1. Container Cabin in the Catskills in Saugerties, NY
Who knew a shipping container could be so eco-chic? The owners of this container cabin retrofitted this simple 20-foot container with high-efficiency insulated walls, low energy windows, a wood stove, composting toilet and tiny kitchen to turn it into the ultimate off-the-grid escape. Your only heat in this cabin is a wood stove. Walk 100 yards north of the cabin to find a 30-foot waterfall; trek south to find a small stream and wood-fired hot tub. You can even hike the Catskills for ultimate isolation by leaving from the back door and finding the trailhead for Woodstock, Kingston, Saugerties, Catskill or the Hudson River in just 15 minutes.