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Secret library Hemmelig Rom
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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

By 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

Container Cabin in the Catskills in Saugerties, NY
Container Cabin in the Catskills in Saugerties, NY
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Container Cabin in the Catskills in Saugerties, NY

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.

 

Secret library Hemmelig Rom
Secret library Hemmelig Rom
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The Hemmelig Rom in Ellenville, NY

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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Mt. Guardian Guest House
Mt. Guardian Guest House
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Mt. Guardian Guest House in Bearsville, NY

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.

 

 

Rustic Chic at the Barn in Tivoli, NY
Rustic Chic at the Barn in Tivoli, NY
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Rustic Chic at the Barn in Tivoli, NY

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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Hensonville, NY Catskill Domeo airbnb
Hensonville, NY Catskill Domeo airbnb
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A Catskill Domeo in Hensonville, NY

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.

Secluded Lake Chalet in Wilmington, NY
Secluded Lake Chalet in Wilmington, NY
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Secluded Lake Chalet in Wilmington, NY

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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Wilmington VT log cabin airbnb
Wilmington VT log cabin airbnb
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Luxe log cabin in Wilmington, VT

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.

Catskills Birdhouse Tiny House airbnb
Catskills Birdhouse Tiny House airbnb
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Catskills Birdhouse Tiny House in Roxbury, NY

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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Willow Treehouse Airbnb
Willow Treehouse Airbnb
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Treehouse cabin in Willow, NY

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.

Otis, MA Octagonal Treehouse
Otis, MA Octagonal Treehouse
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Octagonal Treehouse in Otis, MA

This uniquely-shaped Massachusetts rental boasts a wood-burning fireplace, floor-to-ceiling windows and an impressive 7 acres of private property. The property accommodates up to four people in two separate bedrooms.

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Catskill Chalet in Lanesville, NY
Catskill Chalet in Lanesville, NY
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Catskill Chalet in Lanesville, NY

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?!

Cozy Catskill Cabin on Acorn Hill
Cozy Catskill Cabin on Acorn Hill
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Cozy Catskill Cabin on Acorn Hill in Olivebridge, NY

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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Windy Top Cottage airbnb
Windy Top Cottage airbnb
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Windy Top Cottage in Granby, CT

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.

Little Lake Cabin
Little Lake Cabin
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The Little Lake Cabin in New Fairfield, CT

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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Hippy Hut in East Windsor, NJ
Hippy Hut in East Windsor, NJ
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Hippy Hut in East Windsor, NJ

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.

Other Airbnb stays near NYC

Gorgeous Duplex Brownstone Apartment
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11 Airbnbs with fireplaces in NYC

Hotels

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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Catskill Chalet in Lanesville, NY
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11 Airbnbs for ski getaways from NYC

Travel

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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Luxurious Two-Story Treehouse airbnb
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The coolest Airbnb treehouse rentals near NYC

Travel

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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TreeHouse Urban Cabin in Williamsburg airbnb
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Six unique Airbnbs you can rent in NYC

Travel

After being cooped up in our apartments for almost four months, New Yorkers are craving a change of scenery. And while we can't really travel that many places right now (since the EU has banned us), we're looking closer to home for possible getaways. 

Airbnb is one option people are using to get out of their respective Groundhog Day-like situations. Staying in a new neighborhood can help cure that wanderlust for a bit and make you feel like a tourist in your own city.

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And while it's best to stay at home right now, Airbnb does has an optional protocol, including a 40-page manual on proper cleaning practices, that suggests keeping at least 24 hours between rentals, among other things. So if you're going to rent an Airbnb, make sure to find out how the host is sanitizing the space and if masks are required.

We also highly recommend booking an entire place, not a room, as the former will demand less human interaction. And bring your own cleaning supplies to do a quick clean after check in.

All that being said, there are some incredible lodging options across the city worth checking into, from a houseboat stay to one with full skyline views and a private, outdoor cinema experience. Below are some of our favorites.

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