experience as our biggest priority.
Advantages of Lodges:
- Off the Grid. Lodges can situate themselves in the most remote locations, allowing you to get up close and personal to some of the greatest, and most untouched areas of nature.
- For Outdoor Enthusiasts. They’re built around the outdoors and specialize in various niche interests. Whether you want to go bird watching, fly fishing, snowboarding, or even a mountainside meditation retreat, you can find something for your specific desire.
- Experience Built In. When you’re pricing these expeditions out, you’re typically paying for the excursion, and the lodge comes included. This allows you to know exactly what you’re going to have to pay, up-front.
- Complementing Accommodations. Since the lodges typically specialize in the niche experience, their housing is far from cookie-cutter, and instead tailored to the trip. Think cutting stations and cooler storage for fishing lodges, completely relaxed ambiance and private health chef for a meditation retreat, etc.
Here are a few of our many favorites: