Spacious Lakefront Cottage rental for Group Getaway on a Resort near Kingston, Ontario (The Eagles Nest of Bobs Lake Cottages and Escapes)

The Best Websites to Book a Homey Getaway

From Glamping Hub to Airbnb there are plenty of ways to get out of town for rest and relaxation.

Last year, in the days between Christmas and New Year’s, I made sure to get out of town. Not quite a vacation, this 3-night trip was the perfect antidote to jam-packed schedules and digital over-stimulation. There were no fancy dinners out or new and exciting activities. Instead, it was all about fire pits, board games and the comfiest clothes I owned worn on repeat. It was perfect. Which is why I highly recommend ditching over-the-top hotels and looked-better-in-the-picture-motels for homes and short-term rentals. You get the flexibility of being in a space that allows you to cook and relax with all the amenities close by—with the added knowledge of being able to keep to yourself and without the pressure of needing to make every minute count.

GLAMPING HUB

My own winter getaway was courtesy of Glamping Hub, a website I’ve used a few times to book off-the-beaten-path weekend trips. It’s a great option if you’re into options like yurts, treehouses and fancy tents to connect with the outdoors. This time, since I was travelling with three other couples, we opted for a more familiar cottage setting. The space, just outside of Kingston, slept all eight of us comfortably, included a gas fireplace inside and a big firepit outside, a full kitchen (perfect for some hearty home-booked meals), an indoor hammock and a television (though I have to say we didn’t really use it). Oh, and an outdoor hot tub, which I found myself in every day. Needless to say our days were full of winter walks, hot tub dips and lots of eating and playing games indoors. Not your speed? The best thing about Glamping Hub is the variety. So whether you want rustic or luxurious, there’s something for you.

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