San Martin de los Andes is a small mountain town in Patagonia. Hedged on one side by Lacar Lake and on the other side by the Andes, it is a gateway to skiing, volcanoes, trekking, ice blue rivers, massive dinosaur fossils, and several national parks. More quaint and touristy than the rugged Patagonian landscape that first comes to mind, San Martin de los Andes is one of those towns that makes the more wild Patagonia trips viable. It’s the place you stop for a cold beer and a hot shower. It’s the place you resupply on food and refill your psyche on society for a few days, until you’re ready to happily step back into the solitude of the wilderness.
Then again, San Martin de los Andes may also be your destination.
The Bohemian Cabin is a few miles outside of town, though it looks like it’s a world away. Sitting on the top of a steep road, the few other homes in the vicinity are relatively camouflaged thanks to the trees and the pitch of the hillside. Trails are right outside the back door.
Huge, west-facing picture windows take in the views, all while providing shelter from the infamous Patagonian winds. If you’re turned inward, it’s a straightforward, fully functional home, with a touch of playfulness. In our collective romance of the Patagonian landscape, it’s sometimes easy to forget that to about million people or so (that’s just under two people per square kilometer), it’s just home. The Bohemian Cabin seems to have that rare quality in a house that makes anyone feel at home the second they step through the door.
The cabin is available to rent from $130 a night (or less for extended stays). Find more information at Boutique-Homes.com.
Photos courtesy Boutique Homes
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.