Whether you’re traveling with a group of friends, your closest family members, a significant other or simply on your own, a cabin trip is bound to provide a cozy, laid-back getaway no matter the time of year. But with so many rental companies (and individual properties) out there, it can be hard to plan your perfect cabin vacation. To help, U.S. News rounded up 22 top cabin rentals across every region of the U.S., from national brands like Airbnb, Glamping Hub and Vrbo, to local companies specific to your destination. Properties run the gamut from traditional log dwellings set deep in the woods to modern A-frames atop rugged cliffs. Read on to find the right cabin rental for you – and start planning your next trip. (Note: Prices and availability vary. Some of the below destinations may be affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Check with the CDC, the U.S. Department of State and local tourism boards before traveling.)
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Top Cabin Rentals in the U.S.:
- Red Cottage Inc.: New York
- Clifftop Cabin: Maine
- Luxury Solar House: New Hampshire
- Wildwood Collective: Vermont
- The Pocono Cabin: Pennsylvania
- Bolt Farm Treehouse: South Carolina
- Escape to Blue Ridge: Georgia
- Heaven’s Cabins: Tennessee
- Getaway Shenandoah: Virginia
- Carolina Cabin Rentals: North Carolina
- Tioga Falls Cabin: Michigan
- Lakeshore House: Minnesota
- Red Canyon Ranch: South Dakota
- The Cabins at Starved Rock Lodge: Illinois
- The Mohicans: Ohio
- Lake Tahoe Airbnb: California
- Snow Bear Chalets: Montana
- Lakeside East Cabin: Oregon
- Bryce Canyon Log Cabins: Utah
- Solitude Cabins: Colorado
- Salted Roots Cabins: Alaska
- Kūono at Volcano: Hawaii
Scenic mountain views, colorful fall foliage and serene lakefront vistas draw travelers to cabins across the northeast, which includes the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Many secluded cabins in this region are within driving distance of major cities like Boston and New York City, which make them ideal for a quick weekend getaway or a longer, relaxing retreat.
Red Cottage Inc.: Catskills and Hudson Valley, New York
A beloved escape from the hustle and bustle of New York City, the Catskill Mountains and Hudson Valley – which are about 135 and 100 miles north of the Big Apple, respectively – are guaranteed to reset the mind and body. And when it comes to lodging, Red Cottage Inc.’s carefully curated collection of cabins can provide the perfect setting. Travelers seeking a modern, airy mountain cabin should book a stay at the Ideal Mountain House in Olivebridge, which sleeps six and features a well-appointed chef’s kitchen, a propane grill, a fire pit and luxurious linens. Those yearning for a more rustic experience will enjoy the wood paneling and stone fireplace of the two-bedroom Blue Deer log cabin in Claryville, which includes a hammock, snowshoes, sleds and badminton equipment. Keep in mind, minimum stay requirements (especially on holidays and weekends) may apply.
[Read: The Best Places to Visit in New York State.]
Clifftop Cabin: Machiasport, Maine
If you’re looking for peaceful surroundings and rugged trails away from the crowds, consider this Machiasport, Maine, property on Glamping Hub, which is set on a cliff overlooking Howard Cove. The stylish A-frame cabin in southeastern Maine sleeps four guests and features a kitchen, a living room and a deck complete with a grill and outdoor furniture. On-site hiking trails and nearby beach access are sure to keep you occupied, but you can also venture about 70 miles southwest to explore Acadia National Park.
Luxury Solar House: Jackson, New Hampshire
Situated in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, this spacious cabin on Airbnb offers dazzling mountain views, modern decor and all the comforts of home, including a full kitchen, a television, air conditioning and heating. You’ll also find fun extras like an indoor fireplace and a pool table. Luxury Solar House can accommodate six guests, perfect for a family or group of friends. Best of all, the mountaintop abode earns LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) green energy certifications (meaning it’s an energy-efficient and cost-saving green building), so you can vacation while protecting the environment.
Wildwood Collective: Green Mountain Region, Vermont
Wildwood Collective is a cabin rental company with five properties dispersed throughout the Green Mountains in southern Vermont. Consider booking the Alpine A-Frame cabin for a pleasant stay for two near Lake Raponda. Guests will find a full kitchen with a gas stove, a French press coffee maker, an outdoor deck and a fire pit with Adirondack chairs to enjoy during their trip. The Wilmington, Vermont, cabin is also near hiking trails, breweries and ski slopes.
The Pocono Cabin: Tobyhanna Township, Pennsylvania
Set among the trees in the township of Tobyhanna, this six-guest 1960s cabin is the perfect retreat to break out your flannel and spend quality time with friends and family. Located about 115 miles north of Philadelphia, the cabin features an indoor fireplace, a full kitchen for cooking group meals, skylights for stargazing and a spacious porch. On top of that, there’s a cozy outdoor fire pit that serves as the perfect spot for roasting marshmallows and telling stories.
[Read: The Top Romantic Getaways in Pennsylvania.]
If you’re looking for a cabin getaway in the South, you’ll have a wide selection of states to choose from. Per the U.S. Census Bureau, the South encompasses Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Washington, D.C., West Virginia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia and Florida. The region’s mountain ranges and national parks promise a dreamy escape.
Bolt Farm Treehouse: Walhalla, South Carolina
What better way to fully embrace the beauty of nature than with an overnight stay in a treehouse? Bolt Farm Treehouse is a famed rustic-chic cabin on 40 acres of forest land, creeks and hiking trails. Located about 15 miles northwest of Clemson University, each of the eco-friendly accommodations features one king-sized bed, heating and air conditioning, indoor plumbing, an outdoor shower, a fireplace and locally sourced coffee. During busy periods, Bolt Farm Treehouse opens up available dates for booking once per month, so be sure to plan accordingly.
[Read: The Best Places to Visit in the Carolinas.]
Escape to Blue Ridge: Blue Ridge, Georgia
Located less than 100 miles north of bustling Atlanta, Blue Ridge, Georgia, boasts an abundance of cabins along the Blue Ridge Mountain range. Consider rental company Escape to Blue Ridge for a comprehensive selection of properties, including Lakeview at Boulder Rock – which sleeps up to eight people and offers some of the best views in the area – and Cozy Cub Cabin, which sleeps six and is a short walk to the hiking trails of Chattahoochee National Forest.
Heaven’s Cabins: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
Like its name suggests, Heaven’s Cabins offers a collection of massive, luxurious cabins that feature otherworldly views of the Great Smoky Mountains, plus all the amenities you could need for a comfortable stay. Choose between 32 unique cabins sleeping six to 12 guests, all of which include fully stocked kitchens, mountain views and opulent furnishings. Guests can enjoy nearby whitewater rafting, hiking, zip lining and more in the Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge areas. To secure a stay at the Tennessee cabin of your dreams – including the appropriately named Absolutely Heaven abode – book through Vrbo.
Getaway Shenandoah: Stanardsville, Virginia
Located about 10 miles south of Shenandoah National Park and roughly 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., Getaway Shenandoah is an idyllic spot for an unplugged weekend getaway. Dog-friendly cabins hold two or four occupants and feature simple layouts with small kitchens and private bathrooms, as well as relaxation-inducing touches like cellphone lockboxes. Nearby attractions include quiet hiking trails, a swimming hole and plenty of lookout spots to enjoy scenic mountain views. Getaway is a national brand, so be sure to peruse its full list of compact accommodations across the country.
[Read: The Best Places to Visit in Virginia.]
Carolina Cabin Rentals: Boone, North Carolina
Based out of Boone, North Carolina, Carolina Cabin Rentals features an array of mountain-view cabins across the Appalachian range that are the perfect home base for leaf peeping, skiing or simply relaxing with a glass of wine and your favorite travel companions. Consider the 10-person Summit View cabin for hilly vistas and gorgeous exposed beams, or the four-person Whispering Pines property with a spacious deck and an outdoor hot tub.
The Midwest consists of Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas, as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau. This area of the country boasts a diverse landscape, from large lakes and flowing waterfalls to jagged canyons and dense forests. As such, renting a cabin in the Midwest is a great way to fully escape from the demands of city life – at least for a weekend.
Tioga Falls Cabin: Covington, Michigan
In the Great Lakes State of Michigan, retreat to Tioga Falls Cabin in the Upper Peninsula township of Covington, about 160 miles north of Green Bay, Wisconsin. Just be warned – this isolated log cabin on 80 acres of land is best for travelers who are “avid, authentic, outdoor-loving people,” according to its listing. The six-person property is designed to be a technology-free zone (there is no television or internet access and cellphone service is scarce), and water is sourced from a well, meaning it is limited and can take time to refill. If this rugged locale piques your interest, you’ll be rewarded with endless waterfalls, sparkling rivers and memories to last a lifetime.
Lakeshore House: Brainerd, Minnesota
If you’re looking for the seclusion of a cabin but a modern vibe fit for a Pinterest board, consider the Lakeshore House in Brainerd, Minnesota – about 130 miles northwest of Minneapolis. The expansive six-bedroom Vrbo property sleeps up to 12 people, making it a comfortable setup for family gatherings or groups of friends. Enjoy a screened-in porch, double ovens and refrigerators, multiple levels of space and panoramic views of Gull Lake. The house has access to a long, private dock to take advantage of kayaking or watch the sun set, and guests will also enjoy proximity to several parks and hiking trails.
[See: 16 Incredible Midwest Vacations.]
Red Canyon Ranch: Custer, South Dakota
Atop the Black Hills of Custer, South Dakota, you’ll find Red Canyon Ranch, a six-person cabin overlooking rugged landscapes about 20 miles southwest of Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Three walls of windows showcase canyon and forest terrain at multiple angles (even the shower has a window), and modern amenities like a clifftop hot tub and central air conditioning combine with rustic decor to provide a truly memorable stay in the South Dakota wilderness. Travelers will have access to nearby trails, where they may spot wildlife like elk, antelopes, eagles and bobcats.
The Cabins at Starved Rock Lodge: Oglesby, Illinois
Located within Starved Rock State Park, Starved Rock Lodge is a 10-cabin retreat about 100 miles southwest of Chicago. Guests will have their choice of two-person Sunset Cabins with one king- or full-sized bed, or Pioneer Cabins that hold four to seven occupants. The authentic log cabins feature gas or wood-burning fireplaces, as well as rugged design elements. Travelers will also have access to the main lodge, where they can enjoy a large swimming pool and multiple dining options.
The Mohicans: Glenmont, Ohio
Enjoy a private cabin getaway at The Mohicans, situated about 70 miles northeast of Columbus, Ohio, and just 7 miles southeast of Mohican State Park. The property has four unique cabins named after local rivers, each of which contains either two or four bedrooms and features like wood-burning fireplaces and charcoal grills. Travelers can also choose to stay in one of The Mohicans’ eight quaint treehouse cabins, which were designed by architect Pete Nelson, star of the Discovery Channel show “Treehouse Masters.” Popular local activities include zip lining, hiking and canoeing.
The U.S. Census Bureau defines the West as the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Nevada, as well as outliers Alaska and Hawaii. Boasting arguably some of the most scenic views in the country, the West Coast has its share of top-notch cabin rentals for groups of all sizes. (Note: The 2020 West Coast wildfires may impact some of the below destinations. Be sure to check local conditions before booking.)
Lake Tahoe Airbnb: Tahoma, California
Boasting 180-degree views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountain range, this 12-person Airbnb nestled in the trees is what California cabin dreams are made of. Gather your family or closest friends and prepare for a getaway filled with meals on the back deck, cozy evenings spent in front of the indoor fireplace and competitive games of pool. Travelers can also drive to nearby Emerald Bay State Park for hiking, biking, kayaking and spectacular views.
[See: The Top Weekend Getaways in California.]
Snow Bear Chalets: Whitefish, Montana
Sitting directly on Whitefish Mountain Resort’s Hope Slope, Snow Bear Chalets is a collection of three treehouse cabins (sleeping six to 10 people each) and seven brand-new, two- and three-bedroom chalets (opening in December 2020). Guests will enjoy a luxurious experience complete with private hot tubs and stone fireplaces, as well as unrivaled access to mountain biking trailheads in summer and ski slopes in winter. Snow Bear Chalets is located about 35 miles west of Glacier National Park.
Lakeside East Cabin: Bend, Oregon
This eight-person Airbnb cabin offers the best of both worlds: It’s situated on 640 acres of private forest land on Tumalo Lake, but it’s also a short 12-mile drive from downtown Bend, Oregon. No matter how you choose to spend your time, you’re bound to enjoy the two-level cabin’s wraparound deck, hammocks, heated floors, hot tub and proximity to hiking, biking, fishing and canoeing spots.
Bryce Canyon Log Cabins: Tropic, Utah
Located on the outskirts of Bryce Canyon National Park, Bryce Canyon Log Cabins provides easy access to hiking trails, horseback riding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more. The property also grants travelers the chance to stay in a rural log cabin with mountain views, without sacrificing perks like air conditioning, Wi-Fi access, televisions and minifridges.
Solitude Cabins: Estes Park, Colorado
A gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, Colorado, is no stranger to cabin accommodations. Get the authentic experience by staying at Solitude Cabins, a tranquil property about 5 miles southeast of the base of the park. Solitude’s 30 log cabin rentals hold a maximum of six people and include amenities like full kitchens, gas fireplaces and hot tubs, as well as signature slow cooker dinners delivered to your abode after a long day of hiking.
[Read: The Best Places to Visit in Colorado.]
Salted Roots Cabins: Seward, Alaska
Two quaint, A-frame structures nestled amid a forest of spruce trees make up Salted Roots Cabins in Seward, Alaska. Each rental, completed in March 2020, sleeps six and includes a kitchenette, a private deck, a soaking tub, a wood-burning pellet stove and endless amounts of natural light flooding through floor-to-ceiling windows. Spend your days exploring nearby trails, or book a cruise tour from the Seward harbor to admire jaw-dropping Kenai Fjords National Park.
Kūono at Volcano: Volcano, Hawaii
Just a stone’s throw away from Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island, Kūono at Volcano takes glamping to the next level. The two-bedroom cabin sleeps four in low-key luxury, with clean, modern furnishings and amenities like a washer and dryer, a 55-inch television, Bose Bluetooth speakers and a compact kitchen. Step onto the lanai to enjoy the private hot tub and fire pit while you immerse yourself in the tranquil sounds of nature.
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