Gorgeous, Extremely Private Writing Retreats

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How can you make the cabins for a resident artists’ program feel like a personal, secluded spot? Cass Calder Smith designed these 280-square-foot simple cedar cabins that sit in the Santa Cruz Mountains overlooking the Pacific Ocean. “Think about what a creative writer would enjoy being in and go for it,” he said. “The land is so powerful. The basic thing was to make sure you can look out and see the surroundings.” The cabins don’t share a wall to increase privacy.