Anytime we’re bombarded with a long list of to-dos and stress-ridden schedules, there’s a wave of relief that comes when we take the time to unplug and get cozy, especially when friends or family are around. And it’s no coincidence that finding joy in these simple things is a lot of what taking a vacation — especially a hygge vacation — is all about.
The historic (yet very trendy) Danish art of hygge (pronounced hoo-gah) is all about embracing a feeling of coziness and connection. But in order to really live a hygge lifestyle, you need the right environment and scenery. These cozy cabin rentals put you in the right space and frame of mind. Their unique features open up the opportunity to reconnect with loved ones, enjoy the calming elements of nature, and really lean into the concept of hygge.
A big part of the hygge lifestyle is connecting with nature both indoors and outdoors. Book any of these vacation rentals to see just how delightful it is to relax in a cabin that really surrounds yourself with Mother Nature’s beauty.
Nature has a way of inviting you to slow down and put your devices away. You can relax more, breathe in the fresh air, and soak in your surroundings — all important parts of how to live a hygge lifestyle. This beautiful log cabin in Fairplay, Colorado has giant windows that let you peer into the forest, a spacious layout for relaxing with family, and a luxurious hot tub so you can soothe sore muscles while outside.
Another place that has just the right setup for indulging in quality time together is this luxury getaway in Winthrop, Washington. Its large windows immerse you in mountain and river views, and the wood interior really brings the outside in. Add in the open layout and plenty of snug seating nooks, and you may never want to leave this modern cabin rental.
This Montana log cabin rental lets you watch wildlife and admire the surrounding peaks from the comforts of inside, thanks to massive windows that look out on the landscape. (It’s also just a short drive from Yellowstone National Park.) And while some cabin rentals are fit for gathering groups of your favorite people, this space is perfect for two. Some of the most hygge homes are known for being small, as the lack of clutter paired with simple interior design encourages a feeling of contentment.
Is there anything more cozy than a log-burning fireplace? Experience all of the warmth these vacation rentals have to offer in your pursuit of a more hygge lifestyle.
The warm, charming layout of this secluded log cabin in Fleetwood, North Carolina creates the perfect space for movie nights alongside the wood-burning fireplace. Large windows draw in refreshing, natural light, and there’s plenty of outdoor space for wildlife-watching (not to mention a hot tub). When you think “cozy,” imagine yourself curled up with a soft blanket, listening to the crackle of a roaring fire, and nothing but time to be present and enjoy the perfect hygge setup.
This Tennessee mountain home offers a warm wood interior complemented by high ceilings and endless privacy, along with views of the Smoky Mountains. Spend crisp-weather days soaking in the gorgeous Sevierville views from the screened-in hot tub, then cuddle next to the fireplace for a night of playful board games with the family.
A hygge vacation should bring uplifting feelings of contentment. Book these soft-interiored homes and let the light brighten your mood each day.
Hygge homes tend to feature light furnishings, soft textures, and modern open layouts that invite conversation. This Gold Bar, Washington cabin rental does just that — spacious and free of clutter, it offers ample seating near a cozy stone fireplace, and a large deck for friends to chat on while enjoying the up-close sights and sounds of the Skykomish River. Nestled into one of Washington’s National Forests and inviting natural light into the space, this vacation home can be your place to make new memories, all while the serene ambiance lulls you into relaxation.
There couldn’t be more charm found in this Bloomington, Indiana home that’s fit for a memorable family holiday. Pets are welcome in the cozy cabin rental, and you can watch the snow fall as you bake cookies or sip a warm mug of tea. The light interior makes it easy to settle in, and the enchanting bistro lights dotting the outside of the home add a picturesque touch.
If you don’t want to wait for your hygge vacation to start living the hygge lifestyle, here are a few things to try from the comfort of your personal space.
“LIGHT” FLAMELESS CANDLES: Candles can make your home feel like a different world — and flameless candles are an easy, safe way to keep the hygge aesthetic for hours. You can also achieve a similar effect with fairy lights.
BRING OUT SOFT TEXTURES: The physical feeling of something soft and comfortable lends itself to cozy conversations. Treat yourself to a handmade sweater or throw, since hygge celebrates items and pieces with a story behind them.
DECORATE WITH PLANTS: Inviting the outside in is key to creating a hygge setting. One of the simplest ways to do this: plants. Succulents or Pothos will do the trick, and come winter you can always bring home a real tree.
SET UP A “HYGGEKROG”: A hyggekrog is a small reading nook perfect for opening a new book. Remove all clutter, grab blankets, add a soft cushion, and make sure you’ve got a view.
HOST A SMALL DINNER PARTY: Have two to four friends over for dinner and cook something new together. Choose a dish that takes a while to simmer to create a comforting fragrance.
ENGAGE WITHOUT TECHNOLOGY: Set your phones aside and dive into real conversations. Ask your family or friends questions, play a board game, read a book out loud, or try a winter craft together.
When you book with Evolve, you can find the perfect hygge vacation home and know it’ll be professionally cleaned and ready for your arrival. Our Rest Easy Promise helps you stay in the moment and travel without surprises.
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