I know the start of the new year is supposed to be invigorating, inspiring, and energizing, but I can’t be the only one that struggles to slog through January and February. More often than not, the start of the year feels like a grind. We’re deep in the midst of winter’s wrath, sick with cabin fever (and maybe something else if you didn’t get this year’s flu shot), and really ready for spring to get sprung already so we can complain about the fact that it’s hot while sitting in the sunshine! (There’s nothing better).

But alas, we’ve still got a little ways to go before we can shift from shivering to sweating. Now, you might not think the best way to rid yourself of cabin fever is to venture to another….cabin….but I would ask you to reconsider. If you’re not hunkered down for warmth in your own home, a cabin-esque, woodsy escape within the city’s reach can be a nice refresh from the day to day. Trust me…anything outside of your house is like a breath of fresh air in January or February. So where to? Here are some cabins in cool places that aren’t too pricy, too far, or too….cabin-y.


  • The Barn at Haden – Crozet, VA (Entire Home – AirBNB) – (Starts at $170/night, sleeps 4) – This place is the epitome of quaint. A three hour drive from DC will land you in Crozet, where you’ll find yourself amongst rolling hills and half-filled glasses in Virginia’s wine country. This is a custom-built barn house, with a gourmet kitchen and expansive deck, located only a few miles from some of the area’s best wineries. Here, you can find a place for a brisk hike, cozy up on the couch, chow down at Crozet Pizza, or lazily switch back and forth between the area’s brews and pours.


  • Smuggler’s Treasure – Chincoteague Island, VA (Entire Home – AirBNB) – (Starts at $200/night, sleeps 8) – If you haven’t ventured the 3 ½ hours from DC to Chincoteague Island, what are you waiting for? It’s a sleepy oceanside island town, complete with New England style wood shingled cabins, adorable Bed and Breakfasts, and feral ponies roaming nearby on Assateague. In other words, it’s the perfect place for a reset. This cabin can be a fun hideaway for you and “your people,” with 2,800 square feet to spread out, decks to watch wildlife, and a gourmet kitchen – all within a short drive to the beach. Spoiler alert: Walks on the beach are amazing any time of year.


  • Thaddeus Steven’s Gettysburg Log Home – Gettysburg, PA (Entire Home – AirBNB) (Starts at $195/night, sleeps 6) – Okay, so maybe you’re the anomaly that doesn’t like long walks on the beach. Oh yeah, and don’t even get you started on hiking. But perhaps you can appreciate history and the quirkiness of a place that made it so many times. Known as the home of the turning point battle in the Civil War, Gettysburg is rich with history and old-time charm. This log home was built in 1790. It’s maintained its historic charm, but has also added some modern amenities along the way ( like an updated kitchen, plumbing, and more). It’s a quick walk to downtown and a perfect option for a change of scenery – or era. Don’t mind the creaky floors!

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4) Primland – Dan, VA (Cabin Rentals through a resort) (Start at $340/night, varies) – This is a little more of a splurge than the other options (and the longest drive), but isn’t the dead of winter why “treating yourself” was invented after all? Primland is a pretty luxurious resort, and it’s not simply limited to the cabins. They have rooms in a lodge, cabins, treehouses, and full-fledged mountain homes available to rent. The cabins come with extras such as gas log fireplaces, Frette robes and slippers, private putting greens, and more. Like any good resort, Primland doesn’t skimp on food. While cabins have small kitchens capable of cooking, you could also venture on over to Elements, an elegant farm to table dining experience, get pub fare in the 19th Pub, or a opt for a buffet-style southern dinner in Stables Saloon. After a day filled with the resorts activities (think golf, spa, shooting, archery, fly fishing, tomahawk throwing, stargazing, water sports, and more), you’re likely to have worked up an appetite!

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