Field Guide: 5 Cozy, Luxe Log Cabins For a Winter Getaway

The best way to spend your money now: a weekend getaway to one of these hidden gems.


The private cottages of Winvian resort—including Beaver Lodge (left) and Log Cabin (above)—offer earthy charm at its most posh. | Photos courtesy of Winvian.

Turn the chilling temps into something memorable by renting one of these postcard-perfect (totally luxe!) wooden cabins for a weekend this winter.

Winvian // Connecticut
Eighteen of the most charming cottages you’ve ever seen are scattered throughout this 113-acre, five-star Relais & Châteaux resort, located three and a half hours from Philly. Choose to stay in the Beaver Lodge or Log Cabin, both textbook examples of woodland charm: twig furniture, smooth pebble floors, log exteriors that feel like something the Swiss Family Robinson would have built. But it’s not all whimsy: Those pebble floors are radiant-heated, the bathroom features a Jacuzzi and a rainfall steam shower, and the property boasts serious amenities like a top-notch spa and an AAA Diamond restaurant. From $975 a night.
Go Here For: A getaway with your sweetie. // Morris, Connecticut;

Blue Heron Lakehouse // Upstate New York
Have a Folgers commercial morning: Sit in an Adirondack chair, sip steaming coffee, and overlook the lake that’s steps from your cabin’s back door. There’s a canoe for you to use, and, come winter, Rockwellian ice-skating, plus skiing at nearby Big Bear. This simple house is nicely appointed (sharp knives! At a vacation rental!) and leased out through a company called Red Cottage Inc., which has a collection of New York properties ranging from Architectural Digest-worthy farmhouses to cozy cottages. Prices at Blue Heron start at $900 a week.
Go Here For: Throwback family time. // Yulan, New York;

Upper Black Eddy Cabin // Bucks County
Two cultural VIPs (from the Curtis Institute and Kimmel Center) bought this roomy log cabin in 2012 as an escape from city life. Then they gave it an overhaul, adding the perfect mix of vintage elements (an enameled woodstove from Norway) and new stuff (spa-like bathrooms, a private suite) for a gorgeous upscale-yet-cozy look. Lucky for you, they’re willing to share. Drive 20 minutes and you’ll find Lake Nockamixon, antiques shops, and quaint enclaves like Frenchtown. From $400 a night.
Go Here For: A secluded family or friend reunion weekend. // Upper Black Eddy;

Skytop Lodge // Poconos
With hiking, dog sledding, something called archery tag, fitness classes and a world-class spa, this resort is possibly the best (only?) reason to visit the Poconos. Eschew the hotel guests (while taking advantage of all Skytop has to offer) by renting one of the on-site wood-and-stone cottages. The Stream Side options are the most updated, with gas fireplaces, a washer/dryer, four well-outfitted, cozy rooms and a chic mountaintop vibe. From $199 a night.
Go Here For: Together time without having to lift a finger. // Skytop;

The Lodge at Glendorn // NW Pennsylvania
This 1,500-acre property was once the estate of a coal baron; now it’s a Relais & Châteaux mountain resort dotted with luxury cottages (think romantic weekend) and larger cabins (think family getaway). Everyone has unlimited access to the fly-fishing, shooting, kayaking, hiking, biking, s’more-roasting bonfires, and main lodge with good food. (Gents, bring a jacket.) Or hole up in your adorable abode, which comes with big comfy chairs and lots of wood-burning fireplaces. From $425 a night.
Go Here For: Blue-blood living. // Bradford;