A true American El Dorado, California offers so much more than its magnificent coastlines. The Golden State’s soaring mountains, rushing rivers, and outsized forests make it a literal gold mine for adventure travelers.
The perfect base camp for a crowd, this off-grid, solar-powered refuge occupies 40 wildflower-dotted acres near Big Sur. It’s got it all: a saltwater pool, picnic tables and pergolas, and outdoor hot tub.
All new construction by an interior designer owner, this Russian River Valley retreat focuses on minimalism to let the outdoors shine. A two-story ceiling with double elevation windows lets that iconic California sunshine in.
A tall atrium and unique window openings distinguish this Lake Tahoe cabin woven into the wooded landscape in a nature-dictated design. It’s Zen-like and alpine, a modern forest getaway.
Independent cottages scattered in the shade of an orchard offer a slice of pure Americana. Old West-styled, clad in wood and corrugated metal, the cute cabins are all modern inside, offering bucolic, rural respite.
A 1974 A-frame reimagined, this beauty sits creekside in a dense redwood forest. Its peaked wall of windows spans the trees, from canopy down to the fertile forest floor. Inside, white walls reflect the slanted woodland daylight.
Built on the massive boulders lining the river’s bank, a wall of windows and long, lean deck place the powerful, tumbling waters right at this home’s doorstep. Take it to the river for the heated spa at water’s edge.
Decks and boardwalks connect this refined wooden home to its raw, natural setting. Overlooking a wild riverside in the Sierra Nevada, rustic modernist styling gets you back to nature, surrounded by dazzling beauty.
A little bit vintage lake house, a little bit mountain lodge, with some 1950’s mod styling thrown in, this spot in the Sequoia National Forest was made for adventure seekers, mountain lovers, and star gazers.
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