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.
Lighthouse: Saugerties, New York
The Saugerties Lighthouse was built in 1869 to guide boats through shallow Hudson River waters safely into the port of Saugerties. While the light is no longer used for navigation, the building is a bed and breakfast furnished in 1920s décor. It’s private, as visitors cannot drive to the lighthouse, and it can only be reached via boat or a half-mile-long trail through the Ruth Reynolds Glunt Nature Preserve. The trail crosses a tidal flat, which is impassable when the tide is in. But once ensconsed, seclusion seekers inhabit two small apartments with excellent views, one looking west towards the Catskills, and the other facing the Hudson.
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