The next time you’re in Cortina d’Ampezzo, swing by the Rifugio Col Gallina and ask for Raniero Campigotto, the manager, if you can have a little me time in the Starlight Room. It’s not like the view from Col Gallina is bad (I’ve been there, it’s sublime), but that the Dolos aren’t exactly wilderness-having your own private Idaho atop one of the local slopes would be a nice break from your fellow espresso sluggers.

The cost of a night in the Starlight Room isn’t cheap ($330 a night), but few things are near the St. Moritz of Italy. What that gets you is an absurdly decadent dinner, a heated room, flatscreen TV (um, why?), and a double bed. Access is via skis, snowshoes, or fatbike. And yes, those are runners, and yes, it’s moveable. Just don’t lean too far downhill.

Learn more here. Photo by Giacomo Pompanin
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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.

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Steve Casimiro is the editor of Adventure Journal. Follow him on Instagram at @stevecasimiro.