Nature Retreat: Having an Adventurous Time in the Mountains and By the Sea

Whether it be by in the mountains or by the sea, getting away from the daily hustle and bustle helps to re-fuel. Being surrounded by nature at the famous Yosemite Park, in particular, allows to shake off the stress. Have an active, yet relaxing getaway, and opt to stay at one of these places.

Image via  Flickr  by toddwendy

Image via Flickr by toddwendy


Yosemite Lodge

When choosing Yosemite Valley Lodge, you’re staying as close to the famous waterfalls as you can get. This is a place where you can enjoy nature to its fullest. Rooms come with meadow or fall views, are light and spacious, have a balcony or patio, and a cozy, rustic interior. Expect in-room coffee, a fridge, as well as free Wi-Fi to stay connected. Inhale some mountain air, go on a day hike, take the bike out, or go skiing in winter, for instance. Yosemite Lodge makes for a quite, yet adventurous stay. Dining and coffee facilities are on-site to re-fuel after a long day out.

The Lodge

The Lodge at Jackson Hole is the ideal luxury hotel with a rustic, romantic touch all year round. Located in the heart of Jackson, Wyoming, you have eateries all around you; this is also a good starting point for outdoor activities like hiking, water rafting, and wildlife tours in the summer, or skiing and sledding in the winter. Room rates start at $180. The lodge comes with a cozy fireside lounge and fully equipped spa and fitness facilities to relax and stay in shape. Take advantage of free breakfast to fuel for an active day.

Blockade Runner

If you’re seeking an active stay by the sea, Blockade Runner Beach Resort is for you. It is located at Wrightsville Beach in North Carolina and is the ideal spot for watersports enthusiasts. A modern, fresh interior invites you to rejuvenate, relax and shake off the everyday stress. Expect spacious, light rooms that start around $180, and start your day with a complimentary breakfast; finish it off with fresh seafood and nice views at the East Oceanfront Dining Restaurant. The North Carolina Aquarium is nearby.

Camp Curry

For a real nature retreat, visit Camp Curry at Yosemite Park and stay in a rustic cabin. For a few more amenities, choose a hotel room. This place is for travelers seeking the outdoor experience on a budget; heated cabins start at $20 per night, but prices vary depending on season. Turn off your phone and go hiking, climbing, relax in the park with a snack from one of the five restaurants or coffee corner, or go mountain biking. A heated pool and jacuzzi are available.  

Wawona Hotel

The rooms at Wawona Hotel are cozy and allow you to travel back in time. You can choose from rooms with a private or shared bathroom, and average rates are $140. The interior of each room is unique and comes with vintage furniture. Make it an active stay by taking advantage of the swimming pool, golf, and tennis court. Start your day with a free breakfast or have lunch at the on-site restaurant. Enjoy being right in the middle of Yosemite Park, allowing you to experience nature at its best.

Now that you know about some of the best hotel options by the mountains and the sea, start planning your vacation.

This piece was written in collaboration with Hipmunk in the course of the Hipmunk Boutique Hotels Campaign, to bring you selected hotels for any budget, all around the U.S.