Visual Travel Diaries :: A Cabin in the Woods

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I love living in the city, especially one like Chicago. There is something truly electrifying about the hustle and bustle of city life.

However, that hustle can definitely take it’s toll and when it does there is nothing like an escape to nature to help relax and rejuvenate your mind.

Which is exactly what DCT and I did this past week. I am living proof that 3 days in the middle of the woods does a mind (and body) good 😉

Now, I’ll be the first to admit – I’m not an outdoorsy type of girl.

While I appreciate nature and all it’s glory, being out in pure wilderness for extended periods of time has never been a strong desire of mine.

I’ve done my fair share of camping, rock climbing, white water rafting, kayaking, etc. and while I always enjoy the experience, it’s not something I seek out on a regular basis.

What I’m trying to say is, if I must I’m not afraid to get down and dirty – unless there are bugs involved, then all bets are off :)

So, being more of a beach bum than a frontier woman, I wasn’t entirely sold on the idea of getting a cabin in the woods. But as I would learn it turns out it was exactly what I needed.

I have to tip my hat to DCT as he did a phenomenal job in finding a balance between rugged, outdoor mountain life, and extra luxuries we don’t normally indulge in at home.

Our cabin (which was literally called “The Cabin”) sat on the side of one of Shenandoah’s many mountaintops, smack dab in the middle of the forest.

Seriously, you couldn’t get more secluded than this.

We literally had to drive up part of the mountain on a dirt road just to get to it – it was that hidden.

It was your quintessential cabin – a cozy interior with handmade quilts to snuggle into at night, a stone fireplace, back deck and even an outdoor fire pit. We saw deer at practically every turn and even had a couple stroll by our front door one morning.

Something I didn’t realize was a thing – but turned out to be the best thing ever – is a cabin with an outdoor hot tub.

When I think hot tub, a cabin in the woods is not the first place that comes to mind – but that has since changed.

Turns out cabins and hot tubs are the perfect pair. I quickly learned that sore muscles from hiking + a glass of wine + hot tub in the woods = total bliss. It became the best way to end our day.

Besides the hot tub our favorite spot in the cabin had to be the hammock.

Mmhmm, that hammock!

I am convinced that I need to figure out how to rig a hammock on our tiny deck space back here in Chicago. It was by far the best reading/napping/daydreaming/sip your cup of coffee or glass of wine spot.

We couldn’t get enough of it.

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We’ve been back in Chicago for 3 days now, and I won’t lie, it’s been a bit of a shock to the system. We’ve had to take our time readjusting back to the hustle and bustle.

I actually find myself missing the simplicity of our cabin.

Now this isn’t to say I’m ready to pack up my life and move to the mountains permanently.

But I will say our little hideaway made me appreciate the simplicity and peacefulness of being surrounded by pure wilderness.

And though I’m still a city girl at heart, I feel as if I brought a piece of that serenity and fortitude of the mountain back with me to Chicago. Two things any city girl could use more of.

In closing, I raise my glass to living your life to it’s fullest whether on the coastline, in the heart of a city, or at the peak of a mountain.

Your frontier woman-in-training,

Ashlei

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| Photos by your’s truly |

4 Responses to Visual Travel Diaries :: A Cabin in the Woods

  1. This sounds like so much fun!! And I know that was a great experience for you two! To just be able to escape from the big city life for a little while probably does some healing to the body! I’m glad you guys were able to venture out to do that!!

    • Thanks Alexandrea! Sometimes you just have to get away from it all to recharge and get back on your A-game. I’m glad we had the opportunity to do it before the wedding too! Haha :)

      xx