Cozy Cabins and Rustic Retreats for a Pennsylvania Winter Getaway

Skiing, sledding, nature watching, and strolling through the woods, there’s no better time to cozy up in the PA wilderness than in winter! From rustic log cabins to luxurious farmhouses, you and your loved ones will find no shortage of unique getaways to make you feel at peace in a wintery wonderland. Disconnect and reconnect at these 19 secluded winter getaway cabins.

1. Ohiopyle Treehouse


Enjoy a truly one-of-a-kind, lodging experience at the two-bedroom Ohiopyle Treehouse, just a short drive from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Ohiopyle State Park. Enjoy the sounds of nature from one of three covered patios; hike along the property’s mile-long private hiking trail; or stretch out beneath the 20-foot-high vaulted ceiling living room. Not your usual “treehouse,” it comes with heating and air conditioning, a fully equipped kitchen, in ceiling speaker system, and Wi-Fi. In the evening, roast marshmallows over the custom, hand crafted fire pit, then cap off your stay with a dip in the wood-fired hot tub surrounded by the serenity of the winter night.

2. Coolspring Cabin


Wood log cabin by creek
Coolspring Cabin | Credit: AirBnB

A genuine log cabin nestled along the banks of Little Sandy Creek in rural Jefferson County, Coolspring Cabin offers guests a unique and tranquil getaway with a private backyard and wood-burning fireplace. Visitors will love its scenic location right on the waterfront. The property is also adjacent to the historical Coolspring Power Museum and only 10 miles from the world-renowned Gobbler's Knob, home to Punxsutawney Phil!

3. Double Bore Ranch


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Double Bore Ranch

You get the best of both worlds with a stay at the Double Bore Ranch‘s lodge – a beautiful, rustic setting with 200 scenic acres overlooking beautiful woodlands and all the luxury and comforts of home. Amenities include a wood-burning fireplace, game room, bar area, pool table, and music center. Bundle up and explore the great outdoors with hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and biking. Only a 10-minute drive from the ranch, you can enjoy wining and dining in the town of Clarion.

4. Fallen Branch Cabin


log cabin house
Fallen Branch Cabin

Get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life in a peaceful cabin just minutes from Cook Forest and the Allegheny National Forest. With a cathedral ceiling opening to a loft and beautiful forest views from every window, Fallen Branch Cabin makes a great escape for outdoor lovers. Explore the wondrous wilds and then return to a cozy cabin with two porches, a charcoal grill on the back deck, and an outdoor bonfire.

5. Heartwood


front view of a Cabin house

Outdoor enthusiasts will love a stay at Heartwood. Located on seven acres in the Allegheny National Forest, this gorgeous, three-bedroom lodge offers guests natural beauty, tranquility, and cozy comforts. Enjoy this scenic getaway with plenty of outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, hunting, cross-country skiing, and star-gazing available right outside the back door.

6. The Lodges at Gettysburg


Birds eye view of Lodges at Gettysburg next a pond
The Lodges at Gettysburg

Located just 5 miles from downtown Gettysburg surrounded by 35 acres of beautiful woodlands, The Lodges at Gettysburg offer beautiful, picturesque views of the historic battlefield and plenty of trails to stroll along or bike throughout the property. The property boasts a variety of private modern lodges, each with fully equipped kitchenettes, fireplaces, heating, private porches, vaulted beam ceilings, flat-screen televisions, and Wi-Fi.

7. Mister Ed's Sweet Retreat


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Mister Ed's Sweet Retreat | Credit: AirBnB

Situated off the beaten path but close to it all, Mister Ed’s Sweet Retreat is the perfect place to unwind beneath the shady pines. Return to this cozy, two-room cottage from a tour of historic Gettysburg or exploring the great outdoors at Caledonia State Park or Michaux State Forest. Great restaurants are nearby, or you can use the original 1950s efficiency kitchen and dine al fresco. Surrounded by wineries, farm markets, and even a candy store, there’s country charm around every corner.

8. Brewhouse Mountain Eco-Inn

York Haven

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Brewhouse Mountain Eco-Inn

Looking for a truly unique experience in beautiful southcentral PA? A nature lovers’ paradise awaits at Brewhouse Mountain Eco-Inn. Located on four acres of forestland in the Conewago Mountains, listen to the symphony of nature as you curl up with a book in front of the wood stove after a day skiing or snowboarding at the Roundtop Mountain Resort or simply enjoying the great outdoors at Gifford Pinchot State Park. This rural, retro getaway boasts all the modern amenities and contains an expansive and unique collection of antique and vintage brewery advertising posters as well as vintage beer cans from around the world!

9. Burnhead Grazings


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Burnhead Grazings

Get a full farm experience with a stay at the secluded Burnhead Grazings – a 68-acre, working sheep farm with North Country Cheviot sheep, horses, donkeys, chickens, and adorable border collies. Stay the night at the farm’s quaint, two-bedroom, old Spring House or a room in the main farmhouse. In the morning, wake to a delicious farm-to-table breakfast featuring free-range eggs, in-season veggies, and their natural grass-fed lamb sausage and free-range pork.

10. Bugle Hollow Lodge


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Bugle Hollow Lodge

The stunning Bugle Hollow Lodge vacation rental home is surrounded by trees and nestled in the heart of the Endless Mountains. Located in a prime elk and deer viewing area, this spacious five-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom rental includes a full kitchen, private wildlife viewing area, and deck to take in the breathtaking view. With their Winter Getaway Special, when you reserve two nights, you’ll get the third night free on any reservation between Jan. and Mar. 2023!

11. Sylvania Mountain Lodging


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Sylvania Mountain Lodging

Just minutes from cross-country skiing trails and snow tubing hills, as well as the runs at Seven Springs Ski Resort and Hidden Valley Ski Resort, Sylvania Mountain Lodging is in the heart of winter fun in the Laurel Highlands. Take your pick from two cottages — the two-bedroom Sylvania Mountain Lodge or the three-bedroom Rockcliffe Cottage — each offer a fully-equipped kitchen, dramatic stone fireplace, and outdoor fire pit.

12. Gateway Lodge


Wooden log house
Gateway Lodge

Gateway Lodge is a Cooksburg retreat so remote it eludes GPS. But the search pays off with a bevy of accommodation options, including two-story Luxury Cabins, low-key rustic Heritage Cabins, Black Bear Cabins, and Fireside Suites and Gallery Rooms. Visitors looking to explore what’s dubbed the “Black Forest of Pennsylvania” won’t be disappointed here; there’s a lighted ice-skating pond, 10 acres of sledding slopes, and three cross-country ski trails.

13. Wapiti Woods


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Wapiti Woods

Wapiti Woods – Guest Cabins invites visitors to explore the Moshannon and Elk State Forests from one of its 10 cabins. The cabins all feature wood-burning fireplaces, full kitchens, and fire rings. Take advantage of the breathtaking snow-scape in a variety of ways: hiking to area waterfalls to marvel at ice formations, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing along nearby trails, and snowmobiling on the trails in Moshannon State Forest.

14. Lakeview on the Lake


If ice fishing is on your winter wish list, make the trip to Erie where you’ll find Presque Isle Bay — known for its abundance of yellow perch, bluegill, crappie, and steelhead — as well as West Basin Pond, a trout-stocked lake within Presque Isle State Park. Stay just minutes away from the fishing action when you book one of the waterfront romantic suites or mini-cottages at Lakeview on the Lake, offering a cozy and budget-friendly home base.

15. The Alder House


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The Alder House | Credit: AirBnB

Though a modern cabin, the décor of The Alder House is deeply rooted in Pennsylvania Dutch heritage featuring many pieces of authentic Shaker furnishings dating back to the 1800s. A mountain escape in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, the serene, two-bedroom cabin can sleep up to seven people and includes a large dining room, sunroom, fully equipped kitchen, an indoor fireplace, and outdoor fire pit. The nearby Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area offers lots of exhilarating outdoor adventures.

16. The Green Forest Retreat

East Stroudsburg

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The Green Forest Retreat | Credit: AirBnB

The thoughtfully remodeled Green Forest Retreat with its warm wood floors, hand-crafted ceramic tiles, extra comfortable beds, and custom artistic details has a unique and luxurious feel. The retreat offers a spa-like bathroom, fire pit, wood burning fireplace, washer and dryer, and fully equipped kitchen. Enjoy a snowy nature walk, then afterwards relax and unwind in the hot tub or custom-built Finnish-style sauna!

17. The Alpine A-Frame


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The Alpine A-Frame | Credit: AirBnB

A warm winter adventure awaits only a few minutes from Camelback Ski Resort at the Alpine A-Frame, designed to surprise and delight at every turn. From a private hot tub overlooking a babbling brook to a spiral staircase, a mezzanine catwalk, fully equipped kitchen, and a floor net lounge, this property provides a truly unique snowy retreat.

18. The Lure

Lake Harmony

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The Lure | Credit: AirBnB

Originally built in the 1930s as a fishing cabin, The Lure has been remodeled into a luxurious waterfront property. Sit on the deck and watch the sun reflect off the quiet and serene glacial "round pond" or snuggle up in the outdoor jacuzzi. This delightful destination will lure anyone looking to do it all or absolutely nothing!

19. Magnolia Streamside Resort


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Magnolia Streamside Resort

Nestled into the pine trees of the Pocono Mountains, the six cabins of Magnolia Streamside Resort offer spacious layouts and distinctive geography, from streamside cottages to garden retreats. Ski or snowboard every day at nearby Camelback Mountain and Shawnee Mountain Ski Area or explore snowmobiling trails through the Pocono Mountains.

To see what other wintery getaways there are in Pennsylvania, check out the visitPA website. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great ideas and places to visit around our state. Don’t forget to sign up for our monthly Happy Thoughts e-newsletter so you never miss an update!

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