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Cool Airbnbs Near Philly To Book This Winter

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If the past year has taught us anything, it’s to appreciate the hidden gems in our own backyards. It’s never been a more apt time to plan a nearby getaway to a cozy cottage or bungalow retreat complete with pristine views and cozy environs from which to work remotely. Whether you’re skipping town with buds or looking for a romantic getaway, there are plenty of options for local, stylish lodging. From the Poconos to the Jersey Shore, here’s where to book your stay for a nearby getaway.

Quaker Woodward House

Wilmington, Delaware
15 guests, $245 per night
Distance from Philly: 40 minutes
Want to feel like you’re sleeping in a museum? Built circa 1745 by a Quaker from West Chester, this home is on the National Register of Historic Places and features original paneling, moldings, and fireplaces. For your outdoor lounging needs, there’s a brick patio and a garden on the premises. 
What guests say: “We had a really nice stay here. The house can accommodate a lot of people and is in close proximity to the main strip. I love how historic the house is (built in approximately 1745) and has so much charm. I haven't stayed in any place quite like this—there is an aesthetic you won't find anywhere else.”

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Poplar Cottage

Cape May, New Jersey
8 guests, $160 per night
Distance from Philly: One hour, 20 minutes
Homey on the outside and modern on the inside, this Cape May house is close to the Stone Harbor beaches, zoo, and a handful of wineries—ideal for any-time-of-year activities. Fun details like pale pink chairs, patterned wallpaper, a retro fridge, and a claw-foot tub add to the charm of this cottage.
What guests say: “This cottage is an unexpected oasis. Cute but unassuming on the outside, you walk in and immediately know you’re home. The kitchen, dining room, living room, each have their unique charms, as the bedrooms. High-end design touches throughout, balanced with reclaimed and eco-friendly objects.”

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Unique Spanish Villa

Seaside Park, New Jersey
6 guests, $228 per night
Distance from Philly: One hour, 30 minutes
For a getaway that feels more like Spain than the Jersey Shore, this villa comes with the exotic vibe of an overseas vacation. Colorful walls and art abound inside, while the veranda and back patio offer a calming outside experience. Between the full gym, hot tub, and pet pig that lives on the property, you might not make it to the beach—which is conveniently one block away.
What guests say: “‘One-of-a-kind’ is the only way to describe this hidden gem. Nestled in a quiet neighborhood, with a short walk to the beach, is where you will find this unique getaway. It is cozy, colorful and comfortable as well as stocked with essentials you may need such as towels, sheets, blankets, various cookware, cleaning supplies and a coffee maker. Also comes with an essential you may not realize you needed, a 200lb+ pig! Mr. Richard Parker, or Rich for short, literally comes with the house.”

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Vine Street Retreat

Lancaster, Pennsylvania
10 guests, $265 per night
Distance from Philly: One hour, 30 minutes
With exposed brick , wooden beams, and rustic hardwood floors plus new appliances and olive green accents, this downtown Lancaster home pairs old school with new. Close to restaurants, cafes, and shops, this Airbnb is perfect for downtown explorers who want a tasteful and spacious place to crash.
What guests say: “This is an absolutely beautiful home with thoughtful touches and charming decor! We could have spent the whole weekend inside the house because it was so nice. We had a great time and would love to come back for another weekend stay in Lancaster, highly recommended for any group trip! This house is very walkable to Central Market, Passenger, and the other great spots downtown.”

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Oak Cabin at Pocono Mountains

Tobyhanna, Pennsylvania
6 guests, $196 per night
Distance from Philly: Two hours
Fur area rugs, wood paneling throughout, white furniture and appliances—this cabin is the full winter aesthetic under one roof. You’ll feel cozy inside and out with a fireplace and hanging chair indoors and a deck and firepit outside. Plus, the house is near plenty of hiking trails, slopes, and more.
What guests say: “The place is exactly like the picture, I feel like we walked into a showroom. It was truly beautiful and cozy. The host had turned on the heat to warm up [the] entire house before our arrival. From swing chairs, interesting board games, puzzles, color pencils, chalks, chocolate candies to organic tea bags. Every detail was very thoughtful. Our family [of] four have enjoyed our stay. We will come back.”

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The Alpine A-Frame

Henryville, Pennsylvania
6 guests, $371 per night
Distance from Philly: Two hours
Everyone loves an A-frame, right? This photogenic cabin has surprising features like a spiral staircase, a catwalk with a net lounge on the second floor, octagonal tile accents, and, oh yeah, a hot tub. Not far from Pocono Brewing Company and Camelback Mountain, this place allows you to relax in the hot tub, by the fire in the indoor wood stove, or in the backyard after a day of adventuring.
What guests say: “This place was lovely and incredibly unique. I loved reading in the skynet, having coffee in the hot tub each morning, taking nearby hikes, and lounging in front of the fire (both indoors and out!).”

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Heidi’s Lodge

Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania
11 guests, $314 per night
Distance from Philly: One hour, 45 minutes
This modern chalet features floor-to-ceiling glass, which allows natural light to flood the open-concept living and kitchen area. The cabin is equipped with thoughtful touches like extra blankets and a bar cart, plus plenty of entertainment in the game room, like Nintendo DS, old-school Pac-Man arcade game, and foosball. And FYI, there’s a hot tub, too. 
What guests say: “This place is just the best & exceeded our expectations! My husband & I had a fun time with the Wii, Pac-Man & Dig Dug, hung out in the hot tub, and (thanks to some recommendations from Jessica) went on 2 lovely hikes. The house itself is stylishly furnished with care, has a fully stocked kitchen, & the wood burning fireplace really made it cozy.”

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Octagonal Lake House

Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania
4 guests, $218 per night
Distance from Philly: Two hours, 30 minutes
Giving the A-frame a run for its money, this lakefront octagonal cabin boasts midcentury details like a fondue maker and geometric patterned rugs, and more eclectic ones like rainbow spiral stairs. The floor-to-ceiling windows fill the ground floor with plenty of light plus there’s a wraparound porch with lots of outdoor seating. You’ll also have access to the beach, gym, pool, and other community amenities. 
What guests say: “This place is AMAZING. Such a unique spot and felt just like home when we walked in the door. Everything is super clean and comfortable. The cowboy tub was awesome! I would highly recommend staying here, my boyfriend and I did not want to leave.”

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Log Cabin In The Endless Mountains

Williamsport, Pennsylvania
8 guests, $374 per night
Distance from Philly: Three hours
The epitome of cottagecore, there are few places where you can wake up to the garbling of a creek and then warm up around an indoor wood stove. Reclaimed church doors and the exposed beams give the cabin an authentically rustic feel. Nearby are plenty of trails for hiking and in the summer, there’s a private beach on the shore of the creek for some sunbathing, swimming, fishing, tubing and kayaking. 
What guests say: “The cabin was charming, clean, and cozy. The view was beautiful from the back porch and the rocking chairs were the perfect spot to enjoy it. We loved the location—peaceful and private, and the kids loved exploring all around the cabin. We did lots of hiking in Worlds End State Park, which was an easy drive from the cabin.”

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Allie Volpe is a writer based in Philadelphia. She hasn't slept in days. Follow her on Twitter: @allieevolpe.