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Outdoor Retreat: Secret Area
Finding the Hermit of Granite Falls
A Cave in Granite Falls leads to the Secret Area of the Outdoor Retreat Game Pack
Finding the Hermit's House in the Deep Woods of Granite Falls is an activity exclusive to players who own the Outdoor Retreat Game Pack. Befriending the Hermit is a requirement of the Outdoor Enthusiast Aspiration that comes with the pack. This hidden area features some great fishing, herbs, insects, and a potential new friendship with the old Hermit. It's also easily one of the most beautiful areas in the game, with a relaxing landscape and dazzling waterfalls that these screenshots can only hope to depict in their full grandeur.
Click to Enlarge. Use this Picture to Help Find the Cave
You can see the waterfall in the distance when over the Bramble Patch
To access the hidden area, first head to Granite Falls Forest National Park. There, you can use the cabin and screenshot above to help you locate the cave you need to investigate. Once you get a Sim there and select Explore, you'll get a variety of choose-your-own adventure style pop-ups. First select to Step Forward as opposed to quitting the adventure. You may need to try this a few times to get the right option, or different ones may offer alternate routes to the area, but one in particular is reliable as far as I know at this moment. When one appears that offers you to Go through the Web, take that option and you'll be on your way to the Deep Woods. Next, you should be offered to Ignore the Object or Sally Forth and finally Approach the Sim. That Sim is the Hermit and you've found your way through the cave to the secret area.
Click to Enlarge. A Beautiful Shot of the Area
Inside, there are some beautiful views and an area comparable in size to Sylvan Glade and Forgotten Grotto.
Befriending the Hermit in Outdoor Retreat
The Hermit will vary in gender from game to game. Becoming Friends with the Hermit of Granite Falls is fairly easy, so long as you bring a Tent to let your Sim sleep should they grow tired. This is required in Milestone III of Outdoor Enthusiast. There are amenities to help your Sim fill their needs in the area. If you visit the lot a second time and can't find the Hermit, use your Sim's phone to 'Invite to Hangout at Current Lot' and select the Hermit. They should arrive so you can continue the process, and once at Good Friends, you can select 'Learn Herbalism Recipe' from the Hermit to acquire the Fungal Infusion Fertilizer Recipe.
Use the Fishing Spot to Catch Mountain Lionfish
You can catch all 5 types of Fish unique to Outdoor Retreat here, which is particularly easy if you have something organic to use as bait, such as Tomato or any of the plants you've harvested from exploring the forest.
Take the Hermit's Herbs, Tomatoes, and Blackberries. You can 'Take Cutting' from those you can't Harvest
Collect the Hermit's Herbs to help fill your collection of Gardening plants. She has Blackberries, which are rare. Search the area as well. These will come in handy with Outdoor Retreat's Herbalism Skill.
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Two ways to get a birds eye view... scroll out with your mouse wheel or hit tab. You can also scroll right out with your mouse and then hit tab.
The plants will spawn in after a short amount of time so just keep scrolling around the area with your camera until you see them. I agree, the first time trying to collect all the plants is a lesson in frustration but now I can get all the plants in one sim day and get home with everything I need. Sometimes getting the insects take two trips as you need to revisit to reset the spawners.
Like I said before, once you finally do locate everything the next time around it will be much easier.
There is a fish list on this page of the Fishing Skill Guide and you can tell which are base game fish as the added fish have the dlc icon to indicate which pack they came from.
In order to travel to Granite Falls National Park, you need to use your Sim's phone. From there, you can select Travel, and 'Go on Vacation With'. If this still doesn't work for you you could try resetting your sim or even try Repairing Your Game. Worse case scenario you could also try uninstalling and then reinstalling The Sims 4. This leaves all of your saved files intact but basically reinstalls a fresh version of the game, hopefully without many of the minor bugs and glitches.Guide to How To Do A Factory Reset
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