Making the Most of Your Fall Retreat

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Fall is your last chance to enjoy nature before frost and holiday plans consume you. What better place to escape the endless grind of the urban jungle than nestled amongst the shedding amber trees? Doubtful? Enjoying nature doesn’t have to be a torture-filled weekend of bug spray and sleeping bags.

Grab some pals or your special someone, find the perfect cabin to be your weekend castle (you know the go-to apps), and don’t look back. No need for your Boy Scouts field manual—all you have to do is follow these three tips to ensure that your fall retreat doesn’t turn into the premise of a horror film. Easy, right?

We Gotta Get Outta This Place

The purpose of your retreat is to enjoy your surroundings. Do your research ahead of time and build the weekend your way. Looking for picturesque hikes? Don’t forget your hiking boots. Or does a weekend on a lake with a fishing rod in your hand sound more like your picture of zen? Don’t forget your reels.

No matter the plan, prepare for Murphy’s Law and plan well, so you can relax and actually enjoy your escape. And when you’re dining at that local hidden gem (expertly scouted by you, you retreat ninja, you) or serving up a candlelit dinner for two at the cabin, don the Juniper Shirt to add some sophistication and panache to your rugged casual. The repeating juniper print will show off your connection to nature without making you look like a mountain man.

Josh Rubin