Rettlers is a platform designed to unite travelers to radical homemakers, farmers, environmentalists, artists, and community builders providing intentional hospitality in the rural midwest. Founded in 2017, Rettlers was born out of the spirit from those living boldly on the fringes of urban civilization. The word itself was coined from the words 'rural' and 'settlers', honoring those who are committed to the rural lifestyle.
Rettlers vision is to inform a hospitality culture that reflects the interests, values and lifestyle behind each host and each traveler. Collectively, these connections create a network of inspiration, wisdom, and dreams that will drive social cohesion and transformation amongst urban and rural people.
Words from the Founder, Lisa Frank
My hope is that Rettlers will continue to grow into a community that serves to inspire people to further act on their passions, encourage rural renewal and build a bridge from place to place, big and small. I believe that travel is transformative, and key to building bridges in an increasingly disconnected society.
The spirit behind Rettlers is captured from a word, Hiearth. The word is Welsh and lacks a direct translation in English, however; I define it as a recollection of the past, a language of the soul, a voice from the conscious. It's a call to action. It's a calling that travels through the winds amongst native prairie grasses, from the cool soil of the earth, from the heights of northern pines and from the depths of midwestern waters.
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SUGGEST A FEATURE
Some of the best features have been yet to be discovered. Suggest a destination that fits within the scope of Rettlers mission below:
Does the feature contribute to the local economy by crafting locally made goods and services?
Does the feature conserve natural resources and encourage travelers to tread lightly on the land (e.g. through use of renewable energy, recycling, green building techniques, etc.)?
Do the hosts create a guest experience through active, personal, and meaningful participation in nature, community, history, and/or cultures?
SUBMIT A STORY
Share your story as a host, a traveler, an artist, a photographer, a writer or a community organization honoring rural renewal and sustainable tourism.
Please e-mail stories to Lisa Frank at email@example.com