A trip across North Carolina takes you from the beaches of the Atlantic coast to the Great Smoky Mountains, so there’s a huge choice of destinations and types of cabin rentals to choose from. You can take your pick from mountains, forest, lakes, and sea—stay in a traditional log house in the hills around Boone, or bed down in a luxury beach cabin in the Outer Banks. Whether you’re planning a solo lakeside escape, a romantic break for 2, or a Christmas trip with the whole family, there's bound to be a North Carolina vacation cabin rental for you.

Cabins in and around Boone

The fun college town of Boone is home to Appalachian State University, and there are some idyllic mountain cabin rentals in the surrounding countryside. The town lies just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, and it’s a popular spot for white-water rafting, along with other outdoor sports. There’s also plenty of history to explore, including a recreation of an 18th-century frontier homestead at the Hickory Ridge Living History Museum. A few miles up the road, the quaint little town of Blowing Rock features quirky shops and fine restaurants.

Asheville cabin rentals

The city of Asheville is much bigger than Boone, but it’s still surrounded by hills and makes a great destination for a laid-back getaway. Asheville is a lively place to eat and drink, with an amazing number of microbreweries selling their own beers and often offering live music. There’s also a vibrant arts scene, especially around the the River Arts District, where you’ll find lots of artists’ studios and workshops where you can pick up anything from paintings to pottery. A big attraction nearby is the Biltmore Estate, a huge Victorian mansion built by the Vanderbilt family in the style of a French chateau.

Black Mountain cabins

The attractive town of Black Mountain is almost a miniature Asheville, lying 15 miles east of its larger neighbor. The surrounding mountain scenery is some of the best in the region, and you’ll easily find getaway cabins in idyllic locations with picturesque views. Like Asheville, Black Mountain has more than its share of microbreweries, plus plenty of bars and restaurants to drink the local beers in. And when you’re not exploring the town’s little art galleries and craft shops, there are miles of trails nearby for hiking and cycling.

Cabin rentals near Waynesville

On the doorstep of the Great Smoky Mountains and surrounded by forested hills, Waynesville sits in a peaceful valley 30 miles west of Asheville. The town is renowned for its artistic community, and the main street is lined with craft shops and locally supplied restaurants. Waynesville is also home to regular festivals celebrating music, the arts, and even the annual apple harvest. Rustic cabin rentals here offer proximity to the Blue Ridge Parkway that runs close to the town, and as you head into the mountains from Waynesville, picturesque Maggie Valley is just a few miles up the road.

Brevard cabins

The welcoming little town of Brevard is located at the entrance to Pisgah National Forest, a stunning wilderness that's nicknamed “Land of Waterfalls”—there are more than 250 in the area, along with a series of wild creeks and rivers. Brevard cabins make it easy for hikers, cyclists, and climbers to explore the forest. The town itself is a popular destination, thanks to the surrounding mountain scenery, the spread of independent shops and restaurants, and the annual music and film festivals it puts on.

Lake Gaston cabins

Between the mountains and the ocean lies the popular destination of Lake Gaston, where you’ll find cabins by the water or hidden away in secluded woodland. At 35 miles long, the lake is a big draw for fishermen and swimmers. Adrenaline junkies can enjoy activities like water skiing and wakeboarding. Along the shore there are vacation home rentals with private docks and boats, while others are tucked away in little coves and along quiet creeks.

Cabins on the Outer Banks

From Cape Lookout to Kitty Hawk, the Outer Banks have something for everyone who enjoys a vacation by the sea. With over 200 miles of beaches and dozens of towns and villages, this chain of slender islands attracts sun-seeking vacationers all summer. In winter, it catches the wild Atlantic swells. Whether you’re here for the fishing or the ice cream, a stay in one of this region’s iconic wooden “stilt” homes with stunning sea views makes for an unforgettable escape.