10 Greatest Escapes in America

Get away without going far away. These amazing destinations are fun, beautiful, and just a few hours from home.

By Charles Runnette

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Home on the Mountain Range
Tabernash, Colorado

Look out the window of your luxe log cabin and marvel at 4,000 acres of lush forests, rolling hills, and the spectacular Rockies. Is that a moose in the distance? Welcome to the magic of the Wild West.

Outdoor enthusiasts and greenhorns alike are flocking to Devil's Thumb Ranch to experience the thrill of saddling up and setting out to explore the real mountain country. In summer, take your family horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, and fly-fishing. In winter, try the 78 miles of trails for skiing and snowshoeing.

This is not your typical dude ranch: Owners Bob and Suzanne Fanch carefully constructed and restored the buildings on the property, and the ranch recently earned an award from the Environmental Protection Agency for its earth-friendly practices, which include heating its log cabins with a geothermal pump.

The Fanches are as sensitive to their guests' needs as they are to the environment. After a hard day of play, you can unwind with a massage in the spa and dine on natural beef and organic vegetables. After all, even cowboys need a little TLC. Rooms and luxury cabins, $189 to $750 per night, double occupancy; devilsthumbranch.com

 

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