A cozy cabin is the perfect place to connect with your clan. Here are five scenic spots to consider:
1. Snow Mountain Ranch
“Bulls-eye!” It started on the archery range. Then the kids tackled the climbing wall, hiked on scenic trails, paddled canoes and careened across the zip line. At this high-octane, YMCA camp, family members of all ages can strut their stuff and then share stories around the campfire come nightfall. Sleep in cozy cabins or check out the yurt village where six family members can snooze inside a round, platform tent on a queen bed plus two bunks. Lodge rooms and campsites are also available.
2. Oglebay Resort
Check into a fireplace-warmed cabin tucked in the trees a stone’s throw from the comfortable lodge popular for its indoor swimming pool and restaurant dining. Walking and bike paths weave through 1,700s acres of rolling hills, a landscape of seasonal colors. Stop by the small lakes so children can feed the ducks. Make time for golf, horseback riding or a tour of the extraordinary light show underway during the holiday season.
3. Brooks Lake Lodge
Follow in the footsteps of adventure seekers with a visit to this historic lodge and you’ll have the vast Wyoming wilderness right outside your door. High mountain lakes, miles of hiking, skiing, snowshoeing and horseback trails in the midst of a stunning landscape provide plenty of options for outdoor fun. One- and two-bedroom rustic, restored cabins are nestled among the spruce and pine trees of the Pinnacle Mountains.
4. 320 Guest Ranch
Big Sky, Mont.
Wake to the wide Montana sky and prepare for a day of hiking, horseback riding and fly-fishing on the ranch’s private stretch of the Gallatin River, made famous in the iconic film “A River Runs Through It.” Don’t miss the weekly pig roast. Also consider a wagon or horseback ride, culminating in a riverside barbecue. When the snow falls, cozy up in front of your riverfront cabin’s fireplace, snuggle on a sleigh ride or slap on the skis for a scenic adventure. The 320’s proximity to nearby Yellowstone National Park provides day trip options.
5. Historic Harding Cabin
Mount Sterling, Ohio
History buffs, take note: You can check into what was once the hideaway of President Warren G. Harding in Ohio’s Deer Creek State Park. The restored, yet rustic, multilevel cabin reportedly served as a getaway for Harding and his close circle of friends known as the “Ohio Gang.” Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the cabin was constructed on the banks of Deer Creek by U.S. Attorney General Harry M. Daugherty at the close of World War I. With a full-length screened porch overlooking the 1,277-acre lake, it’s easy to imagine why Harding might have retreated to the picturesque spot to gain a little perspective. Other unique cabins throughout the Ohio State Park system offer affordable options for families to enjoy.