Green Mountain Falls, Colorado
GET THERE: The sleepy mountain village is about 80 miles south of Denver.
STAY: a six-room cottage built in 1889 was reopened in november as the modern Outlook Lodge, a version of your rustic dream cabin, complete with a library and a large wraparound porch. (from $99; outlookgmf.com)
CHEAP THRILL: Hiking. the town, surrounded by pike national forest on three sides, has a great network of trails, all easily accessed from the hotel. Venture out on Catamount Trail, a 6-mile hike with steep switchbacks that pass waterfalls and the Garden of Eden wildflower meadow.