In challenging times like these, sometimes, we need to gain a little perspective in order to move on. Yet, it is rather difficult to distance yourself from everything that is going on while you are living amidst it all. A little city escape can be necessary to push that reset button, to charge those batteries. No wonder 2020 was the year during which we rediscovered the joys of hiking, bivouacking and all those other forms of travel closer to nature. Now that winter is coming – ‘Game of Thrones’-lovers unite – you might be looking for a place to isolate yourself from the rest of the world for a couple of days or weeks, preferably somewhere pretty with a lot of snow. We have got your back, no worries. We selected five of the coziest mountain cabins for you where you will immediately feel at home and safe.
1. Cabana Sapte, Breaza (Romania)
There is a good reason we are starting with this cabin in the Romanian Făgăraș Mountains. Most of us, when we think of mountain cabins, immediately look at France, Austria, Switzerland, Canada… The traditional winter sports destinations, in short. But that means that we are overlooking a great deal of possibilities. Romania is one of those countries you do not immediately think about when looking for a wintery destination and it is time to change that. Looking at the interior of Cabana Sapte (https://www.cabanasapte.com/), you might as well be in Scandinavia. It is tasteful, light and airy, yet cozy at the same time. The cabin can house up to twelve people and is the ideal getaway both during winter and summer. During the colder months, you can snuggle up under a blanket and enjoy the magnificent view from the living room, when it is hot, you can relax in one of the hammocks in the garden.
2. Starlight Room 360, Dolomites (Italy)
If you are looking for an unforgettable experience, this might be it. We cannot think of a better way in which to spend a night amidst the mountains – truly, it may not be possible. The concept of the Starlight Room 360 is quite unique. First of all, you can only rent it for one night at a time and it will cost you a chopping 700 euros for two persons. But for that amount of money, you get a lot. First of all, the room is mobile and can turn 360°, meaning you will always get the best view on both the sunset and the starry sky. Second, you will be taken there by private transportation and when you arrive, a five-meal course will be waiting for you and your lover (I am guessing this is the perfect romantic trip). And in the morning, you can enjoy a great breakfast with a stunning view. So, let’s be clear, it is definitely not cheap but if you ask us, you should do it if you get the chance.
3. Skåpet Mountain Lodges, Soddatjørn Mountain Lake (Norway)
From Italy, we go all the way to Norway. Architecture lovers in particular will get enthused by the Skåpet Mountain Lodges as they were designed by Koko Architects and are a true gem for the eye. Minimal, perched on the shores of the Soddatjørn Mountain Lake, they are all you need if you want to get away from it all for a while. Surely, no one will come bother you here. Except for the other guests maybe but well. These tiny cabins are all very eco-friendly and offer a great deal of luxury at the same time: from a sauna to an optional candlelit dinner. And, contrary to what you might expect, they are not even that expensive as they are run by the Norwegian Trekking Association.
4. Dunton Hot Springs, Colorado (United States)
Of course, Europe is not the only place you can go if you want to go hide yourself in a mountain cabin. The United States, for example, have a lot to offer as well. Dunton Hot Springs is a resort located in a former mining village, with some of their cabins dating back to the early mining days. Now, you can rent those log cabins and enjoy a wonderful stay. You certainly have to be a fan of wood if you want to stay here, but if that is the case, you are good to go. Do not hesitate to light the fire in your cabin, grab a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows and enjoy the views. During wintertime, you can go snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or enjoy a day at the spa. It all depends on what you like.
5. Mallard Mountain Lodge, British Columbia (Canada)
We should all be able to dream a bit from time to time, right? Well, get on dreaming. This might just be the most perfect trip for any outdoors-lover out there. The Mallard Mountain Lodge is tucked away in the western ranges of the Canadian Rockies. It is so isolated that it will take you a 30-minute heli ride just to get to the lodge. Yes, that’s right. Skiing enthusiasts can even build a custom trip full of backcountry skiing, hiking and snowboarding. Oh, and you can get your own private chef. The cabin offers room for up to eight people, so start calling your (preferably rich) friends and get your bags!