With the winter chill comes a hankering for all things cozy—warm drinks, fuzzy blankets, and sweet little cabins.
Plan a getaway with your s/o, gal pals to take in the post-rainfall lushness of the mountains and circum of our cerulean coast. Whether you're itching for a by-the-sea escape, an off-the-grid spot, or a redwood retreat, we've got a cabin for everyone.
Serene Hideaway: With its refinished original hardwood floors throughout the house, Kohler farmhouse sink and vintage restored gold-lined bathtub, three outdoor decks, and lavender lining the property, we're sure Nancy Meyers is going to feature this gorgeous Mill Valley gem any day now. But while we're waiting for that NorCal romcom, be sure to bookmark this rental for your next group getaway. This four bedroom property is a peaceful retreat with hikes directly from the house to Mt. Tam and Muir Woods, as well as walking paths to the town square of Mill Valley. // $495/night, airbnb.com
Redwoods Retreat: This modern two-bedroom treehouse in Mill Valley is the stuff of Instagram dreams with a clean, neutral palette, mid century meets Joshua Tree vibes, and plentiful natural light flooding in from floor to ceiling windows and skylights. You're guaranteed to leave fully refreshed and recharged; and perhaps not wanting to leave. // $280/night, airbnb.com
What to do in the area: Take advantage of all the hiking trails in Mt. Tamalpais right at your doorstep. Dipsea Stairs is a favorite—a 676-step climb passing hillside homes and majestic redwoods that leads to the Dipsea Trail, a 13.7 mile walk from Mill Valley to Stinson Beach. After your hike, venture into the town of Mill Valley, a charming village filled with local artisanal delights —don't miss the tacos at Playa or the scratch-caramel latte at Equator Coffee.
Goat Farm Cabin: A goat farm might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of a Big Sur getaway, but that's what makes this cozy two-bedroom cabin so unique. Set at a private working ranch with goats, chickens, horses and cows, guests have the option to milk the goats and learn how to make goat cheese during their stay—of course, on top of enjoying the cabin's sunny reading nook or lounging around the cabin's spacious ocean view decks. // $600/night, airbnb.com
What to do in the area: Pffeifer Beach is only a five-minute drive away, so make sure to take long beachside walks with your boo while you're there. Afterwards, indulge in a long drive and check off all the hidden spots on the California coastline. For morning pastries, Big Sur Bakery, a fifteen-minute walk from the cabin, will surely hit the spot.
The Emerald Triangle
Owl Tree Cabin: This peaceful refuge in the Mendocino redwoods is perfect for couples looking for some silence in their lives, or for the writers looking to hole away and finally finish that manuscript. This rustic getaway comes with a queen-bed up on the loft, a wood burning stove, a handcrafted oak table designed for your creative juices to flow, and a southern-exposure deck perfect for stargazing at night. All that you'll hear at night is "a breeze in the top branches of the redwoods" or "frogs, an owl, or the red-tailed hawk who soars nearby." // $160 a night, airbnb.com
Upscale Log Cabin: This isn't your ol' run-of-the-mill log cabin—this expansive hideaway situated on a 2-acre-property facing the Shasta Cascade Mountains comes with a home theatre, a sauna, a pool table and a soaking tub for two. Each of the four bedrooms and loft comes with its own TV, guaranteeing you can Netflix and chill after a day of hitting the slopes at Mt. Shasta Ski Park or embarking on an alpine hike. // $588.50/night, glampinghub.com
Half-Moon Cabin: An off-the-grid getaway for one, coming right up! This cozy, hand-built cabin is situated in Maitreya Mountain Village, an eco-village that spans 160 acres and focuses on creating a community of sustainable living at Six Rivers National Forest. This experience is definitely not for the faint of heart—the cabin comes with no electricity, only a wood stove to keep you warm, and no cellphone service or WiFi. But if you're a nature lover looking to unplug, you'll truly enjoy the wilderness Smith River Canyon has to offer, whether that be through hikes, the nearby swimming hole, or even encountering a black bear or two. // $76/night, airbnb.com
What to do in the area: The ever-so-quaint town of Mendocino has always been near and dear to our hearts, so make sure to check out their charming downtown stores like Honey and Ro and Dot and Twine. You can also drive a little further out to the scenic wine country of Anderson Valley—try out Handley Cellars or Golden Eye for a pinot noir tasting or two.
Russian River Valley
Luxury Cabin with Japanese Teahouse: Look no further for a trio couples getaway or trip with the homies—this two-unit luxurious cabin comfortably fits up to 6 visitors. The couple needing to reconnect can have more privacy and stay in the custom-built Japanese teahouse, which comes with a king-sized bed, its own gas fireplace, slate floors and windows with views of the lush wildlife of Sonoma County. Others can stay in the main cabin, where two other bedrooms with queen beds are situated. With a flat-screen TV that comes with cable and a DVD player, a hot tub right in the backyard, and a gas BBQ grill for your alfresco dining desires, it's hard to imagine why you'd ever leave this relaxing haven. // $280/night with a 3-night minimum stay and a flat $219 cleaning fee, glampinghub.com
What to do in the area: Take advantage of the scenic hiking trails in the majestic Armstrong Redwoods, of course, or walks on the rugged 62-mile Sonoma Coast. If you're feeling more of a shopping kind of stroll, downtown Guerneville is just a few minutes away with local favorites like Commerce Fine Goods. Or if you feel like you can't leave Wine Country without a tasting, Korbel Champagne Cellars is just around the corner and offers the quintessential California champagne.
Far Meadow Cabins: What we love about Far Meadow is how it maintains the perfect balance of contemporary design and classic cabin. Design connoisseurs and hoteliers Heinz Legler and Veronique Lievre have given a completely modern makeover to the A-frame cabin, utilizing minimalist interiors and the best of the Sierra's natural light to create a space that is both comfortable and chic. Set at a private property 14 miles above Bass Lake that spans 20 acres, Far Meadow offers three A-frame cabins and a log cabin for visitors looking to explore the Sierras or Yosemite National Park. Furry friends are highly encouraged to come as well. // The Log Cabin is $250/night for 2-3 people, while the A-Frame Cabins range from $260-$275/night for 2-3 guests with a 3-night minimum stay, farmeadow.com
Lakefront Cabin, South Lake Tahoe: Make sure to bookmark this lakefront cabin for your next big group trip to Tahoe. With five bedrooms, a loft, and two-and-a-half bathrooms, this luxurious property fits up to 14 people and has amenities appropriate for everyone. It's the perfect resting place after a long day at the slopes—Heavenly Mountain Resort is just around the corner—whether you choose to snuggle under the covers with Netflix on the large HDTV flat screen or warm yourself up in the hot tub outside. And oh, did we mention that it comes with a foosball table? // $617.57/night with an additional cleaning fee of $236 and hot tub fee of $48, glampinghub.com
What to do in the area: You mean, besides ski or snowboard all day? Yes, there are definitely still things to do in the Sierras for you non-winter-athletes out there, like go tubing or sledding, or hike at the Tahoe Rim Trail. Or go on a magical ride through the winter wonderland of the Sierras, behind a group of eight huskies with Wilderness Adventures; this is, not to mention, perfect for the 'gram too.