Life is busy! With family, work, school and extracurriculars, schedules get overbooked and there is often time little time to recharge.
I’ve learned that blocking off time to disconnect and reengage with nature is an absolute must. Whether it’s a Saturday morning walk in the woods or a night away off-the-grid, it clears your mind and gives you a fresh start. I love to do this with my partner, who is also a nature lover. It is something we can both appreciate as we are introverts with busy, people-focused jobs.
You don’t have to go far to reconnect with nature. I recently spent the night at an Airbnb treehouse about an hour from Toronto.
The treehouse sits on the beautiful property of Paula and Bill Lishman, nestled in the hills of Scugog Township in Durham Region. I loved how the cabin was stocked with books, including the two pictured below, offering a look into Bill’s life and passions.
Bill was an artist, inventor and innovator, known for his work in ultra-light aviation and became the first person to lead the flight of geese with an aircraft. Paula is known for her extraordinary career, establishing timeless fashion collections from original knit furs. She was the recipient of the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1995. Both are known for significant contributions to the community.
After spending some quiet time reading in the gorgeous screened in verandah, my partner and I enjoyed the 360 degree views of the Oak Ridges Moraine over a candlelit dinner (steak on a cast iron pan over a wood stove–a simple pleasure).
Exploring the grounds was a great experience, especially since the location is pet friendly with a number of trails to follow.
If you’re looking for a quick getaway out of the city, and ready for some serious R&R, this could be the right spot for you.