Top Places for That Out of the Way Winter Dream Cabin
Feeling Some Cabin Fever?
We love the urban lifestyle, but there are times when the idea of making an escape sounds pretty tempting, if only for the winter. If you’re the outdoorsy type with a love of winter sports, nothing sounds better than spending your winters in your own cozy winter cabin.
Here are some of the best places to make that dream a reality.
Big Bear Lake, California
Big Bear Lake is the biggest recreational lake in Southern California. It’s located a mere two hours from Los Angeles, making it an ideal getaway spot for Los Angelenos in need of some R&R. It’s breathtakingly beautiful year-round, but during the winter, Bear Mountain and Snow Summit are the only place to be for So-Cal snowbirds.
Ruidoso, New Mexico
The mountain resort town of Ruidoso, New Mexico is nestled in the striking Sierra Blanca mountain range. During the summer, you can catch the horse races at Ruidoso Downs, and when winter comes, you can don your skis and head for Ski Apache for some of the best skiing in the Southwest. Better hurry up and build your dream cabin, though. This sleepy little village is growing fast.
Lake Tahoe, California
What can you say about Lake Tahoe, California that hasn’t already been said? It’s a little slice of heaven on earth. There’s nothing quite like waking up early on a foggy morning and going sailing on the crystalline waters of this ancient lake.
The area also just happens to have more ski resorts than you can shake a stick at. Tahoe is known for its over-the-top mansions, but you might be able to find a little lot somewhere off the beaten path, where you can build a cozy winter cabin.
Dixville Notch, New Hampshire
The tiny town of Dixville, New Hampshire is officially home to 12 people. If you’ve heard of it, it’s probably because it’s one of the first places to declare its results in the New Hampshire primaries. It also happens to be the home of The Balsams Grand Resort Hotel, one of the last of the old, genteel New England resorts. Built just after the Civil War, it looks like something out of a Wes Anderson movie. It’s currently undergoing renovations, but that’s OK. Just build a cabin of your own.
On a clear day, you can see Mount Hood all the way from Portland, but you can see it much better from Rhododendron. During the spring, the town’s namesake flowering plants explode into color. In the summertime, the Ramona Falls Trail is a popular day hike. But the really fun part is that nearby Mt. Hood offers lift-access skiing year-round. Why wait for winter?
Telluride, CO feels like a little slice of the old west. It’s surrounded by lush wilderness and has a historical richness that makes it a real treat to visit. It’s situated right at the base of the ski slopes, and the view from the bottom is, in a word, humbling. Need a lift? Catch a gondola. That’s right: Telluride has gondolas instead of buses.
Park City, Utah
Park City, Utah was once a mining boomtown, but tourism has become the city’s chief industry. At any given moment, the visitors likely outnumber the locals. It’s not hard to see why so many people are eager to visit here: there’s world-class golfing, superb mountain bike trails, and of course, the Deer Valley and Park City Mountain ski resorts. It also happens to be the home of the world-famous Sundance Film Festival.
Make Your Getaway
If you’re looking for a winter getaway, then you could do far worse than any of the places on this list. Now, you just need to sharpen your crosscut saw and buy a truck full of logs!