By Penny Fox
Just because snow is blanketing the ground doesn’t mean you can’t still retreat to the great outdoors. For a fun-filled winter adventure with family or friends, head to the magnificent cabin camping locations of Pennsylvania. Not only will you have the comforts of everyday amenities, but you’ll be rewarded the rustic experience you’re seeking, as well. Here are the best winter cabin camping spots in the state.
Nestled in the beautiful Allegheny Forest in northwestern Pennsylvania, Gateway Lodge Country Inn in Cooksburg is the perfect getaway when the winter blues start to get you down. Each of the six rustic cabins has a deck for outside eating with a beautiful view of the surrounding woods. Accommodating two to eight people, the cabins are insulated with canvas curtains to hold in the warmth on snowy winter days, and a gas fireplace provides warmth and ambience. The kitchen has a gas stove, refrigerator, and microwave, and all cooking utensils, tableware, and serving dishes are included. Some firewood is there, but more can be purchases at the Main Lodge. If you choose not to cook in the cabin, there are several nice restaurants close by. Check their website for specials and off-season rates.
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This large one-bedroom cottage is just right for an intimate time away. Located in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, the cottage is complete with a kitchen that has everything you need for preparing your own meals, there’s a gas log fireplace, and all the comforts of home. Minimum overnights are required.
Al and Brenda’s Country Cottages in Sigel, Pennsylvania, is a family-owned business located near Cook Forest in the northwestern part of the state. Open year round, the cabins offer many things to do during the warmer months in the surrounding area, and are a great place to get away for a winter retreat. Each cabin has a gas fireplace, kitchen, living and sleeping areas, and bathroom. Linen packages are available, and there are board games and a TV/VCR for use by guests. If you’re planning a family getaway, children under 14 stay free with parents.
Located in Centre County, Pennsylvania, Black Moshannon State Park is a favorite place to stay overnight, kick back, and enjoy the beauty of the surrounding area. Native Americans called the place Moss-Hanne, which means moose stream, and the black water that is part of the park’s name comes from the tannic acid from the plants and trees that act like a giant teabag. Modern and deluxe rustic cabins are available year-round and can accommodate up to eight overnight visitors. Handicap cabins are available, and each has a kitchen with stove, refrigerator, and microwave.
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This beautiful cozy cabin is just the place to relax and regroup with your special someone or as a family. Located in Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania, very close to Rickets Glen State Park, there’s plenty of space for a family of six or this can be a nice retreat for two. You’ll have all the comforts of home with a fully-equipped kitchen and all linens provided, but if the weather is good, you can enjoy cooking and eating outdoors. If you’re into exploring the area, there are 22 waterfalls and many hiking trails, and this park is one of the most visited in the state. Don’t miss this unique and lovely diamond in the rough.
Open year round, KOA camping areas are a great way to experience a winter getaway with family or spouse. With deluxe cabins that sleep from two to 10 people, you can enjoy the winter wonderland of the Poconos in East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, in style and comfort. Not far from Shawnee Mountain Ski Area and only an hour from New York City, your home away from home may include full bathroom, kitchen, and living area, or if preferred, no bathroom and kitchen. Ask about bringing your pet when you make your reservation.
Located in the northcentral part of Pennsylvania, Antler Shed Cabins in Benezette, has all the amenities of home with one difference. They’re right in the middle of the largest habitat of elk in the eastern U.S. Don’t be surprised to wake up and see an elk leisurely munching on grass in the front yard or watch a larger herd move up and down the valley as you drive by. Friendly owners will do everything they can to make sure you have a memorable time away, and cabins include fully-equipped kitchens and linens. Check their Facebook page for winter specials.
Weedville, Pennsylvania, is the perfect place to stay for a time away. Located in the heart of elk country, there are streams and creeks nearby that attract many of the local animals, and it’s not unusual to see elk, wild turkeys, and deer around the area. All cabins have fully-equipped kitchens that include stove, refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. Linens are provided, and the romantic cabins each have a whirlpool tub big enough for two. There are cabins for two to six people and a wheelchair-accessible family cabin.