It’s that time of year again: the time for holiday travel. While some northern nomads head south to escape the winter chill, many families travel north in search of a white winter wonderland. If you’re searching for that authentic holiday feeling, there’s no better place to find it than the Pacific Northwest.
It’s like the area was built for cozy Christmas cheer. After days full of fun winter activities like skiing, sledding and sleigh rides, our cozy lodges offer scenic and secluded retreats where you can relax in front of a warm fire while you listen for the distant sound of jingle bells. Santa feels right at home here - and so will you!
To help you plan the perfect holiday getaway, here are the best Pacific Northwest cozy lodges for this holiday season.
Cannon Beach, Oregon - Puffin Nest
If you’re dreaming of a white-sand Christmas, Puffin Nest is the place for you. This newly remodeled rental is just two blocks from the shores of Cannon Beach and offers upscale living in a cozy cottage package.
The living area features a stunning wood ceiling and gas fireplace for plenty of cozy Christmas ambiance. A large 6-person dining table is perfect for your family’s holiday meal, which you can prepare in the spacious and fully equipped kitchen. If you forgot an ingredient for the holiday ham, downtown Cannon Beach is just five minutes away!
Staying so close to town, you’ll want to get in on the fun festivities of a Haystack Holiday. Check out the events calendar for local holiday events like fun decoration competitions, seasonal craft classes, and a yummy food tour featuring holiday dishes from around the world.
Cannon Beach, Oregon - Cozy Cottage
For a more intimate Cannon Beach Christmas, spend the holidays in cozy beachside bliss at Cozy Cottage. This quaint two-bedroom cottage is just steps from the beach and the city center, offering a great setting for a small family holiday full of fun and festivities. Enjoy an al fresco holiday meal on your large outdoor patio, comb the beach for nautical Christmas decor, or stroll downtown to snag a warm cup of cocoa and vote for your favorite local window display.
Be sure to spend a day whale watching at the nearby Ecola State Park for a unique and memorable Cannon Beach holiday experience. Mid-December marks the peak of the winter migration, when nearly 25,000 whales make the trip from Alaska to Mexico right off the Oregon shore.
Leavenworth, Washington - Log Haven
Leavenworth is a portrait of classic Christmas, and so is Log Haven. This authentic log cabin puts you right in the holiday spirit thanks to its rustic old-world charm and secluded mountain setting. You’ll feel like you’re living right outside the North Pole!
Adding to your holiday experience, distant glimpses of the Great Northern Railway are punctuated by periodic train whistles that echo over your stunning view of the Enchantment Mountains. Enjoy both from the comfort of your cozy outdoor hot tub or large viewing deck.
When it’s time for crafts and caroling, nobody does Christmas like the Bavarian village of Leavenworth. Thousands of twinkling lights, boutique shops featuring authentic nutcrackers and fresh gingerbread, and plenty of fun holiday activities will have you thinking you stepped right into a snowy Christmas snowglobe.
Sisters, Oregon - Meadow View Cabin
If a winter wonderland puts you in the holiday spirit, you’ll get plenty of Christmas cheer at Meadow View Cabin. This charming retreat is surrounded by 10 private acres of snowy Sisters wilderness, offering the perfect setting for a magical winter hike or a fun family snowball fight.
As the snow falls quietly outside, you’ll be warm and cozy indoors as you gather around your wood-burning stove. Beautiful wooden accents give this cabin a rustic feel, while a spacious open floor plan and large outdoor dining table make it easy to cook and converse with family and friends. On clear nights, enjoy sweeping views of the Cascade Mountains as curious winter wildlife explores right near your spacious outdoor deck.
Within walking distance of downtown, Meadow View Cabin offers the perfect combination of charm and convenience. Spend your holidays shredding the slopes at HooDoo Ski Resort, exploring the shops and sights of downtown Sisters, or playing the winter way at Black Butte Ranch.
Whichever cozy lodge you choose, a Pacific Northwest holiday at any of these great locations is sure to put you on the permanent Nice List. Book your trip today!