16 Cozy Airbnbs That Will Make You Excited for Winter
Winter travel isn't just for visiting your family or escaping to warmer climes. With temperatures quickly plunging, you might be preparing instead to hibernate from the cold in a cocoon of warm blankets and fuzzy socks, sipping hot chocolate, and snoozing away lazy weekend afternoons. And while you might be dreaming of sunnier days, winter is bringing good cheer to the dreary skies with a number of things you can't do any other time of year.
Instead of burrowing under your covers, embrace the cold, immerse yourself in the season, and explore a new side of the United States most travelers only get to see in the summertime.
From mountain top cottages to lakeside cabins and chic city dwellings, we've found 16 Airbnbs around the country that even the biggest snow scrooge will love. Each home is in close proximity to a variety of cold weather activities, including skiing, snowshoeing, and holiday shopping. But most importantly, they're all super cozy and comfortable so you don't need to forego snuggling.
Check out our selection of Airbnbs to combat the winter blues and give you a whole new appreciation for the winter season.
Located near Fairbanks, this cozy log house fits up to six guests and has all the necessary amenities. You can snowshoe, ski, and hike in the area, or venture out further to Denali National Park or Chena Natural Hot Springs. In the evening, cook up a pizza with the wood-fired pizza oven and catch an unforgettable view of the Northern Lights from the deck.
Immerse yourself in nature and relaxation inside this South Lake Tahoe log chalet. With the resort town nearby, you’ll have your pick of stunning ski trails to explore. Bring seven of your closest friends and family with you and make this cozy 3-bedroom Airbnb even cozier.
The perfect romantic getaway or artist's retreat, this A-frame cabin in the redwoods comes with a full-size bed, wood-burning stove, two space heaters, and plenty of blankets to keep you warm at night. After hiking in the surrounding area, relax and unwind while enjoying music on the record-player and cooking in the well-equipped kitchen.
There’s no better way to feel like you’re in a fairytale than by spending the night in an actual storybook castle. Built in 1917, this Airbnb continues to retain its medieval charm with décor suited for a knight or princess. The castle sits on seven acres of land, which features gardens, a gazebo, and pond for romantic strolls. Each of the three bedrooms has a dreamy theme (the Romeo & Juliet room would be our pick), and by the end of your stay, you’ll wish the storybook never had to end.
Bring a close friend or significant other to this cute little cottage in Camden. You'll be a 10-minute walk from downtown, where you can go shopping, explore the restaurant scene, and see the harbor. Megunticook Lake and Mount Battie are also close by for Instagram-worthy views.
Head out to this cozy cottage on Michigan's Baseline Lake for a week of cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and hiking. When you visit, you'll find the Airbnb has all the winter gear you could possibly need, so you don't need to bring or rent your own.
Stay at this log cabin in Minnesota for a perfect mix of the rugged outdoors and luxury. The Airbnb is close to three state parks and Fond Du Lac State Forest, where you can go hiking, skiing, or snow mobile riding. At the end of a long day, head back to the cabin to take advantage of the sauna and in-floor radiant heating.
Two dogs, horses, sheep, chickens, a donkey, and the occasional cow will welcome you at this rustic ranch near Yellowstone National Park. It fits up to three people, so it's the perfect size for small families and couples. As an added bonus, expect to find free-range chicken eggs in the fridge when you arrive.
Grab a trio of friends and stay inside a super cute cottage on Mount Uncanoonuc. When you're not hiking the area's many trails, retire to the deck or cuddle up in front of the indoor fireplace.
A stay at Solheim Farm makes for a peaceful mountain retreat. You'll have easy access to the Appalachian Trail Corridor for hiking and cross-country skiing, and its wood stove adds just the right rustic touch. You'll also find a troop of dogs, chickens, ducks, goats, and cats on the property.
This log cabin on Haller Lake offers a quiet retreat from bustling Seattle while still being within city limits. The ideal couple's getaway, you and your significant other will never feel cozier after stepping into your fuzziest pair of slippers, adding some logs to the wood fireplace, and tucking in for the evening.
Invite seven of your closest girlfriends to join you at this chalet-style cabin in West Virginia. During your stay, head into nearby Berkeley Springs for shopping, antiquing, and relaxing in one of the town's many mineral spas. Be sure to watch the sun rise and set over the mountains for an unforgettable view of the eastern panhandle highlands.
Sitting between Manitowish Waters and Boulder Junction, this cozy cabin in the woods promises "serenity, beauty, and nature." With snowshoeing, hiking, and ski trails nearby, you and the rest of your 12-person group will never struggle to find things to do. The Airbnb even comes with a hot tub for ultimate stargazing.
Only five miles from Grand Teton National Park, this comfy two bedroom condo offers a good night's rest after a long day on the mountains. Your host can even get you discounts on winter activities, so you know you're in good hands.