For many people, winter weather means dreaming of tropical vacations. For others, the first snowfall has us eager to head to the mountains for hiking, skiing, or snowshoeing.
The key to a perfect winter vacation is having a warm, cozy cabin to relax in after a long day of playing in the snow. Here are eight cozy cabin rentals to curl up in on your next winter weekend retreat.
Best Cabin Rentals for a Winter Getaway
City life can get a bit stressful, especially during the holidays. Traffic, shopping, family gatherings – many need a break but don’t have time for a week-long vacation. And that’s the idea behind Getaway. Their secret locations just outside of major cities give you the chance to escape the hustle and bustle for a few nights and still be back in the office Monday morning. Cabins are minimalist but cozy with a kitchenette, bathroom, dining table, and bed. But the bed is what makes these cabins so popular. The (super comfortable) beds are under a wall of glass, looking out to the forest. Each cabin is carefully positioned to offer complete privacy, making you feel like you’re the only one out there. With a box to lock up your electronics, Getaway encourages fully unplugging during your stay and trust us, it’s well worth it. After a few nights of just you and the trees, you’ll feel like a whole new person.
A roaring fire, board games, popcorn, and s’mores make for a pretty relaxing weekend getaway. The only thing better is enjoying all of this in an authentic log cabin. The Cabin in the Woods at Pine Mountain Club in California has all of the cozy-cabin feels we look for in a winter retreat. Pine Mountain Club is surrounded by a staggering 1.7 million acres of old growth forests which makes it ideal for those who love a winter stroll through the woods. In the evenings, settle in wrapped your flannel blanket in front of the roaring fire with a book from the cabin’s library and a glass of the complimentary wine. In the morning, whip up a big breakfast with the waffle maker and head out to the porch swing to watch the snow fall.
Colorado, it goes without saying, is one of the best places to visit in the winter. With the stunning Rockies covered in snow, dotted with little towns, the state becomes downright magical this time of year. And what better way to enjoy a quaint mountain town than in a log cabin next to its very own hot spring? Dunton Hot Springs is an unincorporated group of secluded log cabins on the Dolores River in Southwestern Colorado. Every cabin is unique and has its own appeal, but we recommend Well House Cabin which comes complete with a fireplace near the big king bed and your very own private, hot spring-fed soaking tub right in the room.
Poor Idaho. It’s one of the least visited states and yet has so much to offer for lovers of the outdoors. Hiking, fishing, rock climbing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding, all while being surrounded by the snow-capped Rockies. It’s a no-brainer to head to Idaho for your next winter retreat. For the perfect combination of daytime activities and nighttime coziness, check out Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch. Their historic log cabins give you a feel of the Old West with modern amenities. The beds are positioned in front of large stone fireplaces for ultimate warmth and comfort.
What’s cozier than a traditional one-room log cabin in the woods? That’s a rhetorical question because the answer is “nothing.” With rustic mountain decor, a large stone fireplace, and a porch overlooking the lake, Big Cedar Lodge just outside of Branson, Missouri, is a picturesque winter retreat in the mountains. While the cabins feel private and cozy, the property offers all of the amenities of a typical resort. But with a roaring fire going and dip in the soaking tub, you probably won’t be leaving your cabin any time soon.
With cabin names like “Kozy Korner,” “Snug Harbor,” and “Snuggle Inn,” you know you’re in for a cozy stay at Log Cabin Motor Court. A National Historic Landmark, Log Cabin Motor Court offers a secluded mountain escape just outside of Asheville, North Carolina. Each authentic log cabin is unique with its own charm, but we recommend Sleepy Susan for your winter getaway. This cabin features a comfy queen bed, full kitchen, and a massive wood burning fireplace. There’s also a bonus gas log stove for a quaint reminder of the property’s nearly 90-year history.
Yes, we’ve got a love affair with log cabins. We can’t help it. There’s a certain romance in the rustic charm of these simple structures. But sometimes they are a bit too rustic. Modern amenities like a fully equipped kitchen to cook a big breakfast or a washer and dryer to get the bonfire smoke out of your clothes are nice-to-haves that typically aren’t found in pared down log cabins. But Yosemite Log Cabin has the best of both worlds. Along with the full kitchen and laundry room, there’s a large relaxing soaking tub in the bathroom, a spacious deck for enjoying forest views, and of course, a cozy fireplace for keeping warm on those chilly winter nights.
Thinking your cozy winter cabin dreams have to end come May? Just head to the southern hemisphere for a stay at Cascade Creek Retreat just outside of Dunedin, South Island in New Zealand. Cascade Creek Retreat is a luxury log chalet complete with all of the essentials for a cozy stay including a massive fireplace, a comfy sofa, and the icing on the cabin cake – an outdoor soaking tub for unwinding with a glass of wine at the end of the day. Quiet and secluded, it’s a one-of-a-kind escape that will let you keep the winter vibes going all year long.
Bonus Cabin: Check out one of the hardest-to-book cabins around. The Red A-Frame in Yosemite was one of the hottest vacation rentals of 2018.