By Caroline Hallemann
Updated: January 24, 2017
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Winter is far from over, but it’s never too early to start planning your summer vacation. This year, why not forgo the traditional beach getaway for a trip that gets your creative juices flowing.

Thanks to a new trend of specialty sleep-away camps for the 18-and-older set, adults are packing their bags to make new friends, explore their passions, and indulge in a little campfire nostalgia.

One such experience? Miles of Music Camp, a program focused on teaching traditional folk music and songwriting with a side of yoga, boating, and old-school square dance.

Whether you consider yourself the next Bob Dylan or you've never picked up a guitar in your life, participants of all skill levels are welcome, and instructors range from accomplished folk singer-songwriters like co-founders Kristin Andreassen and Laura Cortese to Louisiana cajun and swamp pop players The Revelers.

Now, if you’d still prefer to use your PTO on a trip to the shore, Miles of Music also offers two weekend sessions (one in Boston, the other in Brooklyn) in addition to the main event, a week-long workshop on a private woodland island on Lake Winnipesaukee.

Or, simply give Andreassen’s new record a listen. The bulk of her second solo album, Gondolier, was written on the same wooded island in New Hampshire and showcases her whimsical indie-folk style. Gondolier goes on sale February 17, but pre-order today for a sneak peek of three songs.

Caroline Hallemann is an assistant digital editor at Travel + Leisure. You can find her on Twitter at @challemann.