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11 Perfect Airbnbs for a Winter Getaway

Historical Grafton Home
11 Perfect Airbnbs for a Winter Getaway
With winter's formidable onslaught of storms and freezing temps on the horizon, now more than ever seems like the perfect time to book your next winter escape. Sure, 2016 might have been the official year for hygge, but it’s never too late to get obsessed with the Danish cure-all of, to put it simply, coziness with a hint of hedonism. In other words, it’s time to rent that cabin with the fireplace. Here, 12 Airbnb listings that are perfect for a peaceful wintertime getaway.
By Alina Polishuk, AFAR Contributor
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    Historical Grafton Home
    Historical Grafton Home
    Filled with canopied beds, rich barnwood panelling, and stunning wall-to-wall windows, this refurbished 19th-century farmhouse might be difficult to leave. But Grafton, a historic Vermont town frequented for its cross-country skiing, enchanting architecture, and local cheese, is only steps away from the front door and well worth the walk.

    Plan Your Trip: Vermont
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    Funky Luxury in Aspen
    Funky Luxury in Aspen
    Aspen has long topped the charts as one of the country’s favorite wintertime destinations, but finding a rental that’s unique can be tricky. Enter this eclectic eight-person stunner. While its ski-in ski-out location and sweeping views of the surrounding mountains are key selling points, the funky decor and light-filled rooms are what makes the chalet distinctive. Moroccan rugs, sheepskin throws, and vibrant art cover almost every surface, so exploring the house is nearly as exciting as hitting the slopes.

    Plan Your Trip: Aspen
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    Party House in Leavenworth
    Party House in Leavenworth
    Grab 15 of your closest friends: Na-Mu Lodge is calling. Located in Leavenworth, a Bavarian town in Washington known for its Oktoberfest and outdoor winter sports, this custom-designed palace offers sleek open spaces and fantastic views of Tumwater Canyon. According to the owners, the house was specifically designed for fun times; guests are encouraged to get rowdy in the massive open-plan living room or get cozy next to the house’s outdoor fireplace.

    Plan Your Trip: Leavenworth
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    Off-the-Grid Alaskan Escape
    Off-the-Grid Alaskan Escape
    Although the words “off-the-grid” might conjure images of wooden shacks and hand-dug latrines, this modern getaway on Alaska’s Kenai Lake is nothing if not full service. So the restroom isn’t exactly luxurious (OK, it’s an outhouse), but what the cabin lacks in modern facilities it makes up for with its peaceful energy and breathtaking location. Perfect for those seeking starry skies and wintry solitude.

    Plan Your Trip: Alaska
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    Sleepover in Bozeman
    Sleepover in Bozeman
    You won’t be plastering the outside of this Airbnb with crayon-scribbled “Girls Only!” or “No Grown-Ups!!” signs, but this treehouse cabin could appease anyone’s inner kid. It’s also functionally off the grid— there is no running water or electricity— but the rustic decor and clean design make this old-school experience more than comfortable. The cabin includes a wraparound porch, a swing, and mountain scenery—perfect for a family adventure or a grown-up slumber party.

    Plan Your Trip: Bozeman
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    The Asheville A-Frame
    The Asheville A-Frame
    Satisfying a craving for great beer and great hikes is a cinch while staying at this stunning Asheville cabin. (Sierra Nevada Brewery and Blue Ridge Parkway are five and 10 minutes away, respectively.) It’s located just a few minutes from the vibrant downtown, but is far enough away from the main strip for natural seclusion. The sleek design, comfy patio, and floor-to-ceiling A-frame windows aren’t bad, either.

    Plan Your Trip: Asheville
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    Lakeside and Light-Filled in Truckee
    Lakeside and Light-Filled in Truckee
    Just a quick drive away from a number of Tahoe’s best ski resorts, Truckee is the perfect home base for any indecisive adventurer. Even better? When that home base features skylight ceilings, lofted bedrooms, cushy amenities, and an incomparable view of Donner Lake. 

    Plan Your Trip: Truckee
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    Adventure Epicenter in Killington
    Adventure Epicenter in Killington
    Calling this listing “Killington Vermont Traditional Log Home” is charming, but with space enough to sleep 17 and fit an indoor rock-climbing wall, we’re thinking the title might be a tad misleading. Not only does this wooden lodge give off major sleepaway camp vibes (in the best way), it’s also steps from the Killington Resort gondola. But, honestly, with all the wild amenities included in this house, why leave?

    Plan Your Trip: Killington
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    Domed Tiny House in Taos
    Domed Tiny House in Taos
    For those curious about tiny-house living, this secluded, dome-shaped retreat in Taos, New Mexico, is the perfect introduction. It’s only 30 feet in diameter, but the space contains everything a guest might need for a peaceful getaway, including a cozy kitchen, lofted bedroom, and clawfoot tub. The little dome is also in close proximity to Taos Ski Valley for those looking to hit the slopes, as well as a range of natural attractions that make for some great winter hikes.

    Plan Your Trip: Taos
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    Dreamy Retreat to Tivoli
    Dreamy Retreat to Tivoli
    The bright yellow front door is just a hint of what awaits guests at this dreamy Hudson River Valley cottage. The whole place is decorated from top to bottom with funky souvenirs from around the world, giving it a colorful bohemian feel. Renters can hang out on the indoor hammock, toast marshmallows on the bank of the nearby river, or simply spend the whole weekend cozied up next to the wood-burning fireplace.

    Plan Your Trip: Hudson Valley

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    Escape to the Redwoods
    Escape to the Redwoods
    Make like Thoreau and book yourself a few nights at this tiny wooden cabin nestled deep into Mendocino’s redwoods. For those seeking activities, this cathedral-ceilinged hideaway is in close proximity to scenic beaches, hiking trails, and Anderson Valley wine country. But more than anything, guests are encouraged to unplug from the world, breathe in the fresh forest air, and get inspired by the surrounding nature.

    Plan Your Trip: Mendocino
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