43 best cabin getaways
Cabins are all about relaxing, reconnecting, and repairing the soul. Here are the most extraordinary cabins around the West that will keep you coming back, time and again
Best time to go: November if you’re adventurous, or June for the Sierra’s sunny, clear-sky days.
$$$; 3-night min.; far-meadow.com
What’s out the door: Hiking and nordic trails right off your steps and the Methow Valley beyond.
Who will love it: Those seeking fresh air—and email access.
6 one-bedroom huts; $$; rollinghuts.com
Best time to go: Early spring, when the desert wildflowers are in bloom.
What’s out the door: Hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing along creeks and through meadows ringed by Douglas fir.
Who will love it: Outdoorsy types who prefer fall leaves and fresh snow to Frette sheets.
8 two- and three-bedroom cabins; $$; pioneerguestcabins.com
What’s out the door: The sand and wooded trails of one of Washington’s prettiest state parks.
Who will love it: Families, couples who kind of want to camp—but not really, and those happy to bring their own linens and use communal bathrooms in exchange for closeness to the sand.
32 cabins (sleep 2–8); $; parks.wa.gov
Best time to go: September and October, for Big Sur’s sunniest, warmest weather.
What’s out the door: Three acres of meadows and pine forests (with views of the Cascades and the Columbia River Gorge beyond), raging waterfalls, fall color, wineries, breweries, hiking, and skiing.
Who will love it: Northwest couples looking for an easily accessible spa getaway offering plenty of services for two.
10 one-bedroom cabins; $$$; carsonridgecabins.com
What’s out the door: Creeks for dipping, softly lit paths for après-supper strolling, and Sedona’s famed red rock canyons just beyond.
Who will love it: Couples seeking affordable romance.
19 one-, two-, and four-bedroom cabins; $$$; briarpatchinn.com
What’s out the door: The Point Reyes National Seashore. (Enough said.)
Who will love it: Low-key, solitude-seeking couples, including (once) Prince Charles and Camilla.
2 one-bedroom cabins; $$$$; mankas.com
Best time to go: July through September for sunbathing on the beach and your best chance of spotting humpback whales; you can see orcas and gray whales year-round.
What’s out the door: Whales, waves, sunsets—the Pacific Coast dream. Hiking through the 6,300 acres of surrounding redwood groves. San Francisco is just a 15-minute drive south.
Who will love it: Adventurous types on the ball enough to actually score a reservation. (We recommend calling seven months out—or you can sometimes score last-minute rentals via a lottery; call 415/388-2070 for details.)
9 one-bedroom cabins; $$; closed for regular maintenance Oct 1–31; reserveamerica.com
What’s out the door: The cutest small town on the Oregon Coast (that’d be Manzanita—sorry, Bandon!), a windswept beach, and killer sunsets. Cinematic Cannon Beach is 13 miles north.
Who will love it: Anyone who’s tired of sky-high-priced hotels on the California coast.
6 cabins; $$$; coastcabins.com
What’s out the door: The namesake 1 1⁄2-mile-long lake. Gliding or schussing at Hoodoo Ski Area, 8 1⁄2 miles west. Snowmobiling, snowshoeing, or lounging in the on-site spa.
Who will love it: Wedding parties, friends on a getaway.
6 rustic cabins (sleep 6) with shared bathrooms, $; 4 luxury waterfront cabins (sleep 4), $$$$; thelodgeatsuttlelake.com
Best time to go: November. Rates are at their lowest, and the river water’s still warm enough for swimming.
What’s out the door: Snowmobiling, ice-skating, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and moose, wolves, and elk—guided walking safaris are on the agenda.
Who will love it: Big families looking for an upscale reunion locale.
8 one- to five-bedroom cabins; $$$$; theranchatrockcreek.com
What's out the door: Just 6 miles from Teton Village, the fluffy-powder-filled backcountry surrounds the cabins. When you're ready to reenter civilization, free ski shuttles run twice a day.
Who will love it: Style-conscious skiers.
23 cabins; $$; firesidejacksonhole.com
10 one-, two-, and three-bedroom cabins; $$$$, including all meals; open May through Oct; broadmoor.com/ranch
What's out the door: Big Sur. Period.
Who will love it: Young couples who want the romance of Big Sur—without the typical price tag that goes with it.
16 yurts (sleep 2); $$; treebonesresort.com
What's out the door: Boys zipping around by bike, girls singing along to their iPods, and small fish rising in Neva Lake, one of three on Lakedale's 82 woodsy acres. Lakedale doesn't serve lunch or dinner, but Duck Soup Inn, the best restaurant on the island, is within walking distance.
Who will love it: Families who want to camp, without organizing logistics or pitching a tent.
16 tent cabins; $$, including breakfast; lakedale.com
What's out the door: A quiet stretch of British Columbia's Sunshine Coast, so unspoiled and awe-inspiring, it's sometimes hard to imagine that anyone but a bald eagle or two has been here before you.
Who will love it: Couples craving a romantic camping getaway—with plush amenities.
13 “tent-suite,” canvas-walled cabins; $$$; open Feb. – Dec.; rockwatersecretcoveresort.com
What's out the door: Swimming in the 5-mile-long namesake lake, hiking the 17.5-mile path that rings the lake, and lounging on its sandy beach.
Who will love it: Families.
11 one- to four-bedroom cabins; $$; open from Memorial Day weekend through early October; redfishlake.com
What's out the door: These remote cabins are accessible only by rafting through the lower Rogue River Canyon—along one of Oregon’s Wild and Scenic protected rivers—or hiking 3.5 miles along the forested National Rogue River Trail (watch for osprey, river otters, eagles, and deer) from the town of Marial. Want to splurge? You can also jetboat or helicopter in. Once there, you’ll the rushing lower Rogue River is steps away; the famed Class IV rapid, Blossom Bar, is just a bit north of the lodge and cabins.
Who will love it: Families with teens; adrenaline-junky couples.
6 cabins with 18 rooms for rent (sleep 1 – 4); $$; paradise-lodge.com
What's out the door: Dense forests of ponderosa pine, cedar, fir, and sequoias, 14,494-foot Mount Whitney (the highest peak in the Lower 48), and more than 200 marble caverns in surrounding 404,063-acre Sequoia National Park.
Who will love it: Families willing to rough it—so long as there’s roof; several of the cabins share rustic showers and toilets.
6 cabins (sleep 1 – 6), $$, and 5 chalets (sleep 1 - 8), $$$; open Memorial Day weekend through October; silvercityresort.com
What's out the door: The 600-acre ranch has horseback riding, hiking, snowshoeing, tennis courts, and a heated pool; there’s also guided fly-fishing, white-water rafting, and even cattle driving on horseback in the nearby Bitterroot Mountains, Selway-Bitterroot Wilderness, and Salmon River.
Who will love it: Families with teens (only those 16 and older are allowed) looking for something for everyone.
17 one-bedroom, 5 two-bedroom, and 1 three-bedroom cabins; $$$$; triplecreekranch.com
What's out the door: The volcanoes, smoking fumaroles, wildflower-strewn meadows, and mountain lakes of Lassen Volcanic National Park. Hiking trails lead right out of the campsite, and there’s swimming and fishing in pine-ringed Manzanita Lake, just a short stroll away.
Who will love it: Budget-conscious parkgoers ready to upgrade from tents.
4 bunkhouses, 7 one-bedroom cabins, and 9 two-bedroom cabins; $; lassenrecreation.com
What's out the door: Miles of undeveloped, solitary white-sand beach in either direction.
Who will love it: Couples in need of some romantic R&R.
27 cabins (sleep 1 – 4); $$; whiterockresort.com
What's out the door: Accessible only by small plane, Utlima Thule Lodge’s cabins sit 100 miles from the nearest road, immersed in the jagged peaks, emerald valleys, and glaciers of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve. At night, you can bask in the glow of the Northern Lights.
Who will love it: Bucket-list adventurers aiming to check off the ultimate Alaska experience.
5 two-bedroom cabins; $$$$ including all meals; three-night minimum; ultimathulelodge.com
What's out the door: The 900-acre private backyard of the ranch grounds, surrounded by green meadows, with the jagged Sawtooth Mountains on the horizon. There are miles of hiking and mountain-biking trails and chances to fish and raft the Salmon River.
Who will love it: History buffs who want to experience the Old West come to life.
17 cabins (sleep 2 – 3); $$$; open from June – September; idahorocky.com
What's out the door: Colorado 14ers as far as the eye can see.
Who will love it: Cross-country skiers up for the challenge of gliding the 6.5 miles from the Boreas Pass Trailhead, southeast of Breckenridge, up to Ken’s, situated at 11,481 feet elevation.
One cabin (sleeps up to three); $; open only in winter; huts.org
What's out the door: Hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing in the lake- and pine-laced backcountry of the North Central Cascade Mountains.
Who will love it: Parents who want to introduce their kids to the natural wonders of camping—with a roof over their heads.
9 cabins (sleep 1 – 10); $; closed May, June, July, and in late October and early November; scottishlakes.com
What's out the door: Hiking and horseback riding through aspen forests, trout fishing in scenic rivers, and swimming in nearby Doris Lake. The resort is set on the border between the Ansel Adams Wilderness and John Muir Wilderness areas—two adventurers with as expert an eye for gorgeous scenery as there ever was in the West.
Who will love it: Families looking for a low-key, High Sierra alternative to the crowds at Yosemite—and those willing to plan ahead. We recommend reserving a year in advance for the July and August high season.
4 wood-frame, canvas-walled, tent camping cabins (with shared bathrooms), $; 8 one-room cabins, $$; 2 one-bedroom cabins, $$; 6 two-bedroom cabins, $$; and 1 luxury “honeymoon” cabin, $$$; open from May 15th to Nov. 1st; monohotsprings.com
What's out the door: 37,000 acres of Montana wilderness, in the conifer forests of the Blackfoot Valley, including 10 miles of the Blackfoot River—of A River Runs Through It fame.
Who will love it: Adventurers with high expectations.
28 2-, 3-, and 4-bedroom cabins (“luxury vacation homes”) and 30 1- and 2-bedroom canvas-walled (“glamping”) tents; $$$$, including all meals; closed November, February, and March; pawsup.com
What's out the door: Ancestral Puebloan archeology sites, thousands of miles of trails for hiking, horseback (BYO), and ATV (you can get one delivered to your front door), plus Mesa Verde National Park and Natural Bridges National Monument, an “International Dark Sky Park.”
Who will love it: Adventurous souls and starstruck Europeans.
4 one-bedroom cabins; $; abajohaven.com
What's out the door: Your own trout-filled lake, 19 miles of cross-country trails, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area, and the aptly-named Lakefront Restaurant, with wall-length windows and seasonal food.
Who will love it: Anglers, trail-runners, and urbanites craving a dose of fresh air.
35 cabins; $$; tamaracklodge.com
What's out the door: You can stargaze from a swing on an island in the creek; each weekend, owners Patsy and Joan serve baked goods, including a terrific homemade apricot cobbler, down by the water.
Who will love it: Older couples looking for a quiet getaway.
5 cabins; $; billingsleycreeklodge.com
What's out the door: A thick grove of pine and fir trees at the junction of the Cascade Range and Siskiyou Mountains, where you can hike through forests and raft the raging Upper Klamath River.
Who will love it: Environmentally conscious adventurers.
5 cabins (sleep 1 – 8); $$; greenspringsinn.com
What's out the door: Fishing, horseback riding, hunting, yoga—you name it on the 15,000-acre ranch near the North Platte River Valley, with the million-acre Medicine Bow National Forest next door.
Who will love it: Newlyweds and families who decidedly don’t want to rough it.
9 two- and three- bedroom cabins, plus cabin rooms and lodge rooms, $$$$; open daily from mid-May through mid-Oct and for long weekends year-round; brushcreekranch.com
Around the start of November, the tourist traffic dissipates—and the deer, elk, and hawks venture closer to the Metolius River Resort. “You can sit in front of a toasty fire and watch the wildlife and the river right from your cabin,” says manager Evan Vance. The 11 log cabins here have stone fireplaces, full kitchens, twin Adirondack chairs on private porches, and easy entrée to world-class fly-fishing. From $212; 2-night min.; metoliusriverresort.com.
If Don Draper decamped to the desert, this is where he would go: Rock Reach House, a steel-frame, solar-powered cabin with mid-century modern furniture. Sliding glass doors let in the bright desert light and the sharp, fresh smell of juniper and pine. This time of year, temperatures will be just right for day hikes in nearby Joshua Tree National Park and evening soaks in the outdoor hot tub. From $364 (rented via Airbnb or HomeAway); 2-night min.; rockreachhouse.com.
With its ancient redwoods, free-roaming elk, and undeveloped beaches, Humboldt County can feel like the land that time forgot. “But this is more like a hotel experience, with daily housekeeping and Wi-Fi,” says lodge owner Brady Burtchett. All cabins here have kitchenettes and big sundecks, and redwoods and tidepools are just a half-mile away at Patrick’s Point State Park.
From $95; viewcrestlodge.com.
In November, dramatic, surf-pounding storms begin pummeling the Washington Coast, and the 24 cabins at Iron Springs become front-row seats to the show. Overstuffed armchairs ring floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the ocean, and stone fireplaces and fully equipped kitchens ensure that guests stay cozy. Despite the rain, most days are still nice enough for wandering the trails, digging for Pacific razor clams, and building bonfires on the beach—with complimentary firewood. From $169; 2-night min.; ironspringsresort.com.
Five rugged cabins, built on the upper slope of Mt. Tamalpais in 1904, offer vistas of the Marin Headlands, Pacific Ocean, and Golden Gate Bridge. The price tag? Fifty bucks a person. The hike-in-accessible structures are simple, with cold-water sinks
inside and toilets and showers outside, but really, it’s all about the view. “You look down into Sausalito and across to San Francisco,” says Fran Rondeau, president of the nonprofit collective that maintains the property. “The city actually sparkles. It’s breathtaking.” From $50/person; westpointinn.com.
The private, heated swimming pool, sauna, and access to Rocky Mountain National Park make this four-bedroom, ranch-style cabin ideal for group getaways. The kids can fish in a nearby trout stream or splash around the twelve-foot deep pool while the adults shoot billiards in the finished basement or lounge in the seven-person hot tub. The living room has a large fireplace and flat-screen TV for family movie nights, and the dine-in kitchen is big enough to cook a family feast in. From $350 (rented via VRBO); estesparkpoolcabin.com.