Last Updated on July 5, 2023

What is it about staying in a cabin? Especially one with unique, rustic features.

Unlike a hotel where it’s mostly about “where to lay my head at night,” the choice to rent a vacation home, especially a log cabin, offers a true home away from home feel.

Most people purposely build cabins in places offering seclusion and serenity. Many can be found near mountains, lakes and streams, therefore providing a much more ‘one with nature’ feel, not to mention those that offer hot tubs and other amenities to make your stay even more enjoyable.

We’ve looked at some lovely log cabin vacation rental homes that fall into the category of rustic and offer a romantic getaway for two or a wonderful place for family or close friends to escape the chaos and fast pace of daily living. Some are ideal for spring visits, others for summer lake time, autumn to take in the fall colors, or to experience the magic of a fireplace with snowfall just outside your window. 

Check these awesome places out for a weekend escape or a longer visit to a more remote location you’ve wished to visit.

“Best of the West” Cozy Glacier Park: Essex, Montana

This rental is great for a family or two couples with its 2-bedroom, 2-bath offering one queen and a loft with a separate queen, along with a double bed and a twin.

The handcrafted cabin is surrounded by Montana mountain wilderness. Depending on the season, guests can stroll the property to pick fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs, raft and float down the Middle Fork Flathead River or boat on Lake McDonald.

With over 700 miles of trailheads, visitors can hike or bike and here’s the best one…if you plan ahead, you can see the Northern Lights!

Liberty Ridge with Firepit and Hot Tub: Hocking County, Ohio

Hocking Hills State Park is renowned as a picturesque area offering beauty and a myriad of activities.

This spacious cabin can sleep 10 and features three bedrooms and three baths. In addition to two queen bedrooms, the home offers a loft with one full, two-twin and a queen size sleeper bed.

The cabin is located on two wooded acres and includes rockers on the front porch, a gas and charcoal grill and a hot tub on the back deck.

Colorado Cabin with Lakefront Views: Breckenridge, Colorado

Lakefront View Cabin-Breckenridge, Colorado.
Lakefront View Cabin-Breckenridge, Colorado. Photo courtesy of VRBO

We LOVE Breckenridge! No matter the season, this Rocky Mountain destination is a gem for skiing, hiking and outdoor exploring.

Vacation rentals abound in this popular town; however, we happen to also love the option of staying in a cozy cabin with 1-bedroom, 1-bath and a double living room futon that can sleep up to two additional guests.

The home offers lakefront views with lake access along with a private deck with fire pit and gas grill. Community amenities include a pool, basketball court, tennis court, spa, game room and fitness facility.

Secluded Cricket Creek Cabin: Blairsville, Georgia

Located on five acres of hardwood forest, this secluded 1-bedroom, 1.5-bath cabin in the North Georgia Mountains is located on a spring-fed creek near the adjoining 400-acres of U.S. Forest Service land.

The great room features a 30-foot-high pine ceiling, gas fireplace, balcony, and spacious outdoor screened porch with a gas grill, breakfast table and rocking chairs.

The Bear Cave-Secluded Log Cabin: South Haven, Michigan

This lakefront cabin nestled in the woods on Lake Michigan is close to the beach, dunes, a camp store and trails. And though it’s secluded, it’s only three miles from the city of South Haven.

The 2-bedroom, 1.5-bath can sleep up to eight guests with a queen room, twin bunk bed room and common area with two futons. The cabin sports a fireplace and rooms open to outdoor patios.

Donner Lake Stone Cabin: Truckee, California

Located in the picturesque North Lake Tahoe area in Donner Lake Woods, this is your quintessential forested lake cabin that sleep up to six adults plus two children.

A downstairs bedroom offers a double bed along with an upstairs loft with 2-twins and a queen bed. A double futon can sleep two. Rooms also open to balconies and tree-shaded decks.

The cabin is stocked with firewood for use in the wood-burning stove. Depending on the season, guests will be thankful for summer hammocks and beach furniture and winter sleds and snow shovels.

Lakefront Views in Orwell, Vermont

This lovely 3-bedroom, 1.5-bath cabin not only has mountain views but it’s located right on Sunset Lake with more breathtaking vistas.

One bedroom has a queen and a separate loft area offers 3-twins and 3-twin bunks. As a result, the cabin can sleep up to six guests.

For those wanting to get out on the lake, a canoe, kayak and paddle boat is available by request for an extra fee.

Restored Historic Cabin: Wilson, Wyoming

Don’t be surprised to see moose on the banks of Fish Creek where this lovely renovated historic cabin is located.

With a gourmet kitchen, wood floors and impressive log work, the 2-bedroom, 1-bath rental can sleep up to five guests. The master bedroom features incredible views of the creek and mountains almost unrivaled in this area of Jackson Hole.

The quaint hamlet of Wilson with its charming restaurants and shops is only a short stroll away.

Creekside Cabin with Outdoor Hot Tub: Hot Springs, North Carolina

Creekside Cabin, Hot Springs, NC.
Creekside Cabin, Hot Springs, NC. Photo courtesy of VRBO

If you love the Smoky Mountains, this is the ideal vacation rental.

Handcrafted Creekside Cabin is situated near the Appalachian Trail, Asheville and its famous Biltmore House, and exciting whitewater rafting. The cabin was built with custom hand-hewn logs, cedar shakes and re-purposed old barn wood.

The 1-bedroom, 1-bath rental with spa tub can sleep up to four guests with a king bed and double futon and offers stunning pastoral views surrounded by mountains.

Heart of the Roaring Fork River: Snowmass, Colorado

It’s a mere 14-minute bus ride to nearby Aspen, though this cabin’s top feature is its location in the heart of the Roaring Fork River of the Rocky Mountains. One queen bedroom sleeps two while the living room offers a twin trundle bed.

If you’re into fishing, this place is perfect as its on a private portion of the river. Rafting, kayaking, hiking biking and cross-country skiing are also available here.

The outdoor area also includes a central fire pit and grilling area. 

Couple’s Dream Cabin: Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Couple's Dream Cabin, Gatlinburg, TN.
Couple’s Dream Cabin, Gatlinburg, TN. Photo courtesy of VRBO

Located just five minutes from downtown Gatlinburg and 10 minutes from Pigeon Forge, this delightful home features an open floor plan with cathedral ceilings and 6-foot picture windows with unobstructed views of eastern and western mountains.

A large covered outdoor deck includes a hot tub experience with nine different LED color options and 12 massage jets. The king master suite is complete with custom cedar furniture, ski mountain views and a private bath. A second full bath is located upstairs.

Stunning Creekfront Cabin Near Lake Rainier, Ashford, Washington

It’s hard to beat staying in a creek-front cabin that’s just a five-minute drive to the entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park. This 1-bedroom loft, 1-bath home has a spacious living room with vaulted ceiling with chalet windows overlooking Big Creek and Osborn Mountain.

The living room also sports a wood-burning stove and a library, along with a creek-facing front deck.  

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