When the weather outside turns frightful, cabin life in Pennsylvania is positively delightful. Whether you’re hitting the snowshoe trails or cozying up in front of a roaring fire, these five retreats make the case that winter is the finest of all the seasons.
Know before you go: We recommend contacting your destination before your visit for their latest rules and regulations. Find up-to-date COVID-19 traveler resources on visitPA.com.
Magnolia Steamside Resort
Nestled into the pine trees of the Pocono Mountains, the six cabins of Magnolia Streamside Resort 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.
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 and the three-bedroom Rockcliffe Cottage— both of which offer a fully-equipped kitchen, dramatic stone fireplace, and outdoor fire pit.
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 and Retreat Cabins, 20 modern suites and remodeled Gallery rooms. Gateway rounds out the guest experience with an onsite spa and a seasonal menu. 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. Carriage rides through the forest are even available on select dates.
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.
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.
To find even more camping ideas in Pennsylvania, check out the visitPA website. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up-to-date on even more great ideas and places to visit around our state. Don't forget to never miss an update and sign up for our monthly Happy Thoughts e-newsletter.
This article written by Elizabeth Exline first appeared in the 2020 Happy Traveler state travel guide. Copies are still available, get yours today!