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The 16 Coziest Winter Getaways Near Los Angeles

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Let’s face it, winter in LA doesn’t really exist so if you want to bust out your winter coat and see snow you have to take a road trip. The good news is there are plenty of options for winter getaways near Los Angeles whether you want to just chill in a cabin or hit the slopes. Go solo and get some needed alone time or invite the whole gang—either way, we’ve got you covered. Here are our picks for the best cold weather escapes from LA, including the approximate travel time to each destination.

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1. Luxury House on Sierra Star Golf Course In Mammoth Lakes

  • Distance from LA: 5 hours
  • Why We Recommend It: free access to athletic club, hot tub, great for large groups, gorgeous views

This house sleeps 10, with ample bedrooms and bathrooms (five of each!) so no one feels cramped. Our favorite part of this cozy two-story single family home is the private deck equipped with a hot tub so you can enjoy peaceful views of the mountains and golf course while staying nice and toasty. And for snow bunnies, Mammoth Mountain ski resort is less than a mile away. For your après-ski, guests have access to the nearby Snowcreek Althetic Club where you can warm up in the sauna or take a dip in the indoor pool.

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2. Bohemian Luxe A-frame At Big Bear Lake

  • Distance from LA: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: romantic setting, close to Big Bear Village, wood burning stove, board games, soaking tub

The classic A-frame is done up in a super-cool eclectic style (it was featured in Dwell, so you know it’s cute). Surrounded by pine trees, this cozy space is perfect for a secluded romantic getaway. There’s a bar cart for you to mix some cocktails, a record collection for your listening pleasure, and faux fur throws to cuddle up with whomever your companion may be. Oh, and did we mention that it’s just a four-minute drive to Big Bear Mountain Resort?

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3. Craftsman-style Cottage In Yosemite National Park

  • Distance from LA: 5 hours
  • Why We Recommend It: great location, kid-friendly, clean and stylish interior, easy parking

This bright and airy home is giving us Cape Cod vibes on the inside and we’re not mad about it. Outside, there is a rear deck if you want to get some solitude amongst the trees, and a front porch with two rocking chairs, just begging you to come on out and sip some hot chocolate. It’s also conveniently located inside the gates of Yosemite National Park, close to many desirable areas like the Yosemite History Center in Wawona or Badger Pass Ski Area.

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4. Tiny Home In Running Springs

  • Distance from LA: 2 hours
  • Why We Recommend It: great for a digital detox, calming environment, pet-friendly, nearby walks and hikes

If you really want to unplug and unwind, then check out this charming hideaway which has everything you need for a quaint weekend in the woods. We particularly enjoy the included cell phone lock box to really help you disconnect. Both one and two bedroom cabins are available. Bonus: Your furry friends are welcome too!

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5. Large Luxury Chalet In Lake Arrowhead

  • Distance from LA: 2 hours, 25 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: luxury design, movie room, hot tub, spacious, close to town

Cabin trips are so much more fun with friends and this gorgeous lake view home can sleep up to eight of your closest pals. Everything is designed with attention to detail and you’ll instantly feel at home in the roomy but welcoming space. You may not even want to leave! From the game room with a pool table to the in-home movie room, it’ll be hard to go outside. But, if you chose to, you’re only minutes away from Santa’s Village and Lake Arrowhead.

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6. The Club At Big Bear Village, Big Bear Lake

  • Distance from LA: 1 hour, 45 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: walking distance to town, hotel amenities, housekeeping (on request), family-friendly, fitness center

If you want hotel-type amenities (concierge, fitness center, Wi-Fi) but with that homey, Big Bear feel, then this is the place. Rooms are suite style, so you can still enjoy chats by the fireplace and homecooked meals. It’s also right in town, so no need to worry about driving to all the places you want to go.

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Homes and Villas Marriot

7. Rustic Cabin With Hot Tub And Pool Table In Big Bear Lake

  • Distance from LA: 2 hours, 10 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: hot tub, games, log cabin, Marriott 24/7 support

When you picture a quintessential ski cabin in the woods, this place is likely what comes to mind. The cozy log home is equipped with a stonewall fireplace, hot tub, and multiple rooms that allow for sleeping for up to 16 people. With plenty of games like a pool table, foosball, and a poker table, you and your friends will be happily entertained on those chilly winter evenings.

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Marriot Homes & Villas

8. Modern Luxury Townhome in the Heart of Mammoth

  • Distance from LA: 5 hours
  • Why We Recommend It: modern amenities, concierge available, walking distance to town, shuttles available

We love this newly renovated modern but snug townhome with an open kitchen and high-end appliances, perfect for whipping up some hearty homecooked meals. The plush sectional in the living room is sure to be a hit for family movie night while a skier and snowboarder’s paradise awaits at Mammonth Mountain only a few minutes away. Also, since it’s a Marriott property, their support is available 24/7.

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9. Remarkable Custom Home With Hot Tub in Yosemite National Park

  • Distance from LA: 5 hours
  • Why We Recommend It: hot tub, natural light, game room, multiple California King beds

A sun-drenched rustic cabin with floor-to-ceiling wood walls and a skylight in the living room to allow natural light, what’s not to love? The comfy home also features a large dining table that seats 10 guests if you’re rolling deep. Take your crew down the spiral staircase to the game room and you’ll feel like you’re at your own private bar. And, unlike many other larger home rentals, there are four California King beds available, so you can avoid racing to get the “best” room.

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10. Snowflower Cabin In Village Bay, Lake Arrowhead

  • Distance from LA: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: great location, dog-friendly, kid-friendly, rustic views

Like home, but with room to sleep eight. Oh, and with a two-story wall of glass to let in all that beautiful natural light.  As they say, it’s all about location, location, location, and this rustic cabin is just a few minutes’ walk away from the village. Your pup is welcome here as well.

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11. Sunshine Loft In Wrightwood

  • Distance from LA: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: under-the-radar destination, bright and cheerful, walking distance to town, affordable

This cheerful loft is located in the town of Wrightwood, a quaint village you may have never heard of. But Wrightwood offers Southern California’s closest skiing destination, Mountain High Resort, which is only 3.2 miles from this charming loft featuring panoramic views, bright furnishings and lots of light. No wonder it’s earned the nickname Sunshine Loft!

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12. Large Home with Lake View and an Elevator in Crestline

  • Distance from LA: 1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: elevator, close to Lake Gregory, baby-friendly, near hiking trails

This cozy yet spacious home features an open floor plan and tons of space for relaxing as well as beds for sleeping for the whole family (or several vacationing together). Babies are welcome—the home comes equipped with a high-chair and a travel crib. Only five miles away from the better-known Lake Arrowhead, Crestline itself is a town that deserves some recognition. Take a hike at one of the many nearby hiking trails and then later, sip some wine at Sycamore Ranch Vineyard And Winery.

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13. Romantic Mid-Century Design Cabin In Los Padres National Forest

  • Distance from LA: 2 hours
  • Why We Recommend It: romantic, country club amenities, great views, fireplace

This intimate home is the perfect escape for a secluded getaway. The house is structured so that the deck is raised, making for uninterrupted 360 degree views of the night’s sky. During the day, you can see from Apache Saddle to San Emigdo Canyon. If and when you’d like to enter society, you also have access to Pine Mountain Club Amenities (hot tub, equestrian center, cross country skiing, and restaurants).

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14. Luxury Lakefront Home With Giant Back Deck In Big Bear

  • Distance from LA: 2 hours
  • Why We Recommend It: lakefront property, wood burning fireplaces, good for large groups, close to the village

This massive home located on a cul-de-sac near the village can host up to 14 guests. The property is right on the lake, which as things get chilly, can be admired outside on the expansive deck or inside from the living room floor-to-ceiling windows. Similarly, enjoy the outdoor hot tub or stay inside and sink into one of the two soaking tubs in the master suites.

Cozy Winter Getaways Near LA - The interior of a cozy wood cabin featuring a mostly full bookshelf, a red plaid arm chair, a coffee table, a telescope, and a stone fire place.

15. Cabin On The Canyon In Green Valley Lake

  • Distance from LA:  1 hour, 30 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: hidden gem, nearby lake, spacious deck, vintage fireplace, telescope

Big Bear and Lake Arrowhead get all the clout, but to check out a lesser-known spot, head to this cabin in the small mountain town in between the two: Green Valley Lake. Cabin on the Canyon is designed with a kitschy vintage feel to it (noticeable in spots like the kitchen, with its retro appliances). It sleeps four, and offers a loft with twin beds for kids, or a king bed conversion kit if it’s an all adults getaway. 

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16. A-Frame Cabin For Four With Hot Tub In Idyllwild

  • Distance from LA: 2 hours, 30 minutes
  • Why We Recommend It: close to town, cozy fireplaces, hot tub, dog-friendly

Escape to the woods in this cozy cabin that’s perfect for a couples getaway, a small family trip, or a retreat with you plus woman’s best friend (aka dogs are welcome). Home chefs will love the updated appliances and included supplies in the modern kitchen, and those who want to head into town will be happy to know it’s only a few minutes’ drive away. Take in the spectacular sunsets from the living room or from the hot tub out on the porch. Once night falls, it’s also a great home for stargazing.