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Warm up to winter at these 12 cozy cabins in the U.S.

Book a stay in one of these perfectly cozy cabins in the U.S. and get ready for snow, skiing, and cocoa-drinking

Written by
Emilee Lindner
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Have you found yourself scrolling through cozy cabin rentals in the U.S. while at work because you’re desperate to escape the drab winter blues? The crusty heap of snow in the mall parking lot? The lump of coal Santa put in your stocking? Look no further — we combed through listings on Vrbo and Airbnb to find the most magical, quaint rentals where you can hunker down for the rest of winter.

Whether you’ve got an itty-bitty budget (see: Ahern Cabin in Montana) or you’re ready to spend your hefty holiday bonus (lucky you: the modern A-frame near Lake Tahoe will do), finally make moves on the winter getaway you’ve been dreaming to book. Many of the charming spots on our list promise outdoor adventures, access to ski resorts, and plenty of excuses for fireplace hangs. There’s just one thing you have to do before renting one of these cozy cabins throughout the country: get ready to get comfy.

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12 Cozy Cabins in the USA

This getaway in Whitefish, Montana, is a skier’s paradise (seriously, just look at all that powder). Walk through the door, stash your ski gear, and take a close look at the decor—there are ski trophies and ski patches from yesteryear scattered about the cabin like your own little pep rally before you hit the slopes. If you’re here in the winter, the lifts to Whitefish Mountain Resort are just a few steps away from the front door. “As kids, we would ski home for chili at lunchtime,” writes the Vrbo host, whose parents built the cabin in 1963. “As adults, it’s just a few minute’s walk to all the bars and restaurants on the mountain.” In other words: this fun cabin is bound to fill your winter vacation with plenty of memories on and off the slopes—drink it all up.

Rates average $275 per night

Speckled with lovely antique touches — we see you there, clawfoot tub — the Bella Cottage in Eldred, New York, is a pleasantly up-to-date booking in the Catskills region. Set on two acres, it’s perfect for those of us who love the cottage feel but maybe don’t want to deal with the rustic appliances from decades past (there’s no roughing it here). The home, owned by an architect, features artful choices like a modern wood-burning stove and beautiful wooden countertops. And with a proper desk set-up, it’s perfect for a working vacation or writer’s retreat. Oh, and if this adorable country cabin somehow doesn’t fit the bill, check out our list of other cozy cabins near NYC.

Rates average $280 per night

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The Owl Pine Cabin, tucked in California's Idyllwild, CA, is a perfect woodsy getaway for when you don’t want to trek too far into the woods. You can leave your snowshoes at home without missing out on that coveted cozy cabin lifestyle. This rental is a masterpiece of stone – just look at that chimney! the walls! the hot tub! – with rustic rafters to boot. The cabin, nestled on Strawberry Creek, is near the Pacific Crest Trail if you do end up dabbling in a hike.

Rates average $278 per night

For those who can’t decide between a cabin vacation or a treehouse vacation, welp, rest your brain — this luxury craftsman double decker treehouse is the best of both worlds. The structure was featured on “The Treehouse Guys," and for good reason: it’s a masterpiece. The house features two decks and a spiral staircase that winds around a giant Douglas fir tree. Two living trees grow through the tree house interior and another two spring through the decks. With this stay, you’ll truly be in Montana’s forest, with all the amenities anyone could ever need.

Rates average $449 per night

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This gorgeous A-frame near Lake Tahoe awaits you and your friends. Located right near Ward Creek State Park, you’ll find access to multiple trailheads nearby. Plus, you’ll find miles of groomed trails for cross-country skiing in the area as well as places to ice skate and sled. And to appease that pal who just isn’t the outdoorsy type, head on over to ​Sunnyside Resort for happy hour — that is, if you don’t want to spend your whole vacation cozying up inside.

Rates average $361 per night

In the Western Mountains, you’ll find the "Good for the Soul” cabin, a little place for reflection and rejuvenation in Liberty, Maine. Settled far away from society, you’ll need all-wheel drive to reach this booking — oh, and solid snow tires if you’re arriving in the winter. But don’t let the journey scare you off, because once you’re there, you can whittle away the hours by journaling and gazing at those sweeping mountains. Perhaps you’ll even venture out for some fresh air? Go skiing or snowmobiling, and then come home to a warm cup of cocoa.

Rates average $135 per night

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Everything looks cozier under a blanket of snow (well, except your car). But in Montana, a soft snowfall can make even the nearby mountains feel comforting. Same goes for Ahern Cabin, a small house in Martin City with a big personality named after a nearby glacier. Nestled amongst pines and stocked with firewood, this Airbnb is just begging for a cuddly family night by the fire. It’s located nine miles from Glacier National Park, too, which means there’s beauty all around.

Rates average $90 per night

Sure, this little guy looks small — and it sure is — but Honeycrisp Cottage sits on nine acres of woods in Putney, Vermont. Explore the woodland, befriend the dog and cat that roam the property, and chat around a campfire after a day of skiing. While quaint on the outside, Honeycrisp Cottage is beautifully modern on the inside. And, as a major plus for you green-minded travelers, the cottage is LEED compliant and energy efficient.

Rates average $187 per night

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The Finger Lakes region of New York features some of the best wine in the country, and where better to sip on that sweet sweet grapeness than a custom log cabin in Naples? After you visit the wineries on Canandaigua and Keuka Lakes (just seven minutes away), bring your family back for a hang. Cuddle up in this classic cabin as you enjoy the warmth of the fire stove — you might even catch sight of a deer family out the window, so keep your eyes peeled.

Rates average $300 per night

It’s a cabin on steroids! But seriously, if you love cabins so much that you just want thousands of square feet of one, head to Granite Ridge Cabin in Jackson, Wyoming. You’ll get quintessential cabin vibes but with vaulted ceilings, an antler chandelier, and sleeping arrangements for up to ten (let’s hope you have a lot of friends and family). Enjoy a hot tub or grand fireplace after a day of skiing in Jackson Hole, if that’s your style. This cabin isn’t the off-the-grid variety — in fact, it’s walking distance from restaurants, shopping, and hikes.

Rates average $893 per night

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What is it about A-frame cabins that make you want to dress head to toe in flannel and drink broth out of a mug? While this three-floor cabin in Grand Lake, Colorado, feels like a warm hug, it still has plenty of space. The open floor plan looks great for kids, as does the collection of books downstairs. After a day exploring the nearby Rocky Mountains National Park, relax on an Adirondack chair on the deck, listening to the brook babble below.

Rates average $314 per night

New York’s Adirondack region is known for its miles and miles of untouched wilderness speckled with unassuming cabins. Warner’s Camp allows guests to experience nature while staying warm and comfortable. The guesthouse features exposed beams that are original to the 1800s build, not to mention a wood burning stove. Throw it back with a rotary phone and record player complete with a collection of vinyl. Don’t forget to use the waffle iron in the morning, and be sure to drizzle that sweet, sweet Adirondack syrup over top and enjoy breakfast on one of two spacious porches.

Rates average $451 per night

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