Ski + Snowboard

The World's Sexiest Winter Lodges

by Jason H. Harper

The lodge: Cascade Huts, Mount Hood, Oregon

Perfect for you and: The nature-loving boy or girl

Isolation index: 8 out of 10. These three backwoods cabins are strung among the Douglas firs and the banks of the White River, not far from Mount Hood, and can only be reached by snowshoes or cross-country skis. Still, the trail is just an hour's drive from Portland—ideal for when it's time for a hot shower and comfort food such as braised pork shanks at local favorite Sel Gris.

Cold comfort: Forget faux rustic or "glamping": The Cascade Huts are the real deal. Comfy but small, the cabins offer light from lanterns, warmth from a propane heater, and sustenance from food you prepare yourself in the kitchen. They're two to four miles from the trailhead, ensuring that the only intrusion into your sweet, shared solitude will be the wind whispering through the trees. It's a perfect excuse to zip your sleeping bags together.

The aphrodisiac: The natural beauty of snow-covered rivers, old-growth forests, and views of Mount Hood from 4,000 feet.

Cascade Huts
Tel: 971 322 3638
Huts from $150 per night

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