There’s something uniquely romantic about a luxury cabin getaway during the winter. Perhaps it has to do with perfectly white snow-covered grounds, being immersed in wilderness while enjoying modern amenities, or having permission to slow down and bundle up. The greatest cabins bring out the best of winter and embrace the season. With only a few weeks of winter left, it’s time to fuel up the private plane and take off to your next amazing destination.
Winvian Farm | Morris, Connecticut
Don’t let the name fool you. The six-time, AAA 5-diamond award-winning Winvian Farm, nestled among Connecticut’s Linchfield Hills, is 113 acres of pure delight thanks to 18 wildly different themed cottages designed by 15 different architects. Four of the accommodations are cabins. The Camping cabin features an indoor campsite for the ultimate “glamping” experience. Beaver Lodge is a sanctuary of wood and stone. The Charter Oak cottage displays a white oak as its centerpiece. The classic Log Cabin is the ultimate woodland retreat. If you’re feeling more whimsical, stay in the Helicopter (a cottage with a restored Coast Guard chopper), the Stone Cottage made of massive boulders, Maritime inside a lighthouse that overlooks Charles Pond, or the Treehouse suspended 35 feet above the ground. Whichever hideaway you choose, you’ll have memories for life.
Post Ranch Inn | Big Sur, California
If the snow seems too bitter for your taste, charter a private jet to northern California. The environmentally conscious Post Ranch Inn is a serene retreat with two private cabin-like residences, the one-bedroom Post House and two-bedroom South Coast House. Both accommodations offer breathtaking panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and are havens of luxury and privacy. The ample floor space provides the perfect opportunity to entertain. The redwood guesthouses on the property, which Post Ranch Inn calls “guestrooms,” have a log cabin feel and offer the same privacy and amenities on less acreage. When the weather is calm, visit nearby Pfeiffer Beach to see its natural arches and purple sand. At the far north end, keep an eye out for heart-shaped rocks that often wash up on the shore.
The Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch | Saratoga, Wyoming
The cabins at the Lodge & Spa at Brush Creek Ranch never disappoint. Voted as one of the top resorts in the world in 2015 by Condé Nast Traveler readers, this luxury dude ranch gives you a taste of the American West immersed in sophistication. The all-inclusive cabins range from new builds to historic renovations, and feature a uniquely rustic elegance and an array of experiences that will make you want to live the cowboy life forever. Ranch experiences during the winter include family feasts in the Lodge Great Room, horseback riding, snowshoeing, sledding, ice-skating, skiing, shooting sports, archery, arcade games and snowmobiling.
876 S. Starwood | Aspen, Colorado
Perfect for hosting family gatherings or spending time with a group of your closest friends, this elegant private cabin owned by Frias Properties of Aspen is a spectacular estate with panoramic views of snow-capped mountains. The 13,500-squaree-foot mega-cabin on a 2.26-acre lot in a gated community has six bathrooms and seven bedrooms that sleep up to 16 people, so bring all the kids. Inside, you’ll find an elevator, formal dining for 12, two additional dining areas, private office, theater room, wine room, indoor pool and gym. The kitchen is equipped state of the art appliances, and the largest bedrooms feature Jacuzzi tubs and steam showers.