Great winter trips in the West

Top 10 peaceful winter getaways

Secluded vacation spots that press the pause button on the day-to-day whirl

Peaceful getaways - Bamboo Retreats
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7. Near Walden, CO: Wake up in high country

In winter, the craggy territory around 10,000-foot Cameron Pass and the Never Summer Mountains is about as wild as it gets. If you’re game for a 2-mile ski or snowshoe with your stuff on your back, head to the Never Summer Nordic yurts or cabins (from $110; 2-night weekend minimum), where you can bunk in a private (and surprisingly cozy) dome in the middle of the Colorado State Forest. The less-rugged option: Do day explores, returning before nightfall to a cabin at the 1930s Drifter’s Cookhouse (opens Dec 31; from $70). –Ted Stedman

8. Mt. Hood, OR: Hide out at a farmhouse

Mornings, a fire blazes in a wood-burning stove, and scents of cinnamon and brown sugar waft from the kitchen at the Mt. Hood Bed & Breakfast. Out the window of the Victorian farmhouse, set on 42 acres of pear orchards and pastureland, the perfect pyramid of the mountain leaps from the drifts. And around a communal table crowded with platters of hash browns and cast-iron skillets of fluffy German pancakes, there’s talk of snowshoeing, sledding, cross-country skiing, and maybe a pint or two at Elliot Glacier Public House in the no-stoplight town of Parkdale. From $130. –Ted Katauskas

9. Mendocino Coast, CA: The simple life

There’s plenty to see along this jagged stretch of coast, but more often than not, people who pull onto Mar Vista Cottages 9 acres prefer to just settle into the slo-mo rhythm of the place. The 11 charmingly retro cottages from the ’30s and ’40s have no TVs, no phones, and no clocks. Take that as a hint. Wake up when you like and scramble some eggs still warm from the resident hens. Take in the ocean view from your picture window or walk across Highway 1 to Anchor Bay Beach. Later, snip winter greens from the garden to add to your supper and flowers to make a centerpiece. Then slip between sheets that were line dried in the sun and pressed crisp and smooth just for you. From $155; 2-night minimum. Deal: Through Mar 31, weekends are 10 percent off, and weeknights are second night half off or third night free. –L.T.

10. Los Angeles: A Zen home in the hills

Don’t mistake Bamboo Retreats for a hotel. An “anti-hotel” is more what the owners—one a screenwriter, the other an interior designer—had in mind when they opened the peaceful Hollywood Hills hideout five years ago. Don’t look for a sign, or for that matter a lobby or a bellhop angling for a tip. Instead, you’ll be greeted and ushered right to your door so your vacation can begin immediately. The minimalist Japanese-inspired studios and suites are spare but luxurious, with big views and miniature kitchens—in case you just don’t feel like going out. From $250; 3-night minimum.  –Elizabeth Jenkins

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