Warm retreats for when city chaos proves too much
BY BROCK KEELING via Curbed SF
Now that autumn has arrived, it’s time to throw on that oversized scarf, lace up those L.L. Bean Maine boots, and pack a weekender bag. Winter and fall are the best seasons in the Bay Area for cozying up next to a fire inside some of the most stylish and warm cabins in or near the Bay Area.
Better to plan your winter getaway sooner rather than later. Many of these choice abodes—ranging from pricey and affordable to amenity-heavy and bare-bones—fill up fast.
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1 Philo Apple Farm Cottages
These three cabins in the heart of Mendocino offer a woody environment and bushels of fresh produce care of the organic garden. After all, they’re smack dab on an apple farm.
But don’t look to be waited on hand and foot when you’re here; this place is an isolationist’s paradise. According to Thrillist, “Most of the staff will be too busy actually farming to take much care of you, so this is a great place to stay if you’re into being left to your own devices in a bright, comfy little house”
18501 Philo Greenwood Rd Philo, CA 95466
2 Cloverdale / Healdsburg KOA
While this campground’s branding (“Kamping Kabins”) brings to mind an E! reality TV show family of note, these kool spots are great for crashing after a long day of wine tasting. Located near Lake Sonoma and the Russian River, these cabins are close to 50 wineries in the Alexander and Russian River Valleys.
It’s also a pet- and child-friendly spot, ideal for families. Amenities include pool, hot tub/sauna, bike rentals, and miniature golf.
1166 Asti Ridge Rd Cloverdale, CA 95425
3 Healdsburg Modern Cottages
These wine country dwellings use midcentury design as architectural inspiration. The look is clean with lots of blonde wood, a refreshing break from the dark and rustic look of classic cabins. Each cottage may also include a fireplace, bath, or private patio with hot tub.
The property is only two blocks from Healdsburg's town plaza, should the quiet life prove to much for diehard city folk.
425 Foss St Healdsburg, CA 95448
4 Riverlane Resort
Tucked behind a 140-year-old house next to the Russian River, this spot offers 12 cabins offering either a wood-burning fireplace or a wood stove for those cold autumn nights, a kitchenette, ensuite bathroom, and cable television.
Another family-friendly spot, this place has a big pool, which might be better used during the semi-warm summer months.
16320 First St Guerneville, CA 95446
5 Nicks Cove
More than just one of North Bay’s finest eateries, Nicks Cove also offers 12 cottages atop stilts above the shoreline, replete with wood-burning fireplaces, clawfoot tubs, and choice views.
Other amenities include plush down comforters, wood-burning stoves, and bathrooms with heated ceramic tile floors.
Nicks Cove CA 94940
6 Manka's Inverness Lodge
Located outside the Point Reyes National Seashore just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, this tucked-away lodge has cabins and airstreams offering such amenities as Japanese soaking tubs, dinner delivered to your door in cast-iron pots, and outdoor showers.
The 1917 lodge was destroyed in a 2006 fire. Since the owners have restored what remained of Manka’s (the hunting and fishing lodge, two 1900s cabins, and a boathouse on Tomales Bay remain) and added to the property, making it the go-to spot in the area for those in dire need of rest and recharge.
Of special note: Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowels once stayed here. They’re no Queen Elizabeth II, of course, but it’ll do.
30 Callendar Way Inverness, CA 94937
7 Steep Ravine Cabins
If a lack of luxe amenities is your thing, look no further than these bare-bones cabins along Stinson Beach. Overlooking the Pacific, these humble abodes have no electricity and no water. And people love it. As Sunset notes, it’s strongly recommend to reserve a space seven months in advance. Or you can score a last-minute rental via their lottery.
Rocky Point Rd Stinson Beach, CA 94970
8 Riverside Campground and Cabins
No frills but plenty of chill. Located 22 miles south of Carmel-by-the-Sea, Riverside cabins come with queen-size beds, natural wood interiors, and shared or private decks.
47020 CA-1 Big Sur, CA 93920
9 Glen Oaks Big Sur
What this 1957 motor lodge turned eco-retreat lacks in views of the Pacific Ocean, it more than makes up for with soaring redwood trees and lots of privacy. Highlights include cabins with individual patios, outdoor fire pits, heated floors, and spa amenities.
According to Sunset, “[T]hey’ve already poached a few guests from high-end Ventana and Post Ranch Inn who’ve realized they can spa and sup there—but save a load by bunking at Glen Oaks instead. Secret’s out.
47080 CA-1 Big Sur, CA 93920
10 Treebones Resort
Yurt alert! This Big Sur spot, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, comes with 16 circular shelters, boasting queen-size beds, skylights, and decks. All of them are affordable and ideal for younger campers.
But if you want something snazzier (and just who doesn’t?), check out Treebones Resort’s Autonomous Tent. The cocoon-shaped shelter provides an ample 500 square feet of indoor living space, a king size bed, gas fireplace, and leather lounging chairs. It also comes with an en suite bathroom including a claw foot shower and flushable composting toilet.
The tent’s fabric material, stretched across the metal ribs, illuminates at night and provides natural lighting during the day.
71895 CA-1 Big Sur, CA 93920