Outback Cabins & “Instant-Camping”

IMG_5907Outback Cabins: About a decade ago we found ourselves standing outside an unused cabin/shed on the property that nonetheless had electricity and indoor plumbing, and speculated that there might be guests whose sensibilities would resonate to the idea of booking an affordable little room combining the features of both B & B lodging and camping – a real roof, nice bed & linens, hot/cold running water, breakfast included in the rate, but about the size of a tent and you get to walk to a bathroom.

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With that in mind, we kitted IMG_6145out the cabin and tested whether this idea had any actual merit. Initially nameless, it became the “Outback” in recognition of one of its first occupants, the Australian father of a lady getting married at the lodge.IMG_6549 Guest response to the Outback cabin was so gratifyingly positive that within a year or so we “found” another, larger cabin, refitted it completely, and named it (really imaginatively) Outback II.

“Instant-Camping”: Our two “instant-tentsites” take the original Outback concept all the way to true camping, and nearly fulfill our fantasy for IMG_5911“blow-up” rooms inflated in only the height of summer. These are fully equipped campsites – tents, sleeping bags with liners, mattresses, pillows, flashlights, picnic table, firepit with grill, water source.IMG_6201 Our instant campers need only bring their own food, wood/kindling/method of lighting a fire, a camping cookstove if they choose not to use the firepit for cooking, as well as cooking/eating utensils. Campers have access to a bathroom (no shower) inside the lodge as well as a portable toilet. Breakfast is not included in the tentsite rate, but morning coffee in the lodge is on us. These campsites offer excellent woodsy privacy, but are just a minute or so walk from the main lodge building.

 

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