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Secret library Hemmelig Rom
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13 coziest Airbnbs near NYC to reconnect with nature

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

Written by
Shaye Weaver
Rhys Thomas
Alex Floyd-Douglass
Camila Karalyte

Us New Yorkers are always on the lookout 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.

So what are you waiting for? Sublet the flat and head on out upstate, into the sticks, where the grass is green and the air is waaaay less polluted than the city. Enjoy the nature, the fireplaces, the saunas, and the really good views. Ahhhh, now that's peaceful. Here are our fave wonderfully cozy stays near NYC that we think are worth a trip. 

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Who makes the cut? While we might not stay in every Airbnb featured, we've based our list on top reviews, hosts and amenities to find you the best stays. This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, see our affiliate guidelines.

The coziest Airbnbs near NYC

The luxe log cabin in Wilmington, VT
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1. The luxe log cabin in Wilmington, VT

If you need something bigger in the same general lovely area as the cabin above, this incredible, homey log cabin is massive. Again, it's close to Mount Snow and has a hot tub overlooking a brook. But there are also 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. Woah. Sleeps 14 across the whole 4,500 square foot. That's so many feet. 

Rooms? Four bedrooms. Sleeps 14 guests. 
The mood? Rustic and gorge. 
Location perks? Spacious enough for a family reunion, bachelor or bachelorette party, or friends' get-together. The wraparound porch is especially good for entertaining. 
Budget range? An affordable group booking. 

The  in Ellenville, NY
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2. The in Ellenville, NY

Meet Lidar West and Hemmelig Rom. Like a stylish pack of Lego blocks, the duo come as a pair. One, a light-filled cabin-style oasis with floor-to-ceiling windows that offer the most satisfying views of the woods, the other—as fancy as its name suggests, (Hemmelig Rom, meaning "secret room" in Norweigan)is a smoulderingly chic librarian dream-come-true with its varied lining of shelving and cubbies on each wall. Let's just hope that Proust doesn't hit you in the head while you're cosying undercovers. Hemmlig Rom is also particularly striking when there's a snowy spell. For warmer months, there's a hammock to take advantage of too. The main house (Lidar West) features two bedrooms and two bathrooms, ideal for families or friends looking to get out of town for a few days. 

Rooms? Three bedrooms. Sleeps six guests. 
The mood? Architectural and sleek. 
Location perks? Looking for a perfectly simple and elegant upstate getaway? You've found it.
Budget range? Moderately-priced.

The Catskill domeo in Hensonville, NY
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3. The 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. Essentially, it's completely wonderful and not a single place on planet Earth is like it. So you know, well worthy place on this list. 

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? At one with nature. 
Location perks? Great location for a hike up Black Dome Mountain. 
Budget range? Decently priced for a weekend Upsate. 

The container cabin in the Catskills in Saugerties, NY
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4. The container cabin in the Catskills in Saugerties, NY

Who knew a shipping container could be so chic? And eco! The owners retrofitted this simple 20-foot container with high-efficiency insulated walls, low-energy windows, a wood stove, composting toilet, and a tiny kitchen to turn it into the ultimate (and crucially, WARM) 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. Just nice little walks to nice little things. You're about fifteen minutes from Woodstock, Kingston, Saugerties, Catskill, the Hudson River, and dozens of hiking trails. It sure could be worse! 

Rooms? Two bedrooms. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? Sultry and cozy. 
Location perks? Nestled on 20 acres and only a stone's throw from Kaaterskill Wild Forest. 
Budget range? Not too shabby. 

The secluded lake chalet in Wilmington, NY
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5. The secluded lake chalet in Wilmington, NY

Looking for the ultimate place to dose up on some peace and quiet? How about a house in the middle of a mere... you know... 160 acres of forest? That'll do it, introvert's dream. This home also overlooks a private lake, so the views are ridiculous. Add to that a load of wildlife on your doorstep and Whiteface Mountain's cross-country skiing potential, and you have yourself quite the rural escape. 

Rooms? Four bedrooms. Sleeps eight guests.
The mood? Idyllic and quaint. 
Location perks? During Fall season, Still Point wetlands become a beautiful gradient of green orange and red, while Spring is peak season for canoeing and kayaking opportunities. 
Budget range? A high-end family vacation, or affordable group trip adventure.

The Mt. Guardian guest house in Bearsville, NY
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6. The Mt. Guardian guest house in Bearsville, NY

There are cabins and there are cabins. This one is a cabin, the second one of those. It looks very little and cute, but inside is a world of luxe. 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 Hudson Valley guesthouse is surrounded by forests and wilderness: the ideal location for city dwellers looking to unplug. Go on, set that out of the office, and enjoy. 

Rooms? One bedroom. Two guests.
The mood? Designer meets rustic. 
Location perks? Just when you thought it couldn't get any better than fresh mountain air, there's a complimentary bag of home-roasted Coffee hand-delivered by host Harvey.
Budget range? A super affordable retreat. 

The Catskills tiny house in Roxbury, NY
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7. The Catskills tiny house in Roxbury, NY

Cats kill birdhouse sounds like a bad story, but thankfully there are fewer spaces between the words and this simply refers to a lovely place located on a bucolic 10-acre farm in the Catskills Mountains, surrounded by a maple forest, streams, and a wildflower field you can frolic 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 an outhouse, and it's totally off the grid. It may be rustic and small, but it's also both very romantic and a genuine place from which you can reconnect with nature. 

Rooms? One-bedroom. Sleeps two guests.
The mood? Soooo aesthetic. 
Location perks? Bellfire Farm offers a beautiful backdrop for a meditative retreat, while still giving you access to the town life of Roxbury.
Budget range? Budget-friendly.

The treehouse cabin in Willow, NY
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8. The 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. The sublime level of thought, care, and attention that you naturally feel in this place makes it special. The location makes it a once-in-a-lifetime place to stay (unless you rebook).

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? Urban, secluded. 
Location perks? A scenic, architectural beauty close to Woodstock.
Budget range? Pricier, but worth the experience. 

The hippy hut in East Windsor, NJ
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9. The 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. Peace and love and a wooden sauna and a coup of fresh eggs and a coffee machine, baby. 

Rooms? Two beds. Sleeps four guests. 
The mood? Good vibes. 
Location perks? A unique getaway that feels more like a sensory playground. You'll also find lots of trails nearby. 
Budget range? Kind on the wallet.

The cozy Catskill cabin on Acorn Hill in Olivebridge, NY
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10. The 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 (there's a lovely guitar hanging on the wall too, I'm sure they won't mind...). It also has an amazing record collection you can listen to on its 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. A walkable 0.5 mile away you'll find The Country Inn, which has more than 200 beers to choose from.

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps two guests. 
The mood? Dainty and charming. 
Location perks? No honking horns, just hummingbirds, deer and serene woodland. 
Budget range? An absolute bargain.

The octagonal treehouse in Otis, MA
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11. The 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 (that's almost one for every side there is to the house). The property accommodates up to four people in two separate bedrooms. The glass floor-to-ceiling windows ensure you get every panoramic inch of looking out into the forest. There's a fireplace that you'll want to use and sit around and murmur "ah the great outdoors, we have to do this more often" quietly to yourself at. 

Rooms? One bedroom. Sleeps four guests. 
The mood? Octagonal oasis in the woods. 
Location perks? Enjoy a sustainable retreat with complimentary fair trade and organic goods to be enjoyed throughout your stay. 
Budget range? A pretty penny for a stunning off-grid adventure. 

The windy top cottage in Granby, CT
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12. The 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. But there's nothing bitter about it. 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 the cool (sometimes bitter cold but you won't notice it with the fire roaring) mountain air. Hey, if it's good enough for Architectural Digest (and we can vouch for the location) then you know... sold. 

Rooms? Two bedrooms. Sleeps four guests.
The mood? Quaint and fairytale-esque. 
Location perks? Make your stay even more idyllic by exploring the nearby hiking trails and waterfalls. 
Budget range? A low-cost weekend getaway.

The little lake cabin in New Fairfield, CT
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13. 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. You know you want to, what's the point in a winter holiday WITH A FIRE PIT otherwise? Exactly, so do it. 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 (hey if you simply take a photo near one and pass off as though you're adventurous, that's absolutely fine too). 

Rooms? Two bedrooms. Four guests. 
The mood? Warm and cozy boho vibes. 

Location perks? Enjoy the nearby vineyards and breweries like White Silo Farm and Winery. 
Budget range? A luxury stay.


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