Remote Summer Living
Cabins have historically offered refuge from harsh elements in the most remote corners of the country, and today they offer refuge of a different kind to modern-day vacationers seeking much-needed solitude. If you like your personal space and delight in the great outdoors, book a stay at any of these secluded shelters for peace, quiet, and easy access to nature’s treasures.
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Spa-like Sanctuary in the Ozarks
After a day spent hiking at Beaver Lake Dam or fishing the White River, you can soak your cares away while enjoying the view on this 30-acre Ozark Spring Cabin Resort. As if the limestone bluffs and lush forest en route to the wooded property weren’t enough to entice, the accommodation rewards weary hikers with a private deck and giant Jacuzzi overlooking the Ozark Mountains. From $152 per night at Airbnb.
Gorge-ous Tiny Cabin in Boone Forest
Dubbed “Theodore Overlook” after President Theodore Roosevelt, creator of the U.S. Forest Service, this wooded refuge in the Daniel Boone National Forest is an ideal spot for couples looking to hike or zipline in Kentucky’s Red River Gorge. While the tiny cabin barely fits four, you’ll live large in the well-equipped kitchen, living, and dining room, and covered deck above a picturesque stream. From $151 per night at Airbnb .
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Stilt Cabin in Pine Tree Country
Live the high life for a weekend in this treehouse on stilts in Maine’s Littlefield Retreat, where your only neighbors will be deer, chipmunks, and chickadees. While outdoor enthusiasts flock to nearby Littlefield Pond to kayak or fish at the private dock, homebodies might prefer to kick back in the hot tub or grill up summer favorites on the deck. From $395 per night at Airbnb .
Off-grid Oasis in the Green Mountains
Power down your devices and plug in to nature at this off-grid cabin on a 20-acre woodland. While there’s no WiFi or heating save for a wood stove, you’ll enjoy solar-heated showers, and solar lights in the kitchen. Take advantage of the hundreds of acres of protected forest nearby with day hikes at Long Trail, rock climbing at the Green Mountains, or a dip at area swimming holes. From $145 per night at Airbnb .
Streamside Treehouse in Northeast Kingdom
Escape the sound of honking horns and blaring sirens and let nature be your soundtrack at this cabin in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, located along a serene stream and mere miles from Hardwick Village and local breweries and distilleries. While the small treehouse sleeps two, the property offers plenty of space to kick back, including a hammock and campfire area where guests can lounge under the stars, glimpse the rare moose, or listen to the enchanting calls of owls and loons. From $131 per night at Airbnb.
Nordic Nook in the Green Mountains
If the Danish concept of hygge, or coziness, is your cup of tea, book this Vermont cabin for two with its sauna and Nordic design elements. When you’re not hiking, wildlife spotting, or picking berries in the Montpelier woods, toast s’mores over the fire or admire the Green Mountains from the oversized windows of the rustic retreat. From $122 per night at Airbnb .
Floating Cabin in the Catskills
Imagine floating over a secluded pond that’s yours alone to swim, in a 34-acre playground where only you can frolic. That’s exactly what you’ll get when you book a stay at this unbelievable accommodation, a stone’s throw from the iconic town of Woodstock. Not your average treehouse, the elevated home is surprisingly well-equipped, offering a kitchenette, sleeping loft for two, deck, and a Swedish-style hot tub for those chilly New York nights. From $360 per night at Airbnb .
Container Cabin in the Catskills
Escape the bustle of the Big Apple and head for this remote cabin situated two hours north of the city on the eastern edge of the Catskills. Converted from a shipping container, the 20-foot cabin with a sofa bed and yoga platform comfortably sleeps two and is a 15-minute drive from a trailhead, the towns of Woodstock and Catskill, and the Hudson River. Of course, with a 30-foot waterfall and 20-foot bluestone ridge within view, you don’t have to leave camp to take in nature. From $184 per night at Airbnb.
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Historic Cabin in the Rockies
If you love old houses almost as much as you love the outdoors, you'll not do better than this historic cabin near the town of Grand Lake. Built in the 1930s for workers building the Shadow Dam, the cabin includes original features like wood ceiling beams and a stone hearth, as well as modern amenities like a Netflix-ready TV. From $119 per night at Airbnb .
Eco-friendly A-frame in the Zion Mountains
Walls don’t keep out the fun at this architecturally bold A-frame cabin near Utah’s Zion National Park. The front wall opens to reveal a sweeping vista of the south side of the Zion Mountains, and access to the on-site deck and fire pit. For those looking to minimize their carbon footprint, the cabin offers solar power and a composting commode for true eco-friendly living. From $144 per night at Airbnb .
Artist's Cabin in Appalachia
Ditch the distractions and pursue your passion project undisturbed at this off-grid artist’s retreat in West Virginia, perched on the 170-acre Redbud Hill Farm. With only two other cabins nearby, each located one-third of a mile away, you’ll have no social obligations to mind as you paint, write, or even DIY. When you’re not working on your masterpiece, go bass-fishing, swimming, or simply dip your toes in Buffalo Creek to unwind. From $88 per night at Airbnb .
Stargazer's Delight in the Land of Lakes
The true fun of camping starts after dark, and this year-round cabin near the Minnesota town of Grand Marais offers particularly spectacular sights come nightfall. There’s no need to rough it to scope out the surroundings: Gaze at the stars or the Northern Lights from the timber-frame cabin’s built-in skylight. When day breaks, view Lake Superior or spy eagles and butterflies from the deck, luxuriate in the sauna, or stroll the nearby pebble beach. From $220 per night at Airbnb .
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Towering A-frame in Mount Hood
This awe-inspiring A-frame takes rustic living to new heights with four floors filled with the comforts of home. Using the spiral staircase, ascend from the lounge and dining room on the ground floor to the living room and bedroom on the second floor, the reading nook on the third, and, finally, an attic bedroom. While the layout offers plenty of privacy for you and up to three friends, the nearby hiking of Oregon’s Mount Hood offers ample opportunities for group activities or solo escape. From $161 per night at Airbnb .
Dome Living in Beaver Country
In search of the offbeat? Perhaps a geodesic dome is the perfect place for your next outdoorsy escape. Filled with modern comforts from a smart TV to a fold-down sofa, and situated on a plot with prime views of the Oregon sunset, you can be as connected or as unplugged as you wish. From $147 per night at Airbnb .
Cabin with Water Views in Bowling Green
Whether you fish, kayak, dine riverside, or simply enjoy the sights and sounds of Barren River, you’re all but guaranteed a tranquil time when you hole up at this cabin located 15 minutes from Bowling Green. If you like your water views with a dose of the wild, head to nearby Lost River Cave to hit the trails or Mammoth Cave to view endangered species like the Indiana Brown Bat or freshwater mussels. From $172 per night at Airbnb .
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