7 Cozy Cabins for a Winter Getaway
There’s nothing quite like retreating to a charming log cabin come winter. Whether you want to roast marshmallows, snuggle up around a fire pit, or hit the slopes, here, the best winter getaways in America.
The Rustic Inn, Wyoming
Keep your binoculars by your side during a stay at The Rustic Inn in Jackson, Wyoming, as the property is set on 12 acres near the National Elk Refuge, attracting deer, elk, moose, osprey, falcons and other species to the property. Just a few blocks from the downtown square in Jackson Hole, Wisconsin, you’ll enjoy the best of both worlds – a luxe cabin stay and the lively hum of a town center. Spend your days exploring the snow-drenched slopes on skis, by saddle or by snowmobile, retreating to The Rustic End by night to warm up by the fire pits or to take a dip in the heated outdoor pool.
Camp Wandawega, Wisconsin
For one of the best nostalgic winter getaways, look no further than Camp Wandawega. Set between Milwaukee and Chicago in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, it feels like an adult’s summer camp, with kitschy-named cabins like Chipmunk, a pair of vintage digs; Raccoon, a three-bedroom cabin overlooking the surrounding lake and wetlands; Deer, an old-school bunkhouse complete with retro furnishings, a communal kitchenette, and camp showers; and Bear, another bunkhouse, which comfortably sleeps you and your 23 friends. And the best part? There’s a Manifesto of Low Expectations, so you can break all the rules you want (we won't tell!).
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Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado
As a fully-restored ghost town from the region’s mining era, Dunton Hot Springs is a history come to life: Complete with archaeological sites, snowcapped-mountain views, and an endless tree line, the property’s hand-hewn log cabins are the perfect winter getaways. No luxury is spared at Dunton Hot Springs (just ask celebs like Jake Gyllenhall, who are regulars here). After enjoying a deep tissue massage or algae detoxifying body wrap, take a dip at the property’s hot springs in an enclosed bathhouse. The more intrepid can opt to relax outdoors in the bicarbonate thermal springs.
Winterlake Lodge, Alaska
Although many Alaskan properties close during the season, Winterlake Lodge remains open through the spring, beckoning travelers in search of adventure in the Alaskan wilds. Nestled on the western edge of the towering Alaska Range, the lodge’s 15 acres sits along the Historic Iditarod Trail, complemented by glacier and snowcapped-mountain views. To get to your cabin, you must first board a ski plane which takes you directly to the property. Whether you opt to stay in a guest cabin or a cozy room within the main lodge, both come with complimentary access to the lodge’s sauna house, the perfect way to soak off a day spent traversing the Alaskan frontier.
The Suttle Lodge, Oregon
In the heart of Oregon’s Deschutes National Forest is The Suttle Lodge, a hip, city-meets-country escape. Open year-round, the 11-room retreat is set near Sisters, Oregon, on a 15.5-acre property on the shores of Suttle Lake. A large timber compound comprises the main lodge, and fully-equipped lakeside cabins exude quintessential Oregon style. Starting this spring, enjoy The Boathouse, a restaurant by chef Joshua McFadden of Portland’s Ava Gene’s. Strap on some snowshoes and hike around the lake to work off your meal, or opt to enjoy snacks and suds at the lodge's bar or beer garden.
The Ranch at Rock Creek, Montana
On 6,600 acres of rugged Montana wilderness, The Ranch at Rock Creek offers a quintessential western experience at an authentic 19th-century homestead, but with all the luxuries you expect from a city stay. Choose from an array of cabin options, including luxury suites in The Granite Lodge, authentic log cabins, and a stay in an exquisitely-restored barn. While at the lodge in winter, enjoy on-property snowshoeing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice skating and sledding, as well as trips to Discovery Ski Area, a quaint alpine ski destination just 25 minutes away and equipped with a ski concierge available exclusively to guests of the ranch.
Moonlight Basin’s Silvertip Cabins, Montana
When renting one of Moonlight Basin’s Silvertip Cabins, guests garner ski-in, ski-out access to Big Sky Resort’s 5,800 acres of European-style skiing in Montana. With picturesque views of the Spanish Peaks, Tobacco Roots and the 11,166-foot Lone Peak, the Silvertip Cabins are the ideal outpost for adventurers who still love a rustic-luxe hideaway. There’s also Moonlight Basin’s hors d’oeuvres hour at The Reserve clubhouse. Enjoy drinks by the communal campfire, go on a guided skiing outing on the North Summit Snowfield, and snowshoe by starlight, later enjoying a wine-paired dinner at the clubhouse.
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