Winter is the season to seek cozy comfort from the elements, so there’s little wonder that cabins are such a popular retreat. Surrounded by serene snowy landscapes and rugged terrain, the warmth of the fire is even more inviting. But some of us have to draw the line at the traditional log-cabin look, replete with taxidermied trophies and non-ironic antler chandeliers. For those of us who feel most at home in a more modern environment, the modern getaways available on AirBNB offer the best of both worlds–without the commitment to redecorating.
Lake Tahoe, CA
This sweet mountain cabin offers a touch of traditionality with exposed pine wood, but the light and bright finishes and comfortable modern furnishings are less hunting lodge, more luxury retreat. And if the hankering for a more typical cabin experience arises, head upstairs for the cozy A-frame cabin experience.
Situated on 22 acres, this cabin offers rustic seclusion from the up-and-coming vibe of Asheville’s city center. Still, the interior is decorated in a modern-meets-restoration style, with clean, airy-feeling whitewashed wood throughout.
Jackson Hole, WY
Your private bedroom in this Wyoming home features bear spray by the bed (really) and a cast-resin moose head over the headboard, tongue planted firmly in cheek. But the real attraction is the super modern common area you can enjoy with your host, who has dubbed her home “Mountain Modern.”
La Punt-Chamues-ch, Switzerland
Near the world-class skiing of St. Moritz, this Swiss apartment has every angle covered. No, really–the living space is all angles and exposed beams, yet is furnished with classic mid-century Scandinavian style. The nearby village is storybook quaint; if you can bring yourself to leave that hyggeligt room, that is.
Reminiscent of an Eichler home, but quite far removed from his usual stomping grounds. In the isolated northeast of Iceland, this home blends into the landscape so you can enjoy the area’s natural beauty without too much distraction (let the aurora borealis take care of that). The inside, however, is another story entirely, with pop-art punches of color and graphic minimalism adding cheer and warmth to what could be a stark winter, indeed.
La Peche, Quebec
An original mid-century modern gem in Quebec’s alpine ski region, this cabin was built in the 1960s and retains its original charm. A true ski chalet with a split-log cabin look outside, the interior has an open plan that draws your eye out the large sliding glass doors. The original exposed beam ceiling is offset by the simple furnishings, so the look stays classy, never cluttered.
Near the old town center, this apartment blends the lodge look with a totally new interior in a more urban setting. It’s central to the scenic Tyrol region, which is known for traditional Austrian folk life as well as vast mountainous terrain. The blend of then and now meshes nicely with the mix of rustic surroundings in a contemporary apartment setting.