Holiday Giving

Great Escapes

The Takeover Edition

Beyond the little somethings and sweet nothings, the best gift you can give in the year of confinement is the gift of exploration. Fortunately, for the crowd-weary adventurer, the pandemic era has given rise to the trend of the travel takeover, where more destinations are offering to book out entire islands, wild west camps and high mountain retreats just for you and your trusted few. Here are four over-the-top escapes that are within easy reach of Southwest Florida, but take you and your loved ones worlds away from everyone and everything. Go Off The Grid Taylor River Lodge, Almont, Colorado Eleven Experience’s Taylor River Lodge in Colorado’s Taylor Canyon—a 30-minute drive from Crested Butte—takes the feel of camping and gives it a  five-star spin, with chef-prepared meals and an onsite team ready to arrange everything from spa treatments to Nordic skiing and snowmobiling. Named after the river it’s built along, the eight-cabin lodge once served as a general store before the Colorado-based adventure collective took over three years ago. The original, 1940s structures have been modernized with amenitie
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