Sure, we know what those darting eyes, gnashing teeth and repeated attempts to chew through the walls mean. You need to go hiking.
But he doesn’t know that.
So cut him a break and lace up for Appalachian Mountain Club Huts, a series of BYOB hiking huts along the famed trail, taking reservations now.
Let’s get right into it: you’ll start by reserving a stay at however many huts you think you’ll want to hit over a weekend of hiking through the Presidential Range in the legendary White Mountains. Plan on two or three, as each hut along the 56-mile trail is roughly a day’s hike apart.
About those huts: they have eight unique ones along the trail, with full-service trimmings (kitchens, roast-turkey dinners, apple pies, beds, BYOB ethos). There’s a super-remote, 38-person one built in 1931 from native New Hampshire trees (located within hiking distance of a stunning waterfall). And there’s a westernmost hut along the trail with clear views of the Franconia Range.
Or our favorite: the Lakes of the Clouds hut, a 90-person, fully staffed mountainside hostel high up on Mount Washington with above-the-tree-line views of the terra firma below.
Reminder: bring granola.