If you’re trying to escape from civilization, renting a cabin in winter is a great way to do it. You can escape deep into the wilderness or even take a weekend trip somewhere closer to home. Here are ten of our favorite cabin rentals in the continental US.
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1. Getaway Cabins: Washington, DC (and Others)
The concept behind Getaway Cabins is simple. Sometimes, you don’t have the time or luxury of taking a long vacation. With their miniature cabins, they bring a cozy camping experience to some of America’s largest metropolitan areas. One of their most popular locations is at Shenandoah National Park, just outside Washington, DC. Still, they also have locations within two hours of New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, and a dozen other major cities.
Each cabin comes equipped for two or four people, with either a single queen bed or a pair of stacked beds. The beds provide a view through an oversized picture window, which puts you right in the middle of nature. Each mini cabin also has a kitchen with a dining table and a full bath. Each cabin also has its own fire pit and Adirondack chairs. There’s even a little smore’s packet on the kitchen table when you arrive.
2. Pocono Cabin: Tobyhanna Township, Pennsylvania
Pocono Cabin is a six-guest cabin constructed in the 1960s. Located in Tobyhanna Township, Pennsylvania, it’s only a ten-minute walk from Arrowhead Lake. It’s also only a two-hour drive from Philadelphia and not much farther from New York, making it an easy destination from two of America’s largest cities.
The cabin’s main feature is the large main room, with its tall peaked roof and oversized fireplace. This room contains a living room and a kitchen, with a full-sized fridge and stove. Outside, there’s a stone fire pit with Adirondack chairs to lounge around with your friends.
3. Heaven’s Cabins: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Heaven’s Cabins are a collection of 32 cabins located in the Great Smoky Mountains. These are luxury cabins, but you’re getting a lot for your money. For one thing, the cabins are constructed with floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide a breathtaking view of some of America’s most beautiful scenery.
For another thing, the finish, furniture, and fixtures are all premium quality, and the kitchens come fully stocked. The area is also full of attractions, from ziplining to hiking to whitewater rafting. Cabins come equipped for six to twelve guests, so even large parties can share space under the same roof.
4. Red Canyon Ranch: Custer, South Dakota
Red Canyon Ranch is another premium destination, but they’ve earned the right to charge a premium. Demand has been through the roof since the cabin was featured on the Travel Channel’s Amazing Vacation Homes.
Located deep in the Black Hills of South Dakota, this cabin sits atop a rocky butte with a wide view of the surrounding area. There’s a broad patio with an outdoor hot tub, perfect for warming up on a cold winter’s night. The cabin sleeps six and comes with floor-to-ceiling windows on three sides. If you’re lucky, you might even see some wild buffalo in the morning.
5. Tioga Falls Cabin: Covington, Michigan
The Tioga Falls Cabin is ideal for people who prefer a more rugged cabin experience. There’s no internet access, the cell phone signal cuts out frequently, and you have to get your water from a well.
If you’re up to the challenge, you’ll be rewarded with a truly liberating experience, totally unreachable by your boss or coworkers. You’ll have immediate access to 80 acres of land on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, with a back porch that overlooks a waterfall. This is the very definition of peace and seclusion.
6. Snow Bear Chalets: Whitefish, Montana
Snow Bear Chalets are located on the property of the Whitefish Mountain Resort, one of Montana’s most popular skiing destinations. Their rates are a bit steep, but that’s to be expected when you’re sleeping in such a prime location.
Each cabin accommodates six to ten people, and all have been constructed in the last few years. You’ll have a beautiful stone fireplace, as well as your own private hot tub. And if you’re up for a day trip, it’s only a 35-mile drive to visit Glacier National Park.
7. Lakeside East Cabin: Bend, Oregon
Located just 12 miles from Bend, Oregon, Lakeside East Cabin provides plenty of seclusions. With 640 acres of private land, you’ll have lots of areas to explore. It’s also located directly on the shore of Tumalo Lake, and thanks to Bend’s relatively mild winters, you can fish all year round. You can also warm up in the cabin’s outdoor hot tub and enjoy the luxury of heated floors when you’re inside.
8. Lake Tahoe Airbnb: Tahoma, California
This Lake Tahoe Airbnb is one of the most impressive cabins in California. It’s three stories tall and has a two-story wrap-around patio that’s fully furnished. In wintertime, you’ll probably prefer to be inside, where you can shoot pool and lounge in front of the fireplace. It’s also just a short drive to Emerald Bay State Park, where you can hike through the chilly Sierra Nevada.
9. The Mohicans: Glenmont, Ohio
The Mohicans are located on a private estate 70 miles northeast of Columbus, Ohio. They’re also only a ten-minute drive from Mohican State Park. You’ll find four cabins that sleep seven to 12 desks on-site. These are rustic buildings with all-wood interiors and wood and leather furniture. They also have big, wide fireplaces, which are perfect in winter.
10. Wildwood Collective: Green Mountains, Vermont
Wildwood Collective is a group of five large, A-frame cabins sprinkled across Vermont’s Green Mountains. Each cabin boasts a full kitchen, an outdoor fire pit, and a capacity of two to six people, depending on the individual cabin. You’ll also have easy access to some of Vermont’s best ski slopes, as well as local breweries.