Nothing captures the timeless magic of winter quite like watching the snowflakes fall from the comfort of a cozy cabin retreat—with hot cocoa in hand, of course. These rustic abodes are in high demand this winter season*, with more travelers looking to accommodate bigger groups and longer stays, according to vacasa.com searches using the “Cabin” filter.
Vacasa’s 2022 Holiday & Winter Travel Trends revealed that one-third of travelers are heading to a snowy destination this winter, so it’s no surprise cabins have grown in popularity. Offering wood-burning fireplaces, old-school rocking chairs, board games, and crackling fire pits for all to gather ‘round, these cabins, chalets, and a-frames fulfill a nostalgic desire for seasonal comforts and family traditions. And as guests book their cabin getaways this season, here are three winter cabin trends we are seeing courtesy of our search data*:
Get cozy and settle in. Guests searching for cabin rentals increased their average length of stay by more than 20% this winter season compared to last.
Travelers are also looking for cabin rentals that can fit the whole crew. The average guest count for cabin searches on vacasa.com this winter jumped by more than 30% compared to the same period last year. So don’t dally when booking those spacious log cabins!
January remains the most popular month for folks to plan their cabin vacations, with searches historically spiking in the first month of each year, thanks to inspiration from fresh snow and (wise) New Year’s resolutions to travel more. Take note: savvy cabin-seekers may find more options for booking before the new year.
So, where are guests heading for their winter cabin getaways? We’re sharing the top destinations in each region where travelers most used the cabin home type filter on vacasa.com, from the #1 searched town in the country (Pigeon Forge, Tennessee) to a town boasting the world’s deepest geothermal hot spring (Pagosa Springs, Colorado). No matter your choice, these cabin hotspots check all the idyllic boxes for getaways of any length, activity, and group size.
*Data is based on searches for stays between December 1, 2022 - February 28, 2023, using the cabin home type filter.