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S’mores season is upon us! But, so too, is a winter season like no other. But just because travel looks a little different these days, that doesn’t mean you can’t plan out a magical winter experience. Bring on the hot chocolate, snowy walks and fireside chats! Let’s take a look at six very cozy vacation rentals to book this winter season.
Mammoth Lakes, CA
This charming 2-person cabin nestled in the Sierra Nevadas beckons those looking for total seclusion this holiday season. Set on a private ranch, this quaint one-bedroom vacation rental boasts 360-degree views of nature and with no people in sight. Surrounded by the Sherwin Mountains, you and your special someone will feel like the only ones around for as far as the eye can see. If you’re feeling adventurous, head off the ranch property for some skiing at Mammoth Mountain or take a day trip to a snow-filled Yosemite National Park—it’s only 45 minutes away. When you return to your secluded cabin on a ranch, don’t forget to look up: The stargazing here is epic!
Given what a tough year it’s been, treat yourself to a more splurge-worthy getaway this winter. Consider a vacation rental tied to a luxury resort, like this 2-bedroom house at TopNotch Resort in Stowe. Here, you can enjoy all the luxuries of a high-end property (like the resort’s heavenly spa!) without having to pass through hotel common spaces on a daily basis. This lavish vacation home has all the amenities you could ask for, including plush duvets and a Jacuzzi in the main bath. You can also dine in or order room service from the resort’s raved about restaurant, The Roost. Nearby, the town of Stowe turns into an enchanting winter wonderland from the months of November to March. Enjoy boutique shopping along quaint Main Street, snowshoeing around the Trapp Family Lodge trails (yes, that von Trapp Family), and join in on some of the best skiing on the East Coast at Stowe Mountain.
Estes Park, CO
With all of us trying to spend a lot more time outdoors these days, why not head to the place with the sweetest air of all: the Rocky Mountains. Long Peak Lookout Cabin lies in Estes Park, within walking distance from the entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. Explore the park by car or just sit on your spacious private deck smelling the pines and enjoying panoramic views of North America’s most majestic mountain range. When it gets too chilly outside, gather inside the cabin’s cozy living room on the big brown leather sofa next to the wood-burning fireplace. While you’re not far from town, you may still want to avoid busy restaurants. If so, be sure to take advantage of this vacation rental’s private chef services!
Park City, UT
If skiing is what you seek, don’t hesitate to snag this rustic ski condo in Park City which is home to some of the best slopes in all of the Rockies, including Deer Valley, Park City Mountain and The Canyons. This 2-bedroom condo sits at the base of The Canyons and feels like a quaint lodge inside. An impressive stone wall in the living room houses the fireplace and is surrounded by comfy leather seating. The entire condo is dotted with beautiful, well-crafted wood furniture, like the dining room table with an antler chandelier dangling above. Enjoy the plethora of winter fun Park City has to offer from your prime location!
There’s no need to always head up north to get your winter wonderland fix. Plan a trip to Asheville and be sure to book Busbee Cabin, a 3-bedroom vacation rental in the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains. Set on a 36-acre estate with private hot tub, this authentic log cabin is surrounded by Mother Nature and maintains a high degree of cleanliness. (The CEO of the property has a Master’s Degree in Public Health, so you know they take it seriously!) An easy 10-minute drive puts you in the heart of Asheville, a small city bursting at the seams with character. Asheville is known for its funky architectural heritage (think Art Deco and Neoclassical) and plethora of art galleries. The area is also recognized for its excellent spas. Book the 60-minute Okubukai Deep Tissue Massage at Shoji Spa & Lodge. Also, visit The Biltmore Mansion. The former home to The Vanderbilts is the largest in the country, and come winter, the estate puts on epic holiday displays!
In the heart of the scenic Catskills region of Upstate New York, Hunter Mountain offers the best skiing close to New York City. Gather your friends and caravan out to this spacious log-cabin style home two hours outside of the Big Apple. While the mountain is only a half-mile away, there are loads of other winter activities to indulge in while you’re there. Hike to Kaaterskill Falls, snowshoe at Mountain Trails, or snuggle up with a cocktail around the fireplace at Scribner’s Lodge just down the road. This house has a stellar set up for groups, so you may not want or need to leave the property. Fill up each of the five bedrooms with friends and spend your evenings playing cards next to the wood-burning fireplace or keeping warm in the private hot tub.
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