20 Cabin Rentals for a Cozy Winter Getaway
Private rentals have revolutionized the way we travel—or, more accurately, where we stay. While we love a hotel room, there’s something so wonderful about having access to an entire house. So, instead of leaving you to scroll through countless listings on Airbnb and TripAdvisor Rentals, we’ve taken the guesswork out of it by pulling together a selection of cozy cabins. Whether you’re looking for romance, family time or fun with friends, these rustic retreats are glorious for your weekend away.
MOOSE WALK CABIN (FAIRBANKS, ALASKA)
Imagine watching the aurora borealis dancing in the midnight sky. This fantastical scene is a reality at this Fairbanks treasure. There are miles of trails right outside your door. And if it gets too frosty, you can always soak in the seasonal splendor through the large picture windows.
A-FRAME CABIN (TAHOE VISTA, CALIFORNIA)
We’re big fans of the A-frame cabin. And this stunner is no exception. Built in the 1970s and remodeled a few years back, it merges old-school charm with modern functionality. Think: upgraded appliances and granite countertops. And if a fire pit sets your heart aflutter, well, prepare to swoon.
SWEDISH STUGA (RHODODENDRON, OREGON)
Set on 24 acres of protected wilderness near the base of Mt. Hood, this custom-built hideaway—sans cell service or Wi-Fi—offers seclusion and Scandinavian vibes. So, if you’re seeking an off-the-grid escape (particularly in Sweden) but can’t seem to find your passport, it certainly will suffice.
CABIN 8 (KERHONKSON, NEW YORK)
Want to escape the chaos of daily life without having to disconnect completely? Consider this contemporary residence with all the bells and whistles. Spend your days chilling in the sun-drenched living room or touring the Catskills. And if you need respond to a few emails, that’s OK, too.
FINNISH LOG CABIN (VANTAA, FINLAND)
Winters in Vantaa are long and cold. More reason to hunker down in this Finnish log cabin with a cozy atmosphere and loads of traditional character. It boasts the (self-proclaimed) best sauna in town. If that’s not enough, there’s also a fireplace. And you can flex your muscles by chopping wood.
SAFFIR CABIN (CEREDIGION, WALES)
This rural respite is homey and welcoming. There’s a gas stove and electric oven. Plus, the fridge is stocked with farm-fresh eggs and milk. So, breakfast in bed is a given. Afterward, enjoy a lazy morning doing the crossword or bundle up and stroll the Welsh countryside.
CREEKSIDE CHALET (ALTA, UTAH)
Whether you call it a chalet or a cabin, this creekside rental ranks at the top of our list. First, it serves major curb appeal. Second, the interior is swathed in wood and sumptuous leather. And you can’t beat the location—within walking distance of Alta Ski Area.
LOG CABIN (SAUGATUCK, MICHIGAN)
A large stone hearth, plaid rug, vaulted ceilings and cedar paneling is a recipe for rustic relaxation—and, depending on whom you ask, romance. Not in the mood to go outdoors? Grab a blanket, whip up a batch of hot toddies and watch the flakes fall in front of your window.
WOODLAND CABIN (GROTON, VERMONT)
Need to get away from it all? We highly suggest this quaint cabin, nested in the woods of northeastern Vermont. It’s the ideal place to delight in the simple pleasures—fresh air, snowball fights, afternoon naps. And the fact that Groton State Forest is just ten minutes doesn’t hurt either.
FØRDEFJORDEN CABIN (SOGN OG FJORDANE, NORWAY)
During the winter months, guests staying at this newly renovated retreat can take advantage of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing nearby. And when the temps dip below zero, you’ll be glad to gaze upon the glistening fjord and powder-capped mountains from the comfort of your heated home.
CHALET TROIS GARÇONS (CHAMONIX-MONT-BLANC, FRANCE)
Scandi style in the French Alps? Yes, please! This impeccably designed dwelling flaunts an inimitable mélange of rustic and glamorous touches. Downstairs highlights include a cowhide rug, wood-burning fireplace and sparkling crystal chandelier. Bonus: The master bath boasts a snooze-inducing mattress and deep soaking tub.
MODERN A-FRAME CABIN (CARNELIAN BAY, CALIFORNIA)
Sleek and oh-so chic. This modern A-frame cabin is outfitted with lust-worthy furnishings (we spy some gorgeous West Elm pieces) plus plenty of high-tech extras—namely Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Sonos. And the gourmet kitchen is sure to inspire culinary pros and fledglings alike.
ELK RIDGE CABIN (LIVINGSTON, MONTANA)
Sweeping vistas and a secluded setting are the primary draws of this rental. We’re talkin’ pure, unadulterated privacy—like your neighbors are deer, elk and hawks. Proximity to Yellowstone National Park is also a benefit. The pine interior, rock fireplace and custom log bed are just icing on the cake.
CATSKILLS CABIN (MOUNT TREMPER, NEW YORK)
This refurbished 1940s-era property looks like it was plucked from the pages of a design magazine. Beyond tasteful furnishings, it’s stocked with Pendleton blankets, guidebooks, puzzles and Aesop toiletries. Outside is a fire pit for making s’mores at sunset. Of course, freshly fallen snow further enhances the postcard-perfect appeal.
GOLDEN CIRCLE CABIN (LAUGARVATN, ICELAND)
Situated in the small town of Laugarvatn (for those not familiar with Iceland geography, it’s approximately 50 miles from Reykjavik), this cabin promises prime northern lights peeping. Glittery drifts are enough to convince even staunch city slickers. And did we mention there’s a hot tub?
MOOSEHEAD CABIN (JACKSON, WYOMING)
Jackson is undeniably alluring. And so is this mountainside vacation home. It impresses with hand-built furniture and Western decor. Looming above the stone fireplace is a large moose head, which immediately conjures images of Jenga and spiked cider. Plus, it’s minutes from world-class ski slopes and Teton Village.
BEN’S RUSTIC BARN (LONDONDERRY, VERMONT)
Revamped by master craftsman Ben Sargent, this vintage-barn-turned-rustic-retreat has New England charm on lock. Bath enthusiasts will relish a soothing steep in the clawfoot tub. Board games beget retro fun. For chefs, the kitchen is appointed with GE appliances, cast iron and cookbooks.
JEWEL IN THE SKYE (CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA)
The golden rule of real estate? Location, location, location. This Appalachian gem definitely delivers on that. Jewel in the Skye feels completely peaceful yet is just a 30-minute drive from Asheville. And, yes, the panoramas of the snowy peaks and pastures are as breathtaking as advertised.
TØMMERDRØMMEN (ENEBAKK, NORWAY)
Ready to embrace hygge? Well, it’s about time. But seriously, hop aboard the coziness express. Next stop, this notched timber cabin. An indoor fireplace (which, we should mention, is a unique feature for the area) ups the warmth factor, while antiques and flea market finds enhance the soulful aesthetic.
WOODEN LODGE (HESSISCH OLDENDORF, GERMANY)
Make the trek to Hessisch Oldendorf and you’ll be handsomely rewarded. Cold days call for steamy saunas. In the evening, make use of the well-equipped kitchen. After feasting on hearty fare, snuggle up by the wood-burning hearth. And how could anyone be stressed with tranquil views of nature all around?