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The coziest Airbnbs you can rent near NYC this winter

These Airbnb stays will have you snuggling up in front of the fire on chilly nights and taking in beautiful surroundings in the most comfortable ways

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Shaye Weaver
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With winter in full swing and a very difficult year ahead of us, New Yorkers are looking for comforting escapes to commune with nature and reconnect with ourselves and our loved ones. Luckily, there are many Airbnbs that offer fireplaces, fire pits, comfy beds and incredible views that act as a home away from home (but cozier than our cramped NYC apartments.)

Here are 15 wonderfully cozy stays near NYC that we think are worth a trip. 

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The coziest Airbnbs near NYC

Who knew a shipping container could be so eco-chic? The owners retrofitted this simple 20-foot container with high-efficiency insulated walls, low energy windows, a wood stove, composting toilet and tiny kitchen to turn it into the ultimate off-the-grid escape. Walk 100 yards north of the cabin to find a 30-foot waterfall; trek south to find a small stream and wood-fired hot tub.

 

The Hemmelig Rom, which is Norwegian for "secret room," is a 290-square-foot home that was made from the local oaks that surround it. From the outside, it's mysterious—the exterior is painted black, giving off a striking, monolithic vibe against the landscape, especially when it snows. When it's warm outside, there's a hammock to take advantage of, too. Inside, it's a literature lover's paradise. It was built so that there would be a varied lining of shelving and cubbies on each wall, with room for a picture window opening up to the forest and a wood stove. 

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This Hudson Valley guesthouse is surrounded by forests and wilderness: the ideal location for city dwellers looking to unplug. All of the cabin’s windows look out onto the natural landscape and a skylight over the queen-sized bed offers pristine views of the night sky. After an afternoon of skiing or hiking, kicking back with a book in one of the hammock chairs feels oh-so-good.

 

 

The open loft floor plan of this barn in upstate New York sleeps up to six, but be sure to come with a crew of close friends: Most of the rooms don’t have doors. Though it looks awfully rustic, the building has been recently renovated to stay toasty warm in cold weather. Luxuriate in the barn's hygge feel during the winter and plan a return trip in the warmer months to take advantage of the outdoor shower, yoga deck and cedar picnic table by the pond.

 

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For something more unique, this geodesic dome brings nature indoors, at least decor-wise, with custom-built birch furniture, lighting, fabrics and art inspired by mountain scenery and wildlife across its one bedroom, kitchenette and single bathroom. The dome is 12 feet at its peak and located in the host's backyard. It's a romantic option for those who want to gaze up at the stars and moon through skylights at night and feel like they're doing something different.

Looking for the ultimate place to dose up on some peace and quiet? Nestled inside 160 acres of forest, this home overlooking a private lake makes an ideal wilderness retreat. A picture window in the living room provides views of blue herons, loons, deer and other wildlife. Though this Airbnb isn’t far from Whiteface Mountain, you can also cross-country ski on the property and snowshoe across the lake when it freezes.

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If you need something bigger, this incredible, homey log cabin is close to Mount Snow and has a hot tub overlooking a brook, three fireplaces, a steam room, a sauna, a game room and a bar. It has it all for those looking for an incredibly comfy place to crash after skiing all day. It's also located within the Chimney Hill Development, close to snowmobile trails. Chimney Hill offers ice skating, outdoor basketball courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a fitness center, a game room, and hiking trails, too.

Located on a bucolic 10-acre farm in the Catskills Mountains, surrounded by a maple forest, streams and a wildflower field you can frolick in, this artisan cabin features huge windows and skylights perfect for stargazing and gazing at the beauty around you. The Birdhouse features an outdoor rustic shade structure, Adirondack chairs, a fire pit and grill, an outdoor shower and outhouse, and it's totally off the grid. It may be rustic, but it's also a way to reconnect with nature.

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The simplistic, architect-designed Willow Treehouse is only 15 minutes from the town of Woodstock, yet feels totally secluded among the trees. The most popular space on Airbnb in all of New York is small and minimally decorated (you'll sleep in a cute sleeping loft accessible by a ladder), it's the perfect spot for switching off with your significant other or simply on your own. Soak your cares away in the hot tub, which is heated with firewood, or take a dip in the nearby pond. There's even a skylight over the bed which offers matchless views of the starry sky at night.

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Skiiers and snowboarders can walk to the slopes from this vintage 1970s A-frame cabin. There’s space for eight guests, a modern kitchen and variably styled soft furnishings. Enormous windows span the entire front of the home – from the base of the roof to the massive deck – and provide gorgeous views of the snowy landscape. After a long day out in the cold, an evening in front of the wood-burning fireplace sounds oh-so-cozy, doesn’t it?!

This charming cabin on 3.5 acres near the Ashokan Reservoir and Catskill Park is all you need for a weekend getaway with one bedroom and one bathroom, a full kitchen, and a living room with a piano. It also has an amazing record collection you can listen to on a record player.

The Ashokan reservoir is good for walking and bird watching since it has a bald eagle sanctuary. Stone Ridge, Boiceville, Woodstock, and New Paltz are nearby for shopping and fine dining.

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This old stone building created in 1932 was a cottage for the domestic staff of the family of H.L. Bitter. It looks like something out of a fairytale with its stone facade, fireplace and shabby chic interior. It's been renovated but still has the original bath fixtures from the '30s and a coffee service area with a 1935 Fridgidaire refrigerator filled with cold drinks. The bedrooms are spacious but cozy and have windows with flower boxes that overlook an herb and flower garden. There's even a firepit you can use to enjoy in the cool mountain air.

Snuggle up in this little cabin across the street from Candlewood Lake and behind Squantz Pond State Park. With tons of natural light and plenty of outdoor space, this spot is perfect for a quiet respite. Inside, is a big comfy couch, vaulted ceilings and wooden walls. The kitchen is stocked with everything you need to cook, including ingredients to make s'mores in the fire pit. The hosts even provide robes and slippers for you to use during your stay, as well as shampoo, conditioner and body wash. Better yet, there's a hot tub ready for your use and kayaks for more adventurous visitors.

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For those excited by eccentricity, the Hippy Hut is what it sounds like—a haven for the hippies among us with groovy decor (tie-dye is a huge component) and off-the-grid atmosphere with an outhouse, camping stove, heated outdoor shower, and even a chicken coop to provide breakfast every morning. While it's a rustic experience, the host does provide clean pillows, sheets, blankets and towels, a mini-fridge, fresh drinking water and firewood. It's not for everyone, but for those with an adventurous side, it's a cozy weekend away.

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A winter getaway isn't complete without a gorgeous, snowy landscape.

Being snowed in inside a cozy cabin or chic ski chalet is the ultimate winter activity and Airbnb has plenty of stays to choose from that have beautiful snowy views.

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Looking for a romantic getaway this Valentine's Day? Airbnb has a slew of options for cozy stays with lush views, incredible fireplaces, and relaxing amenities that are in high demand after a long year of quarantining in our tiny apartments.

Let's face it. Flowers and chocolate may not cut it this year. Time away with your loved one might be the only romantic gesture that speaks loud enough these days. Therefore, we've selected nine amazingly romantic Airbnb stays that easily convey "I love you" or at least "Let's be together."

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Whether you're a New Yorker craving a change of scenery or planning a trip to NYC, we think it's high time that you tried something a bit different. Thankfully, Airbnb is packed with unique accommodation options, with hosts who are usually more than willing to offer suggestions on great things to do in the neighborhood. And in these uncertain times, Airbnb hosts have gone above and beyond with new cleaning protocols and safety precautions. 

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Want to stay cozy as f*ck during your trip to New York? Rent one of these Airbnbs with fireplaces instead of a boring old hotel room. Whether you want to stay in one of the coolest Airbnb Brooklyn rentals or you’re looking for something near all the top New York attractions, this list includes plenty of suitable options. Fireplaces add pizzazz to modern lofts, vintage brownstones and artsy studios—and the ambiance that flickering flames lend to a chilly evening is hard to deny. Fair warning: Once you’ve seen how stunning these Airbnbs with fireplaces in NYC look, you might not be willing to go back to the typical Airbnb New York City rental.

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The best winter getaways from NYC all have a few things in common: Charming aesthetics, snug blankets, steaming cups of hot chocolate and oodles of snow. These remarkable Airbnbs at ski resorts near NYC check all the boxes. Whether you’d like to book an effortless weekend trip within easy reach of the city or want to go the whole hog and take a full week out on the slopes, there are loads of cabins near NYC to rent on Airbnb. Beautiful chalets, contemporary condos and nineteenth-century farmhouses all appear on our list of Airbnbs near the slopes. Don’t forget your gloves!

Note: please check the latest travel guidance before booking your trip

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If you haven't been in a treehouse since you were a kid, you've been missing out. Now is the time to rekindle your love for living aloft in the woods by renting a treehouse Airbnb, especially as the leaves change. There's nothing cozier and more fantastical than taking in nature's beauty from the air. It's a step up from camping near NYC and offers a way to have the secluded getaway that you've been needing. Make sure to pack your hiking boots and essentials! Some of these are quite off-the-grid.

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