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Disconnect with Tech and Reconnect with Nature at Lost Whiskey Concrete Cabin

Mitch Allen / Greenspur

Anyone who has ever hiked the Appalachian Trail knows that it offers both solitude and a chance to connect with others. You could spend hours quietly walking alone, only to come upon a fellow hiker where you will swap stories and then continue along your separate paths. This experience of solitude and connection is exactly what Lost Whiskey Club is all about. Get the quiet seclusion with their Lost Whiskey Concrete Cabin or interact with fellow nature lovers at the site’s communal farmhouse.

Established in 2016, Lost Whiskey Club is about disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with nature, all while enjoying an amazing glass of bourbon. The site features three tiny cabins, walking paths, a mobile whiskey bar in a converted Airstream trailer, and plenty of communal spaces for gathering with others by a roaring fire. After you’ve enjoyed an evening of swapping stories, there’s nothing like heading back to the Lost Whiskey Concrete Cabin and stargazing on the cantilevered deck.

The Lost Whiskey Concrete Cabin perfectly captures the mantra of the Lost Whiskey Club. It’s an ultra minimalist space, done in a Brutalist style. At only 160 square feet, the cabin encourages being outside as much as possible. There is no Wi-Fi, no television – just the one-room cabin with a breathtaking view of the rolling Virginia hills.

Pared down to the basics, the cabin is made of a concrete shell and includes a shower and composting toilet, a propane cooktop, and a sink. There is also a murphy bed that becomes a dining table. Made from reclaimed wood, when folded away, the Murphy bed creates an accent wall that adds warmth to the coolness of the gray concrete. One wall of the cabin is made of glass panels that fully open, turning the cabin into an indoor-outdoor space. In front of the wall of glass is a wood-burning stove and a sitting area with two leather Palmero chairs. It’s a simple yet masculine design that is a reflection of the ruggedness of the natural surroundings.

While the inside of the cabin is impressive, the outside is the true star. A cantilevered concrete deck looks out to a lush valley and a walking path that leads to the Appalachian Trail. But what makes this deck the ultimate space to unwind and reconnect with nature is the catamaran-style hammock built into it, allowing you to float over the hill. After spending the afternoon relaxing in the hammock, you can take a dip in the Dutch-style, wood-fired hot tub. Or light up a fire in the firepit and sip some of their exclusive whiskey while you kick back in the Palmero chairs. It’s all right there, built into the deck.

Mitch Allen / Greenspur

Excited about the culture Lost Whiskey Club has created? They are currently offering exclusive memberships that you can learn more about by emailing them. Once signed up, you get access to booking the Lost Whiskey Concrete Cabin (or one of their other equally impressive spaces), their whiskey, the communal spaces, and their private 50 acres of land, just a quarter of a mile off of the Appalachian Trail. Whiskey, a roaring fire, and solitude. The mountains are calling, and you must go.

For an altogether different take on the cabin format, check out this fishing cabin on stilts.

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