Top 7 Places to Rent Cozy Vacation Cabins
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For some, winter is a time to hit the pow and shred some turns. For others, this quiet season is synonymous with spending time focusing on self-care and relaxing. You can have the best of both worlds by booking a last minute vacation cabin rental in places that offer chances for hygge and hype! Here are seven places to consider.

Estes Park, Colorado

You don’t have to be a kid to go sledding in Estes Park! Drive Trail Ridge Road to Many Parks Curve, and you’ll find the only sledding hill in Rocky Mountain National Park! Known as Hidden Valley, this former ski spot hosts families on sleds and inflatable tubes through April, so long as the snow lasts!

Planning to hole up in your cozy vacation cabin rental for a few days? First, stop at Snowy Peaks Winery at 292 Morraine Avenue to pick up a bottle or two. They carry Riesling, Malbec, Muscat and more, varying on the season. Try a few wines on-site at the heated indoor or outdoor seating options.

A visit to Laura’s Fine Candies is a must for sweets lovers! Drive to 129 East Elkhorn Avenue to indulge in dark chocolate almond toffee, cheese and caramel mix popcorn, and taffy! Their motto, “Spoiling dinner since 1970” rings true! Grab some sweets for now and some to take home from your trip.

Helen, Georgia

Winter is the best time to visit Anna Ruby Falls at 3455 Anna Ruby Falls Road, located in the Chattahoochee-Oconee National Forest. It has multiple tiers of cascading water and mist through lush green foliage. You may need to bring a selfie stick to capture the entire falls in the background!

Nearby Highlands Outpost at 7420 Dillard Road in Scaly Mountain is the perfect place to stop if you’re looking for some winter adventure activities! Ride the Magic Carpet to the top and scream down the hill on an inflatable inner tube. The Outpost makes snow, so don’t worry if the weather doesn’t quite cooperate for your visit!

Then hunker down in this storybook cabin complete with fairy garden with a rock lined stream and a fire pit – a perfect for gathering with a nightcap or cup of tea in hand.


A-frame cabin with lights on inside and sunset in the background

‘Whispering Waters’ a vacation rental cabin in Gatlinburg.

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Visit the Great Smoky Mountains to enjoy a touring route to accessible vistas and historic sites reachable via car. Or, keep an eye on winter road conditions and head to a trailhead to hike!

Sevier County hosts an annual Winterfest complete with over 5 million lights. Tour the many lit-up locations via car, trolley, or on foot. Businesses, parks, and the Riverwalk Greenway all transform into a winter wonderland from November through the end of February – a magical spectacle for all to enjoy!

Settle into this stunning home, complete with creekside views from the hot tub. Then cook a feast for family and friends in the chef’s kitchen. Don’t want to be bothered with kitchen duties in your vacation cabin rental? Order take-out from The Old Mill Restaurant at 164 Old Mill Avenue. Dig into authentic Appalachian flavors with dishes like corn chowder, country-fried steak, and pecan pie. The pot roast is worth the wait!

Lake Tahoe, California

Nothing says charming winter activity like visiting Vikingsholm Castle at CA-89 in Tahoma. The 232-acre property was owned by a transportation magnate in the late 1800s and is now open for tours in the summertime. For winter visitors, leave your car at the parking lot and hike, snowshoe, or cross country ski a mile to view the beautiful Scandinavian buildings from the outside.

To get into the winter spirit, rent cross country or skate skis through Tahoe XC at 925 Country Club Drive and cruise the trails. They offer miles of trails, including some dog-friendly, groomed tracks perfect for enjoying the white stuff with your pup!

Before heading to your cozy cabin (like this cutie located in Homewood), stop at a brewery to grab food and a drink. South Lake Brewing Company at 1920 Lake Tahoe Boulevard has a taproom and beer garden where you can relax with a Fog Nozzle Hazy IPA or Marlette Sunrise Blood Orange Blonde. Or, visit Sidellis Lake Tahoe at 3350 Sandy Way to try their Milk and Honey Cream Ale and Living CoVida Loca lager. The barbecue tri-tip sandwich will fuel all your winter adventures!

Leavenworth, Washington

The main street of Leavenworth is called Front Street and features Bavarian architecture that’s sure to get you in the holiday spirit. Meander along the streets and pop into charming boutiques and restaurants. The trees and streets are lit up for the season and create the perfect backdrop for holiday photos and romantic strolls.

Be sure to stop at Icicle Coffee and Chocolates at 900 Front Street Suite E for a hot drink and sweets at some point during your wanderings. The locally owned and operated business is a favorite for residents and tourists – especially the fudge by the square! Try the classic chocolate peanut butter or rocky road flavors.

Asheville, North Carolina

If you’re looking for a vacation cabin rental with minimal snow, Asheville is the place for you! This unique place rarely gets the wet stuff, and when it does, it doesn’t last long. Visit Asheville in November to catch the National Gingerbread House Competition! This annual tradition features a 12-day viewing presentation before the private judging and announcement of the best gingerbread house based on design, artistry, and pastry expertise.

When you’ve oohed and ahed and start to get hungry, go to Woodfire Bar and Grille at 1450 Tunnel Road. The hickory wood-fired grill adds unique smokey flavors and dimensions to everything on the menu! Start with Havarti sticks (breaded and fried Havarti cheese with jalapeño creme) before trying the bone-in pork chop with mashed potatoes.

Portland, Maine

Lighthouse tours aren’t just a summer treat – they’re incredible in winter too! The ocean and waves can be wild, showing the real danger of the ocean and the importance of lighthouses! The Portland Head Light at 12 Captain Strout Cir, located on beautiful Cape Elizabeth, is the oldest lighthouse in the state and an excellent place to start your lighthouse tour! Then, visit Ram Island Ledge Light in Casco Bay to see the northern entrance to Portland’s outer harbor.

When you get peckish, take a trip with Maine Food Tours. Take the Old Port Culinary Walking Tour through historic Old Port to sample incredible seafood. Enjoy lobster rolls, fish tacos, and chowdah (chowder) with delicious Maine craft beer. Many restaurants along the route rely on seasonal ingredients from the land (like Aroostook County potatoes) and sea, so come excited about fresh local fare.

Then escape to this quaint vacation cabin and enjoy the best of Maine’s diverse landscape! Curl up next to the fire and take in views of Sebago Lake right from your couch. Enjoy the peaceful sounds of nature knowing the bustle of Portland is just 20 minutes away!

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