What’s your idea of a mid-winter romantic getaway?
Snow bunnies may prefer the slopes and ski lodges with a relaxing soak in a tub or massage at the end of a day outdoors. The adventurous may be looking for a winter hike or snug campground. Warm weather lovers may abandon the area entirely, choosing to escape to white sand beaches where the thermometer pushes into the 80s. Then, there are those who are content to find a cabin and snuggle down in front of a warm fire.
Skiers can find slopes, tubing lanes, terrain parks, and other activities at 30 Mid-Atlantic resorts, from Elk Mountain in northeastern Pennsylvania to Winterplace in southern West Virginia. Lodges, condos, bed-and-breakfast inns, and chain hotels and motels provide ample numbers of rooms in the areas surrounding the resorts. State parks and many commercial campgrounds throughout the region offer winter experiences and accommodations.
And, if your goal is a getaway to warmer climes, there are three regional airports and the Baltimore cruise terminal waiting to take you to your chosen destination.
But, back to the cabin or cottage with the cozy fireplace. It’s hard to beat the relaxation and romance of a cabin for two, even if the weather outside is “frightful.” Here are an even dozen to check out for a mid-winter getaway.
Insider tip: Many offer weekday specials during the winter months that are good deals.
Allstar Lodging offers nearly 100 cabins and vacation homes, most within 15 miles of Luray, Va., the “Cabin Capital of Virginia.” You can choose from cabins, cottages, and luxurious vacation homes with water or mountain views.
Black Bear Resort in the Canaan Valley provides cabin homes, inn suites, and deluxe homes close to skiing and other West Virginia winter activities.
Cabins at Pine Haven offers 11 cabins, including four one-bedrooms and two tree houses. You can get free Winterplace ski lift tickets with the weekday Stay and Play Couple’s Package.
Country Road Cabins, near the New River Gorge in southern West Virginia, has 18 deluxe log cabins, the Love Shack Yurt, and the new Holly Rock Treehouse. The area offers seasonal zip lines, whitewater rafting, the famous Bridge Walk under the New River Bridge roadbed, and hiking. The cabins have private hot tubs and a two-night weekday Romance Special includes a cabin upgrade.
Cove Haven Resorts are a departure from the cabin scenario, but the three resorts in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania sell romance big-time. The couples-only resorts offer accommodations such as the Champagne Tower Suite, with its unique whirlpool for two and suites with private swimming pools. Other activities and most meals are provided.
Harman’s Luxury Log Cabins in the Monongahela National Forest of West Virginia offers accommodation choices that include six one-bedroom couple’s cabins with Jacuzzi tubs, outdoor hot tubs, and gas fireplaces. There are also two-, three-, and four-bedroom cabins. The resort is situated in Hopewell Canyon along a trophy trout stream.
Hemlock Haven in Hico, W.Va., features four cabins that sleep up to eight and a fifth cabin that accommodates up to 12. The Romantic Getaway package for two starts at $299 and is valid through April 30. The accommodations are dog friendly and include fenced yards as well as outdoor hot tubs. All bedding and towels are included, along with fully equipped kitchens.
Another departure from the strictly cabin scene, The Mimslyn Inn, in Luray, Va., offers rooms at the historic, but updated, inn, as well as a choice of nine cottages and a manor house. The cottages are luxurious and provide a unique way to enjoy the beautiful property.
You can combine a bit of romance with pop history at Mountain Lake Lodge near Blacksburg, Va. A variety of accommodations are available in the Main Stone Lodge, but there are 13 cabins on the property available for 2017, including the Virginia Cabin, recognizable as “Baby’s Cabin” from the movie Dirty Dancing, which was shot at the lodge. Take time to visit other spots on the property associated with the movie.
Additional accommodations are available in Chestnut Lodge and on Blueberry Ridge. Movie fans can even participate in Dirty Dancing weekends during the year.
Professional real estate agents in some areas offer cabin and cottage rentals. Railey Mountain Lake Vacations offers selections at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland. You can filter your search, and skiers can even get insurance protection in case there’s no snow.
Shenandoah River Outfitters can put you on the water in season, but can also provide a waterside cabin throughout the year. There are nine cabins and a cottage, most with fireplaces and hot tubs, to choose from.
Taylor Made Realty is another rental agency at Deep Creek Lake in Maryland, and offers numerous cabins, cottages, and vacation homes.
A number of packages are available, including a romance add-on that provides amenities and a restaurant gift card.