The Best Cabins for a Secret Getaway Are Hidden Across the Country in Martha Stewart
By Erica Sloan
Book one of them for natural scenery, fresh air, and sweeping vistas.
Feeling a little cooped up? No one would blame you. Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has relegated us to our homes, which became our offices and gyms, schools and studios, child-care facilities, and even wedding venues. But with the vaccine rollout underway and warm weather on the horizon, planning a trip is beginning to feel like a viable activity again. In fact, recent survey data from Travelocity shows that 60 percent of travelers say they’re ready to roam again and are planning a post-pandemic trip within the next several months. Consider spreading your wings at a retreat with freestanding quarters, where the only folks you’ll interact with will be the ones in your group.
Airbnb and Vrbo are great online marketplaces to find this kind of standalone single-family lodging (look for “entire home” on listings to ensure you’ll have the place to yourselves, and read reviews to scout hosts), while companies like AvantStay and Evolve Vacation Rentals manage bookings for unique and professionally cleaned rentals designed for just that—private, short-term stays. And for those looking to disconnect from the hubbub of their busy, Zoom-filled lives, Getaway offers nature-surrounded hideaways (which sport cellphone lockboxes for going fully off the grid) within a short drive of several big U.S. cities.
What’s more, many popular destinations and hotels across the country boast incredible standalone residences of their own. Look to these spots nationwide to give yourself (and your home) a much-deserved spring break:
The three Scandinavian-inspired Lushna suites at Eastwind Hotel & Bar, in Windham, take glamping to a new level of chic: A-frame windows invite the Catskills in, and a deck, firepit, and hammocks outfit the outdoors. The amenities in each four-person cabin—from Faribault wool blankets to hooded Pendleton robes—are curated for maximum hygge, and an on-site cocktail bar offering direct-to-cabin deliveries keeps the good vibes rolling past nightfall. At new and nearby locale, The Roxbury at Stratton Falls, you’ll find an entirely different kind of escape—one steeped in fantasy and whimsy. A magical waterfall on-site inspired the owners (former NYC theatre set designers) to create eight bespoke fairytale-like towers, including one with a massive canopy bed resembling Cinderella’s ballgown and another sporting all the gothic décor of Dracula’s Transylvania.