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Perfectly Romantic Winter Cabin Getaways in the U.S.

Romantic Winter Cabin Getaway
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“What do I care how much it may storm?” Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong sang. “I've got my love to keep me warm.”

Winter’s the ideal time to book a romantic cabin getaway. It’ll give you something to look forward during dreary, gray months. Rates are usually lower than in the high season. And there’s nothing as nice as snuggling with your sweetie by a roaring fire.

Cabin booking sites abound: Try VRBO, Glamping Hub, and Hipcamp. Getaway specializes in tiny, unplugged cabins in driving distance from major metro areas. Just read the descriptions carefully. For winter romance, you need a fireplace, woodstove, hot tub or all of the above. Seclusion is key. The last thing you want is to discover your cabin’s only four feet from its neighbor! If you and your sweetie like to stay active, look for cabins that offer easy access to hiking, fishing, paddling or riding. If you’d rather cook a lavish meal together, make sure your cabin has more than one square foot of counter space.

Lastly, remember that you should get travel insurance, even if you’re only planning a short getaway. Why buy travel insurance for a vacation rental? Because life is unpredictable, and you want to protect your hard-earned vacation from disruptions. Travel insurance can reimburse your prepaid expenses if you must cancel or interrupt the trip for a covered reason. It can reimburse emergency medical expenses if you experience a covered injury or illness while traveling. It can also connect you with 24-hour Assistance for help with any crisis that arises.

We’ve found six stunning cabin properties, all open year-round, for an unforgettable romantic escape. Which one would you choose?  

Doves Rest Cabins in Amarillo, Texas

Desert beauty surrounds the luxury cabins at Doves Rest in the Texas panhandle. This property overlooks Palo Duro Canyon, the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” with sculpted red rocks that fade into a blue horizon. The location is perfect for outdoorsy couples, as the park offers 30 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. At night, the stars will dazzle your eyes.

Each cabin at Doves Rest has its own charms, but the most romantic might be the stone Goodnight Trail: a private retreat with a hot tub, fireplace and mesa views. 

Yarfa Cabins in Joshua Tree, California

Yarfa renovates 1950s homesteader cabins  to “pair modern comfort with pioneer charm.” Expect chic boho décor, nicely outfitted kitchens, rooftop decks for stargazing, and sweeping desert views in every direction. The Wilder Cabin might be our favorite, with a cute little woodstove, a record player and huge double doors that open to a patio. The town of Joshua Tree is just 15 minutes away.

Between Beaches Cabins in Seldovia, Alaska

Have you been dreaming of a romantic beach cabin… in Alaska? Maybe not, but once you see the cabins at Between Beaches, you’ll be smitten. Located on narrow MacDonald Spit, each cabin offers stunning views of sunrise and sunset. Take in the grandeur of snow-capped mountains, watch otters frolic, and warm up in the wood-fired sauna or hot tub. Paddle a kayak, peer at the brilliant creatures inhabiting tide pools, try your hand at raking clams, or fish for halibut.

The cabins themselves are rustic but comfortable, with details like a whalebone mantel and reclaimed wood from an old salmon cannery. Between Beaches is open year-round, but know that there’s no running water in the cabins in the winter. Drinking/cooking/dish water and an outhouse are provided.

Ross Creek Cabins in Bozeman, Montana

Montana’s called by some “the Last Best Place,” and you’ll feel that sense of wonder and wilderness when you stay at the Ross Creek Cabins. Each of the five cozy and modern cabins offers breathtaking views of the Bridger Mountains and the Gallatin Range. Sip wine around a roaring firepit, soak in the hot tub under the full moon, and watch for wildlife. And if you get a hankering for a night on the town, Bozeman is just 10 miles away.

Seth Peterson Cabin in Mirror Lake, Wisconsin

If you and your sweetie are looking for a romantic cabin like no other, you’ll find it in the Wisconsin woods. Seth Peterson was a local boy who revered Frank Lloyd Wright, the nation’s most famous architect and inventor of the Prairie style. Peterson asked Wright over and over to design a cabin for him and his future bride, and finally Wright agreed (he had no choice, having spent the retainer Peterson sent him). Neither Peterson nor Wright lived to see the cabin completed in 1958, sadly, but preservationists protected and renovated it.

Perched on a steep hill, the Seth Peterson Cabin is constructed of local sandstone. It embraces its surroundings, true to Wright’s style, with large windows, a flying roof and a flagstone terrace. Build a fire, paddle a canoe or sit on the terrace and look at the lake.

Cabins at Sandy Mush Bald in North Carolina

Maybe you prefer your romantic cabin getaway to be extra, extra-secluded. If so, book an off-grid mountain retreat at the Cabins at Sandy Mush Bald. You’ll have to hike about 2.5 miles to these rustic cabins, which stand on one of the highest peaks of the Newfound Mountain range.

There’s unlimited beauty and serenity, but no wi-fi or electricity. The cabins have a covered porch and a fire pit, kitchens with a wood-burning and gas stove, and full baths. The host does make you breakfast in the morning, so you’re not totally roughing it!

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