You don't have to shelter yourself at home from frigid air this winter. Hunker down with a smile in the coziness of a cabin with a view, a fire, and your favorite people (or snuggle solo). New York has no shortage of unique rentals across the state. Here are six cabin vacation ideas you won't want to miss out on this season. 

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Originally published: 11/8/2019

Where to Book

There are hundreds of secluded escapes spread throughout Upstate New York: from private treehouses and cottages, winter glamping, log cabins, and tiny houses, to more luxurious mainstay lodges and designer rentals that offer an abundance of coziness at every turn. Find popular cabin homestays on booking sites such as Glamping Hub, Airbnb, Vrbo & Tripadvisor. Looking for the ultimate serenity? Rent a cabin or cottage at a New York State Park (and for those who want to experience the cabin lifestyle multiple times a year and enjoy all the season’s colors, pick up a State Park Empire Pass) For more cabins, cottages, and resorts in New York State, see our list of featured and recommended accommodations.

Rug up at a Cottage in Woodstock 

Glamping Cabin in Woodstock
Woodstock cabin in Mt. Guardian. Credit: Glamping Hub

Woodstock has cottages galore—many situated on or near reservoirs, ponds, and creeks that are perfect for the winter fishing enthusiast. Head into town where gallery showings at Woodstock Artists Association & Museum, performances at Woodstock Playhouse, and locally sourced food at Garden Cafe will feed your artistic and outdoorsy sides alike.

Relax in Rustic Chic in the Adirondack Wilderness

Rustic Adirondack Log Cabin Chalet
Adirondack Log Home in Wilmington. Credit: Glamping Hub

A cozy cabin in the Adirondack Mountains is your ticket to a fairytale winter getaway. Get a taste of the rustic life in cabins near Lake Placid, where you'll experience nature's beauty and the nearby village's vibrant downtown. Whether you hit the slopes at Whiteface Mountain, soak in the beauty of Mirror Lake, or kick back with a craft beer at Lake Placid Brewery, this area guarantees an unforgettable winter vacation.

Cuddle up in a Creekside Cabin in Greater Niagara

Glamping Cabin in Letchworth
Cabin in Letchworth State Park. Credit: Glamping Hub

Head to the Grand Canyon of the East, Letchworth State Park, for a creekside cabin experience that will leave you feeling peaceful, warm, and rejuvenated. With cabins for rent all over neighboring town Dalton, you'll be able to explore the woods and waterfalls all while having a warm refuge within the cabin walls. Winter offers snowmobiling and hiking trails, cross-country skiing, and tubing. Drive 15 minutes to Castile to pay a visit to the William Pryor Letchworth Museum, where you'll delve into area history with Native American and pioneer artifacts.

Live in the lap of Luxury at a Quaint Catskills Farmhouse

Glamping Luxury Farmhouse
Credit: Glamping Hub

Travel to the Catskills for a luxurious farmhouse experience in the quaint town of Medusa. Nearby sits Windham Mountain Club for a day trip of skiing, snowboarding, or tubing for the little ones. Equipped with a fireplace and multiple bathtubs, the farmhouse is the perfect sanctuary to warm up after a day of winter activities and woodlands exploration.

Revel in Lakeside Living at a Treehouse Cabin in the Finger Lakes

Treehouse Cabin in Finger Lakes
Credit: Glamping Hub

Get perspective in this treehouse cabin located in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Cozy up with friends and family in the clouds in the middle of a lush canopy of trees. Cayuga Lake is home to historic inns, wineries, and farm-to-table restaurants, all situated around the longest of central New York's glacial Finger Lakes. The Cayuga Lake Wine Trail is the longest-running wine trail in the state and boasts 12 wineries, four distilleries, one cidery, and one brewery. Stay in the trees or book a cabin on Cayuga Lake for more options.

Retreat to a Rustic Log Cabin in Cooperstown

Log Cabins in Cooperstown
Credit: Glamping Hub

From rustic to renovated to luxury, there are plenty of log cabins to choose from in Cooperstown. Sip cider and play board games with friends and family in a woodland setting perfect for the group that wants to enjoy peace and quiet as well as a good ol' hang out. Check out the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum or Brewery Ommegang on a fun trip into town. 

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