10 Great Places to take comfort in nature

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Devil's Thumb Ranch
Tabernash, Colo.

"The most private and cushy of the ranch's accommodations are sixteen log cabins on a ridge apart from the main lodge," author Laura Kidder says. Kidder wrote 239 Great Places to Escape to Nature Without Roughing It.  "Stone fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, hardwood floors, and lofts or sitting areas, they're a 21st-century evocation of frontier living." Though only 1½ hours west of Denver, this Rocky Mountain ranch feels much farther away with its 5,000 acres of meadows and pine forests. 800-933-4339; devilsthumbranch.com