River of Life Farm
Sleeping Quarters Eight spacious cabins on stilts, on 275 private acres of lush forest in the Ozarks, run by the McKee family who pride themselves on maintaining the camp’s remoteness. What You Get All the amenities of a cottage on the ground: equipped kitchen, air conditioning, queen- and twin-size beds, plus stained-glass windows, red cedar woodwork, and the occasional hickory growing through the balcony. What to Bring Waders, tackle, and a rod for rainbow trout fishing in the White River. 417/261-7777; www.riveroflifefarm.com; doubles from $139 for two, $25 for each additional guest, $10 for children 5 to 11.
Cedar Creek Treehouse
Sleeping Quarters A secluded cabin 50 feet up in a 200-year-old red cedar tree near Mount Rainier. What You Get Two double beds, a bathroom, a kitchen, a hammock, a skylight for stargazing, a telescope for spying on mountain goats, a swimming hole, and huckleberry picking—plus a guided trek up the Stairway To Heaven (an 82-foot spiral staircase) and across the suspension bridge to the observatory lookout with owner Bill Compher. What to Bring Food and the treasure hunt-style map that leads to the location—Bill will mail it you. 360/569-2991; www.cedarcreektreehouse.com; doubles $300. Kids 10 and up only.
Big Sur, California
Sleeping Quarters A tent of canvas stretched over a circular fir lattice—a Mongolian invention updated with electricity, running water, French doors, and a redwood deck. What You Get A swanky lodge serving waffle breakfasts and wood-fired barbecue dinners, and a heated pool. What to Bring A constellation guide for stargazing through your domed skylight. 877/424-4787; treebonesresort.com; four-person yurts from $205, including breakfast.
Orca Island Cabins
Sleeping Quarters Three yurts, each with a queen-size bed and a futon, on a tiny, private island in Humpy Cove’s Resurrection Bay. What You Get A private bathroom, propane stove and heater, outfitted kitchen, linens, a grill, and kayaks to rent for trips to the nearby salmon stream (see them spawning all summer) and waterfall. What to Bring Binoculars for watching black bears and mountain goats on the mountainside, bald eagles overhead, and killer whales in the bay. 907/491-1988; www.orcaislandcabins.com; yurts $250, plus $55 for the water-taxi.
Never Summer Nordic
Colorado State Park, near Walden, Colorado
Sleeping Quarters Seven yurts along a hiking trail in the remote Medicine Bow Mountains, all but two accessible by car in summer. What You Get Bunk beds, a wood stove and axe, cooking equipment, trails for mountain biking and streams for fishing, the occasional moose sighting, and a journal in each dome to read about past guests’ adventures and add your own tales. What to Bring A Colorado Parks Pass, drinking water, and a lantern. 970/723-4070; www.neversummernordic.com; yurts from $60 weekdays, $75 weekends.