The problem with a Virginia vacation is finding enough time to see all that this genteel Southern state has to offer. From venerable spots where history was made, to breathtaking natural scenery, to cities and towns with their own brands of culture and charm, the Commonwealth has it all. Though a local saying claims that Virginia is "for lovers," it's also a fantastic destination for families and friends. You'll find plenty of cabin rentals in Virginia to choose from, whether you're thinking of hiking in the Appalachians, lounging on the Eastern Shore, or delving deep into Virginia wine country.

Luray cabins for rent

Small-town life meets big adventures in Luray, a charming community in the Shenandoah Valley region. It's home to the world-renowned Luray Caverns—the largest cave network in the eastern US—as well as Murder Mountain, a popular destination for ghost hunters. A cabin rental in Luray can be your headquarters for exploring the magnificent hiking trails and waterfalls in Shenandoah National Park and for rafting, kayaking, and tubing in the Shenandoah River's flowing waters. Less adventurous types might want to take a stroll in the Luray Downtown Historic District and see old buildings in architectural styles of the 19th and 20th centuries. Vacation home rentals here include log cabins that may look rustic, but don't be fooled by their old-fashioned charm. They have everything you need for a comfy stay, including heating and air-conditioning, full kitchens, and washers/dryers.

Roanoke cabin rentals

Though Roanoke is Southwest Virginia's cultural and commercial hotspot, it still acts as a gateway to many of Virginia's natural attractions. It's within easy reach of the Upper James River Water Trail, where a kayaking trip can lead to surprise encounters with wildlife. If taking it easy on the water is more your jam, pack your rod and reel, charter a pontoon, and spend hours fishing on Smith Mountain Lake. There's plenty to do on land, too. Head to Roanoke Valley's scenic trails and see why it's been dubbed the East Coast's mountain biking capital. And if shopping's on the agenda, you'll find lots of stores to tempt you in downtown Roanoke. Unwinding in a cabin rental near Roanoke can be as simple as whipping up a quick meal in the full kitchen and dining al fresco in the cool mountain air.

Getaway cabins in Salem

The historic city of Salem lies just a 7.5-mile drive to the east from Roanoke. It's the Roanoke Valley's oldest settlement, and despite enjoying city status, it still manifests many of its old traditions and charms. Drop by the Salem Museum to learn about the region's rich past, shop for unique arts and crafts at the annual Olde Salem Days street festival, and be impressed by the otherworldly stalagmites and stalactites in the Dixie Caverns. Going on a road trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway in fall, when the foliage transforms into shades of russet and gold, can be a sublime experience. Some log cabins near Salem are perfect for family vacations, as they're set on the river where fishing and swimming are just steps away. And with amenities like cable TV and Wi-Fi, staying entertained even on rainy days is no problem.

Vacation home rentals in Virginia Beach

Living the beach life beside the Atlantic Ocean and Chesapeake Bay is a heady experience in Virginia Beach. This lively coastal city has something for everyone, from family-friendly attractions like the Virginia Aquarium to thrilling water sports like parasailing above the ocean. It's also close to pristine places where you can unplug and just marvel at nature's beauty. You can hike through swamps in First Landing State Park, go kayaking and fishing in False Cape State Park, and leave your footprints in the unspoiled beaches of Sandbridge. Cabin and cottage rentals near Virginia Beach are terrific places to stay at for a relaxing oceanside getaway. After a day in the sun, come back to your vacation rental to kick back on the covered deck with a drink in hand or go for a soothing soak in the hot tub.

Lake Anna cabins for rent in Virginia wine country

Spanning 13,000 acres, Lake Anna ranks among Virginia's biggest freshwater inland reservoirs. Its eastern shore is home to Lake Anna State Park, where recreation opportunities on both land and water abound. You can try your hand at fishing for striped bass and white perch, go sunbathing on the beach, or explore miles of trails by foot or on horseback. The park also hosts major sporting events such as the annual Rumpus in Bumpass triathlon and the Kinetic Race weekend. And since Lake Anna is part of Virginia wine country, it's fitting that the annual Lake Wine Festival is held in the park. Lake Anna cabins are in good supply in the nearby towns. You'll find everything from cozy log cabins that would be perfect for honeymooners, to opulent rentals with swimming pools, multiple living spaces, and recreation rooms with table games like foosball and ping pong.