7 Dream Winter Cabins You’ll Never Want to Leave
You know that gorgeous winter cabin you wish you owned? The one with the four-story stone fireplace, cognac saloon and acres of backcountry ski slopes right outside the window? It may be out of your price range this year, but that doesn't mean you can't live out the fantasy. Here are 7 jaw-dropping retreats where the dream becomes a reality (at least for a while).
Lost Trail Lodge, Truckee, CA
Looking for an American frontier experience? Play pioneer at this backcountry escape in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. The lodge’s four cabins come equipped with antique cast-iron cookware, gas stoves, private Jacuzzis, stone hearths, and shelves stocked with books, board games and wilderness guides. But while it’s easy living day-to-day, getting to this rustic outpost is far from cushy. We’re talking about a four-mile hike, XC ski, or snowshoe journey through the woods. (They don’t call it Lost Trail Lodge for nothin.’)
Dunton Hot Springs, Dolores, CO
Set in a meticulously restored 1800s ghost town, Dunton Hot Springs is the place to live out your Butch Cassidy fantasies. Here, you can saddle up on rugged horses for high mountain rides, schuss through fresh snow, and throw back whisky shots in an old-fashioned saloon. When you’ve gotten your fill of fresh mountain air, settle in to the handsome cabins which come outfitted with period antiques, heated slate floors, and buffalo skin rugs. But the real draw at this glam Wild West retreat? The six on-site hot springs, which range in temperature from 85°F to 106°F.
Lake Placid Lodge, NY
Farm-to-table dining. Wood-burning stone fireplaces. Hand-carved beds. Everything about this family-friendly Lake Placid hideaway spells get-away-from-it-all glamour. Nestle in to one of 13 luxuriously appointed guestrooms or 17 cabins, where you can take in breathtaking views of Lake Placid and the surrounding mountains from your spacious porch. And when it’s time to fuel up after a long day of snowshoeing or hiking, you’re in for a belly-warming feast of apple jam-glazed pheasant, venison tartare and huckleberry-topped duck breast at upscale Artisans Restaurant.
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Chalet Le Rocher, Val d'Isere, France
Spread over nearly 9,000 square feet, the four-story Chalet Le Rocher exudes Alpine luxury. Decked out with cowhide sofas, vaulted Moroccan wood ceilings, glass chandeliers and buttery reclaimed wood, the chalet caters to the super-rich. And while this week-long experience will set you back $32,000, where else are you going to find a glam mountain home with a private chef, outdoor cedar hot tub, Hammam and chauffeur?
Rustic Inn, Jackson Hole, WY
Jackson Hole is chock-full of luxe lodgings, but Rustic Inn stands out as being the ultimate winter retreat. Rise early to beat the crowds at Grand Teton or Yellowstone national parks, or stay closer to home and explore the hotel's expansive grounds—dotted with communal firepits, teepees and creekside swinging benches. Back inside, unwind with a Hot Toddy in your cozy digs (think: log furnishings, cowboy prints, antler art, crackling fireplaces) or soak your tired muscles in the outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi or sauna.
Emerald Lake Lodge, Field, BC
At the foot of the Rocky Mountains in British Columbia, The Emerald Lake Lodge is a great jumping off point for exploring nearby Banff National Park and Lake Louise. After a day on the slopes, warm up inside the lodge’s rustic hand-hewn timber interiors and enjoy a cognac at the salvaged 19th century Yukon saloon. The 24 cabin-style buildings embody the height of après sky luxury, with pillowy down duvets, wood burning stone fireplaces (stocked daily with firewood) and wraparound balconies with panoramic views of the frosty lake below.
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Lone Mountain Ranch, Big Sky, MT
A clear mountain stream runs through the middle of this luxury winter retreat, which is located just 20 miles from Yellowstone National Park. Popular among ranchers, horse riders and other outdoor enthusiasts, the property’s 13 cozy cabins have all the creature comforts necessary to offset the winter chill: patchwork quilt-topped featherbeds, wood burning stoves, rocking chairs, and deep soak tubs. Post-sledding, tuck into Chef Nick Steen’s haute-ranch cuisine (think: bison short rib with truffle potatoes and pork-belly risotto), or opt for a special prime rib dinner on a horse-drawn sleigh (with musical accompaniment from a cowboy musician, no less.)