Sure, you can cook in your cabin, but a true cabin vacation in nature would be incomplete without a hearty picnic.

Top Tips for the Perfect Outdoor Picnic

Whether you're planning a date, a family activity, or a friend-get together, here are some tips to help you create memorable picnics that everyone will cherish.

Choose the Perfect Location

Selecting the right picnic spot is crucial. Consider your group's preferences and the activities you plan to enjoy. A scenic park, a lakeside shore, a tranquil meadow, or a quiet forest glade can provide the ideal backdrop for your picnic. Make sure there are clean and comfortable seating options or bring along blankets and cushions for a cozy setup.

Better yet, take your picnic essentials with you during a hike. There are several great trails around Rim Hideaway you can explore.

Plan a Diverse Menu

Plan a diverse menu that suits different tastes and nutritional requirements. Include a mix of sandwiches, salads, fruits, and snacks. And of course, save room for dessert - perhaps a selection of cookies, brownies, or fruit tarts. Or if you don't want to make dessert, take some s'mores to roast over an open fire for an easy sweet treat.

Pack with Care

No one likes soggy sandwiches and warm drinks. Pack your picnic basket or cooler with care to ensure your food stays fresh and enjoyable. Use a well-insulated cooler with ice packs for perishable items like sandwiches and salads. Consider using airtight containers to prevent spills and keep food separate. It's also a good idea to bring along disposable or reusable utensils, napkins, and wet wipes.

Embrace Finger Foods

Picnics are all about relaxed dining, so embrace finger foods that are easy to eat without utensils. Some great ideas include sliders, finger sandwiches, skewers, and cheese platters. These options not only simplify the dining experience but also encourage sharing and mingling which can be great if you are with family.

Work on the Ambience

Who says a picnic doesn't need decor? Enhance the ambience of your picnic by bringing along some simple ones. A colorful tablecloth, a bouquet of fresh flowers, or even some battery-operated fairy lights can make your outdoor dining setup magical. Music can also create the perfect ambience - bring a portable speaker and enjoy a playlist of your favorite tunes.

Plan Fun Activities


Beyond the food, picnics are an excellent opportunity for outdoor activities and games. Pack a Frisbee, a soccer ball, a deck of cards, or a board game to keep everyone entertained. If you're near a body of water, consider swimming, fishing, kayaking, or paddleboarding to add adventure to your picnic day. Just make sure you are allowed to do these activities beforehand.

Be Mindful of the Environment

Respect nature by practicing 'Leave No Trace' principles. Clear the area of trash after the picnic, dispose of it properly, and avoid disturbing wildlife. Use reusable or biodegradable picnic-ware whenever possible to minimize waste. Show appreciation for the natural beauty that surrounds you by leaving the area as pristine as possible.

Book Your Cabin Retreat at Rim Hideaway

By carefully planning your picnic location, menu, and activities, and by respecting the environment, you can create unforgettable outdoor dining experiences that will be cherished by all. What's great about Rustic Rim Hideaway rental cabins is that they have kitchens you can use to prepare your picnic. Each is also fully furnished with all the amenities of home.

Book your cabin today or contact us for more information. We will be happy to update you on local regulations to ensure your picnic remains enjoyable.

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