Some Getaways Are More Away Than Others

David Robertson, 50, is the man behind the Lost Trail Lodge. He designed the lodge himself — on the back of a napkin — in 1997, and spent the next five summers building it. Since no real road leads to the Lost Trail, Mr. Robertson had to carry in all the materials and furniture piece by piece, including four hot tubs, 21 beds, a six-burner cast-iron gas stove and three refrigerators.

After a fantastic trip to the Lost Trail Lodge, I wrote an article for the New York Times' travel section about off-grid lodges.