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The holiday season might already be in full swing, but you still have time to plan your escape from DC in late December. Luckily we live in an area where there are many Airbnbs for winter vacations. Whether you want to spend a few days in a cozy log cabin in the Shenandoah Mountains or prefer to party out on a sprawling waterfront estate with all the bells and whistles of a five-star resort, the Washington area offers many options.
Ahead, 11 picture-perfect Airbnbs to rent this holiday season.
Private luxury cabin with mountain views
Location: Stanardsville, Virginia
Nestled between Greene and Madison counties in Virginia, this rustic two bedroom, two bath cabin is the quintessential winter vacation. With access to 14 wilderness acres and uninterrupted views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this cozy home features numerous wood accents including exposed beams and a stone fireplace. There’s even an office if you want to stay a little longer and work from there. A five-person hot tub and multiple outdoor cooking areas round out the home’s amenities.
Location: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
This picture perfect lakefront home has three bedrooms sleeping six, making it an excellent choice for a family or small group of friends. Curl up in front of the fireplace or curl up with a hot drink and enjoy the view around the outdoor fire pit. Also nice: a jacuzzi, several verandas and private access to the lake. History buffs will love spending time exploring nearby Harpers Ferry, while outdoor enthusiasts can hike the Appalachian Trail just a few miles away.
Luxury riverside lodge
Location: Bentonville, Virginia
This sprawling five bedroom property on the banks of the Shenandoah River offers stunning mountain and river views from the screened porch and private balcony. Guests can also explore the 64 acres this home sits on (or work out in the gym if the weather isn’t cooperating).
But what makes this home special is the play area and double ceiling living room. Another interior highlight? The formal dining room offers an elegant place to celebrate Christmas or ring in the New Year.
Grand Home Overlooking the Water
If you’d rather not drive an hour or two to find somewhere for your friends and family to be together, consider this gorgeous seven bedroom home in Alexandria. With views of the Potomac River, a wraparound porch, and an indoor fireplace, this home has all the amenities of a secluded cabin, but doesn’t require miles to get there (it’s listed as a 10-minute drive from Old Town). .
Stylish interiors feature French doors, floral curtains, and leather furniture, while exteriors have a decidedly more rustic vibe. But with a movie theater, game room, and gourmet kitchen, you might spend most of your time indoors.
Modern log cabin
Location: Pratts, Virginia
This three bedroom cabin* looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale. The cozy living room is anchored with a stone fireplace and features exposed wooden beams. The house has recently been renovated and now has a new kitchen and updated bathrooms. We love that the owners have retained many of the rustic features that give it character.
A screened-in porch, fire pit, and proximity to Shenandoah National Park and several wineries and breweries should keep you and your group entertained.
*An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that this cabin has two bedrooms, not three.
Location: Front Royal, Virginia
A-frames scream “mountain vacation” at us. And this one is no exception. Designed with oversized windows to let in plenty of sunlight, this three bedroom home tucked away in the Shenandoah Valley is a perfect family retreat with an outdoor play area, fireplace, patio and hot tub.
One thing is for sure: you won’t be short of Instagram-worthy valley and mountain views here. And if you need to unwind from the holiday meals, there are also plenty of hiking and biking trails nearby. And you can bring your dog—this home is pet-friendly.
Expansive mansion with a mad Men-Theme lounge
Location: Luray, Virginia
If your holiday motto is Go big or go home, you’ve come to the right place. With five bedrooms, five bathrooms, and three dining areas, this home has plenty of space (8,000 square feet, to be exact) to celebrate the holidays. Home thrives on variety. The large chandelier in the living room, along with the wall and ceiling moldings, create a festive ambience perfect for cocktails, while the Madmen Lounge, an atmospheric space with sumptuous leather-covered furniture, will have you craving a glass of whiskey . The game room is another standout feature – it has an arcade, ping pong table, shuffleboard table and 75 inch TV. The six person hot tub and fire pit are ideal spots to enjoy the beautiful sunset views.
Modern house with hot tub
Location: Bentonville, Virginia
This gem of a home is surrounded by 100,000 acres of national forest, so you’ll have plenty of privacy (views, too) here. The kitchen has bar seating and a dining table for eight, so feel free to bring friends.
This home perfectly blends modern architecture with traditional mountain cabin details, like an indoor wood-burning fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows that allow you to take in the beautiful surroundings. Speaking of views, the wraparound porch is an added bonus.
Log Cabin in Wine Country
Location: Madison, Virginia
First things first: Check out the massive living room window in this home. Now add the high ceilings, exposed wood, and idyllic views, and this three bedroom log cabin should instantly soothe your spirit and get you in the vacation spirit.
Make s’mores by the fire pit or explore the 100 acres of rolling hills and lush forests that surround this property. Another thing sure to lift your spirits? It’s in the middle of Virginia’s wine country.
Modern A-frame with ski-in/ski-out amenities
Location: Basye, Virginia
Winter sports enthusiasts, this house is for you. Located right on the slopes of Bryson Resort, the property offers an unbeatable location and breathtaking views.
The modern, stylish home features oversized windows, elegant furnishings, a wood-burning fireplace and French doors that open onto a spacious wrap-around deck with lounge furniture. There is an upstairs lounge with a private balcony perfect for reading a book or completing some last minute work projects.
“Castle” on the Potomac River
You could say we left the best for last. Treat yourself to this five-star McLean retreat overlooking the Potomac River. It offers the kind of amenities you find in luxury resorts, including a 50-foot indoor pool, spa with sauna, and 3D cinema. There is also a grand staircase, crystal chandeliers, several fireplaces and a “secret” garden. This unique home has six bedrooms and ten bathrooms with bathtubs.