Dreaming of a cabin and snow falling on cedars—far away from email, cell service and TV? Some winters, up to 20 feet of the white stuff coats Emerald Lake Lodge, a blissful retreat located in the Canadian Rockies and perched on a 13-acre peninsula that juts out onto the lake.
In the main lodge—a charming hand-hewn timber and birch structure that dates back to 1902— you’ll play pool by a massive stone fireplace, enjoy potent libations in an authentic 1890’s Yukon saloon oak bar and dine on crisp duck breast with hazelnut risotto in the elegant dining room. Scattered around the lake are 24 rustic chic two-story cabins outfitted not with TV and iPod docking stations but with feather pillows, comfy furnishings, private balcony and stone fireplace prepped with a little bundle of kindling and logs ready for lighting. While you won’t see the brilliant shades of jade the lake is famous for, you will get to ice skate, cross-country ski (there are trails right out the font door), cozy up next to a crackling fire, and, of course, enjoy the total silence that only a blanket of snow as far as the eye can see can deliver.
Get There Emerald Lake Lodge is located 20 minutes west of Lake Louise in Yoho National Park. Calgary International Airport is approximately a three-hour drive from the resort. www.crmr.com, 1- 800-663-6336.