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Fighting Cabin Fever With a Cabin

Yurt and cabin rentals get you out of the house


It usually hits sometime in February--that sensation that if you spend one more day stuck in town, you will completely lose it and cause some sort of unfortunate scene that you'll regret once spring--and your sanity--return.

In most circles, it's called cabin fever, and somewhat ironically, a cabin might just be the cure. Well, a cabin or a yurt.

Even if you don't have the cash to escape to a posh ski resort or tropical island, you can still get away from it all if you're willing to do a little planning and just a touch of roughing it.

Idaho's backcountry is dotted with cabins and yurts. While some are available through private backcountry guides, there are several options that will keep the cost down even more.

The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation maintains numerous backcountry yurts in the Idaho City area, all of which are within a three-mile snowshoe or cross-country ski from a Park-and-Ski location.

Here's the good news: The yurts sleep up to six people, are furnished and are stocked with much of the gear you'll need. And, best yet, they rent for $75 per night on weekdays and $90 per night on weekends.

Here's the bad news: The yurts are booked out on weekends through the end of March, and only a smattering of mid-week dates remain open. Still, if you can take off mid-week, here's your chance at escape.

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If you'd rather head to the McCall area, the University of Idaho's McCall Field Campus is offering winter yurt and cabin rentals to the public.

The campus is in Ponderosa State Park and on Payette Lake, with easy access to the area's miles and miles of Nordic and snowshoe trails. Of course, if you're more interested in speed, it's also close to Tamarack Resort, Brundage Mountain Resort and The Little Ski Hill.

There's a mix of accommodations at the campus, including bunkhouse units that sleep up to eight people and rent for $55 per night; a cabin that sleeps up to four people and rents for $80 per night with a two-night minimum; and a yurt that sleeps up to four and rents for $49 per night with a two-night minimum. Groups of 15 or more can even arrange to have meals served.

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