10 Dreamy & Remote Cabins for a Break From Apartment Life

With the cold season already upon us, there’s no better remedy than cozying up in a nice, lovely cabin somewhere surrounded by nature. Snuggling up next to the fireplace with a good book or maybe a mug of hot cocoa would probably sound pretty appealing to anyone. It’s the perfect way to relax and just enjoy the simple things in life.

In our hunt for that ideal spot in the U.S., we came across a myriad of stunning cabins, cottages and chalets across the country and while it was no easy feat selecting just 10 from the hundreds of absolutely gorgeous hideaways, we can guarantee that any one of these would be perfect for that getaway vacation you’ve been looking forward to. Without further ado, if you’re up for a virtual journey of the dreamiest vacation cabins out there, check them out below (in no particular order).

A Black A-Frame

Location: Kerhonkson, New York

Nestled in the Catskill Mountains, this pretty little A Black A-Frame is just gorgeous – both the inside and outside. Initially a hunting lodge built back in the 1960s, the cabin was modified in the early 1980s to include all of the necessary features for a lovely retreat in the mountains. It’s also just minutes away from the Ashokan Reservoir, Kingston, New Paltz and Minnewaska State park, so there’s plenty to explore around it.

The Vermont A-Frame

Location: Manchester, Vermont

Another stunning A-frame cabin not far from Vermont’s Bromley Mountain Ski Resort, The Vermont A-Frame is ideal for all of the ski enthusiasts out there. It’s got room for six people and boasts many attractive amenities such as a fully-equipped kitchen, a mini library, outdoor fire pit and more. The best part? It’s also pet friendly, so you can bring your furry friend along, too.

Stone City Treehouse

Location: Hardwick, Vermont

Not your typical tree house, the Stone City Treehouse looks like it was pulled straight out of the Harry Potter movies. Here, you can take in all the beautiful scenery and enjoy the wonders of nature – like a night sky full of stars or that satisfying feeling of crinkling leaves beneath your feet. There’s also a sparkling spring nearby and a firepit where you can relax by yourself or with friends.

Ashpine House

Location: Boston, Massachusetts

There’s nothing better to fight off the winter blues than a wooden cabin packed with lush plants and a shelf full of books. To that end, the retro urban elegance of the Ashpine House makes it a lovely and cozy place to spend at least a few days. And, if its location near the Middlesex Fells Reservation outside Boston doesn’t convince you, then the interior photos most likely will. Filled with many one-of-a-kind spaces, this cabin will be an experience that you’ll remember for years to come.

Olive Woods House

Location: Town of Olive, New York

An outdoor dining area, proximity to the Ashokan Reservoir, a firepit and other stunning features are available at the Olive Woods House. It’s easy to picture a lovely day here spending time around the fire, comfortably wrapped in a blanket and watching the sun set behind the Catskills Mountains.

Whiskey Ridge Chalet

Location: Big Bear, California

Everything about this chalet conveys coziness. From the color scheme to the comfortable chairs and wood-burning stove, it’s all you could want and more. Perfect for some quality time with family and friends, the Whiskey Ridge Chalet is also near the slopes, guaranteeing a really fun stay here.

Valley View Cabin Catskills

Location: Margaretville, New York

Here’s another great escape from the big city. Valley View Cabin is located in the Catskills and welcomes anyone longing for a breath of fresh air – pets included. Just 2.5 hours from New York City, this magical spot has some of the most amazing views of the mountains. Plus, if you’re the outdoorsy type, know that there’s also skiing and hiking nearby.

Sedwick Chalet

Location: Poconos Pines, Pennsylvania

Sit back, relax and enjoy the wonders that the lovely Sedwick Chalet has to offer. It’s right in the heart of the Poconos, and if the colorful interior doesn’t impress you, the piano and outside dining area surely will. It’s especially beautiful in the fall with all of the golden and brown leaves perfectly adorning its deck.

Warner’s Camp

Location: Upper Jay, New York

Rustic charm and retro vibes is what you’ll experience at Warner’s Camp in the Adirondacks. With Lake Placid, Whiteface Ski Resort and Keene looming nearby, adventure is never too far. Originally a fishing homestead, the historic guesthouse accommodates up to 12 people and was recently renovated to include a warm fireplace, four stunning bedrooms and an exterior barrel sauna.

The Hunter Barnhouse

Location: Jewett, New York

Take a moment to marvel at the lush greenery that adorns the interior of The Hunter Barnhouse. Built in 1845, this cabin is the definition of comfort and relaxation. With Kaaterskill Falls, North-South Lake and Colgate Lake nearby – as well as several hiking and skiing spots – you’ll never run out of activities here, regardless of the season.

With so many exciting options for escaping the city life (even for a little while), it’s hard to pick just one. However, we’re positive that no matter which one you choose, you’ll be sure to have a great vacation and a well-deserved break at one of the dreamy cabins on this list.

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Published at Mon, 16 Nov 2020 10:27:24 +0000

7 Easy DIY Pet Toys for Your Fluffy Roommate

Does your pet go through toys faster than you can get new ones? You’re not alone. Buying new toys every other week can be a hassle, so why not entertain your fluffy friend with some engaging, homemade toys? 

These seven DIY projects are quick, cheap and easy. Plus, most of them use items you can find around the house. So give them a try and your will pet love them just as much as the store-bought kind.

Cats: Gingerbread catnip toy

This gingerbread toy by DIY Blonde will keep your cat entertained for hours and is also an adorable addition to your home. To get started, you’ll just need some basic sewing supplies, card stock and catnip. Your cat will become obsessed with this one in no time!

Cats: Upcycled mouse 

This lovely little mouse is the result of a minimalist sewing project and also enables you to upcycle any piece of old clothing that you may have around the house. Soon enough, you’ll be making these sustainable presents for all of your cat-parent friends.

Cats: DIY Tent 

While toys will certainly keep your cat entertained, it’s no secret that the easiest way to a cat’s heart is to give them an excellent hiding spot. With that in mind, this cat tent hack does just that in the easiest way possible. You can even set one up in every room of your apartment!

Cats & Dogs: Braided toy 

These braided toys by Legacy Loop Crochet are perfect for a tug-of-war game with your pup. All you’ll need is an old T-shirt, some scissors, a ruler and a little patience. Or, if you want something sturdier, you can also use an old pair of jeans.

Dogs: Snuffle ball

Snuffle toys are all the rage this year, and for a good reason. They’re ingenious balls and mats which hide treats inside to stimulate your pup’s senses and work out its brain muscles. This guide is an excellent way to build your own using items you already have around the house. Sure, you can also buy them, but why would you when they’re so easy to make.

Dogs: Water bottle chew toy

If you’re looking for a no-sew, no-cut project, it really doesn’t get much simpler than this water bottle hack. Just grab a small water bottle, wrap it in an old sock and secure the end. Your dog will have the time of his life! Best of all, you can replicate this hack in a snap whenever the old one gets worn out.

Bunnies: Cardboard house & toys

Finally, if you’re a proud bunny parent, you’re in luck. These lovely cardboard toys are the perfect fit for these energetic little critters, and you can quickly build five different toys in a single session with this tutorial by Holland Loop Sisters. Just grab some carboard, string, and a few treats and get to work! 

Do you treat your furry friend with homemade toys? If so, let us know in the comments below and we might feature your hack on the list! 

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Published at Mon, 16 Nov 2020 08:20:17 +0000