In the past, we’ve said that a lodge is “something more. More than lodging, more than rustic, more than a resort.” For instance, the Old Faithful Inn isn’t just a place; it’s a doorway to history.
Being old, new, majestic, or quaint isn’t what qualifies a structure as a lodge. Nor is it a theme park, amusement park, or alternate reality. Neither does it have to do with decor, lodging, or fine dining, although those aspects can be wonderful. What makes a lodge is context.
A lodge is a place with a view. It might be craggy mountains, rich forests, recreational landscapes, national parks, deserts, savannas, open ranges, rare or fantastic phenomena like geysers and canyons, or historic landmarks such as battlefields and archaeological digs.
Lodges invite you to touch, see, smell, hear, and otherwise experience great and wonderful things. To value natural settings. To take the time to ponder meaning and to examine potential answers to life’s most important questions. To regain focus and rebuild relationships. To conquer the highest mountains and the deepest valleys—on foot, on skis, by boat, or on horseback. You can’t do these things in theme parks—even lodge-like ones. That’s something to consider when you plan your next vacation.
We’re not lodge critics. Far from it. We just want to help you find that special lodge for those rare moments when you have the time and resources to get away.
Somewhere out there, a lodge with “something more” is calling your name. We’d love to be part of the discovery process.