Interested in Language
Consider the two sentences below.
It is an off the beaten path experience with great wine, great people, and great scenery that you won't soon forget.
Unlike many similar Gold Rush-era outposts that are now ghost towns, Julian was simply too pretty to abandon, and this off-the-beaten-path destination is at its most charming during the fall apple harvest season.
1) The two expressions have the same meaning?
2) If so, why some people write it with hyphen?
I have carried out a fairly extensive search and I only found one reference to Off-the-beaten-path, which seems to refer to some sort of travel company.
Is this peculiar to the travel industry, the Americans, or perhaps the American travel industry?