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Luxurious winter getaway cabins

Sally Kilbridge
February 14, 2013

Why should a weekend in the woods mean forsaking high thread counts and properly chilled wine? These log cabins come with all life's little luxuries, and then some.

Lake Placid Lodge
Lake Placid, N.Y.


If your family owned a very stylish, very private cottage on the shores of an Adirondack lake, it might look something like this: a split birch log fireplace mantel, a bark-covered ceiling, and a bed built from massive tree trunks, topped by a mattress so thick, getting into it practically requires a running start.

The cabins at this very civilized compound are filled with memories of Adirondack camp life, including snowshoes, fishing creels, antique photos, and dozens of books on local flora and fauna. Most enviable are the cabins right on the lake, convenient for taking out a canoe at sunset, after which you can sit in an Adirondack chair and listen to the loons.

Dunton Hot Springs
Dunton, Colo.

Arriving at Dunton Hot Springs, a former ghost town in the San Juan Mountains, can be mighty deceptive: An unpaved road leads to a tepee, an old saloon, a weathered dance hall, and a dozen iron-roofed log cabins built by Emma Mine prospectors in the late 1800s.

But inside, the wine flows, the locally sourced cuisine delights, and the hot springs soothe (they course right through a couple of the structures). Among the all-inclusive resort’s eclectically decorated cabins, all with heated slate floors, Dolores (formerly known as “Honeymoon”) might be the most couple-worthy, with its Rajasthan wedding bed, Native American textiles, and wraparound porch directly on the river.

Morris, Conn.

Each of the 18 cottages spread about Winvian, a rambly Relais & Chateaux hideaway in the Litchfield hills, sports a distinctive theme. A few of them take their cue from nature: Beaver Lodge is outfitted to look like an old trapper’s cabin, with a tree-trunk bed and a boulder-clad soaker tub; Woodlands has timber-paneled walls and a waterfall in the bedroom.

But Log Cabin is the real deal, set at the property’s edge and furnished in haute rustic style. There’s a whimsical antler chandelier hung from the peaked ceiling, leather armchairs, a sturdy stone fireplace, and all the romantic accoutrements: Italian linens, down duvet, fully stocked wet bar, and a metal roof for listening to the rainfall.

L’Auberge de Sedona
Sedona, Ariz.

Among Sedona’s adobe facades and New Age-y crystal shops, the 15 creek-side cabins at this boutique resort seem like visitors from another planet. Sycamore trees shade their peaked roofs, sheltering roomy interiors (some of the area’s largest) furnished in classic country style: leather couches, plush armchairs, and wood-burning fireplaces. The bedding is Italian, and the TVs are 42-inch LCD, but the cabins’ best features are alfresco: huge outdoor showers for shampooing in the moonlight, and broad decks where you can kick off your flip-flops and listen to the trout rise in Oak Creek.

Ranch at Rock Creek
Philipsburg, Mont.

With more than 10 square miles of Montana wilderness at your disposal, it’s easy to feel puny at this guest ranch, where summer days mean horseback riding, fly-fishing, and after-dinner “safaris,” and winter brings cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and sleigh rides.

So it’s particularly sweet to come home to a cabin as unexpectedly romantic as Blue Bird. The one-bedroom cottage is as bright as a beach house: The king-size canopy bed is made of aspen limbs, white wainscoting climbs the walls, and the sauna seats eight, in case you make any new friends. The heated screened porch sits within earshot of a bubbling creek—and when you tire of nature’s music, you’ve got a hidden flat-screen and one of the most sophisticated sound systems in the state.