10 Reasons we chose a Nature Retreat

My husband and I have decided after careful deliberation that the property we’d be purchasing for our Family vacation spot would be a Nature Retreat instead of a place near the Beach. The property we’re looking to buy MUST have a few things on our wishlist. Including:

  • Mountain or Country/County property
  • Acreage for privacy and more room for adventures.
  • A source of water such as a stream, creek, pond or river front.
  • Level and rolling parts. Both clear and wooded to accommodate campsites and possible structures, hiking and walking, wildlife and scenery.
  • It doesn’t need to have a structure on it, but that could be a plus depending on it’s condition.

We already go out for hikes and nature walks very frequently, sometimes I don’t always remember to bring my camera. I’ve added photos from some of our adventures in our cities public parks and trails.

Here’s our 10 reasons for wanting our own nature retreat.

  1. A place that is our own, where the kids would love to visit time and time again.
  2. We love being outdoors and in nature so it’d be a great getaway.
  3. Seclusion and serenity. We like our privacy and being able to connect better as a family without a load of distractions.
  4. Better fit for technology free trips.
  5. Playing in a creek, fishing or just sitting by the water.
  6. Observing wildlife.
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  7. Encouraging fantastic developmental and learning skills within our adventures.
  8. A place we can set up a campsite and perhaps in the future build a cabin or tiny house, whatever suits our future needs and wants.
  9. A place that can accommodate us throughout the year and always be “in-season”.
  10. A place close enough to home and work for us to explore and enjoy not only on weekends but during the week as well.

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My Pros and Cons of a Beach Property:

Pros-
Obviously, close vicinity to the beach/ocean.Variety of different shops and food choices.
Play time at the beach and in the water.
Could rent out the property during most the year for residual income.

Cons-
It would have to be a closer beach (VA, NC, SC – Not FL like I’d want)
Still further distance to travel from home. (making it a well planned out trip just to go)
More expensive to upkeep.
Seasonal property. (won’t do us much good majority of the year)Less time to enjoy the property. (could only go there a few times a summer, if that)
Weather permitting.
Possibly crowded or “busy” in the area/city or on the beach.
Less privacy than in the wilderness.
Not as much wildlife (seagulls, birds and some crustaceans, maybe)
Sometimes being on the beach is actually not as grand as it sounds.

As fun as a beach trip sounds, having lived at Cocoa Beach in Florida, but with as many children as we have (6) it sounds like chaos to me. We’re actually taking our first family camping trip Father’s Day weekend to Williamsburg, VA so we can visit Jamestown and Yorktown. That same weekend we’ll also be traveling to the coast to have an afternoon at the beach, taking all the kids for the first time. They are still young and we’ll find out quickly if we can even handle it again or if we have to wait until they are even older. I have faith that together we can overcome my fears of taking all of them to the ocean, but they are excited and I just hope it goes well.

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So because we want something close to home and something we can utilize almost daily. We chose a Nature Retreat instead. We haven’t found the right property for us just yet, but we’re still looking for that right one. We want to make sure it not only fits us for now, but fits us for many years to come as our children grow up. I’m anxious, though I know I need to have the most patience so that we don’t go into anything too hasty.

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10 Reasons we chose a Nature Retreat

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