1. River Spruce Cottages
Warm, fresh-baked breakfast treats like muffins or bread are delivered to guests every morning at River Spruce Cottages. These one- or two-bedroom cabins, located on the Big Thompson River, are just 10 minutes away from the attractions of Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park. The Tom Tom, Windwalker and Dreamcatcher cabins have fireplaces, hot tubs and free Wi-Fi. The rustic-looking wood furniture and the Colorado-animal-themed bedspreads will help you connect with your inner mountain dweller.
2. Grand West Village Resort
The slopes of Copper Mountain, Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone are all 30- to 60-minutes away from this collection of lodge-style condos. Escape the bustle of the ski resorts to your own one- or two-bedroom hideaway among a quiet grove of lodgepole pines. Guests can prepare their favorite feasts in a fully equipped kitchen, unwind next to a gas fireplace or spy on the lush winter landscape through large windows. Nearby trails are ideal for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, or plan a snowmobiling, ice fishing or dog-sledding excursion. Read more about Colorado winter rides >>
3. Vista Verde Guest Ranch
Vista Verde Guest Ranch’s doting staff, “ranchy yet fancy" cuisine and customized excursions will forever change your views of cabin living. Situated in the Routt National Forrest, Vista Verde’s three- to seven-night, all-inclusive vacations include lodging, grub (beer and wine, too!) and activities such as sleigh rides, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snow biking, horseback riding, dog sledding, wine tasting and cooking classes. Make the 45-minute trek to Steamboat Ski Resort, enjoy the daily salad and sandwich lunch buffet or watch snow fall from your private outdoor hot tub.
4. Cuchara Cabins and Condo Rentals
If you’re traveling in a pack, Cuchara Cabins and Condo Rentals are ideal for families and large groups. Select vacation cabins suitable for two to 12 travelers are available during winter months. The Morgan Cabin, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom escape, has a wraparound deck and two fireplaces. Take a scenic drive around the Cuchara River Valley for views of the snow-capped Spanish Peaks, or pass the time in downtown Cuchara, which offers a peek at what a typical Colorado mountain town looked like in the 1900s.
5. Cabins at Country Road
After annihilating your complimentary breakfast of signature “Smashed Masheds,” benedicts, or biscuits and gravy combos at the cabins’ on-site Country Road Café, you’ll be ready to explore all the diversity our state prides itself on. Soak in the grandeur of Red Rocks Park and Amphitheater, the one-of-a-kind geologically formed, open-air theater, or make the 30-minute drive to Denver to delve into the sophisticated charms of the capital. No matter what agenda you select, one of Cabins at Country Roads’ cozy and immaculately decorated abodes await your return. The Bootleggers Barn, one of four cabins, has a shower that backs to a wall of whisky barrels, a private outdoor hot tub and courtyard, lead-pane stained-glass windows and an open bedroom loft with a feather bed.