Cool things are brewing in Sonoma County, California, with a fun arts scene and a toehold of cinematic culture in the form of the Rio Theater, a 1940s-era Quonset hut that first showed films 60 years ago and has been updated to modern projection equipment with help from a Kickstarter campaign (including $500 from actor/director Zack Braff). But even if Meru is playing you might not want to leave this tidy, classic coastal A frame cabin other than to wander in the giant redwoods that surround it.
Available on Airbnb for $125 a night, the cabin in Cazadero is the embodiment of rustic comfort. A tiny fridge sits on the deck. The bathroom light is a lamp. And if you want entertainment other than the heaps of board games or books, there’s record player. Beyond that…the coast is 10 minutes away, the Russian River is a stone’s throw, the redwoods are right outside, and the Peanuts Movie might be playing in town.
Weekend Cabin isn’t necessarily about the weekend, or cabins. It’s about the longing for a sense of place, for shelter set in a landscape…for something that speaks to refuge and distance from the everyday. Nostalgic and wistful, it’s about how people create structure in ways to consider the earth and sky and their place in them. It’s not concerned with ownership or real estate, but what people build to fulfill their dreams of escape. The very time-shortened notion of “weekend” reminds that it’s a temporary respite.