Oh, a cabin in the woods, with the whispery fall of snow outside and the crackle of a fire inside. It is a wonderful base for snuggling, skiing, heart to heart talks over hot chocolate, and snowshoeing on a bluebird day. So very Adirondacks.
The Whiteface Region has a delightful variety of cabins and cottages that will match a couple's longing to be alone, or accommodate a lively group wanting to spend more time together. Cabin rentals range from small and remote to grand and convenient, or anything in between.
You might be surprised at the options.
There are the classic accommodations at FourPeaks, which has 700 acres of private forest land, along with four 2,000-foot peaks to explore.
The cabins are the nineteenth century homes and farm buildings built by valley pioneers. There's old fashioned gas lighting and romantic candlelight, with gas refrigerators and cooking ranges, privies, water you pump yourself, and warmth from fireplaces and woodstoves.
Snowshoe, cross-country ski, summit a winter mountain, and be sure to bring those doggies. FourPeaks welcomes four-leggers and two-leggers.
But maybe that's a bit... too... rustic? If so, here are some other fine cabin choices.
If you would like your cabin in the woods to be not all that far into the woods, there's a way of relaxing into the privacy while still enjoying certain aspects of civilization. At one of the cabins at the North Pole Inn, you won't have far to go to reach their General Store and Gift Shop, which has groceries, snacks, and beverages, including an extraordinary selection of craft beers and a worldwide wine selection.
Accomodations are in their 100 Acre Woods, which has its own cross-country skiing and snowshoe trails. There's a game room, wax room for skiers, and free WiFi.
There's also the option of a log home with four bedrooms, full kitchen, and a big stone fireplace. Bring in the groceries and relax into a backcountry resort experience.
For even more ease, choose a cabin at the Wilderness Inn II, which has onsite dining for dinner at their well-known restaurant, beloved by visitors and locals alike. Their motto is "Roughing it in style" and their location is along the scenic Ausable River.
With one, two, or three bedrooms, there can be lots of cabin, and just enough woods.
If you want your own chunk of forest for a group of friends or an expanded family gathering, there are cabins that are also houses on their own patch of land.
The four bedroom, two bath, Windows on Whiteface is only a mile from Whiteface Mountain, in a renovated 1990 country home with lovely views. Bring the dog and explore the partly frozen brook. Wind down from a day of winter fun with the Jacuzzi jet tub.
Take it even easier by taking the free shuttle to the mountain. It runs four times a day.
Architecture fans will want to try the two bedroom, two bath, Wilmington Range Chalet along the Ausable River. The master bedroom has its own deck. This meticulously designed and crafted log home was designed to blend the rustic charm of the past with the ease and amenties of today.
There is even a housekeeper and onsite massage options, for even more luxury along with the peace and quiet.
Enjoy a vacation resort complex at the Owaissa Club Townhomes. Choose a unit for as many as ten, with professsional artisan furnishings from Dartbrook Rustic Goods. Grocery delivery service, housekeeping, and concierge service provide hotel amenities in a home atmosphere that is all about the beautiful setting, indoors and out.
Special care has been taken for skiers and other winter enthusiasts. Each unit has a mud room and foyer providing an easy place to leave the parkas and equipment. This lets everyone transition to the indoor winter experience, with fireplaces, large dining area, and a full kitchen with everything to make it homey, including spices.
This is just a sampling of what is available. For any kind of winter cabin enthusiast, it doesn't get any better than the gloriously scenic, absolutely Adirondack, Whiteface Region.