Maryland’s nickname, “America in Miniature,” isn’t a jab at its size, but a reference to the wide range of geographical features you’ll find here, along with the diverse cultures. Port cities and coastal towns abound, thanks to the many waterways and the Atlantic Ocean coastline, and that means lots of postcard-perfect waterfront scenery to enjoy on your visit. If you’re looking for vacation cabins in Maryland, you can start your search in popular destinations like Ocean City, Chesapeake Bay, and Deep Creek Lake—all great options that guarantee a splashing good time.

Cabin rentals in Ocean City

Tons of thrills await visitors in the popular resort town of Ocean City. You’d be right to make a beeline for the Ocean City Boardwalk, a bustling 3-mile strip lined with arcades, amusement rides, and snack bars selling everything from crab cakes to saltwater taffy. In summer, the boardwalk is a gold mine of free family-friendly entertainment, offering concerts, movies, and more. Adrenaline junkies can check out the roller coasters at the historic Trimper’s Rides theme park, while golfers can choose from a wide array of championship golf courses. Of course, the 10-mile beach remains the star of this Eastern Shore destination, and you can join the throng of swimmers and surfers in the water. If you’d rather while away the afternoons reading a book and working on your tan, beach bumming is highly encouraged, too. Not surprisingly, there’s a plethora of accommodations in Ocean City, including quaint beach cottages with all the comforts of home. Some are just a short walk from the shore, so you can go on an early morning run in time to watch the dramatic sunrise from the beach. Ocean City cabin rentals come in all sizes, too, ensuring a comfy stay for groups big and small.

Deep Creek Lake getaway cabins

Deep Creek Lake is a popular destination for sun-seekers and active types. Much of the appeal is thanks to the man-made lake that’s Maryland’s largest inland body of water, but there’s much more to do here besides swimming, fishing, paddling, and boating. Make the short drive to the Youghiogheny River’s “Top Yough” and “Upper Yough” for a whitewater rafting experience you won’t soon forget. If you’re coming in wintertime, meanwhile, you can grab your skis and head for Wisp Resort. Besides the usual action on the slopes, the ski resort also offers snowshoeing, snow tubing, and thrilling rides on the unique Mountain Coaster, which will have you twisting, turning, and zipping through a 350-foot vertical drop. When you’ve had enough excitement for the day, you can kick back on your Deep Creek Lake cabin rental’s outdoor deck—perhaps dig into a perfectly cooked dinner fresh off the grill, or enjoy a dip in your private hot tub. Vacation home rentals in Deep Creek Lake are also close to attractions like the seasonal Spruce Forest Artisan Village, where you can join workshops or speak with artisans about their work, and the historic Casselman River Bridge.

Cabins for rent in Chesapeake Bay

Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the US, straddles the states of Maryland and Virginia. With 200 miles of shoreline to explore, you’ll have endless opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, fishing, sailing, and other water activities—not to mention sampling the oysters, blue crabs, and other fresh seafood the region's famous for. You’ll also have lots of options when it comes to finding Chesapeake Bay cabins. Annapolis, the state capital, is the best place to bed down if sailing is your thing; nicknamed the “sailing capital of the US,” the city hosts a slew of sailing races and boat shows. When you’re not on the water, you can visit attractions like the Maryland State House and the US Naval Academy. St. Michaels is home to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, while Chesapeake Beach has the Chesapeake Beach Railway Museum. Regardless of their exact addresses, Chesapeake Bay cabin rentals are never far from shops, restaurants, marinas, and parks. No matter where you choose to stay, you can hardly go wrong with a waterfront cabin rental where you can wake up to soothing views of the serene waters. There are lots of dog-friendly properties, should you want to bring the family pets along, too.