7 Cozy Cabins to Cuddle Up to this Winter

Winter in the Pacific Northwest is infamous for being cold, dark, and dreary, which is why it's more important than ever to have something to keep you stoked. (Let's keep seasonal affective disorder (SAD) at bay, shall we?) It could be anything: pumpkin spice candles, snowboarding, eggnog, fuzzy socks, belly-warming drinks, etc. For me, it's a dimly-lit evening in a cozy cabin beneath a canopy of pine needles. When my clothes smell like campfire smoke and my cell phone reads "no service," that's my happy place, and the cabins that give me this sense of hygge (as the Danish say), reach peak coziness this time of year.



Here are some of my favorite PNW-based cabins to escape to each winter (and how to book).






1) Crystal Peak Lookout - Idaho

Bedrooms: 1

Beds: 1

Sleeps: 2

Bathrooms: 1 (Outhouse)

Perks: Snowcat ride to your private mountaintop + on-site sauna

This Idaho fire lookout-turned-Airbnb is a glamping experience you'll remember for life. Visitors arrive to their own private mountaintop getaway by snowcat (complete with blankets, pillows, and spiked hot chocolate) and a short, quarter-mile snowshoe. Heat up the on-site, nature-submersed sauna upon arrival, fire up the hearth, indulge in the provided snacks, and fall asleep with 360-degree views of the surrounding forest. Book your stay here.



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2) The Bali House - Oregon

Bedrooms: 1

Beds: 1

Sleeps: 2

Bathrooms: 1 (in the barn next door)

Perks: Hot tub, fire pit, star watching from your bed

A converted greenhouse, all four walls of the Bali House are glass, which makes you feel connected to the outdoors from the comfort of your lofted bed. It's glamping at its finest, with a cedar soaking tub on the bottom floor (yes, indoors), an outdoor space with a fire pit and picnic table lit by cafe lights, a barn across the way with beautiful, friendly horses (also where the bathroom is located), and 67 acres of breathing room. It's a beautiful opportunity to unplug in solitude, whip out the book you've been meaning to read, embrace farm life, relax, and explore some of Oregon's famous waterfalls.

Here's how to book.


Photos by Tom via Airbnb


3) Tye Haus - Washington

Bedrooms: 1

Beds: 3

Sleeps: 4

Bathrooms: 1

Perks: Hot tub

Look familiar? You might have seen this little guy plastered all over Instagram. Tye Haus is a favorite among PNW cabin-lifers and it's easy to see why. Located in the Washington town of Skykomish, this tiny A-frame cabin sleeps four people in two full beds, has a spacious living room (with three couches – one is a twin long day bed), and a four-person hot tub (my favorite part). The downside to booking cute Insta-trending escapes is the waitlist. Weekends are currently booked until September 2020. But, if you're lucky enough to snag a night or two at this adorable getaway, make sure to explore its big backyard – alpine lakes, waterfalls, rivers, and more are a short drive away. Here's how to book.






4) Squamish Tiny Home - British Columbia

Bedrooms: 2

Beds: 2

Sleeps: 4

Bathrooms: 1

Perks: Fire pit + nearby suspension bridge

Squamish is the town often seen through a Whistler-bound car's window but rarely explored, which leaves more adventures for the rest of us. Located on the Sea to Sky Highway, Squamish's mountains literally meet the sea, attracting hikers, bikers, climbers, windsurfers, kite boarders, backcountry skiers, and more, and the tiny home is just a short drive from each activity. The home was built by a private chef, so the office space and the kitchen were top priorities. Dishwasher, sink, fridge, oven, gas stove - you've got it all. Make sure to read through the welcome book upon your arrival for little-known hikes, delicious local eats, and exciting Squamish activities you won't be able to find anywhere else! Click to book.

Pro tip: Sip coffee on the suspension bridge for an ideal morning.






5) Rendezvous Huts - Washington

Bedrooms: 1

Beds: 4

Sleeps: 8-10

Bathrooms: 1 (Outhouse)

Perks: Ski-in, ski-out + epic view

Winthrop – Washington's cowboy town – has dry snow, sunny weather, and varied terrain, which landed itself a spot on the map as one of the world's best Nordic ski destinations. In the winter, cross-country skiers can strap in and stride on a hut-to-hut adventure through the foothills of the North Cascades. There are five Rendezvous Huts of various sizes (typically sleeping 8-10 people) in the network, and each is equipped with a full kitchen, a wood stove heater and fuel, sleeping pads, propane lights, and an outhouse. The one pictured here is the most remote of them all: The Cassal Hut. (Photos were taken in summer.)

Huts are reservable year-round, but public day-use is encouraged, so they're great for meeting new people who share your same stoke for the great outdoors. Bring a warm sleeping bag, start a fire, and dive into a provided board game – it's about to be a great night.



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6) C+A+V+E – Leavenworth

Bedrooms: 2

Beds: 4

Sleeps: 8

Bathrooms: 1

Perks: Hot tub

Ok, so it's not a cabin, but this Leavenworth escape sure is cozy in a rugged, Flintstones sort of way. The owners of this underground haven spent two years drilling, blasting, drilling, and crafting to build this unique home, and they're kind enough to share their cave with the public. Take advantage.

The space features an indoor fireplace, a hot tub (carved into the bedrock), and all the amenities found in your average home (heat, a kitchen with a stove, fridge, dishes, a coffee maker and microwave, and more). Did I mention it has a gondola? It was trucked down from Whistler mountain to find its new home in a nearby tree.

Book here.





7) Enso Treehouse – Salt Spring Island, British Columbia

Bedrooms: 1

Beds: 1

Sleeps: 2

Bathrooms: 1 (Outhouse)

Perks: Private beach + self-harvested oysters

The best way to experience Salt Spring Island's lush valleys, rugged mountains, and wildlife-rich shorelines is from the comfort of the one-room Enso Treehouse. Airbnb's don't get much closer to nature than this. The bright space features a king size bed, a kitchenette (fridge, kettle, dishes, utensils, coffee, and drinking water), and a deck overlooking the Salish Sea with a tree protruding through its wood floor. Start your day with french-pressed coffee before exploring the local farmer's market or hiking nearby Mt. Erskin. Then, harvest oysters from the treehouse's private beach and roast them over a beach fire for a sunset snack. More info here.

How to go full Salt Spring: Pick up a bottle of cider from Salt Spring Wild Cider, grab some goat cheese from Salt Spring Island Cheese Company, and snag a bottle of Salt Spring Winery's dessert wine to have yourself a tasty seaside picnic.



Stay cozy and happy wandering!





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