Icy sidewalks, cold winds and not enough daylight have kept many of us indoors for too long, resulting in a wicked case of cabin fever. It's time to get away for a few days for a change of scenery, and, ironically, the cure for cabin fever just may be a cabin.
Just because some of us are getting tired of winter doesn't mean we're ever tired of having fun in the remaining snow. Snow Summit at Big Bear, CA, reports 100% of the mountain is open and has great snow. Spring skiing is some of the best skiing with deep snow and warmer days. If you're not a skier or snowboarder, get out in the powder on a snowmobile tour that starts at Zephyr Cove on Lake Tahoe. The brisk air and warm sun will cure your cabin fever, and don't forget your sunscreen - the rays at this elevation are more intense.
Take a break from too much time in front of the TV, and stare at something really inspiring. The mountain views in the Smokies or Blue Ridge Mountains are quietly breathtaking and the towns that dot the mountains from Tennessee to North Carolina promise a change of pace. For a few more weeks, the tubing hill at Gatlinburg, TN, offers its snowy downhill thrill. Soon after, America's most visited park, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, will begin to bloom with spring.
Here are a few other pretty places, where spring is just around the corner: Big Sur, California, Yachats, Oregon, and Whidbey Island, Washington offer quiet waterfronts and spectacular views. Or to truly escape winter, go way west to the Big Island, for a tropical mountain getaway unlike anything on the mainland.
Here are 10 tempting cabins for a change of scenery.