Now that the wind has picked up that autumnal (burgeoning on wintry) chill, and the days have gotten shorter, cozy cabins – nestled among the country’s most gorgeous mountains and alongside picturesque lakes – have begun to beckon. Instead of the airy beachfront huts and jungle-surrounded tree houses we sought out this summer (long gone now), we here at Oyster look forward to snuggling up in log cabins and lodges. And fortunately throughout our travels, we’ve found quite a few. From log cabin-themed suites in Vermont to luxurious cliff-side cabins in Wyoming, these are the country’s 10 coziest cabin accommodations we’ve ever seen.
Set in a
wildlife refuge more than 700 feet above the Jackson Valley, the Spring Creek
Ranch has arguably the most stunning views of the Tetons in the area. It has a
wide array of room categories, from standard hotel rooms to immense two-bedroom cabins. While some cabins are ultra-luxurious in every possible way,
others are plain and come with more basic amenities. The delicious, popular restaurant and the excellent heated outdoor pool are not to be missed.
Chalet Village consists of private cabins in the gorgeous foothills of the
Smoky Mountains. Close to ski resorts, golf courses, and hiking trails as well
as attractions like Dollywood, these cabins allow guests to comfortably stay in
or go out and enjoy what Gatlinburg and the nearby towns have to offer. Ranging
from one to eight bedrooms, all units are differently styled but remain
consistent in their charming, cozy feel (although some find it a bit kitschy). This property is NEW on Oyster.com!
miles north of Santa Barbara, situated on 300 acres of canyon wilderness, El
Capitan Canyon offers a camping, or “glamping,” experience with
enough modern conveniences to satisfy travelers who would rather just semi-rough it. Guests stay in cabins,
tents, or yurts; cabins are certainly the most luxe options. The Safari Cabin
comes complete with a modern kitchen, outdoor shower, and expansive patio with
See Forever Rentals in Mountain Village offers great luxury accommodations for
groups and families, including stand-alone cabin rentals and two- to
four-bedroom condo units. Cabins include lovely, lodge-like decor (wood-beamed
ceilings, stone fireplaces, leather accents), modern kitchens, and gorgeous
bathrooms with soaking tubs. Guests can access facilities at the neighboring
sister property, Peaks Resort & Spa, including
restaurants, a fitness center, a spa with 32 treatment rooms, and two pools —
but expect to pay a hefty resort fee.
Suites is a truly one-of-a-kind upscale property. All of the hotel’s 17 suites
are unique, and completely decked out according to their themes. The Log Cabin
Suite truly looks like a log cabin, with wooden accents, throughout, antlers
adorning the walls, and a faux bearskin throw on the bed. All suites come with
a hot tub. Outdoor winter activities include sledding, and the hotel serves a
free breakfast daily. This property is
NEW on Oyster.com!
Lodge is a 22-acre cabin resort surrounded by Stanislaus National Forest, about
one mile from Yosemite National Park’s western border. The 90 cabins come in different sizes — some perfect for
newlyweds, others great for a large family — and are rustic, cozy, and
comfortable with large private decks. It’s a great spot for nature lovers who want to be
disconnected from the world for a bit (there are no phones or TVs in cabins)
and enjoy the serenity of the surrounding pine trees instead.
Lakedale Resort is not your grandfather’s campground. In addition to a
lakefront location with picnic spots, this 82-acre property offers everything
from an airstream trailer to canvas cabins to a quaint,
standalone cabin that features
bedrooms upstairs, and a kitchen and sitting room – with a fireplace – below.
The property is best suited for visitors looking for an upscale camping
experience, although poor cell phone reception may be a nuisance for some.
outside the Pitcher Inn might appear like a typical New England B&B, but
once inside, the quality and character of this property is revealed. All 11 rooms and suites are individually decorated according
to a different theme — such as mountain, ski, or trout. While all rooms have a cabin-like vibe, the Ski
Room in particular plays the part. It features a wood-burning fireplace,
wood-beamed ceilings, and a rustic kitchen, complete with a picnic table.
Tops consists of a variety of secluded cabins located in the woods near the Smoky Mountains,
but not too far away from popular tourist destinations. The accommodations here
are true cabins, with logs notched and overlapping at the structure’s corners.
Inside, knotted wood plans are everywhere — the ceilings, the walls, the stair bannisters. The fireplaces have stone surrounds. Each cabin has its own
unique characteristics, but most have large, wraparound balconieswith outdoor furniture and sweeping views of the
Smoky Mountains. This property is NEW on Oyster.com!
the shores of Lake Tahoe, the mid-range Franciscan Lakeside Lodge features cozy cabins and rooms in a woodsy, lakefront setting. While
some rooms are tucked across the street from the lake in a darker, tree-covered
area, the lakefront cabins have excellent views and open to the sandy beach and a private pier where guests can swim and play
in privacy. Kitchenettes make dining in (and saving money) easy.