Current Obsession: Historic Lookout Towers of the Northwest

Recently, I subscribed to a new (?) (new for me) magazine called Sunset.  On their website, the tagline is "everything you love about living in the West."  I've gotten about six issues and the content seems to alternate between mostly travel articles one month and mostly interior design articles the next. Great recipes and gardening tips are featured, as well.  To be honest, the first issue kind of underwhelmed me, but the next was full of amazing destinations, like national parks and glamping options, including airstreams, tents, etc.  The next featured beautiful bohemian homes and each issue has been more fascinating than the last.

One of my favorite articles, among many, is about how historic lookout towers in the Northwest of the United States are being re-purposed as lodges.  I felt an instant connection to the content.  I have fond memories from my childhood, hiking with my Dad and sister on local trails and climbing to the top of the old fire tower in Woodbury, Connecticut. We could see all of the surrounding towns for miles, forest and fields in all directions.

Also, author, Aaron Teasdale's breathtaking descriptions got under my skin:

I sit quietly on the catwalk and watch the setting sun flame arcoss the horizon. Then, in cosmic payoff, the stars start sparkling in the twilight ... As I lie down for the night, celestial light emanates from every direction. The cosmos itself seems to pour into the tower ... I'm not in a lookout tower - I'm in a spaceship.

Yes please! I can't think of a better break from the constant noise and distraction of big city living.  Lookout towers quickly moved to the top of my list of dream getaways!  But wait, if you also are interested in this type of lodging, make sure to do your research.  You can find great information on the National Historic Lookout Register.  Some of the towers are far into hiking trails involving rugged terrain.  Some are not fully equipped, no running water, no stove.  If you plan a trip in the winter, plan on icy trails.  Some can be many feet in the air, which may add to their appeal for some, however, not for those who have a fear of heights.  Still, I think that view is worth a little effort and discomfort.

Have you stayed in a lookout tower? How was your experience?