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10 Cozy Cabin Destinations to Visit This Winter

The cold season shouldn't slow down your camping plans. 

By Penny Fox

10 Cozy Cabin Destinations to Visit This Winter
Lost Trail Lodge - Photograph Courtesy of Scott Sawyer

Packing away the tent for the cold season means that cabin camping opportunities abound. Snowmobiling, wildlife watching, skiing, and cozying up by the fire at the end of the day, cabin camping is the perfect way to soak up all of winter's bountiful activities all while staying warm and comfortable. From Alaska's North Pole to the sweeping mountains of Vermont, here are just a few of our favorite cabin camping destinations to visit this winter.  

Moose Walk Cabin, North Pole, AK

The secluded Moose Walk Cabin gives you the best of everything. From amazing natural views and an abundance of wildlife to frozen ponds for ice skating and awesome snowmobiling trails, it's truly a winter wonderland. If you’re looking for a fun adventure during the day, walk a reindeer at the Running Reindeer Ranch in nearby Fairbanks or take a short trip across town for some dog sledding at Rod's Alaskan Guide Service. At the end of the day, kick back in your cabin and you just might get to see the celestial splendor of the Northern Lights right outside your window. 

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Belleayre Lodge, Pine Hill, NY

Enjoy a charming winter getaway in your choice of cozy cabins in the heart of New York’s Catskills region. Stay in cabins with fire pits, comfy living areas, and the peace and quiet of nature. You can enjoy a brisk winter hike on one of several area trails or go skiing and snowboarding at Belleayre Mountain, Hunter Mountain, or Plattekill Mountain. Discount lift tickets are available when you reserve your spot. 

Lost Trail Lodge, Truckee, CA

Next time someone tells you to get lost this winter, tell them you’ll be glad to. Then pack your bags and head to Lost Trail Lodge, a home away from home destination far from city lights and noisy neighbors. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, you can ski, hike, bike, and explore during the day. Rest your muscles at the end of the day with a relaxing soak in the heated sunken pool. 

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Robert Frost Mountain Cabins, Ripton, VT

The Robert Frost Mountain Cabins are a great location for the next family trip. With rustic charm and convenience combined, cabins have two bedrooms, a full kitchen, gas fireplace, and a back porch. Area activities in the winter include alpine skiing at nearby Middlebury's Snow Bowl and Nordic skiing or fat-tire biking at the Rikert Nordic Center. Enjoy the peace and quiet of nature at the Robert Frost Mountain Cabins and at the end of a long day, warm up by the fire or in the hot tub. 

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Comfort in the Woods, Hocking Hills, OH

Even if winter isn't your favorite season, you’ll love the cozy escape provided by the Comfort in the Woods cabins in Hocking Hills, Ohio. Each cabin comes stocked with boards games, movies, and has a large front porch that’s perfect for watching wildlife and birds. Winter activities include hiking, cave exploration, and wildlife watching. Don't miss the treehouse that offers 20-foot-high views of the wooded splendor that surrounds the location. 

Silver Mountain Resort & Cabins, Rapid City, SD

History and legends come alive when you travel to the Black Hills in South Dakota. Rustic beauty beckons you to travel off the beaten path and offers a peaceful mountain getaway where you’ll find a warm winter cabin awaiting you. Daytime adventure opportunities include hiking Harney Peak, visiting Mount Rushmore or exploring Rockerville Ghost Town. Cabins can accommodate up to 10 people.

True North Basecamp, Crosby, MN

If you want a truly exhilarating outdoor experience this winter, then a trip to the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area is just what you need. Make no mistake, this is not glamping, but you will have heat, electricity, and a safe place to crash after a day full of fat biking, snowshoeing, hiking, and skiing. Hot showers are available nearby, and there are plenty of local restaurants where you can eat if the idea of using a camp stove or cooking over an open fire isn’t appealing. Pets are welcome for an additional fee.

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Almost Paradise Lodging, Mount Rainier, WA

You’ll be as close to paradise as you can get when you stay in one of the comfy cabins near beautiful Mount Rainier. Just a hop, skip, and a jump from the national park, this spot is one of the state’s most popular visitor locations and a great destination for a winter getaway. They offer year-round horseback riding tours, and other outdoor adventures like snowshoeing, snowboarding, and skiing. There’s something calming about being on the mountain surrounded by evergreen trees and purity of freshly fallen snow. You can visit the visitor’s center in Paradise, then return to your private hot tub and cozy fireplace. You’ll feel so relaxed, you might not want to leave. 

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Nelson’s Resorts, Crane Lake, MN

You’ll have your choice of one and two-bedroom cabins in which to make magical memories this winter when you stay at this unique resort. Designed with comfort in mind, each log cabin has a deck where you can view the wildlife during the day and starry sky in the evening. Visit the bear sanctuary nearby or take an underground mine tour, then head back to the lodge for a chef-created dinner or create your own culinary masterpiece in your fully stocked kitchen. 

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Black Moshannon State Park, Philipsburg, PA

Open year-round, this state park offers the chance to unwind and reconnect with nature. With planned winter activities available, you can also venture out on your own on one of the hiking trails or bring your snowshoes for a brisk walk in the woods. With handicap-accessible cabins, you’ll find the remote surroundings the perfect place to experience nature at its finest.

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Due to the escalation of the coronavirus outbreak, local destinations for outdoor recreation may be closed. Please visit official websites for more information.

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