Sometimes you just need to be alone. Perhaps you’ve decided finally it’s time to write your hard-boiled detective novel. Maybe you’re inspired to develop that business plan you’ve been talking about for years. Or, you just want to get away and think. One key to moving forward is to find the place where the creative juices will freely flow. While Herman Melville wrote much of Moby Dick at the Manhattan’s New York Society Library, others, such as E. B. White and D. H. Lawrence, favored isolated wilderness cabins in which to write their masterpieces. Finding a conducive, distraction-free environment is no easy task. Texts, emails, phone calls, and people constantly impinge on your good intentions to really focus. So, here are a few ideas for locales that might enable a tete-a-tete encounter with your muse, or just a vacation where you can get away from it all.
Inland Lake Houseboat: Rainy Lake, Minnesota
There are a lot of lakes on the Minnesota-Ontario border and the largest (excepting Lake Superior) is Rainy Lake. The size of the body of water combined with the thinly populated area surrounding it makes it the sort of place where you can easily be alone with your thoughts. The best way to get out there? Get a houseboat. Houseboating is very popular on Rainy Lake, and a number of outfits rent them out by the week or day. A small houseboat with a double bed, couch, propane stove and refrigerator starts at $1300 a week and goes up, depending on the time of year. To ensure peace and quiet, you can always motor to a spot far from other boats and people. And, if you want to go fishing, you don’t have to travel far.
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