Where you stay when you go on vacation is sometimes as important as what you’re going to do when you get there. For some types of trips, it adds to the experience to have a “home” to which you can return each day to relax, unwind, and spend time together, whether you’ve come with family, friends, or as part of a cozy twosome. When your destination is one that boasts a great deal of natural beauty, then renting a cabin makes perfect sense, as your nights can become as much a part of the experience as your daytime excursions.

Romantic cabin vacations

Whether your cabin takes the form of a turn-of-the-century house in town within walking distance of a cozy café, or whether it’s a log cabin beside a mountain stream, booking a cabin for 2 might just be one of the most romantic gestures you can make this year.

Asheville romantic cabin vacations

With hazy blue mountains and lush forests as a backdrop, Asheville’s artsy vibe makes it an ideal spot for a romantic cabin vacation in North Carolina. In town, couples can browse quirky bookshops and galleries, or sample beer at a craft brewery after a day spent exploring the grand Vanderbilt estate. Hikes outside town wind through mist-shrouded hilltops covered with wildflowers—and a plethora of perfect spots in which to pop the question! A cabin vacation in Asheville may be just the ticket for a romantic break from life.

Romantic cabin vacations in the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley landscape in upstate New York has inspired poets and painters for centuries—and may prove inspirational for couples as well. Hudson Valley cabins are nestled in woods, perched above streams, or tucked between barns on an erstwhile farm. You can find complete privacy with a cabin that sits on its own 10 acres with its private swimming hole, or snuggle by an outdoor fireplace. While some cabins are located far from town, many are within a short walk or drive of quirky local communities such as Woodstock.

Luxury cabin vacation rentals

Though the word “cabin” may conjure up images of log walls and a rustic vibe, many cabins today are luxurious spreads that boast amenities such as full gourmet kitchens, hot tubs, and game rooms. Many even boast state-of-the-art home cinemas and hundreds of satellite TV channels, and keep you connected 24/7 with high-speed Wi-Fi.

Luxury cabin vacations near Lake Tahoe

Depending on where your Lake Tahoe cabin is located, you can walk or take a short drive to many Lake Tahoe attractions, including casinos, ski resorts, and the Heavenly gondola. Whether small or large enough to accommodate groups up to 10 or 12, luxury cabins can include amenities such as private hot tubs, private beach access, fire pits, and game rooms. If you aren’t here to hit the ski slopes in the winter, enjoy the area's plethora of fine dining and shopping options, or maybe take a steamboat cruise around the sapphire-blue lake.

Luxury Aspen cabin vacations

With assured celebrity sightings, glitzy shops, and gourmet restaurants, Aspen might be the fanciest place to ski in Colorado, and a cabin vacation here is a way to fit right in. Boasting amenities like stone fireplaces, floor to ceiling views of soaring mountain slopes, and private pools, your stay in Aspen will be a luxurious time. There’s plenty to do here even if it isn’t ski season: visitors can check out the Aspen Art Museum or visit the Wheeler Opera House, built in 1889.

Fun cabin vacations for the whole family

If you want a holiday rental where everyone from your octogenarian grandfather to your toddler can be comfortable, a cabin vacation just might fit the bill. Situated in picturesque locations and having all the comforts of home, rental cabins might be the ideal choice for family fun and memories of togetherness than can last a lifetime.

Family-friendly cabin vacations in Gatlinburg

It’s a safe bet that no one in your family will complain of boredom in Gatlinburg, regardless of their age. With miles of trails to hike—many easy enough for children to tackle—as well as white water rafting and tubing, outdoor activities are endless in this lively Tennessee town. Restaurants and shops make the downtown a fun evening destination, and there are attractions such as moonshine distilleries and haunted houses as well. Another popular option is Ober Gatlinburg, the mountaintop amusement park that's accessible right from town.

Cabin vacation rentals in the Smoky Mountains

Within the vast Great Smoky Mountains National Park, families can marvel together at the beauty of nature. Range after range of mountains with the distinctive blue-gray hue that gives the place its name are home to hundreds of trails—easy, moderate, and difficult—that lead to waterfalls, dells of wildflowers, and scenic hilltop viewpoints. Sunset at the highest point of the park, Clingman’s Dome, is the perfect backdrop to family photos. It’s easy to find cabins here that boast large kitchens, sprawling living areas (including game rooms and porches), and multiple bedrooms with bunk beds.