Across the U.S., extreme climates (it’s nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit in San Francisco while six inches of snow has already fallen on the Minneapolis metro area) are borderline frightful. Those exchanging extreme temperatures for the comforting wisps of winter we’re beyond delighted with these nine cozy and ultra-luxurious vacation homes currently available for seasonally appropriate bookings.
Airbnb and VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner) bookings were initially down as the pandemic spread across China, Europe and the United States, but standardized sanitation protocols are putting nervous travelers at ease, as families and friends are looking for safe places to get away and gather. A large vacation rental home – cozy and ultra-chic, please and thank you – might just do the trick.
We’re thinking: cashmere throws, fluffy robes, must-watch holiday movies, exceptional fireplaces, snow-capped mountain views, outdoor hot tubs and more. Here are nine vacation homes with endless charm and cold-weather cocooning possibilities.
Lake Front Estate, Lake Tahoe, California
If you’ve ever dreamed of a Henry David Thoreau-esque cabin in the forest—decked out with wooden ceiling beams and all—this Lake Tahoe chalet is the luxury equivalent. With gorgeous wood-paneled interiors, this six-bedroom, six-bath chalet is a lakefront property that also offers panoramic mountain views. You’ll have a private pier leading out to Lake Tahoe at this estate and will only be a 15-minute drive from ski mountains like Northstar and Diamond Peak. Available from $8,750/night.
The Wilm, Wilmington, Vermont
This A-frame, sitting on ten picturesque Vermont acres, has beautiful high ceilings with wooden beams and white-washed paneled walls. The interior design really makes the rustic-chic Vermont hideaway sing. The farm property—a 20-minute drive from Mount Snow and a mile from Lake Raponda—has a stone fireplace (BYO firewood) and a 750-square-foot deck. Available from $340/night.
Chic Home in the Hamptons, Hampton Bays, New York
In the winter, The Hamptons is an underrated escape, and spending the holidays in a beautifully designed Hamptons home is delightful. Perfectly appointed for six guests, this Hamptons Bay house has tall windows and high, vaulted ceilings, giving the Airbnb that sun-drenched quality you can find in the Hamptons all 12 months of the year. It would be the perfect home to rent for an intimate holiday celebration with your adult children and their spouses. With granite countertops, wood floors, modern art and Scandinavian-inspired furnishings, this house is meant to be filled with candles, good food and good company for the holidays. Available from $640/night.
End of Trail, Rangeley, Maine
A one-of-a-kind property in Rangeley, every room in this three-bed, three-bath house has a view of the lake. Wondering why every corner of this Airbnb looks like it could be featured in an interior design magazine? That’s because the owners are interior decorators themselves. This Airbnb offers complete privacy but is also walking distance from town. It has a gorgeous dining room—perfect for holiday meals—and a cozy indoor fireplace. Available from $1,100/night.
Berkshire Mountain Retreat, Lee Massachusetts
Welcome to an energy-efficient paradise in the heart of the Berkshires—nestled between Stockbridge, Lee, and Lenox. High ceilings don’t stop this home from offering massive floor-to-ceiling windows, and that’s just the beginning.
You’ll also find a screened-in porch, patio with a fire pit and open kitchen. Whether you want to work remotely this winter from the Berkshires or ski at nearby Butternut Basin Ski Area and Berkshire East Mountain Resort, this Airbnb has all the charms you’ll need for a perfect winter escape. Available from $287/night.
Powder Watch, Park City, Utah
There are few winter getaways in the U.S. more iconic than Park City. In Park City’s Old Town neighborhood, walking distance from Main Street, you’ll find an Airbnb Luxe with an outdoor grill and hot tub to fulfill all your après-ski needs. With two bedrooms, a roaring fireplace and a design that marries mountain aesthetics (high ceilings with dark cherry wood beams) with modernity (intricate light fixtures, flat screen TVs, and a remodeled kitchen), this is the perfect house for a couple looking to blend work-from-home life with a ski vacation. Available from $495/night.
Ski Chalet in the Forest, Vail, Colorado
Welcome to some of the best accommodations in Vail. This Airbnb Luxe is perfect for an over-the-top luxurious weekend with friends or a multi-generation family holiday gathering. In close proximity to both Vail and Lionshead villages, this magnificent chalet has a private wellness center so your guests can hot tub and sauna après-ski until their hearts’ content. Tastefully decorated with vibrant modern art pieces and featuring en suite boudoirs with perks like private balconies and flat-screen TVs, this escape promises to be as memorable as it is luxurious. Available from $20,000/night.
Ski-in/Ski-out Home, Big Sky, Montana
Ski bunnies should check into this ski-in/ski-out "chalet" with breathtaking views of Montana's Spanish Peak Mountain Range. The three-story space is kitted out with all of the après-ski winter amenities; wood-burning fireplaces, heated floors, a private hot tub and extra wine coolers. With four bedrooms and eight beds, this elevated wooden chalet lights up with warmth against a blanket of Montana snow and is perfect for a multi-generational family ski trip. Available from $747/night.
The Barn in Tivoli, Hudson Valley, New York
If one fire pit just won't do, upstate New York's unique The Barn in Tivoli has you covered with three. For car-less city dwellers, the Amtrak Rhinecliff station is 15 minutes away and transports you from the city in an hour and a half. And for professionals working from home—why not relocate to The Barn this winter, where the cozy vibes are as strong as the Wi-Fi? Available from $416/night.