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New Year's Resolution: 2017 The Year of Adventure

2016 has come and gone and with the turning of the calendar reveals new resolutions for a brighter, better 2017. New Year's may be the holiday of good intentions, but according to Forbes, only 8 percent of people actually stick to their goals. This year choose a resolution you can keep: make 2017 your #YearofAdventure.

At Natural Retreats, our vacation homes across the United States are located in some of the most sought-after adventure destinations in the country. Travel to an exciting place with Natural Retreats and give a new outdoor experience a try. Make 2017 the year to escape into nature; who knows you might just find a new passion, or maybe even yourself.


1. Fly Fishing
From the pursuit of the fish to the intricacies of tying the flies, making the rods, and everything in between- many people find a true passion in fly fishing. Whether you are an experienced or novice fisherman, 2017 is the year to cast that line. No matter the size of the fish you catch, we guarantee you’ll go home with some big memories.

Where To Go

South Fork Lodge located on the scenic Snake River in Idaho is known for its world-class fly fishing. Our knowledgeable guides offer everything from basic training to guided drift boat tours.

On the other side of the country, The Homestead Preserve and Great Smoky Mountain Region are surrounded by some of the best trout fishing that the east coast has to offer.

If you are more interested in targeting saltwater species, Cape San Blas, FL and Sea Islands, SC are excellent destinations to hook into a fish that will test your drag.


2. Skiing & Snowboarding
Get ready to experience new heights this year, in all senses of the word. When you strap on your skis or snowboard and head to the slopes you’ll soon find that regardless of your level of skill the mountains welcome everyone with an adventurous attitude. At the very least, a day on the mountain earns you an excuse to partake in some après ski.

Where to Go
Our destinations across the West are close to some of the biggest and best skiing and snowboarding resorts in the world. With ski in/ski out access available from many of our homes, getting to the mountains has never been easier. Here are our top snow sports destinations:

Mammoth Lakes, California >>> Mammoth Mountain
North Lake Tahoe, California >>> Northstar
Big Sky, Montana >>> Big Sky Resort
Winter Park, Colorado >>> Winter Park Resort
Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, Idaho >>> Grand Targhee Resort or Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico >>> Taos Ski Valley Resort
Sun Valley, Idaho >>> Sun Valley Resort


3. Golf
When the playing field is 200 plus acres of wide open land, it’s easy to see why people get hooked on golf. Some find tranquility in the solitude that comes with an early morning game as the only accompanying sounds on the course are the birds, trees, and whistle of a swing. For others, golf is a source of passion and skill that can be shared with friends.

Where to Go
The best part of golf is that you can play almost anywhere there is a course. At Natural Retreats our destinations are near golf courses with the mountain, forest, or seaside backdrop of your dreams. Here are a few of our favorite destinations:

Headwaters Club at Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, Idaho promises rolling fairways, bunkered greens, and spring fed lakes filled with native trout.

Choose from a plethora of top-notch courses in the Lowcountry at Sea Islands, SC or Tybee, Ga, as both are ideally situated for your next golf outing on the coast.



4. Hiking
Edmund Hillary was onto something when he said, “It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” Whether your resolutions are to be physically or mentally healthier, hiking is the first start in achieving those goals. Detaching from the materialism of the world and reconnecting with the elements is the ultimate reset button for the new year. So go on and take a hike.You’re body, mind, and soul will thank you.

Where to Go
Every single one of our destinations offer beautiful hiking trails with every kind of view imaginable. Many of our destinations are near some of the greatest public lands in the world, filled with endless hiking opportunities.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee>>>
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming >>>
Yosemite National Park, California>>>
Joshua Tree National Park, California>>>
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado>>>
George Washington National Forrest, Virginia>>>


5. Mountain Biking
If you prefer to tackle the mountains via two wheels instead of two feet, mountain biking may be just the sport to try in 2017, especially if you are looking to add a little extra adventure to your life. Regardless of skill level, most bike trails will offer the obstacles and challenges to push yourself out of your comfort zone. The reward? Most bike trails lead to remote, peaceful, and beautiful places where you can connect to and experience the greatness of the outdoors.

Where to Go
There is no shortage of amazing bike trails accessible from most of our destinations across the country. Many of which have made the list of best places to mountain bike in the USA. Check out our favorite locations:

Sun Valley, Idaho >>> Bald Mountain
North Lake Tahoe, California >>> Sugar Pine Point State Park
Great Smoky Mountains, Tennessee >>> Great Smoky Mountain National Park
Homestead Preserve, Virginia >>> Doubthat State Park


6. Horseback Riding
Why not try out 2017 from four hooves? There is nothing quite as hypnotic, relaxing, and surreal as exploring the mountains, valleys, and shores atop a horse. Not only does a horse make an excellent exploration companion, but horseback riding has proven health benefits that stimulate the rider’s physical, mental, and even spiritual state.

Where to Go
With a plethora of backdrops to choose from, our homes are near some of the best places to strap on your saddle and head out for a ride. Here are some of our favorite locations to “rein” in the New Year:

Teton Springs Lodge & Spa, Idaho >>> Linn Canyon Ranch
Taos Ski Valley, New Mexico >>> Rio Grande Stables
Cape San Blas, FL>>> Broke-a-toe Horseback
Sea Islands, South Carolina >>> Camelot Farms
Homestead Preserve, VA >>> Star B Stables



7. SUP Boarding
SUP boarding (stand up paddleboarding) originally started in Hawaii and is now the fastest growing water sport in the world. Some love the sport for the full body workout it provides; others for the unique standing perspective of the water. Whatever gets you to the board, get ready to experience the water like never before. Bring a dog, bring a friend, or just paddle solo. Feeling extra adventurous? Give SUP Yoga a try!

Where to Go
SUP boarding can be done anywhere there is water. Although calmer water is preferred, many adventurers seek out the waves. Here are some of our favorite water destinations:

Cape San Blas, Florida>>> VayK Gear
North Lake Tahoe, California >>> Tahoe Adventure Company
Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire >>> Full Moon Paddle Boards