From Cozy Cabins to Grain Silos, These Winter Getaways Are on Our Wish List
These Airbnb vacation rentals have us dreaming about snowy weekends across the West.
Just north of Flathead Lake in the town of Kalispell, five large grain silos glow a faint shade of orange against the dark-blue expanse of the Montana sky. These aren’t just any old metal structures. Walk a bit closer and you’ll hear the crackle of a bonfire. Perhaps the smell of burnt marshmallows. Peek in the windows of these recently renovated silos and you’ll find a colorful array of blankets, pillows, and wall hangings that make these cylinders the winter getaway of our dreams.
Sitting on 5 acres farmed by four generations of the Clark family, each of the five Clark Farm Silos has been transformed into an indoor-outdoor retreat with rustic furnishings like spotted cowhide rugs and leather ottomans. Inside these “big ol soup cans,” as the family lovingly describes them, minimalist loft bedrooms feel light and airy thanks to woven chairs and raw wood ceilings. Outside, individual fire pits are perfect for s’mores plus sweeping views of the mountains that line Flathead Valley.
Right now, the region’s larch trees are a blanket of yellow and gold leaves. But snow will soon fall on the silos. Winter stays mean acres of cross-country skiing and end-of-day sessions in two onsite barrel saunas, says owner and designer Eli Clark. Plus, the property is centrally located between two downhill ski resorts and backcountry ski access. (However, we seriously question whether we’d be able to pull ourselves out of the white cotton linen and down pillows that adorn the king beds.)
The individual silos are available to book on Airbnb and have enough space for a couple, or a family of three. Kitchenettes are equipped with cooktops, utensils, and a refrigerator, as well as an exclusive roast from the local Maven Coffee Works. Are we there yet?
The silos are just one of the getaways we’re dreaming about this season—cozy cabins also top the bill. So, we asked vacation rental platform Airbnb for the most wish-listed accommodations across the West this winter. Here are the homes where folks want to be hunkered down in the snow:
The Cobb Haus, California
Way out in the forest of Whispering Pines sits a whimsical cabin bedecked in twinkle lights, board games, cards, and books. This folks behind this family-friendly option are more than happy to provide toys for kids—just let them know how old your young ones are! We can’t stop staring at the farmhouse-chic kitchen and outdoor shower.
The Cozy Cabin, California
Blue jays tend to soar past these Crestline digs with white-washed interiors. Lots of hanging plants, board games, and wood furnishings complete the rustic look. Nearby Lake Gregory is a hot spot for hiking, boating, and swimming—if it’s warm enough when you’re there.
Minimalist Modern Cabin, California
Four clear walls make you feel like you’re sleeping under the stars in Yucca Valley, where this off-the-grid cabin is a cozy respite amid desert flora and fauna. Expect to spend lots of time around the fire pit on the outdoor deck with sweeping views of the surrounding mountains—the detached kitchen and bathroom require a short walk outside.
Sage Lodge A-Frame Cabin, California
A large stone fireplace and commanding wood ceilings add the charm of this ’70s A-frame in Running Springs, not to mention the record player and snow-shoe decor. The owners stocked the home full of old VHS tapes so you can enjoy a throwback evening—or Jane Fonda workout—on the retro TV.
Shasta A-Frame Cabin, California
Nestled among the trees above Shasta Lake, this stunning A-frame is ideally located between Lassen Volcanic, Redwood, and Crater Lake National Parks. Cuddle up next to the wood-burning stove, or just stay in bed. The loft boasts epic views of the lake in the distance.
WildFlower Cabin, California
Just off Interstate 10 outside Palm Springs, a single road winds back into the canyons toward Whitewater Preserve, a lush oasis of nearly 3,000 acres that span a winding river, myriad hikes, and rainbow rocks. This cozy A-frame sits in a canyon right before you enter the preserve, complete with an indoor clawfoot tub, outdoor hot tub, and views of the nearby iconic white windmills. The cabin is made from hand-carved cedar timber sourced from British Columbia.
The Winnie A-Frame, California
We love a black A-frame, and we especially love a black A-frame in the snow. That’s what you can expect at this Oakhurst stunner near Bass Lake and Yosemite National Park. Oak, pine, and manzanita trees surround the property, making it a magical woodland respite with a color scheme that’s already ready to serve as the backdrop for your holiday card.
Sage Canyon Cliff House, Colorado
Built into a rock wall just under an hour from Mesa Verde, this private home on Sleeping Ute Mountain encourages visitors to connect with nature and get outdoors—that’s why there’s no TV. Wildlife is a frequent sight on the property, from geckos to bobcats and mountain lions. Furnishings are minimalist, including a tiny wood stove, but you’ve got everything you need to explore the Arizona desert.
Kūono at Volcano, Hawaii
Just five minutes from the Big Island’s Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park, this cabin is a minimalist dream. Laze on the private lanai with a circular wooden hot tub and lounge chairs, before descending even further into the forest of ohia trees to turn on the fire pit.
Cozy River Cabin, Washington
Can we get an amen for a pet-friendly A-frame? That’s just the start of the amenities at this 1960s cabin just a short drive from Mt. Rainier National Park. We’re talking an outdoor fire pit overlooking the Cowlitz River and twinkle lights strung up both inside and outside the home. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!