The year is racing by and it’s already time to nail down winter travel plans. We could all use a getaway right now, but crowded hotels and tourist attractions aren’t hitting the spot.
This year, a winter staycation, that gets you closer to nature and further from people, seems in order. Glamping, and renting a luxury tiny house, can turn your winter holidays into cozy, satisfying moments that you will remember forever.
Here are some of our favorite quiet retreats for a winter getaway:
Nestled in a forest on a 60-acre nature sanctuary in New York, this two-story cabin is everything you need for a semi-rustic winter getaway.
Start the day with coffee overlooking the trees on the 2nd-story balcony, or wrapped in a blanket in the reading nook.
Spend the afternoon walking along the private river frontage or exploring the hiking trails.
In the evening, grill up dinner on the BBQ and toast some marshmallows at the fire pit.
And, if you are hoping to spend your staycation with your furry friend, this pet-friendly spot is the place to be.
Tarberg, New York
If the long year has sapped your energy and left your soul weary, book a stay at this authentic Mongolian yuk.
Handmade by a family in Mongolia, the yurt has hosted healers from around the world, who have lent their sacred energies to the space.
Even during gray winter weather, the yurt will wrap you in vibrant colors and the lamb’s wool insulation and pellet stove will keep things cozy.
Complete your stay with an on-site massage and energy healing.
Saratoga Springs, New York
Mother Nature and opulence meet at this luxe cabin, located at Evergreen Cabins resort.
During the winter, you will be surrounded by snowy wonderland as fresh flakes trickle through the tree branches.
But, you will never feel like you are roughing it, thanks to a gourmet kitchen, tiled shower and crystal chandelier.
This is a treehouse with a story to tell, and was build by local Amish carpenters using the lumber from trees cut to create space for the cabin.
The magic of your stay starts as you walk over an 80-foot suspension bridge to enter the space.
In addition to a king-size bed that overlooks a rock waterfall, there are two bunkbeds to make this the perfect family getaway.
Adirondack, New York
Oh-la-la! This spot is the epitome of glamping, with the magic of a true treehouse mingling with luxe accommodations.
The living space is built around two fir trees in Montana, so you will never forget how close to nature you are.
But, the glamorous décor, upscale kitchen, queen-sized Temper-pedic mattresses and full bathroom will let you feeling pampered.
Though this cabin is spectacular all year long, things kick up another notch when falling snow transforms the five wooded acres into a winter wonderland.
Columbia Falls, Montana
This 220-square-foot treehouse is a little love nest perched above a beautiful wooded property.
With a full bathroom, teeny kitchen, heater, and DVD player, you will have all the comforts of home.
But, the secluded location will give you the space you crave to disconnect and recharge.
China Grove, North Carolina
The petite spot is the perfect blend of a rustic, nature experience and comfort.
The airy, light-filled A-frame tiny house invites you to snuggle up by the wood stove, read a book on the window seat or dance with your sweetie under the twinkle lights.
But it’s position on a mountain ridge, the outdoor shower, outhouse and the absence of cell phone signal lets you commune with nature while recharging your mental batteries.
Swannanoa, North Carolina
Sleeping in a treehouse might be a childhood dream, but this spot is full of grownup luxuries.
It seems almost impossible that an elevated cabin in the wilds of Maine could have both an indoor whirlpool and sauna, but hosts Angie and Haze have made it happen.
Plus, there is a fully equipped kitchen, a dining table large enough for holiday meals, and a massive fireplace.
Even better, the 900-square-foot space features sleeping for eight, which makes this spot a must-book for family getaways.
And, if you can tear yourself away from the treehouse, you will be ideally located to enjoy the lighthouses and other attractions of the Downeast Coastline.
For breath-taking views that you can enjoy while staying toasty, look no further.
The Willow Treehouse is uniquely designed, with oversized widows and skylights, to make the most of it’s setting.
While overlooking a private pond and 34-acre wooded property, you will feel like you are immersed in nature, while still being wrapped in luxury.
With a firewood-heated hot tub, fireplace, and a king-sized bed in the sleeping loft, this elevated cabin is just right for a romantic winter getaway.
Willow, New York
Treehouses are a hot trend in glamping, and one of the best soars above a historic farm in Minnesota.
The seven-room cabin, with a full kitchen, dining nook, living room and two bedrooms, is a massive space suitable for family staycations.
But, there’s a lot of romance here too, thanks to two fireplaces, rain shower and a 2-person Jacuzzi. While the four desks give you loads of space to enjoy the outdoors, it’s the interior design that is the star of this show.
The furnishings feature old-world luxury with natural stone, crystal chandeliers, rich wood and inviting bedding.
For the ultimate game of hide-and-seek, there is even a hidden room in this cabin. Can you find it?
Cottage Grove, Minnesota
Soar high above the Green Mountain National Forest in this cute, cozy treehouse.
Nestled in three sugar maple trees, this one-bedroom cabin with an outdoor shower and composting toilet, puts you in the heart of the forest for an authentically rustic experience.
While there is no true kitchen, so you won’t need to waste your getaway cooking meals, there us a coffee pot and refrigerator, so you can enjoy a hot morning mug and nibbles while watching the snow fall.
And, because this is a true Vermont experience, you will enter the treehouse by walking over a cute covered bridge.
As you climb the wide staircase that leads to The Outpost, the anticipation and excitement for your staycation starts to build. But, you could never dream of what waits inside.
As you swing open the French doors, you’ll be welcomed into the Cathedral great room with cozy, homey décor and an antler chandelier.
This is just the start of your experience, and you will find little luxuries tucked into every corner of the two bedrooms, full bathroom, covered porch and two-story deck.
With sleeping for six, this is an ideal spot for everything from snowy honeymoons to family retreats.
Saint Johnsbury, Vermont
Cozied up alongside a brook in Mad River Valley, this treehouse puts you in a prime location to enjoy all the skiing, fishing and biking scenic Vermont has to offer.
But, the treehouse is so nice, you may never want to leave, which makes this the perfect staycation spot. The one-bedroom treehouse blends artistic design with modern convenience.
White wood walls and shabby-chic décor cradle you in comfort, while a well-stocked kitchen with an electric griddle, an indoor shower and a composting toilet provide everything you need for a memorable glamping trip.
This 225-square-foot cabin is accessed via a five-mile dirt road into the woods, which makes it just right for a secluded getaway without the hassle of truly roughing it.
A wood stove will keep things cozy while you enjoy the well-equipped kitchenette, farmhouse-style dining table and comfortable Murphy bed with a memory-foam mattress.
If you want to tackle a few winter sports, the hosts provide complimentary snow-shoes, sleds and snow tubes as well as storage for your skies or hiking equipment.
The Treetop Sanctuary, which rests 30 feet over the forest floor, straddles the line between camping and glamping.
This spot is perfect for anyone looking for a true wilderness experience, minus the tent.
The treehouse features a wood stove, a refrigerator, and a composting toilet.
But, you will need to bring sleeping bags, cooking gear and flashlights.
Complete your semi-clamping experience by exploring the large pond and hiking trails through the 5-acre property and the 200-acre conversation area next door.
Dunbarton, New Hampshire
Rustic living is at its best in this cute cabin. In the kitchenette, brew a cup of coffee or whip up a quick meal, featuring maple syrup from the trees on the property, on the Coleman stove.
Fall asleep tucked into the queen mattress in the sleeping loft. Though the cabin does not feature plumbing, the nearby outhouse adds to the rustic experience and the hosts provide 6 gallons of fresh well water each day.
During the winter, the space is kept snug with a propane heater, full insulation and warm blankets on the bed.
Conway, New Hampshire
This cozy treehouse invites you to look at things from a new perspective. Anchored 12 feet up into the trees, the tree cabin features both a full and twin bed and a full bathroom with plumbing.
The kitchenette has everything you need to fuel your adventures with simple meals. Best of all, the light-filled space and large window let you experience the outdoors with staying toasty, even on the chilliest of days.
If you are looking to add a little something extra to your staycation, take a two-minute walk to the community beach to try ice fishing.
Sanbornton, New Hampshire
During your stay at Water Forest Retreat, you can experience a winter wonderland while roaming 100 acres of forest, strolling next to a brook, and checking out the marsh, pond and hiking trails.
When you finally need a rest from all the outdoor fun, head into the octagon cabin where the sounds of the trickling brook, which runs alongside the cabin, will lull you to sleep in the double bed.
A counter for preparing simple meals, outhouse, and outdoor shower complete the experience.
Located on the same property as the Octagon cabin mentioned above, the tree house offers a whole other experience.
Unique stained-glass windows created a unique vibe, while an electric fireplace will keep you warm.
An indoor composting toilet, counter space for meal preparation, camp stove and coffee maker add convenience to your stay.
For a secluded, disconnected getaway that lets you rest and recharge, this country retreat is the place to be.
This petite, one-room cottage sits amid 23 acres of meadows and woods.
When you aren’t snugged up in the cozy bedroom or taking advantage of the kitchenette or nearby, full, private bathroom, quests are invited to explore the meadows and grounds.
Bundle up and set out for a walk through the walled garden and orchard, where you can help yourself to fruit, vegetables and flowers.
The best things about this spot may be how easy the cottage makes it to disconnect from the world–even while staying in a state as populated as Massachusetts!
There is no cellular signal or Wi-Fi at the cottage, but guests are welcome to use the phone or internet connection at the barn or the host’s farmhouse nearby.
If you have ever daydreamed about living the simple life in the country, its time for a staycation at this cute cottage.
Situated just minutes away from both Swallow Falls State Park and Deep Creek Lake, you will be close to loads of outdoor activities.
But, you will still be secluded enough from everything to experience rural living, and you’ll never need to feel guilty if you opt to spend the day cuddled under the quilts on the queen bed.
There is also a fire ring, small kitchen, full bathroom and picnic table so that you will have everything you need to create lifelong glamping memories.
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