The global COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we think about travel forever. For the last two years, each of us has come up with countless replications to fulfill the lack of traveling. But, just like its very definition, travel can not be experienced like that, at least not fully.
Much Better Adventures co-founder Sam Bruce recently shared that tourists around the world are “craving one-off, ferocious experiences”. If you find yourself exclaiming “Same!”, yet are concerned about your companions’ and your health, then look no further: In this article, we are going to introduce to you the 5 best homestay options to enjoy your 2021 COVID-free winter traveling without any worries.
I. Three Black A-frames
Black A-Frames are 3 custom-built, semi-off-grid mini-cabins with refined wooden designs. Perched on the edge of a pristine mountain lake, visitors are going to have amazing views of sparkling water and wooded foothills through the full-glass front walls.
Each of the A-Frame includes a bedroom with ladder access, a view of the lake, AND an oversized daybed to watch that gorgeous view! l You are also provided with a stylish, fully functional kitchen with a smart bathroom to match. On the spacious front deck stands a charcoal grill and an outdoor dining area, where you can enjoy lovely meals with the lake waters only feet away.
While staying here, you can easily visit the various Catskills Parks for unparalleled hiking, the Beaver Kill & Willowemoc Creek for fishing. Moreover, there are charming towns nearby like Livingston Manor or Roscoe, where you will find great local restaurants, breweries, museums, live music, etc. It’s exciting just to hear about them!
- Location: The Catskills and Hudson Valley, NY, United States
- See more at: http://instagram.com/ablackaframe/
II. Sedgwick Chalet
Looking to escape the city, relax, or work from home? A 1968 retro-inspired gingerbread-style house is exactly what you need. Sedgwick Chalet features open format stairwells and a fully stocked kitchen that complements a master bedroom with all the comforts of home.
Sedgwick Chalet has all you could need for a relaxing stay among the pines. There is strong wifi, a dining room table that doubles as an office space, baby and pet necessities, a fireplace, TVs with streaming devices throughout (including Alexa), and much more!
Another factor that makes Sedgwick Chalet an awesome choice: The snow there is perfect for skiing and snow tubing during January – March. So get your gadgets ready, and head there asap!
- Location: Poconos Pines, Pennsylvania, United States
- See more at: instagram.com/sedgwick_chalet/
III. The Hunter Houses
The Hunter House consists of 3 houses, different in sizes: The Cabin, The Greenhouse, and The Barnhouse.
The Hunter Houses describe themselves as “a place to reconnect and recharge, to listen to the river and hear the wind through the trees. There’s hiking in the summer, skiing in the winter, mountain fresh air, and dark, starry nights.” Sounds pretty amazing, yeah?
Each house here is well appointed with all needed features, including a fully equipped kitchen, a record player, board games, books, Avalon Organics bath products, and an internet/Netflix enabled TV. Aside from that, they’re also adjacent to a small river, have an outdoor fireplace on a floating deck, an outdoor shower, a charcoal grill, a covered outdoor seating and dining area, as well as an open yard for all manner of sunbathing and sports.
One bonus point: The two lovely owners, Danielle and Ely, have created a beautiful website, where you can find all the information about and beyond the place – like what to eat, what to see, etc. – with adorable graphics and friendly words to guide you.
- Location: The Catskills, NY, United States
- See more at: thehunterhouses.co/
IV. The Kingdom A-Frame:
Whether you’re looking for a home base for a biking or hiking adventure, or a peaceful getaway, The Kingdom A-Frame is truly a heaven of a choice. Meticulously decorated rooms, picturesque views even from the street, and all the amenities: what else could you ask for?
As a visitor at The Kingdom A-Frame, you will be provided with a coffee bar with 5 different ways to make coffee, as well as a fully equipped kitchen including oil and spices, indoor wood stove and outdoor firepit, record player, a game room full of boardgames and old-school Nintendo. If you were me, then the lastest would seal the deal immediately.
A little note for pet owners: The Kingdom A-Frame has a large COVID fenced-in yard suitable for pups. However, if you are bringing a dog, the owners would want to be informed beforehand.
- Location: Burke, Vermont, United States
- See more at: instagram.com/thekingdomaframe/
V. The Tahoe House:
Located on 1400+ sq. of land, The Tahoe House offers you a one-of-a-kind luxury vacation experience. No, we are not exaggerating: All beds here feature Allswell® luxury mattresses and Brooklinen® luxury hotel-style white bedding, pair with luggage racks and spa robes in each bedroom closet.
The Tahoe House, though nestled in the mountains away from other homes, is conveniently located right off of Kingsbury Grade. It’s only 6 minutes from Heavenly Village COVID & the gondola, 8 minutes from Heavenly Ski Resort’s Stagecoach Lodge. Spending the day on the slopes and then come back for a soak in the hot tub, complete with cozy white spa robes. Afterward, you can cook up dinner in the well-equipped kitchen or relaxing and playing board games in the cozy living room – now that’s what I call “Experience Lake Tahoe living at its finest!”
A little reminder for the snow season: This area of Lake Tahoe COVID can see a very large snow accumulation, as a result 4-wheel drive vehicles are highly recommended.
- Location: Stateline, Nevada, United States
- See more at: instagram.com/thetahoehouse/