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Winter Quarters

Baby, it's getting colder outside, but there are plenty of cozy VRBOs and Airbnbs that may even make you wish for frigid temperatures and a blanket of snow. Hot tubs and saunas? Check. Fireplaces galore? You bet. Whether your winter getaway calls for a cabin in the woods, a snug and sleek city apartment, or something in between, we've found 20 of the best spots to stay warm.

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Lost River Modern Cabin in Lost City, WV
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Lost River Modern Cabin

Lost City, West Virginia | Sleeps 4
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Two hours from Washington, D.C., this two-bedroom, two-bathroom prefab cabin is the ultimate winter getaway for anyone who loves sleek, modern design. It sleeps up to four (plus kids upon request). Watch the snow through a wall of windows, stargaze from the large deck, cozy up and watch a movie in the media room, or take a soak in the outdoor hot tub.

Underground Hygge in Orondo, WA
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Underground Hygge

Orondo, Washington | Sleeps 2
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Built into a mountainside in the Columbia River Gorge, this cozy Hobbit-style getaway for two has a charming round doorway, cozy stone fireplace, carved wooden sink, inviting tub, and breathtaking views from the patio. Note that there's a short, steep hike from the parking area, and four-wheel-drive vehicles are necessary in the winter.

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High Hemlock Cabin in Highlands, NC
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High Hemlock Cabin

Highlands, North Carolina | Sleeps 4
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This meticulously decorated two-bedroom cabin is the epitome of rustic chic, with shiplap walls, exposed beams, leather furniture, and more. A soaking tub, wood-burning stone fireplace, and plush hotel-style robes will keep you warm on cold winter days. Take a 5-minute walk into town for shopping and dining or explore the nearby waterfalls and surrounding Nantahala National Forest.

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Ski-In, Ski-Out Cabin in Breckenridge, CO
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Ski-in, Ski-Out Cabin

Breckenridge, Colorado | Sleeps 4
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Suit up for a day on the slopes in this apartment that's only 100 yards to the lifts. Not into skiing? Walk two blocks to downtown Breckenridge. Afterward, warm up in front of the gas fireplace or head to the pool and hot tub complex, where you'll have access to a heated indoor/outdoor pool and three hot tubs. Drift off to dreamland in the sleeping loft, made from reclaimed wood beams.

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Modern Shack in Narrowsburg, NY
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Modern Shack

Narrowsburg, New York | Sleeps 3
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Just a 2-hour drive from New York City, this charming "shack" is set on 7 acres and features quirky modern decor. It sleeps up to three, but two more can sleep in the "shed" 20 feet away. A wood-burning stove, Nest thermostat, and deep soaking tub will keep you plenty warm in the winter, but four-wheel drive is best in case of deep snow.

Reclaimed Timber Carriage House in Bozeman, MT
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Reclaimed Timber Carriage House

Bozeman, Montana | Sleeps 2
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This gorgeous carriage house checks off all the boxes for a winter getaway: Mountains, wildlife, and a short drive to dining, shopping and world-class skiing. Feeling really adventurous? Go snowshoeing in Yellowstone National Park, just an hour away. The cozy interior has a gas fireplace, gourmet kitchen, and sleek, modern bathroom.

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Hygge Chalet and Scandinavian Sauna in Grant, CO
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Hygge Chalet and Scandinavian Sauna

Grant, Colorado | Sleeps 4
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This recently remodeled Rocky Mountain chalet is just an hour outside of Denver, perfect for an escape from the city. The modern interior features a gas stove, well-stocked kitchen, and bathroom. Drive to Breckenridge for skiing or relax on the 3.5 forested acres. Once the day is done, warm up in the traditional Finnish steam sauna.

Gingerbread Cottage in Port Roberts, WA
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Gingerbread Cottage

Port Roberts, Washington | Sleeps 2
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This impossibly picturesque little getaway is bound to keep visitors warm this winter with radiant heated hardwood floors, a clawfoot bathtub, a gas fireplace, and a deck with an outdoor heat lamp. Outside, explore the stunning cedar groves and Pacific beaches, or head across the nearby Canadian border to explore Vancouver.

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Poconos Cabin with Sauna in Gouldsboro, PA
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Poconos Cabin With Sauna

Gouldsboro, Pennsylvania | Sleeps 4
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The ideal place to crash after skiing at nearby Camelback, this traditional two-bedroom chalet has a wood-burning stove inside and a wood-fired sauna with a cooling tub outside. It has two bedrooms that will sleep four, but two more can sleep in a loft double bed. You'll also have an updated kitchen and bathroom, Wi-Fi, and 12 wooded acres to explore — all just a couple of hours from Philadelphia and New York City.

Lake Tahoe Eco View Home in Tahoma, CA
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Lake Tahoe Eco View Home

Tahoma, California | Sleeps 6
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The view of Lake Tahoe from this modern, three-bedroom home's deck will be stunning no matter the season. Up to six people can enjoy a little luxury here after skiing at nearby Homewood Mountain, Squaw Valley, or Alpine Meadows. Warm up in the private hot tub or in front of the wood-burning fireplace, or cook a tasty meal in the gleaming chef's kitchen.

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The Thatch House in Charlevoix, MI
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The Thatch House

Charlevoix, Michigan | Sleeps 14
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Get a group together and splurge on this unique six-bedroom home overlooking Lake Michigan. Its loads of stone and dark wooden beams give it a distinctly cozy feel in the winter. Warm yourself in front of one of three stone fireplaces, catch a movie in the downstairs theater room, or check out the skiing, sledding, ice skating, and other winter activities nearby.

Heart Mountain Japanese Cabin in Powell, WY
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Heart Mountain Japanese Cabin

Powell, Wyoming | Sleeps 2
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Looking for a little zen with your winter retreat? This cabin in the Big Horn Basin might be just the ticket. Stave off winter's chill in the shower for two, cedar sauna or Japanese soaking tub, or bundle up and enjoy the view of the grasslands from the front deck. It's also in a "quiet camping" zone, which means you're assured peace and quiet every day after sunset.

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Romantic Nashville Cottage in Nashville, TN
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Romantic Nashville Cottage

Nashville, Tennessee | Sleeps 4
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This cozy cottage that sleeps four just a few miles from downtown Nashville is the ideal spot for an urban escape this winter. There's an electric fireplace inside and a fire pit in a private courtyard outside. The rustic-modern decor features shiplap, gold fixtures and even an old stock tank bathtub where you can soak all your troubles away.

Luxe Blue Ridge Yurt in Afton, VA
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Luxe Blue Ridge Yurt

Afton, Virginia | Sleeps 4
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If a yurt sounds a little chilly in the winter, think again: This luxury yurt on a Virginia farmstead is heated and even has a wood-fired stove for extra warmth. But that's not all — there's a hot tub down a short path, too. A bedroom and loft sleep up to four, and there's a fully equipped kitchen. Skiing and snowboarding are just 20 minutes away at Wintergreen Resort.

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Rustic Chic Barn in Tivoli, NY
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Rustic Chic Barn

Tivoli, New York | Sleeps 6
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This open-concept barn in the Hudson Valley is a spot-on blend of rustic charm and modern amenities. A wood-burning stove keeps things plenty cozy when it's cold, and there are outdoor fire pits, too. Another way to warm up: in a claw-foot tub or under the rain showerhead. If the snow's not too deep, walk to town and grab a treat at the bakery or general store.

Alaskan Log Cabin
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Alaskan Log Cabin

Homer, Alaska | Sleeps 6
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The interior of this rental — nicknamed "The Moose Lodge" — manages to be both rustic and artsy at the same time. Perched near the coast of Kachemak Bay, it offers incredible views of both the waterfront and surrounding mountains. Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen (and partially stocked pantry), fireplace, and large deck for taking in the stunning nearby scenery. 

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A-Frame Chalet
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A-Frame Chalet

Flagstaff, Arizona | Sleeps 8
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This three-story A-frame cabin is in one of the few parts of Arizona where it does snow in the winter. At 2,600 square feet, it has plenty of room to spread out and includes a fireplace, loft, game room, multiple outdoor spaces, and a hot tub. It's less than an hour from Snowbowl Ski Area, or pop into nearby Sedona to explore the shops and soak in those positive energy vortexes. 

Hocking Hills Lakeside Cabin
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Hocking Hills Lakeside Cabin

Hamden, Ohio | Sleeps 6
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Set on around 100 acres, this cabin will let you explore the surrounding outdoor winter wonderland. It's around 15 miles or fewer from three state parks — including Hocking Hills — and is also close to some nearby caves, petroglyphs, and other outdoor destinations. Or just settle in for some movies in front of the electric fireplace or a soak in the six-person hot tub. 

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Wooded Vermont Retreat
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Wooded Vermont Retreat

Granville, Vermont | Sleeps 5
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New England skiers, take note. This cozy two-bedroom, one-bath cabin is less than one hour from four ski areas — Middlebury Snow Bowl, Sugarbush, Mad River Glen, and Killington. After a long day on the slopes, come home to a soothing soak under the stars in the hot tub, or snuggle up inside in the home theater with a selection of more than 200 movies.  

Black Hills Family Cabin
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Black Hills Family Cabin

Lead, South Dakota | Sleeps 15
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Let the family really spread out in this four-bedroom, three-bath cabin that also features a covered deck, hot tub, fireplace, flatscreen TV, and open floor plan. The house is less than 2 miles from Terry Peak Ski Area and within driving distance of many other popular Black Hills destinations.  

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