For many of us, summer vacation means the gift of sleep. Sure, we like to go swimming, scarf down a few lobster rolls or hot dogs, and read a book (or four). But being allowed to lie down for a well-deserved nap in the middle of the day? Nothing better. Here are some rustic bunkhouses and sleeping porches that are begging you to get horizontal:
Above: Wherever this screened-in sleeping porch is, there's a lake beside it, and we want to be there. Now. This could be the ultimate porch swing. Photograph by Quentin Bacon. See more in 5 Favorites: Screened Sleeping Porches.
Above: River rock and knotty pine decorate a cabin at remote Minam River Lodge, in eastern Oregon's Eagle Cap Wilderness. Most guests hike or ride horseback for eight miles to reach the lodge, so you're likely to nap in peace, unless a small plane touches down.
Above: Let the sun shine in: This wide-open sleeping shed in the woods, designed by Tim Prentice, even has a translucent fiberglass roof. Photograph via Even Cleveland.
Above: A triple-tiered bunk bed maximizes space in a minuscule beach cabin designed by Crosson Clarke Carnachan for New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula. For more, see A Portable Beach Cabin, Sleds Included.
Above: A modern take on rustic style, this bunkhouse room at the Basecamp Hotel, in South Lake Tahoe, sleeps six (in two single beds above two queens)—a sleepaway-camp option for a group of friends. Read more about the hotel at A High-style Base Camp in Tahoe. Photograph by Eva Kolenko.
Above: Vermont architect Robert Swinburne says he designed his screened-in Fern House as "a space for summer naps and overnight guests." Exactly.
Above: LA actors (and serial remodelers) Amanda Pays and Corbin Bernsen converted an old workshop into a bunkhouse for their sons, whitewashing the walls and pouring a new concrete floor. The ladder leads to a hangout space, complete with drum kit. Read the whole post on Remodelista at Backyard Bunkhouse, Hollywood Royal Family Edition.
Above: Fashion stylist and interior designer Scott Newkirk built this sleeping porch for the guest cottage at his country escape in the Catskills. To create a similar look, consult Steal This Look: Summer Sleeping Porch. Photograph by Dean Kaufman.
We feel drowsy already. Is the fan turned on? Wake us when it's cocktail hour . . .