From Colorado to New York, a warm fall has quickly turned into cold mornings and the first snowflakes of winter. Before you stress out about the bad roads, the impending ice storms, or the perils of delayed flights, let’s take a step back and think about the best part of winter: cozy cabins.
Cabins exemplify the most romantic aspects of the long days of winter, what the Danish call "hygge" (pronounced, roughly, hoo-ga). Head over here to learn more about hygge, and then dive into these 18 swoonworthy photos sure to have you dreaming of blankets and hot chocolate by the fire.
↑ Part classic A-frame, part log cabin, this modern take on cabin living looks warm and inviting in the light of dusk.
↑ This tiny cabin in Washington is pure wintry perfection.
↑ At this high-alpine cabin, getting snowed in is the best kind of luck.
↑ Cabins are the perfect place to take refuge from the storm.
↑ When the snowflakes are falling and the trees are decked with powder, even the smallest of cabins creates a picturesque scene.
↑ Long live the red shutters of a cabin.
↑ Some snowy cabins can come in unexpected colors.
↑ White on white looks just right.
↑ This snowy French chalet looks like something out of a storybook.
↑ Even in winter, a lakeside location is cabin heaven.
↑ This modest cabin in the Swiss Alps may be small on amenities, but it’s big on views.
↑ This cute cabin calls for hot drinks and toasty fires.
↑ An A-frame cabin always looks at home in the mountains.
↑ Sun and snow are the perfect mix.
↑ The village of Shirakawa in Japan features traditional cabins with high-pitched, thatched roofs.
↑ Part tree house, but cabin, this structure is built for more snow.
↑ Despite its diminutive origins, today’s log cabins can be quite large.
↑ A cheery red breaks up the snowy scene.