Charming New England villages and small towns aren’t all that you’ll find in New Hampshire. The White Mountain State boasts vast stretches of rugged landscapes, including several mountains where you can hike in summer and ski and snowboard in winter. Cabins in New Hampshire are your ticket to tons of heart-pounding outdoor recreation and stunning natural scenery, whether you’re bedding down in a riverside cabin in Portsmouth or a secluded log cabin in Conway.
Jackson getaway cabins
Jackson lies at the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains region, a 4-season playground for outdoorsy types. Cabin rentals in Jackson put you close to the Wildcat Mountain ski resort, where 225 skiable acres await visitors of all ages and abilities. If you haven’t got your ski legs yet, you can take lessons and practice on New Hampshire’s longest summit-to-base ski trail for beginners, a 2.75-mile run called Polecat. When the weather’s warmer, Jackson cabins make good home bases for hiking the surrounding mountains, such as Mount Madison and Mount Eisenhower. If you don’t want to climb a mountain on foot, you can hop aboard the historic Mount Washington Cog Railway instead—the 3-hour round trip includes an hour at New Hampshire’s highest summit, where you can relish the unparalleled vistas and pop into the visitor center to grab a bite or send a postcard. The views from Mount Washington span 5 states on a clear day and can even include a peek at Canada and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s an experience you’ll surely still be talking about even when you’re back at your cabin rental and soaking in the hot tub.
Cabins for rent in Portsmouth
Image Alt text: Plush seating, modern entertainment amenities, and a beamed wood ceiling in a Portsmouth cabin rental’s living room
History buffs will enjoy a romp in Portsmouth, a maritime city that was first settled in 1623. In Strawbery Banke Museum, you’ll find buildings from 4 different centuries, as well as actors dressed in period costumes demonstrating traditional crafts. You can roam around town to see houses from the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as the North Church, originally built in 1657. Alternatively, you can enjoy riverside strolls in Prescott Park, catch a concert at The Music Hall, or visit the USS Albacore Museum to tour the former research submarine. Portsmouth is bordered by the state line between New Hampshire and Maine, so you can also check out the cabin rentals across the Piscataqua River, in Maine towns like Kittery and Eliot. If you’d rather stay within Portsmouth’s city limits, you can just cross the state border to visit nearby attractions like Nubble Lighthouse and Wiggly Bridge or go bargain-hunting at the outlet malls in Kittery. The selection of cabins in Portsmouth includes waterfront homes and beachfront cottages, so you’ll not only get to soak up the historic atmosphere, but also the picturesque views.
Vacation home rentals in Conway
Conway is another great base for year-round adventures in the White Mountains. Echo Lake State Park offers hiking, fishing, swimming, and rock climbing, plus basking in the stunning views from Cathedral Ledge and White Horse Ledge. A few miles away, you’ll find Diana’s Baths, a series of waterfalls whose ledges, rocks, and pools invite you to get your toes wet and go exploring. Another way to take in the natural scenery is to get behind the wheel. Conway is a good starting point for a long, scenic drive on the Kancamagus Highway, which will take you through the White Mountain National Forest. If you’d rather be a passenger, climb aboard the Conway Scenic Railroad’s vintage locomotives, which depart from a 19th-century train station in North Conway. Don’t forget to pack your snow gear if you’re coming in the winter, as Conway cabin rentals offer easy access to skiing and snowboarding in Cranmore Mountain Resort, King Pine Ski Area, and Wildcat Mountain. After a day on the slopes, you can check out the lively après-ski scene in Conway, or have your own party in the privacy of your Conway vacation home rental. You can even take it up a notch and sip some bubbly while enjoying a long soak in your cabin’s outdoor hot tub.