Some homes are ideal venues for a Christmas break—we all aspire to spend a holiday in a house that’s warm and cozy on the inside with a blanket of white, fluffy snow on the outside. Feeling the holiday spirit, we set out to find a few picturesque homes so magnificent in winter that they’re just waiting to be featured on the front of a Christmas card.
If you’re on the hunt for a winter escape of your own, grab a mug of hot cocoa, and cozy up with these nine incredible properties, each ideally suited to spending the holidays watching the snow fall. Happy holidays!
Tinsel in Tahoe: This quaint chalet sits in the middle of the woods surrounding Lake Tahoe. The rustic interiors will appeal to a buyer in search of lodgelike charm. Outside, there’s every winter activity imaginable: line skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, sledding, and more than 50 feet of frontage on the Yuba River. Buyer, be aware: The road to the home is only open in the summer, which means you’ll need to ski, snowshoe, or snowmobile in during the winter months.
Hilltop home: Sitting on a hilltop in the Northeast Kingdom and overlooking more than 200 acres, this three-bedroom home is nearly 3,500 square feet. The property teems with wildlife and also has a barn. According to the listing, it’s the perfect spot to start a sugaring operation or plant a tree farm—perhaps a Christmas tree farm?
Remodeled retreat: Built in 1982, but recently remodeled, this three-bedroom weekend getaway is great for summer entertaining. However, the A-frame truly shines in the winter, nestled among the snow drifts. Close to Valley, Loon, and Cannon Mountain, the little yellow house makes a perfect place to enjoy any number of winter sports and activities—including holiday celebrations.
Winterport wonder: Built in 1834 and sitting on nearly 6 acres, this roomy home is begging for a family to come and celebrate Christmas. The property includes a four-bedroom main house, a two-car garage, and a log cabin, which could be used as a rental, playhouse, or guesthouse. There are also several storage sheds and a pole barn on the grounds, in addition to multiple varieties of antique roses and private trails.
Remote ranch: Private and tucked in the woods, this two-bedroom home built in 1984 sits on over 3 acres. The enclosed porch overlooks a pond (now frozen!) and Catlin Mill Creek, and trails on the property lead to Texas Hollow State Forest. The Grinch will never find you here.
Park City paradise: Forbes magazine has described it as the “granddaddy of all estates.” This posh, nine-bedroom mansion is enormous, with almost 16,000 square feet of living space. Stocked with every amenity imaginable, the contemporary ski-in and ski-out home is the ultimate in high-end winter vacationing. Santa had better bring his A-game when delivering toys to this luxe address.
Merry and modern: This brand-new home near Telluride, CO, is right on the slopes. Flooded with natural light, thanks to an abundance of windows, the three-story custom estate is set among mature aspen trees, which create the perfect backdrop for elegant winter living.
Candy canes in the Cascades: Built in 1980, this two-story home sits on a nearly 12-acre lot on Badger Mountain, with breathtaking views of the Cascades and Mission Ridge. Large picture windows take full advantage of the surrounding beauty and natural light. From ATVs and snowmobiles to skiing and hiking, this home offers a variety of outdoor activities, yet is still just a short 15-minute drive into town.
Fa-la-la family fun: Set on 2 wooded acres, this three-bedroom home provides plenty of outdoor space for epic snowball fights and snowman-building contests. Ski slopes and snowmobile trails are right outside the door for active winter fun. A pellet stove keeps everyone toasty when it’s snowing outside.
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