It doesn't take much to keep us wandering away into the land of wood-burning stoves, claw-foot tubs, and news-free serenity. Although pictures of spotless cabin rentals may have captured city dwellers' attention in the past, we're now witnessing a resurgence of escapism as people turn to the many snug cabins, tiny homes, chalets, and cozy cottages a short drive away from their houses. These are not your typical vacation accommodations - meticulous restorations and carefully chosen decor elements are what make this list of jaw-dropping US-based cabins unique.
Granite Falls, Washington
The breathtaking views from this two-bedroom refuge, which is perched above a river on a granite ledge, are the icing on top of the cake. Don't underestimate the curb’s attractiveness - the home's asymmetric A-frame structure is just the start of your visual adventure. Warm timber walls, unique furnishings, an indoor hammock, and a marble-topped shower are found within. The Mountain Loop Highway, which provides access to outdoor experiences in places like Big Four Ice Caves, Lake Twenty-Two, Heather Lake, and Gothic Basin, to mention a few, is a 30 minutes drive from the residence.
Yucca Valley, California
The desert probably doesn't immediately spring to mind when you envision the ideal cabin location. Made of steel and polycarbonate, the number two in our list also cannot offer a familiar cabin look everybody grew into loving. This one-bedroom rental has a great outlook thanks to the walls of windows. Don't expect every single modern comfort—including water—since the house is completely off the grid and produces all of its own electricity. However, that's part of the excitement! Take advantage of the chance to barbecue outdoors around the property's firepit or prepare more elaborate meals in the separate kitchen.
The living room and shower of this house, which is carved out of a rock formation, both display the natural materials in a truly striking manner. This home in Colorado provides unobstructed views of the desert canyon and cactus garden and is close to Mesa Verde National Park.
This unique, rustic cottage, which is both a little house and an A-frame, is located in Montana between the Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks, where wild elk sightings are not uncommon. After a long day of exploring the 100-acre property and neighboring hiking trails, unwind in the hot tub or enjoy a solar-powered outdoor shower.
Saugerties, New York
Another refuge in the Catskills of New York, this container cabin-turned-tiny house is a short distance from the Kaaterskill Wild Forest. It is a year-round destination thanks to the elegant furnishings, outdoor shower with a claw foot, and detached sauna.